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More Gafilk

So, some more random thoughts from Gafilk weekend.


Since I had actually taken Wednesday off to get some last minute stuff done, Thursday was remarkably unstressful; a first for me. I had to go drop my car at the shop in the morning to get the side mirrors fixed (long story), but aside from that, we had everything pretty much ready to go. hawklady showed up around lunchtime with her pickup truck, we got the sound equipment and other bulky stuff loaded in, and then she and kitanzi headed down to the hotel, with me behind in the car. We got checked in, settled, and started checking on flights. The weather forecast was for winter weather, so we were naturally concerned about people’s travel. Several people had their original flights cancelled and had to reboot earlier or later, including bedlamhouse & ladyat‘s flight, which was early, and Ellen and Delia’s flight, which was delayed. Poor Alexander James Adams had his flight cancelled entirely, and ended up flying in on a crack-of-stupid morning flight on Friday instead. Poor guy. I let other folks have the perk of meeting the guests at the airport this year, which left me free to go and take museinred to get a new cell phone, as she’d lost hers somewhere in the wilds of Manitoba. After stopping for dinner, I got back to the hotel, peeked in briefly on Play It With Moxie, who were rehearsing in the main room, and then went off to relax before the big day.


Friday morning started out pretty normal. We got the dealers room open so the hucksters could go ahead and start setting up, made sure registration was good to go (which, being run by Myra, it was), and then headed off with bedlamhouse to pick up some of the last bits we needed for the sound gear. Last year, we had to hire sound equipment, which is frightfully expensive, so this year we’d started buying our own kit, but we still didn’t have everything we needed for the weekend, so a bit of shopping was in order. We got most of what we needed at Guitar Centre, and then set off to look for a Radio Shack….

…and found ourself trapped in an episode of the Truman Show.

The first Radio Shack my GPS directed us to turned out to be a newly constructed block of apartments, which wasn’t terribly useful, so I looked up another one that was nearer the hotel and we set off again. As we got close to where the place was, we were directed to turn down a particular street, but were thwarted by a cop parked behind a set of orange cones. Undaunted, we began plotting an alternate route, which brought us out and around down a side street, then told us to turn……down a short connecting street that was being dug up by a construction crew, who forced us to turn around. We were starting to get the feeling we were stuck on the set and couldn’t get to the store, but finally we made our way around all the obstacles to get the last few things we needed. We stopped at the Chinese restaurant near the hotel for lunch (Note to self: your first meal of the day should not be at 3:30pm)

Back at the hotel, it was time to do the usual “bounce around and make sure everyone has the things they need”, before going up to the room and finalising the questions for the My Filk panel. I had gotten questions from both our SSGs and our Toastmaster this year, but the Second Line category I always write myself. Once that was done, there was nothing to do but get dressed up and prepare for opening ceremonies.

Friday night is always “showtime” for me at Gafilk. I almost never have anything to do on stage during Saturday, but Friday night is opening ceremonies, meeting the guests, and then hosting My Filk. Sunday afternoon is closing ceremonies. In between, most of my duties lie behind the curtains. But we got everything kicked off, introduced the guests, and sang Auld Lang Syne. I only got some of the events out of order. (Next year: lists!)

Once the party was underway, Bill and I began trawling the audience for panellists. we managed to find a good cross-section of people, but this year’s question set apparently was brutal, though I can think of people who might have had an easier time with it. (telynor would have aced the folklore section, for instance.) The insta topics this year were “poker and escalators” and “nuclear hot sauce and snakes” The judges had a spirited consultation afterwards, and then declared they were a hung jury, and appealed to the audience to clap for their favourite. The sound board declared that Team 1 eked out a victory over Team B.

The Friday Night concert this year was the very talented Dene Foye. I’ve enjoyed Dene’s music for a few years (and besides, he covers *two* of my songs. How can I not like him?), so it was lovely to hear him do an entire set. (I grinned madly when he did “Naked Ambition” in his set.) The concert was well received, and after it was over, open filk started. I found myself wandering about a bit, spending some time in the bar, and then heading to bed reasonably early.

And this is getting long, so I’ll finish up the rest of it later.


Another year gone by, another GaFilk.

I will post some more thoughts on the weekend later, but I did want to let everyone know that I am once again collecting con reports here:

Memorable Gafilk2010 Entries

The following is a list of “Gafilk2010” journal entries that user autographedcat found memorable.

Please let me know if I have missed any.

(Note: Some of these posts are friends-locked. I cannot promise that every link you see in the list will be a post you can view. If you want to see someone’s locked post, please contact the author directly, as I cannot control the settings of other’s journals.)

T minus not-a-lot and counting

Well, the badges are printed, the lists are made, the bags are packed. Tomorrow, hawklady comes by about lunchtime with her truck to carry the big bulky stuff to the hotel for us, and we head on down.

Everyone who will be there, see you soon! Everyone who won’t be there, we will miss you.

It’s gonna be a great weekend.

And Gafilk’s 2010 Super Secret Guest is….

Our Super Secret Guests are…
Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner!

Ellen Kushner and Delia ShermanEllen Kushner is a woman of many talents. She’s an award-winning author (Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners, Thomas the Rhymer, The Privilege of the Sword, The Golden Dreydl, and The Fall of Kings, co-written with Delia Sherman) as well as the radio host of PRI’s Sound & Spirit, which Bill Moyers called “the best program on public radio, bar none.” Ellen is the co-founder of the Interstitial Arts Foundation, an organization encouraging creativity that falls between genre categories. She is well known for spoken word works such as Esther: the Feast of Masks with Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, and The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer ‘Nutcracker’ for Chanukah In 2008, Vital Theatre in New York City commissioned her to script a fullscale theatrical version. “The Klezmer Nutcracker” played to sold-out audiences, with Kushner in the role of the magical Tante Miriam, throughout the 2008-09 holiday season. And she sings, too! Ellen performs a musical telling of Thomas the Rhymer. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see this wonderful work performed here at GAFilk. Ellen is currently working on a live staged version of The Witches of Lublin and a musical, The Bone Chandelier, with composer Ben Moore. You can read more about her at her website

Ellen currently lives in New York City with her beautiful partner…

Delia Sherman is ALSO an award-winning novelist (Through a Brazen Mirror, The Porcelain Dove, Changeling, The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen, and The Freedom Maze, a time-travel fantasy set in Louisiana, which will be published in 2010.) Her short fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy and Poe. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies. Delia has judged the Crawford Award for Best First Fantasy Novel, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Fantastic Fiction, and the World Fantasy Award. She has served on the Motherboard of the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and is a founding member and past officer of the Interstitial Arts Foundation. Delia has worked as a contributing editor for Tor Books and has co-edited the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland with Ellen Kushner and Donald G. Keller, as well as The Essential Bordertown with Terri Windling. She had co-edited two anthologies of Interstitial fiction: Interficitons 1, with Theodora Goss, and the recently released Interfictions 2, with Christopher Barzak. She teaches SF and Fantasy writing at Odyssey: the Fantasy Writing Workshop, and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, as well as workshops at colleges and science fiction conventions all over the country. She is a charming person and a snazzy dresser. Learn more about Delia at her website,

Photo by Ellen Datlow, used by permission

You can get more information about Gafilk,and register for the convention, online at

Gafilk 12

Don’t forget that today is the last day to buy Gafilk 12 memberships at the prereg price. Tomorrow the price goes up, and we will reveal who our Super Secret Guest will be!

You can get more information and register online at

Gafilk 12 is coming!

Folks are starting to shop for turkeys and pumpkin pie, so you know what that means – it’s time to get your reservation for GAFilk 12!

On December 1st we announce our Super Secret Guest(s) for 2010, and the registration rates go up from an economical $40 to the at-the-door price of $50. This year’s GoH is the amazing singer/songwriter Alexander James Adams, and Interfilk is sending us Andrew Ross – two great Oregonian performers at the same southern con. Who’da thunk it? And Terence Chua is traveling all the way from Singapore just to be our Toastmaster.

Come raise a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year with people who actually know all the verses to Auld Lang Syne. Test your knowledge of all things filk playing the My Filk panel game. And don’t forget to bring your glitz for the dinner dance, with music by Play It With Moxie, one of the finest blues/jazz/swing bands around. (This even always sells out, so book your reservation early!)

We just want to spend time relaxing with our friends, so y’all come! Visit for more information!

We were filkers once, and young

Well, not *that* young, but…

I mentioned in my last post that I found I still had a large assortment of Gafilk photos to upload. When I actually set about doing this, I was astonished to discover that not only did I have Gafilk photos I had never uploaded, but in fact photos from last year’s OVFF as well. So I’ve gone through them all, cleaned them up a bit, and uploaded them for your enjoyment:

Ohio Valley Filk Festival 2008
Georgia Filk Convention 2009

There are a lot fewer photos from Gafilk this year, because I spent most of the weekend running around putting out little fires, but I did manage to get to a couple of concerts with my camera. (I attended bits of other programming, I just didn’t have the lens with me.)

Gafilk: Room Block closing soon

This is just a reminder that the Gafilk room block closes on December 17th. If you have not yet made your hotel reservations, please do so now, to ensure that you can get the convention rate.

If you have any difficulties with reservations, please contact me directly.

Feel free to repost this to other mailing lists and forums where it may be of interest.

Gafilk Super Secret Guests: Emma Bull and Will Shetterly!

Our Super Secret Guests are…

Emma Bull and Will Shetterly!

Emma Bull is a science fiction and fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy. She wrote the screenplay and played a cameo role for War for the Oaks when it was made into an 11-minute mini-film designed to look like a film trailer. Her 1991 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel Bone Dance was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, followed by her 1994 novel Finder, set in Terri Windling’s Borderland shared universe. Along with filker Nate Bucklin, Emma and husband Will Shetterly were members of the writing group The Scribblies, which also included Pamela Dean, Kara Dalkey, Patricia Wrede and Steven Brust. With Steven Brust, Bull wrote Freedom and Necessity in 1997, an epistolary novel with subtle fantasy elements set during the 19th century United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Chartist movement. She sang in the rock-funk band Cats Laughing, and both sang and played guitar in the folk duo The Flash Girls while living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Will Shetterly is an American fantasy and comic book writer best-known for his 1997 novel Dogland, inspired by his childhood at the tourist attraction Dog Land owned by his parents. In 1991 Will won the Minnesota Book Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction for his novel Elsewhere, and was a finalist with Nevernever; both books are set in Terri Windling’s The Borderland Series shared universe. He has also written short stories for various Borderland anthologies. Shetterly created the comic book character Captain Confederacy, played a small role in the film Toxic Zombies, and ran for governor of Minnesota in 1994 on the Grassroots Party ticket. He placed third out of six candidates. Together Will Shetterly and Emma Bull created and edited the five anthologies in the Liavek shared universe.

Emma and Will currently live in Arizona.

You can get more information about Gafilk at our website at


“Hey sibs, it’s that time again!”
“Time to make a Babylon Five sculpture out of chocolate?”
“Time to recap scenes from last weeks episode?”
“No, no. It’s time to remind everyone that the deadline for getting memberships for Gafilk at the low, low registration price of $30 is this weekend! On Monday the price goes up, when we reveal the identities of our Super Secret Guests!”
“Is one of them Barack Obama?”
“Iiiiiiiiiiiii….think he’s gonna be a bit busy in January. But I can tell you that our already announced guests this year include:

Guests of Honour: Barry and Sally Childs-Helton
Toastmaster: Larry Kirby
Interfilk Guest: Harold Feld

Plus, of course, not one but two Super Secret Guests! It’s going to be really exciting!”

“Wow, I can’t wait”
“Me either!”
“Well, what are you waiting for? Go get your memberships right now! Supplies are running out!
“No they’re not!”
“Ssshhhhhh. This is called marketing!”

Gafilk 2009 will be held in Atlanta, GA on January 9-11, 2009. More details can be found at, including hotel information. Hotel reservations should be made by December 25, 2009 to guarantee the convention rate.

Hope to see everyone there!

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