Wow, I have been so busy that I forgot to write a blog post here to keep it all up to date.
First off, I’m thrilled that my ICFA40 presentation, “Questioning Mononormativity: The Identity Politics of Polyamory in the Popular Fantastic,” is finally edited and up on my YouTube channel! I’ve managed to figure out how to edit a closed captions track into my videos, so I expect I’ll be working on one for my WorldCon76 talk in the near future. You can find my ICFA40 presentation on my YouTube channel, on the Videos page here on my site, or by simply clicking here.
I’ve added another conference to my upcoming European trip this summer, the 10th annual Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung conference, also known as the GFF. In English, it translates to the “Association for Research in the Fantastic,” but everyone still calls it the GFF. This year, the GFF is holding their conference from September 18th-23rd in Berlin. I’m so excited! I’ll be presenting a discussion titled “Increasing Diversity of Representation: An Unintended Consequence of Fantastic Utopias.” The preliminary schedule has been released, but my time slot could change. I’ll be sure to announce it here when it is confirmed.
I’ll have some time in Europe between WorldCon77 and GFF10, mostly in Berlin. I’m not entirely certain yet what I will do with all that time, but I may add yet another conference in between the two I already have scheduled. As always, future details can be found here!
I’ve updated my CV as listed here on my site. It’s still really boring reading, but if you’re curious about some of what I’ve done, studied, and otherwise accomplished, then that’s a good place to look.
As for the stuff that isn’t listed, I’ve been hard at work trying to put together a book proposal, while also helping a first-time author prepare to self-publish their first book. It’s so rewarding to assist someone in realizing their dreams, and also working alone to realize my own goals and aspirations. I love what I do. And I love challenging myself to learn more about things like website creation and management, video editing and captioning, and other ways to better represent myself online. And, of course, much of it will come in handy when I finally launch my educational YouTube series (more on that in the future).
If you’d like to help support my efforts, please consider becoming a Patron of my work on Patreon. You can find me there as, naturally, “beallatt.” It’s still sparse and in development, but I’m working on it! I have a lot to learn about running a Patreon page, but I never shy from a learning opportunity or a challenge I decide to tackle. Of course, another way to help support me, one that costs you nothing but a few seconds, is to “like” my videos on my YouTube channel and to subscribe for notifications of future videos. Once I have enough support on YouTube, I’ll have more options when it comes to content creation on YouTube, so that’s a vital source of support.
If you’re still here and reading, thank you so much for taking the time to keep up to date with all my goings-on. I couldn’t do this without your interest; I wouldn’t spend all the time I do on it if there wasn’t some interest. So, thank you!