I will be a panelist at OryCon 40, talking about Sherlock Holmes, Victorian queerness, and beekeeping!
Saturday, November 11th
10am - 11am: Historical Queerness (Lovejoy)
Queer theory and how it can inform readings of fiction/literature from the Victorian era, such as Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes.
7pm - 8pm: Paths Into Fanfiction: Challenges & Exchanges (166 B)
Whether you’re a writer looking for a fresh challenge or a reader hunting for a particular kind of story, there’s probably a curated fanfic exchange on the ‘Net that can supply just what you’re looking for. From Yuletide to Holmestice, from Kink Bingo to the Ficathon that Goes Into a Bar, we’ll talk about how challenges and exchanges work, where to find them, and catalogue some of the more memorable works they’ve produced.
Sunday, November 12th
10am - 11am: Holmesian Apocrypha: Women of Baker Street (166B)
This isn't a panel about Sherlock and his adventures – it's one about the rapidly growing number of tales featuring his sisters (Enola), multi-great granddaughters (Charlotte), rivals (Irene Adler), and other notable women in his orbit (Mary Morstan, Mrs. Hudson, Mary Russell). And then there are the universes in which the original Holmes was a woman all along….
1pm - 2pm: Local Food & Water Sustainability & Community-Building (256 Creation Station)
Join us in this safe, facilitated group discussion of ideas, experiences, helpful hints, and questions, toward proactively establishing local food and water sustainability and community. Topics may include growing, raising, wildcrafting/gathering, and storing sources of food; safely and legally collecting rainwater; improving soil with compost and vermiculture; building barter and gleaning networks; creating emergency shelters, etc. Everyone attending is welcome (though not required) to share their helpful hints and inquiries.
2pm - 2:30pm: Seed Swap! Scions & Starts Welcome Too! (256 Creation Station)
Bring and receive seeds (for growing food, and/or for growing flowers to lure bees, butterflies, etc.), scions (small branches for beginning or augmenting growing fruit trees or bushes), and veggie or herb starts (young veggies or herbs to plant), as part the Creation Station series on Local Food Sustainability and promotion of non-monetized economies.
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