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May. 30th, 2017 12:18 am
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I love home. I love my dogs.

I miss everyone I saw at Wiscon, but I am so glad to be home.

Three times this Wiscon I was in the audience when the moderator opened it up for questions and there was silence. Which persisted until I stuck my hand up and asked something weird and stupid, which I probably should have though better of, but 1. it was the best I could think of at the time and 2. it was better than nothing. And it was followed by better questions after I broke the ice. The first time was A Room Of One's Own, after the GOH readings. Maybe everyone was intimidated by Kelly Sue DeConnick? She is really funny, you guys.

Amal El-Mohtar read us a story that included the lines, if I remember correctly, "You are a Great Horned Owl. You are an apex predator. You are a terrible parent." I was surprised, because Great Horneds are notoriously very nurturing parents. They'll keep on feeding their fully-fledged adult-sized offspring until it's time to start preparing for the next clutch. Amal said, "So I should change that metaphor to something about trust fund babies?"

Amal was right that they are terrible nest-builders, though, which is one reason why we get a lot of Great Horned babies at the raptor center. If the babies are uninjured and the tree is intact, we will nail up a wicker laundry basket and return the babies, and the parents are usually still hanging around looking for babies to feed. And they'll keep using the laundry basket every year because it's the best nest they've ever had.

Date: 2017-05-30 01:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilysea
terrible nest-builders, though, which is one reason why we get a lot of Great Horned babies at the raptor center. If the babies are uninjured and the tree is intact, we will nail up a wicker laundry basket and return the babies, and the parents are usually still hanging around looking for babies to feed. And they'll keep using the laundry basket every year because it's the best nest they've ever had.

Huh. Thank you for sharing! ^_^

Date: 2017-05-30 04:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
The image of the owls in a wicker laundry basket is really cute. :D

Date: 2017-05-30 04:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] snippy
Kelly Sue intimidating? I've always found her friendly and inviting! (P.S. last name is DeConnick.) I got my girl scout cookies from her daughter this year.

Date: 2017-05-30 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seascribe
That is the cutest owl story I have ever heard.

Date: 2017-05-31 04:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Thank you for raising your hand. It's not easy, but it opens the way for others.

I also appreciated your brilliant work on the #SortOf panel. I attended three panels dealing with liminality, and your moderation made the difference.

Date: 2017-06-18 01:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beaq
More laffs @ owls.

Glad you had an effective wiscon. :)

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