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This Little Whedonista Needs To Get To GeekGirlCon!

So, you might have heard about this panel I’m moderating for Whedonistas at Geek Girl Con in Seattle in a couple of weeks! I’m very excited about it, and hope that each and every one of you reading this – well, those of you on the West Coast at the very least – will come out not only for the first year of what I’m sure will be an awesome convention, but for this amazing panel of fabulously talented ladies. And also, me. 🙂

Here’s the thing. I’ve just made a cross-country move from New York to L.A, which cost me a lot. I’m a freelance writer, which means I get paid monthly and not weekly, so budgeting is very tricky business. Long story short, I’m reaching out to the geek masses the same way I did to do the Whedonistas panel at Gallifrey One back in February.

Since then, I’ve gotten a lot more Twitter follwers and Facebook friends, so I’ll explain that I’m not asking for donations per se (though I certainly won’t turn them down). Rather, I’m asking you – if you’re following me and enjoy the things I write – to let now be the time when you decide to purchase something of mine!

My chapbook, On the Ground Floor, is available for $5.00 (plus S&H, more if you want it signed/inscribed), and can be purchased HERE.

I’m also selling autographed copies of Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds Of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them, in which I have an essay, (signed by me, Jane Espenson, Nancy Holder, and Mariah Huehner) for a $30 contribution to the cause ($15 is the price of the book, and the S&H comes out of the rest, leaving the remainder as your donation!) If you can’t make the con, this is the only way to get a copy that is signed by these wonderful contributors! If you’d prefer this to my chapbook, go directly to PayPal HERE and send me your contribution using my email address teresajusino[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you’d like both, please specify that in your note to me on PayPal! 🙂

My goal? To raise $400 for the whole shebang. More would be wonderful, as I need to stay in Seattle for the week (the friend I’m staying with is having a houseguest and she’ll need my bed, so I’ll need to be gone then), but $500 is the bare minimum I need to get there, and be able to eat and get around. And I would need to have it in my PayPal account no later than September 30th so I can transfer it to my bank in time to use it.

So, what do you think, intarwebz? Think I can do this? I hope so! I’ve already put oodles of planning into this panel. What I didn’t plan on was being this insanely broke by October! Such is life.

It always amazes me how wonderful people on the internet can actually be. Sure, there are a lot of trolls and there’s lots of meanness. But there are also some really great people who make wonderful things happen. I want to thank those who helped me in my Gallifrey effort (I’m excited that I’ll have NO trouble getting to that con this year!), and hope that you all think that Geek Girl Con and this very special Whedonistas panel is worth the effort. Even if you can’t donate yourself, please spread the word.

Thank you all, so much!

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  1. Finding no other way to reach each, I post this here. I did not appreciate having my comment about your review of “The God Complex” deleted. I was making a valid” I’ve read everyone of your reviews and whether each one gets a good review hinges on the treatment of the women in the episode. I knew as soon as Amy was put upon by The Doctor you wouldn’t like the episode. It’s fine to want a stronge female character in the story but your pattern suggests you have a fixation on this, a fixation that needs to be addressed. I would suggest therapy. A television review is not the proper venue for you grind an axe.

    • Hello there! Thank you for stopping by!

      First of all, you should know that I, as a Tor.com blogger, have no control over deleting comments. That control rests solely with my editors. I have no way of deleting comments even if I wanted to.

      Secondly, I wouldn’t want to, certainly not just because someone disagrees with me. Whenever I deal with comments here on my personal blog, or anywhere else where I have control, I approve just about everything unless it’s spam, or out-and-out abusive. If, for whatever reason, I feel like someone continues to comment even after I’ve said my piece and they’ve responded and they seem to be carrying on an argument for its own sake without adding anything new to the table, I’ll simply ignore them. But I won’t delete them. And if such a person wants to continue commenting and maintaining a dialogue with themselves, that’s their business, not mine.

      Third, regarding “The God Complex”, while the episode disappointed me, I didn’t hate it. If you read my review, you’ll see that I thought it brought up a lot of interesting things concerning The Doctor’s character arc. The episode was mostly suspenseful, introduced a wonderful (but sadly short-lived) character in Rita, and had great performances all around. I wouldn’t consider my review a negative review so much as a mixed review.

      Lastly, I think you and I see criticism very differently, so allow me to tell you how I work. Every reviewer brings their personal baggage to the table. The point of a review is not to remain objective, otherwise they’d be called articles and not reviews. The reason why it’s good that there are so many critics, is because that’s how discussions start, and how larger dialogues about art happen. There are three things that are important to me as a person that will always affect my reviews: portrayal of women (because I am one and often don’t see my gender reflected truthfully), portrayal of minorities (because I am one, etc), and the writing (because I am a writer). I was an actor at one point, too, so I can speak knowledgeably about performances, because I know the mechanics behind them, but generally I won’t put as much focus on performances as I will on the writing, and the portrayal of women and minorities. What you call a “fixation”, I call the lens through which I examine the pop culture I consume. Without that lens, without that personal perspective, my reviews would be useless. It wouldn’t contribute to the greater discussion in a meaningful way.

      However, I think you misunderstand my review as well. I didn’t criticize the ending with Amy simply because she’s a woman and I wanted her to be “stronger.” I criticized it because I saw it as an example of faulty writing, because the way I saw it, that ending wasn’t inevitable. Everything that had made up Amy’s character up until that point had pointed to something else entirely (in my opinion, and people have disagreed with me about that), and so I saw what ended up happening with her as inconsistent as far as her character arc. I would’ve felt the same had something similar happened to Rory. It just so happens that it stung a little more, because Amy WAS a nuanced female character I’d come to love, and I felt she got short-changed after two seasons of being built up really nicely.

      So, I wasn’t “grinding an axe,” I was very specifically discussing this episode and it’s place among the others in which Amy is featured. I was placing the episode in context, and reviewing it based both on its intention and its execution. Which is what a review is supposed to do.

      What makes how female and minority characters are portrayed inferior criteria for judging an episode, anyway? Especially when how people are portrayed has so much to do with the writing, which is integral to discuss in any review?

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