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I am about to whine and complain and kvetch. I am unhappy and grumpy and so very disappointed. I am not feeling reasonable.

I was under the impression from my recent flurry of emails to a bunch of filkers, and their subsequent, very positive responses to me, that there were a fair number of folks who were not only interested, but actually planning to make it up to VCON this year.

I just talked to the head of programming and she told me that, 'cept for one person, everyone has either canceled or simply not bothered to respond to queries from programming. But. Except for two notable exceptions, no one said anything to me.

It's extremely disappointing, and massively frustrating, because I have worked so hard at getting filk to be an accepted part of the VCON over the last decade. Even just a few years ago, there were still people on the concom who were actively anti-filk, calling it a waste of time, saying programming would be better spent on panels that people would actually be interested in, denigrating any possible value filk music could have to fannish culture.

The last few years, filk has been growing at VCON. When I started out, we didn't have dedicated function space or any official programming. I've fought for both, and that has changed over the years, with the help of a chair who has been very filk friendly. This year I was so excited because we have a dedicated filk room! We have space on the program, and not just early Friday and late Sunday, but prime space on Friday evening and Saturday!

Unfortunately, dedicated filk space and room in the schedule are meaningless if I have no panelists and participants. So yes. I'm whining. I'm upset, goddammit.

I know that people have other draws on their time and that VCON is just a little con and it's not as exciting as Norwescon or Orycon. And I know that the economy is still sucky and that lots of people have legitimate employment (and lack thereof) issues. I know it, I get it, I *grok*. That doesn't make it any less disappointing. Especially in light of the fact that the responses I got were so upbeat, positive and filled with, "Oh, I absolutely want to come!"

I know that there will likely be some filkers there - we're nothing, if not hardy, and we've always had a few pop up even on the years when there was merely a nod to filking in the program, but - I was hoping for an actual filk track. We've got room for one!


There were only a couple folks that told me flat out they could not make it, so... yeah. I'm disappointed. Also, whiny, bitchy and pissy. I'm going to go sulk now.




( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 8th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)

I know that's disappointing.

Have you ever thought about offering a songwriting workshop at a con? That might draw in people who don't play instruments and build the filk base.
Sep. 11th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
We actually will have one of those - hopefully people will come. But if not, it's a chance to try to write a song in an hour. Which is always an interesting challenge.
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
That sucks. I'm not a filker, but I can completely understand how much that sucks. *hugs*
Sep. 11th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs back*

Thanks, darlin'. I will try to remain hopeful that there will be more filk-minded people than I currently have confirmations on in attendance. Only time will tell.
Sep. 8th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
That has to be disappointing. They should have least let you know they wouldn't be able to make it. ::hugs::
Sep. 11th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
To be completely fair and honest, two people said straight out that as much as they would love to come, it just wasn't going to work out for (x reason).

It's the 5 or 6 people who sounded really excited, positive, "yeah, I really want to be there, this will be great!" in email that I would have appreciated a "Hey, something came up," or even a "Sorry, it's just not going to work out for me" so I *knew* but... well.

I understand that life gets busy and things off people's plates. I just feel very bitter about it.

*hugs back*

Sep. 8th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
You have my sympathy. I wish I could be there, but there's a pesky continent in the way.
Sep. 11th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugs

Yeah, I wasn't really expecting that you would make it. Though maybe next year if you started planning now?

Sep. 11th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugs
The reason I commented is that I just went through running Pi-Con's first filk track. Unfortunately attendance at the con was low due to Hurricane Irene, In spite of over 200 "memberships" we had less than 100 people there at any one time. Even Heather Dale's Concert only had 25 people in the audience.
Sep. 8th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I understand the frustration all too well.

Not that long ago no one wanted to come to Norwescon either. That too was an uphill struggle. *hugs again* I would be there if I could.
Sep. 11th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you know, I was thinking about you - I remember you going through endless frustration trying to get a filk track going at Norwescon.

I wish you could make it - that would be fun! But we'll get to hang out at OVFF at least!
Sep. 8th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Is pondside coming?

I have many musical friends, but they don't do/know of filk, unfortunately.
Sep. 11th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)

Have you not learned by now, at the assorted housefilks you've been to at my place, that pretty much anything you want to sing in a filk circle is cool?

We're fairly open minded about what comes to circle. It doesn't have to be about spaceships or cats or math.

If you have musical friends who just want to come and hang out and make music, by all means... COME!
Sep. 9th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
I will try to be there
But October is a darned busy month for me! Mind you ....rehearsal!
Sep. 11th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: I will try to be there
Hey. How would you feel about the two of us doing a half hour concert on Friday or Saturday night?
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