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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Arisia reminders! 
11th-Oct-2012 08:24 am
Arisia panelists! The deadline for panel signups is Monday, October 15.

And an important notice that I will copy and paste from the Head of Programming's e-mail:


If you don't fill out your panel resume, which is the text field under each panel selection, after the ranking, we cannot appoint you to that panel. This is a significant policy change from prior years, so please heed the warning. Even if you have been a panelist for ages, we may not be able to accommodate you. Please do not make us hunt you down.

Yes, this is different from prior years. Yes, we are serious. I, for one, will not be hunting you down; I have a lot of people interested in many of the Lit Track panels (one panel has 26 people interested in those 5 panelist slots), and I'll be using this to help narrow things down. If you don't follow instructions, no panel for you.

Also, when you fill it out, really fill it out. I have seen the following:

* "I'm a book reviewer for [redacted]."
* "If you put me on the panel, I'll tell you why I should be on the panel!"
* "I read a lot of books so I'll have a lot to say."

If that is the only thing in your text box, you're automatically disqualified. Harsh? Maybe, but look. I actually try really hard to get an excellent mix of people who have interesting and diverse opinions, plus a strong moderator. I want every panel to rock. I want the best possible combination of people I can get (scheduling is always the killer of perfect panel composition). You may be the absolute best person for panel X, but I will not know unless you tell me.

So tell me.

EDIT: I am totally amused at one person's note, after a good paragraph about why they should be on the panel, of "Hi Shira!" Hi yourself! :)

ALSO EDIT: Some of these decisions are going to be really freakin' hard and will probably mostly come down to scheduling. Like, almost all of the 26 people interested in that one panel would be great on it. Kinda wish I could run it five times just to hear from everyone.
11th-Oct-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up. I expanded all of my panel resumes from the short forms I'd written (most of mine, of course, are for the IP panels, and pointed out that I'm one of the regulars; but still, I went back and explained what I can do).
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11th-Oct-2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yep. You have plenty of time for 2014!
11th-Oct-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Did it :)
I'm not surprised by the extra effort needed in the selection process to make sure that a good match is made between panel and panelist.
I may need to make a few changes to better present my credentials.

Edited at 2012-10-11 02:48 pm (UTC)
11th-Oct-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe there should be a tournament for those 26 people. A tournament of THEIR BRAINSZZZZ.
11th-Oct-2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
I expanded the ones that I rated 1-4, well, except for the poetry reading. Most of the others rated at 5 are things I would *like* to be on, but have nothing official to put down for them, so if an extra person is needed and no one is clawing to get it, I'm there, but, yeah...
11th-Oct-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of a marathon. The same panel in the same room for an entire day, with rotating panelists.
11th-Oct-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
Run it 5 times! That's what Chicon did this year after all!
12th-Oct-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much for the reminder. I promise I'll do it after my midterm today!
14th-Oct-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am hoping that not being able to be on panels for 2013 eliminates my chances to be asked to be on panels in 2014.
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