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If you are coming wish to help make the space look as they say Epic? [Jan. 30th, 2009|05:07 am]
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You know this is in less then a month now


If you are going and wish to help out read this post and reply
What looks good and works stays for the weekend and gets to make photos of the space look epic, what dose not gets to help your room at the con look epic. Yes you get to take all your stuff back home with you after the con is over if you bring things with you to dress the space.

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Search for Shoes? [Jan. 26th, 2009|05:20 pm]
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Please feel free to delete this if it is not appropriate...x-posted anywhere I thought it might fit/I might find aid.

So, I have been trying to find shoes...I'm half convinced at this point they do not exist and I'll need to compromise.

But on the off chance someone here has any idea what I'm babbling about and can point me in a direction--I'm hoping for low heeled and not too pointy of a heel for standing/walking on forest floor without sinking too far into the ground. [this might be the point I sadly have to compromise on, and when I am on the ground just walk in my toes...]

I have a preference for it not coming above my ankle in size [and possibly being a more 'open' type of shoe (does not have to be tree-climbable or runnable in, but walking and dancing, yes please.)], but again I might be willing to compromise on this.

I'm also hoping for black leather [or something that looks similar enough], cause other than sneakers I find I wear shoes that do not match this description not very often at all and eventually due to this have to give them up.

Other than that, I'm flexible. Wanting it to feel fancy/dressy, possibly delicate in some ways.

Thanks for any comment or links one has.
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SalonCon 2009 Update [Jan. 5th, 2009|11:22 am]
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Hi everyone,

We've been going over and over the numbers, and with the economy being in the current state that it's in, SalonCon 2009 is not looking feasible. We went over and over the numbers and we tried to reinvent the wheel about a billion times and it just wasn't coming out right. We personally cannot afford to take a loss this year.

What we *are* working on is to put together a charity Neo-Victorian tea event hopefully at Teaberry's (hopefully candlelight!) with a reading from our darling Catherynne Valente, possibly a short performance by our sweetheart Sooj, a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab meetup, and who knows? Maybe a seance. When we know a date, we will let everyone know. We would like to do this as a placeholder for 2009 so we are not forgotten by 2010, where SalonCon may again be possible.

I would just like to say thank you to everyone for all of your love and support and constant kindness throughout the years and that we would be literally nothing without all of you. Thank you. We love you and thank you for everything you've given us and it's been so much.

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SalonCon 2009! [Jan. 2nd, 2009|11:08 am]
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We have secured the September 5th date, darlings. I know it is not preferred that it would be over Labor Day Weekend, but as it's a historical spot, weddings get preference. This was the best date we could get (and honestly we were lucky to get it). The gardens are really lovely. In my college days, slim1979 would be convinced by my finishing school dropout self to cut Geology and we would zip over the to the gardens in my convertible and smell the roses, roll down the hills, and walk through all the lush greenery. Some of my happiest memories are there, and I hope you will find it similiarly pleasing. I will also be doing my best to get some tour guides for those who want to really learn about the gardens.

New FAQ:

How will SalonCon be different than years past?
In a lot of ways!

1. We will be holding it at the
Rutgers Botanical Gardens
, which is a historical location with a weather proof log cabin and pavilion.

2. Our location means a limited guest list (around as many people as we had last year) with more exclusive vendor opportunities.

3. Our hours will be from 12pm – 9pm, which gives everyone more opportunities for after hour parties at the hotel.

4. Our evening format will have changed. There will be no hour change over, the log cabin will already be decorated all day. There will be an evening recital with a reading from Catherynne M. Valente and then a performance by Sooj. Following that will be a full Victorian Ball (there will be instructions earlier that day). We will look into being able to have a modern ball going on simultaneously as well.

5. We will be doing a full tea catered by Teaberry’s at 12:30pm, with a performance by Kwannon. There will be lawn games (weather permitting) going on simultaneously.

6. There will be a dinner hour where you can either bring food for yourselves, or purchase (in advance) a box dinner.

7. Our charity will be SOS, saveours00j.

8. There will still be three tracks, one will be workshop based, one will be salon based, and one will be outdoor games based (weather permitting).

9. Tickets in advance will be a straight $25. We fully expect to sell out, so it’s a good idea to get them asap. If there happen to be a few tickets left, they will be $40 at the door. Because of this, our exclusive LJ Community 24 Hour Sale will be to give you the first bite of the apple, you will have the first opportunity to buy tickets before anyone else. Rumor has it, this will happen in early Febuary.

10. There will be a Steampunk themed meetup at the hotel on Friday night, at the hotel’s restaurant. There will be a nominal entrance fee to cover hor’deorves and a cash bar will be available.

11. We will have another meetup on Sunday to give everyone a chance to dress in their finest (Neo-Victorian, Steampunk, etc.) to go to The Zimmerli Museum which is a beautiful little museum that has amazing exhibits and costs a mere $3 for entry, giving you yet another chance to play dress up *and* support the arts.

Q. This is not my beautiful house! Why has there been so many changes?

A. To be completely honest my darlings, the hard cold fact is that convention is extremely expensive and time consuming to run. This is not a fantastic economy, people can afford much less than they have in previous years.

I’ve also discussed last year’s event in detail with my staff. We want to continue to provide you with a quality event. Conventions are run primarily by volunteers, and they do this out of the good of their hearts and for the love of the game. We need to be realistic about what can be done on a volunteer basis and running our poor volunteers into the ground does no one any good.

Additionally, we think that it’s good for an event to have some change to it so it’s not same same every year. We want to have a chance to get closer to our original vision of a Neo-Victorian event. What could be more Neo-Victorian than a full Victorian ball? Or a walk in the gardens? Getting the chance to play lawn games? Having a séance in a historical location?

On a personal note, it’s been a difficult past few years for me, I’ve lost a lot of people I love to Lady Death. I am also going through a divorce, which as anyone who’s been through one can attest to the painfulness and difficulty of it. I want to give you a quality event but one that I can realistically produce for you.

I hope you will support us in this exciting new chapter of SalonCon.

Minitrix of Organization
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Steampunk Restaurant [Dec. 30th, 2008|02:28 pm]
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Hello, Saloncon!

On March 14th, Jack, the fabulous occasional restaurant in Brooklyn, who supplied the marvelous green room food at the Saloncon, is hosting a dinner with food based on my new novel, Palimpsest. Some of you may have heard me read from Palimpsest at Saloncon--it's a mad, baroque, steam/clockpunk book about a sexually transmitted city. The food will be truly spectacular, and costumes are encouraged.

I would love to see some of you there! Go to jackrestaurant.com to make reservations and see previous menus. I'll be there to sign books and give a small reading over dessert. This is definitely a culinary experience not to be missed.

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Salons Needed for SalonCon 2009 [Dec. 30th, 2008|12:27 pm]
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We are currently accepting applications for hour long salons. Competition will be particularly tough this year as we have a limited amount of spots available. If the response is great enough, we will select a few alternates (in the event that one of our saloncon leaders is unable to make it, we would like you to fill in).

If you give a salon, you get complimentary VIP access with access to our suite after hours SalonCon party.

A salon is different than a lecture in that it is discussion based. A salon leader is expected to lead the conversation.

Please give us:

* Your topic
* An abstract on your topic
* Your bio with your qualifications
* A Suggested Reading List (with internet links).

Please respond asap to: corvaxgirl [at] gmail [dot] com.
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We have to hold onto each other. [Dec. 30th, 2008|10:32 am]
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(thanks, epiclevelregina for first bringing this to my attention)

From saveours00j:

"SJ Tucker was recently hospitalized and may require surgery. It looks likely that it may actually be appendicitis, although the doctors want to confirm this with another CT scan before they do any surgery.

We -do- know that the hospital bills are going to be significant, since this first trip to the hospital involved two emergency rooms, four doctors, a 45 minute ambulance transfer between the two hospitals, a CT scan AND an X-ray, multiple IV antibiotics, nearly daily bloodwork tests, and five and a half nights in the hospital.

Another CT scan and an ultrasound are scheduled after the next batch of test results come back, and if it turns out to be appendicitis, they'll have to do surgery. If it -isn't- appendicitis, then something else will have to be done to keep all of this from happening all over again, but we don't know what.

In short: we're looking at medical bills that could go as high as twenty-five or thirty THOUSAND dollars by the time this is through."

Please see saveours00j for direct ways you can help.

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Date for SalonCon [Nov. 20th, 2008|06:30 pm]
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Updated again: Due to some of our performers' obligations, we are indeed looking at September 5th, currently. We do realize that Labor Day weekend is a busy time for everyone and we apologize for the inconvenience. We are somewhat limited by this site's availability. The date will be finalized on Jan 2.

We are looking at changing how SalonCon runs due to a lot of reasons, both personal and due to the economy.

We are looking at a new location that I think you'll like very much. There's a limited amount of dates available, right now the tentative date I am looking at is August 29th.

Thoughts on the date?

EDITED TO ADD: It would be in New Brunswick, NJ if we can get it (it's historic, which is why dates are limited, it's a desired location for events), option b. would be over labor day weekend which I am looking to avoid if possible.
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Who am I going to see at this , This Saturday? [Oct. 20th, 2008|01:38 am]
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[mood |awake]



There is going to be a great deal of fun ,Photo booth , Stuff, Fashion show, Readings and other odds and ends.

Who's coming? Its free so that means it will be fun.
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