StokerCon 2017

It was the best of times . . . and then it got really good.

Was here for StokerCon 2017 this weekend:

But I never really saw it from that exact angle, or all lit up like that. Really, here’s the angle I saw it from:

That’s me reading “Dear Final Girls” at the Shades & Shadows event. And here’s a game of Werewolf the Apocalypse I got to public-play with the creator of the whole phenomenon, Bill Bridges, along with, after Bill on the far left, George RR Martin, Maria Alexander, some loserdude, Chuck Wending, Nancy Holder (not pictured, the Courtney Cox lifted from the crowd to play a few turns and help us battle a giant glowing sloth at the LaBrea Tar Pits: Danielle DeLisle [nametagged way below]):

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Couple-three New Things

The first is a little ten, eleven minute out-loud thing I did at Dink:

Ep. 122: Stephen Graham Jones, “Insisting on a Dream”

The astute will note that I get the issue of Secret Wars I’m talking about there wrong. Sorry. What happened / my excuse? I forgot I was on this panel until about fifteen minutes before, and then I had to look up what I was supposed to do for it, which took about fourteen and a half minutes on the terrible signal I had going on. Figured out what I was going to do on the stairs on the way up, but didn’t have time to fact-check any memories. But: it’ll all be fixed soon, in a piece going up this summer.

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The Day Before the Earth Stood Still

We’re all holding our breath. For four years. But we’ll lose it a few times, I know, from shouting. We’re going to need a lot of shouting, and a lot of watching. Anyway, there’s hope, too. This is last night:

However, we can’t forget that this kind of thing is now happening as well:

In Case You Missed It
The Senate voted 51 to 48:
1. To end coverage for preexisting conditions, veterans benefits, and aid to rural hospitals.
2. To remove discrimination protection for women in healthcare.
3. Against the provision allowing children to remain on their parent’s insurance till the age of 26.
4. To cut off funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
5. Against ACA contraceptive coverage and maternity care provision.
6. To direct committees to send budget legislation to defund and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
For those who get health insurance through work, no pre-existing conditions. Lifetime caps for coverage are back for everyone.
Real and disastrous actions are being taken that will affect more than just the 20-30 million people who will lose their health care coverage and the 3 million people who will lose their jobs.
Despite their assertions of this being an action to “repeal and replace,” no viable alternative plan has been proposed.
The House votes Friday.
As of this moment, no replacement exists.

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