Treasure Trapped – An Inspiring Documentary!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

Role playing games are huge parts of the lives of many people I know in the Seattle area; two of my writer friends regularly run their own games out of their living room, as well as at AmberCon in Detroit every year. I know quite a few groups of people who have reservations at games stores and coffee houses for weekly games as well, and I even participate occasionally.

Live action role playing, or LARPing, is something that’s existed sort of on the periphery of my life for a while now; I have friends who LARP who will talk about it, and friends who LARP who won’t talk about it. It depends on their circles of friends if they share it or not; I’ve heard them say that people get a strange look on their faces when told what LARPing is. I don’t LARP myself, but I have been familiar with this look for most of my life when trying to explain why I love science fiction and fantasy books, films, and television shows.

On June 27, I was privileged to go to a screening of a documentary called Treasure Trapped. It was made in the United Kingdom and several Nordic countries by a film company called Cosmic Joke. I was very interested to see it; I’d been chatting via email to one of the film’s producers, Shona Brown, and she is very passionate about the project—and the fact that they were coming from the UK to the USA for a screening tour!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

The Unicorn Files: A Geek Girl Photo Book

Thank goodness geek girls come in all shapes and sizes! After all, the world would be a truly boring and pretty awful place if we didn’t. GeekGirlCon celebrates the female geek in all her forms, and one of our longtime staff members Terra Clarke Olsen is putting together a project that celebrates all of us, just as we are, as a new way to tell our stories as geek girls.

Image credit goes to Tammy Vince Cruz

Image credit: Tammy Vince Cruz

The Unicorn Files: Debunking the Myth of the Female Geek is a collection of photos of women in their “natural habitat”, surrounded by their passions and obsessions. Terra and her partner, photographer Nate Watters, have put this project together—and they’re running a Kickstarter to get funding for it!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Get Involved with GeekGirlCon!

It’s a very exciting time of year for everyone here at GeekGirlCon; as of Monday, June 22, it’s exactly 110 days until GeekGirlCon ‘15 on October 10 and 11! We’ll be seeing you at the Conference Center at the WSCC, plus an exciting evening of kickoff events on Friday, October 9–so mark your calendars now.

Agents and staff manning the GeekGirlCon ’15 Merch Booth

How can YOU get involved in GeekGirlCon?

Buy passes! They’re available now at Early Bird prices, which only last until July 31:

2 Day Pass: $35

Kids Pass* (6-12): $10

Kids Pass* (0-5): Free!!

1 Day Pass: $20

*All Kids Passes are 2-day passes, with accompanying adult pass.

Once August 1 rolls around, the prices increase. We’d hate for you to miss out, so go buy your passes right now.

Individual Sponsorships! As we are a non-profit organization made up completely of dedicated volunteers, a contribution in the form of an individual sponsorship is a great way to contribute to GeekGirlCon. We encourage you to become an Individual Sponsor of GeekGirlCon and take advantage of awesome benefits today! Some of our different levels of Individual Sponsorship include Silver, Gold, Platinum, Unobtanium, and Adamantium, ranging in amounts from $50 to over $500, and each of those levels comes with a set of unique gifts. It’s an amazing way to help support our mission.

Corporate Sponsorships! Many of our GeekGirlCon followers work for amazing companies around the United States and the world, and another way to help us meet our mission (for our yearly convention and beyond) is to get your company involved in non-profit giving as well. Levels for Corporate Sponsorship range from Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Unobtanium, ranging in amounts from $500 to $2500. Each of those levels also includes a set of gifts from GeekGirlCon, including passes, advertising, and possibly booth space at the convention (subject to amount of donation and available space).

Many companies do sponsorship matching, which means they will increase the amount of money an individual employee of theirs gives–sometimes dollar for dollar. This means that if you give GeekGirlCon $200, your company may match your donation with another $200. Contact your company’s Human Resources to find out about their level of possible participation; it’s a quick and easy way to boost your personal donations, and it’s tax deductible as well.

Agents at Registration of GeekGirlCon '14

Agents–all volunteers!–at GeekGirlCon ’14

Volunteer! We’re done accepting applications for Exhibitors, Artists, and Performers for GeekGirlCon ‘15, but you can sign up to be added to the mailing list for our volunteers–we call you Agents, and we can’t put on the convention and events throughout the year without you.

We’re also looking for talented people to fill a few open positions for our dedicated, all-volunteer staff. It’s another way to meet amazing people and help spread the word for GeekGirlCon and its mission, both during and outside of the convention. Check out the open positions and their descriptions on our website, and see how you can join the team.

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Mad Max Has a New Fan

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

I never saw any of the original Mad Max movies; part of that is because the first one (Mad Max, 1979) came out when I was four years old. My parents probably thought that it might be a little too much for their impressionable daughter at that point. The second film (The Road Warrior, 1981) came out when I was seven, which was still too young. Even at the tender age of seven, I was already obsessed with starting at the beginning of a story and going forward in order, so I wouldn’t have wanted to see the second film before the first anyway. I was ten when the third film came out (Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, 1985), and at that point I don’t recall having any interest in seeing it. (I’ve never been a huge Tina Turner fan. Don’t tell my friends.)

Spoilers abound below!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

June 2015 Geek About Town!

Looking for awesome stuff to do in June, fellow geeks? Here’s a great start for you!

Monday, June 1:  Tech Sandbox Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98105
From the website: “Teams of undergraduate and graduate students compete to see who can create the best neural engineering demo. The Tech Sandbox is a UW class created by Lise Johnson, research fellow in neurological surgery and education manager at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

Students in the class hail from computer science, neuroscience, bioengineering, electrical engineering and more. Reception follows the competition.”

 

Monday, June 1:  Graz, Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine!), Death*Star, and Lex Lingo
10:00 pm
Tim’s Tavern on 105th
602 N 105th St, Seattle, Washington 98133

21+ | $5 Donation | 10pm
10:15 – Lex Lingo
10:50 – Death*Star
11:25 – Crunk Witch (on tour from Maine)
12:00 – Graz

READY TO GET ROWDY?! Head down to Tim’s Tavern for an electro/hip hop show the likes of which you’ll never see again Get your jam on!

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Last Call for Performers at GeekGirlCon ’15!

GeekGirlCon’15 is coming up FAST. October 10 and 11, 2015 is only about four and a half months away, and we are kicking things into high gear. Our special events, such as our annual GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration, costume contest, and our Friday night Kick-Off event have been some of the most popular attractions of the con. This year we want YOU to be a part of it–and TONIGHT is the deadline for applications, so your time for procrastination is over!

GeekGirlCon is looking for the following for our GeekGirlCONcert, our closing celebration Sunday night, and potentially other events throughout the con:

  • Musicians
  • Stand up comedians
  • Hosts and MCs
  • Professional speakers
  • Performers
  • Improvisational actors
  • Slam poets
  • Cosplay and fashion show judges
  • Entertainers of all kinds

GeekGirlCon is committed to representing women geeks of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, creeds, physical and mental abilities, and familial statuses. Performers and special guests must reflect this commitment as well.

Please fill out the form on this page to indicate your interest. All questions can be directed to maddy@geekgirlcon.com.

Submissions are open until 11:59PM PST on Friday, May 15–and that’s TONIGHT.

SAMMUS says: “Do it now!!”

Sammus performing at GeenGirlCONcert '14

SAMMUS performing at GeekGirlCONcert ’14

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Geek About Town – May 2015

Tuesday, May 5 – SFWA Presents: Cat Rambo, Fonda Lee, and Janine Southard

From the website: “In celebration of the many science fiction and fantasy readers and authors who live in the area, we’re delighted to partner with the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) to present this spring’s Pacific Northwest Reading Series gathering. The event will feature readings and discussions with authors Cat Rambo, Fonda Lee, and Janine Southard, as well as time for networking and conversation with fellow attendees.

For additional event and registration details, visit the SFWA website.”

 

Friday, May 8 – GeekGirlCon Game Night at Wayward Coffeehouse

From the Meetup page: “Do you love board games and enjoy teaching others how to play? Explore the board/card game hobby and meet folks happy to teach you their favorite board games! No pressure though, you can just come and play with folks who love playing games. And the best part about the GeekGirlCon game nights with our friends at Wayward? They are absolutely FREE with no cover charge!

Our group is inclusive and totally newbie-friendly. We play a wide range of modern board and card games as well as some classics. You might find King of Tokyo, Völuspá, Alien Frontiers, Locke & Key, Coup, Tokaido,The Resistance, Skull and Roses, Settlers of Catan, 7 Wonders, Toc Toc Woodman, FLUXX and many more!

Bring a game with you or just bring yourself. Join GeekGirlCon staffers, make some new friends, play some games, and enjoy some delicious organic, fair trade, and shade-grown coffee. There are also local pastries and vegetarian/vegan treats, if you get hungry during all that gameplay.”

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

She Knows Her Value

At my yearly review a couple of weeks ago, my supervisor was telling me that she thinks I’ve gotten a lot more direct with my communication style. If I need something, I just come out and say it; if I have a question, I ask it instead of wasting time trying to figure something out by myself. When I started this job, I was more tentative; I think a lot of my current directness comes from interacting with our boss–we’ll call her Anne.

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Peggy’s hat over Captain America’s shield, plus my favorite quote from the show

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Get Ready for…The Gauntlet!

Coming up on May 16, our fearless team of GeekGirlCon staffers will be taking part in the annual Seattle-area challenge: The Gauntlet!

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Image source: The Gauntlet

What is the Gauntlet? It’s a 10-hour competition among teams of 4 people each, and they play tabletop games from start to finish for the honor of hoisting the Gauntlet in victory! Part of each team’s strategy involves their fundraising amounts, and bonuses for gameplay called “powerups”. Think of these as cheats or special abilities that they get to use throughout the various games to help boost their chance at winning. Powerups are based on each team’s fundraising and are earned: one at $500, one at $1000, one at $1500, one at $2500, and then one every $2500 after that. As of April 21, Team GeekGirlCon has just one powerup, but we know more are coming!

Gauntlet team 2014

2014 Team GeekGirlCon: Kristine Hassell, Jex Ballard, Cynthia Rogers, Rose Minier
Image source: Jex Ballard

The 20 participating teams are raising money for Hopelink, a community action agency that has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities since 1971. Hopelink has food banks, support services, family development, adult education, and employment training among their many amazing programs. They serve more than 60,000 people in King County every year.

ENGAGE, the charitable giving program within Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House, is running this contest for the second time, and this year they have doubled their space–allowing for 10 more teams to compete. GeekGirlCon is competing for the second time, with staffers Kristine Hassell, Jex Ballard, Sylvia Monreal, and Rose Minier stepping up to take the challenge.

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2015’s new teammate Sylvia Monreal

Newest team member Sylvia is excited to participate in her first Gauntlet this year. “In a big city like Seattle, it’s important for us to look after our neighbors whenever we can. I’m grateful that The Gauntlet will give me a way to use my hobbies in the service of others. It’s just a wonderful opportunity to showcase a positive, fun side of nerd culture – let’s use our powers for good!”

Exactly how will the money GeekGirlCon is raising for the Gauntlet be used by Hopelink? Here’s an example of what the dollars raised can do for needy people in King County:

  • $25 provides weekend food for FIVE school-aged children
  • $50 provides formula for a newborn child for a month
  • $100 provides hygiene products for FOUR people
  • $150 provides FIFTY meals for a family of FOUR
  • $250 provides financial education classes for a parent
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Jex Ballard – with the adorable green hair!

Second-year teammate Jex had this to say about playing for the Gauntlet: “I’ve been involved in GeekGirlCon for 5 years now, and one of my absolute favorite memories was playing on Team GeekGirlCon in the first ever Gauntlet last year. I was shocked when our team was able to rise as the underdogs to take home 4th place! This year, I’m revved and ready to compete again at Moxtropolis! More importantly, I’m ready to hit the streets and raise some money for Hopelink! We’ve already surpassed the amount we earned last year, and I’m interested to see what kind of funds Team GeekGirlCon can bring in for this awesome cause.”

How can you contribute to GeekGirlCon’s Gauntlet team to help them earn more valuable powerups to aid them on game day? You can go to their team page on the Gauntlet website and donate any amount you want to–anonymously or not is completely up to you. To date, Kristine, Jex, Sylvia, and Rose have raised $730, which is 43% of the $1700 they’ve set as their goal! There are 24 days remaining for them to reach that goal and gain more powerups, and with the help of our strong, generous GeekGirlCon community, we KNOW they can do it.

There will also be spectator space available for the competition at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue; stop by for an hour, or stay from start to finish to support GeekGirlCon and the other teams competing for the Gauntlet! Go to the Gauntlet’s homepage for more information. We can’t wait to see you there!

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

Why I Love Music

Written by GeekGirlCon Copywriter Sarah “SG-1” Grant

Someone asked me about my favorite music the other day, and it got me thinking: what IS my favorite music? When I was growing up, my dad had LPs and 45s (also known as record singles) of music from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s; the first album I ever had was Michael Jackson’s Thriller on vinyl. This was followed quickly by Starship’s We Built This City, and Prince’s Purple Rain. My family also had a 4-record set of Disney music, so I know all of the Disney songs REALLY WELL if they were written before 1975. Inflections and everything!

Music has always been very mood-centered to me; I listen to what makes me feel good at any given moment, or to something that fits a quiet, haunted mood. Some music I listen to over and over and over, to the point where I know if other people were hearing what I was hearing, they would either go insane or hit me over the head and turn it off themselves. I go through phases where all I want to listen to is happy country; others are exclusively whatever music is current on the radio. I go back to Thrift Shop and Can’t Hold Us from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis quite a bit, and spend days lost in 80s music on YouTube while I’m at work.

Sarah Grant
“Rock On!”

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