WOSSNAME SPECIAL EDITION AUGUST 2009 -- PART 2 OF 2
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
22nd AUGUST 2009
SPECIAL EDITION AUGUST 2009: CONVENTION NEWS THAT JUST CAN'T WAIT
PART 2 OF 2
6) FINAL NADWCON UPDATES, CONTINUED
6) MORE FINAL NADWCON UPDATES
Gala Banquet Buffet
On September 6th, Sunday evening of the convention, we will be
hosting a Gala Banquet Buffet, themed "A Night at the Rhoxie." In
conjunction with the banquet, we are also holding a poetry contest,
which is open to all members, not just those with banquet tickets.
The poetry contest is open for submissions at poetry @ nadwcon.org
until August 14. Banquet tickets are now on sale on the website,
for $70. The cutoff for Banquet ticket purchasing is August 23rd,
so hurry and get your ticket now! Please note: if you have not yet
registered for the convention, please DO NOT purchase a banquet
ticket. Details regarding the theme and more information on the
banquet and poetry contest are available on the convention website.
Payments may be made via PayPal or by mail. See the Banquet page
for more details on payment.
Seamstress Guild Party
On September 4th, Friday evening of the convention, the Seamstress
Guild will be hosting a party which all members may attend. On the
glorious night in question, the Grand Ballroom will be transformed
into the Seamstress Guild Hall. Ladies of the Guild and gentleman
from the Men's Auxiliary will be hosting a grand reception that
involves food, music, and a Discworld scavenger hunt, as well as the
chance to meet the very flower of Discworld Society, such as it is,
and be photographed for the Truth's Society Page. Prizes for best
costumes worn that evening will be awarded by our Esteemed Patron,
Sir Terry Pratchett.
Sir Terry has also arranged for a special gift for our attendees,
which will remain a secret until the night in question.... To visit
the Seamstress Guild discussion board, where the men and women of
the guild are gathered to plan both the party and their costumes, go
On September 5th, Saturday evening of the convention, we will be
hosting a Maskerade, an on-stage costume competition where attendees
may show off their costumes and present a brief sketch or other
performance to lend zing to their costumes if they like. An on-line
registration form and many other details are available on our
It is our pleasure to announce that we will be hosting a Charity
Auction during the convention, to benefit the Alzheimer's Research
Trust and the Orangutan Foundation. Our Charity Auction Director,
Catherine Book, is organizing an interesting and desirable selection
of cool items to bid for. Our goodies will be on display Friday
through Saturday, and there will be Charity Auction Program Guides
available at Registration. Many donations have come in, including
some choice Discworld items from Colin Smythe's attic, and a
preliminary list of auction items is being updated on our website as
new donations arrive. Don't forget to bring your wallets so that you
can bid often, bid high!
Convention Programs and Events
Events planned for the convention will, of course, center around the
Discworld and Terry Pratchett. Terry will take part in several
panels, will do several autographing sessions (Please note, we will
be limiting the signings to two items per person with no
personalization per Terry's request), will be in the spotlight for a
couple of main Terry-oriented events, and will host some
kaffeeklatches. Programming will start around noon on Friday,
September 4th and continue until Closing Ceremonies in the late
afternoon on Monday, September 7th.
Events and activities will include Opening Ceremonies, a Seamstress
Guild Party, the Maskerade, a Charity Auction to benefit The
Alzheimer's Research Trust and the Orangutan Foundation, Holy Wood
Squares, a Bande With Rocks In competition, the Gala Banquet Buffet
(with a theme of "A Night at the Rhoxie"), a modern dance, and
regency dancing. Discussion panels will cover Discworld specific
topics as well as general discussion panels on writing, including a
writing workshop/seminar with Diane Duane and Peter Morwood. Please
note: if you are interested in participating in the Writers'
Workshop, please visit:
to download the preparatory materials beforehand. People looking for
more info about what else they are planning to do in the seminar
should check here, where they can leave questions/comments:
We will be screening the recent BBC Documentary -- Terry Pratchett:
Living with Alzheimer's -- and all of the Discworld TV adaptations.
We're looking to have some gaming going on with the Discworld RPG
from Steve Jackson Games as well as the Thud! board game. We'll have
a dealers room with books, jewelry, costumes and more, an art show
with a variety of science fiction and fantasy art, a hospitality
suite where members can hang out and munch on free snacks during the
convention, and a Costumers Dungeon where fans can get help with
their costumes from members of the Southwest Costumers Guild.
A preliminary list of programs and events is now available on our
website, so please check the "Programs and Events" section and keep
an eye on it for updates in the coming weeks. Also, we already have
special sections full of information on the Seamstress Guild Party,
Maskerade, Charity Auction, and Gala Banquet Buffet available for
your perusal; just click the appropriate sidebar links! Please note
that all programs are subject to change based on availability of
participants and other circumstances.
Many of our members will be wearing costumes during the convention
and participating in the maskerade. To provide help with any costume
emergencies or to help get ideas for coming up with a costume on the
spot, we will have a Costumers Dungeon hosted by the Southwest
Costumers Guild where you can find a needle and thread, scissors,
glue guns, sewing machines and other handy tools for fixing or
modifying your costume.
We're in the process of confirming the sellers who will be in the
dealers room. We will definitely have several booksellers, jewelers,
corsets, costume accessories, t-shirts, and a professional
photographer that will be available to take pictures of you and your
friends in costume. Look for a list soon on the web site with links
to the dealers with web sites.
Our art show will be relatively small, but we plan to feature
several artists who have been popular at our LepreCon art shows.
There will also be display tables for the items in the charity
auction where you can inspect them at your leisure. Please visit the
"Dealers Room and Art Show" page of our website for further details.
As you know, our Guest of Honor is Sir Terry Pratchett himself. Our
Toastmistress is Esther M. Friesner, who is best known for the
humorous anthologies she has edited such as Chicks in Chain Mail and
the most recent collection Witch Way to the Mall?. Other guests
include Diane Duane (author of the Young Wizards series of novels as
well as many Star Trek novels), Peter Morwood (writer of The Horse
Lords series and other novels), Bernard Pearson (the Discworld
Cunning Artificer), Terry's UK agent Colin Smythe, plus Terry's U.S.
editors Jennifer Brehl and Anne Hoppe. We're also expecting some
other authors to take part, including Sarah A. Hoyt, Daniel M. Hoyt
and possibly some of our local authors as well.
Exclusive Interview with Terry Pratchett!
Our Vice Chair, Emily Whitten, interviewed Sir Terry at last
August's UK Discworld Convention. Read the interview now by clicking
the link in the sidebar of our site, or checking it out at
We have added a number of new committee members to our Convention
Committee over the last several months. If you have an inquiry about
a particular part of the convention that is not already answered on
the website, check the committee page first to see who the proper
committee contact person is. Also, please be patient in awaiting a
replay. As we get closer to the convention, the amount of incoming
email appears to be increasing at an exponential rate!
Any convention needs volunteer help, and we're no exception. If you
have not yet contacted our Volunteer Coordinator and would like to
offer your aid, please email volunteer@... and let Rowan
know your contact information and what skills you might be able to
offer. We will have a special t-shirt exclusively for our
volunteers. We will be contacting all volunteers very shortly with
specific needs, and thank you all in advance for helping to make our
convention as fantastic as possible! Please note that in order to
volunteer at the convention, you do need to have a membership.
Our first convention exclusive is a beautiful sterling silver turtle
in the shape of our convention symbol, available as either a pin or
pendant. The silver turtle jewelry is produced by Discworld jeweler
Barrie Wakeford of The Crystal Connection, maker of Tiffany's White
Horse necklace and other Discworld jewelry. Each pin or pendant will
be numbered and include a small certificate. Also, with every
purchase, a voucher code for 10% off of your next purchase from The
Crystal Connection will be included. These are available by mail
order only, from now until the close of the convention on September
7, 2009, so hurry and order one now! For photos and more information
on how to order your very own silver turtle, please visit our
merchandise page on the convention website.
Our convention will be offering a selection of convention t-shirts
and tote bags. These will be available on the website for pre-order
a few weeks before the convention, and will also be available for
purchase at the convention itself. Pre-orders will be for pick-up at
the convention only; there will be no mail orders. Please note: if
you pre-order via the website prior to the convention, you can get a
discount on your order.
Also debuting at the convention will be a special stamp designed by
Bernard Pearson, with a special First Day Cover available only at
Stay tuned for other pieces of exclusive convention merchandise that
will be revealed shortly!
Don't forget to check the convention news community
(http://community.livejournal.com/nadwcon2009/) for updates. They
will be more often in the weeks leading up to the convention. We now
also have a Twitterfeed for short updates:
(http://twitter.com/nadwcon). Stay tuned for all the latest news!
North American Discworld Convention Chair
And now, a special bonus missive from The Cunning Artificer himself,
Mr. Bernard Pearson:
Hello you lot.
It has been raining.
England and the weather.
The English are a strange race. Fire, revolution, pestilence, war;
all could be going on in an Englishman's back yard and would he
mention it? Would he hell, no way, not a murmur. But the weather,
well that has to only deviate from the norm by a fraction and your
average Englishman comes over all Italian "underneath" topside it's
the stiff upper lip with maybe a quiver, or a snarl, sometimes a
brief transitory smile. Below the surface passions rage like a rice
pudding on the boil.
So its been raining. We had some sun, and now it's gone, probably
for ever and ever. We English are like that, too, "doom & gloom" is
the best attitude to life, especially with our weather. Now that is
one reason Granny Pearson and I are looking forward to the Great
Arizona Experience. We have begun preparations for packing and
Granny is writing a list. She is a world class list writer and this
is becoming a big list. I give you an example:
Sun Burn Ointment
There are 28 other entries for "sun" in addition to Desert Winds,
Desert Flora & Fauna That Might Give Rise to Bites and Rashes,
Native American War Parties, Cattle Rustlers, Bandits, etc.
Then there is the business of stamps to be finalised for the Con and
all sorts of other jolly, exciting stuff that we hope to bring.
Oh we're so excited. So much new to see and so many friends to meet
again and make afresh.
I'm told I might be allowed to wear a Stetson and have one of those
funny fruit drinks with a bug in it. What fun. It almost takes the
mind off the weather. Oh, its stopped raining. I think I'll take the
cats for a walk, cheerio for now.
See you all soon
Bernard the Stout, Artificer to the Gentry
7) THE LAST WORD...FOR NOW
I'd just like to mention that WOSSNAME's own Weird Alice Lancrevic
has delivered a special commission by request of the NADWcon
Committee: namely, a Discworld-themed reimagining of selections from
the Rocky Horror Show! These will be performed, by specially trained
filk-singers in appropriate costume, at the Convention's filk
sessions during the weekend. Weird Alice is delighted to be
participating in the first official North American Discworld
convention, even from afar. Get ready to be amazed...
-- Annie Mac
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