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Re: Announcements of Future Mythcons

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  • Jason Fisher
    FWIW, I agree with those who ve said they need more than a year s notice. Mythcon -- like all the conferences I attend -- comes out of my own pocket (though I
    Message 1 of 46 , May 31, 2007
      FWIW, I agree with those who've said they need more than a year's notice.

      Mythcon -- like all the conferences I attend -- comes out of my own pocket (though I was lucky enough to get a very generous "starving scholar" grant from the Society for last year), and being able to attend requires considerable planning. Like many who've chimed in already, my dance card starts to fill up pretty quickly. To give you an idea, I already have commitments in April and May of *next* year. So the more notice, the better.

      And -- let's just be realistic -- sometimes it's very true that people might find one year's Mythcon too expensive but next year's more affordable. And yes, there's the chance that turnout could be somewhat depressed by the foreknowledge of a "cheaper" venue for the following year. But so? If the turnout ends up *strongly* depressed because of this, then isn't it a sign that the more expensive venue may have been poorly chosen? I'm going out on a limb here, and I'm speaking generally, *not* talking specifically about Berkeley. (But okay, let the flames engulf me! I'm ready!)

      For those of us not relying on institutional support for travel, lodging, and conference expenses (not to mention time off from a day-job), this is really something that must be considered. For myself, I'll be at any Mythcon I can *afford* to attend; I'm not looking for reasons to skip one. But additional notice if always helpful and might just save me from breaking my bank account.


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    • Cole C Matson
      My thanks to everyone for their welcoming replies. I m consolidating my responses into one post so as not to clog up your mailboxes. Wendell: I m not sure my
      Message 46 of 46 , Jun 11, 2007
        My thanks to everyone for their welcoming replies. I'm consolidating my responses into one post so as not to clog up your mailboxes. Wendell: I'm not sure my class paper would be of high enough quality to stand alongside other Mythcon presenters, but I'll take a look at it and see if I can get it up to snuff for submission. Thank you very much for the Knossos schedule. Emerdavid: Of course pun intended. Re: the MySpace page: The reason I didn't volunteer to create one was because of exactly the reasons David Bratman mentioned. I've only been a member a few months; if a page were to be created, it should be created by someone in an official capacity. And I wholeheartedly agree with David when he said, "We don't have to reinvent the Society to some low media denominator." If that happened for the sake of attracting members, much of the value of the Society would be lost. The trick is not to change it so that more people want to join, but to let more people know about it so that those people (like me) who would say, "Wow, such a thing EXISTS!?" will find what they've already been searching for. (Btw, I found out about the Soc. through Google - I was searching either for Lord of the Rings sites, or for sites about the Inklings, if I remember correctly.) Ellen: I am also on LiveJournal. I know there are several Tolkien/Lewis communities, some of which actually have good discussion. (On the "tolkien" community, someone just tried to post their "fanpics" of male LOTR characters engaging in romantic relationships with each other, and links to their club for the encouragement of the same. Several other members of the community gently but firmly suggested that, while that person had the right to post whatever he/she wanted, those drawings might not be quite appropriate for a community of people who were serious about discussing, among other topics, the moral and spiritual themes of the Middle-Earth Legendarium - oh, and they also weren't very respectful of the author's own beliefs. [Kind of like the LOTR tarot deck I saw sold at the Renn Faire where I work. The owner didn't care. It made me sad.] I was surprised to find on LJ something more than just rabid movie fans.) Lynn: Thank you for the tip about the "Starving Scholars" fund! Don't worry, I will be sticking around, and will try to make it to the next Mythcon (or Knossos meeting) I can. Cole

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