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Sirens Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 2 (December 2009)

This is the official newsletter for Sirens, a conference dedicated to women in fantasy literature. The newsletter is published once a month to the Sirens forums, mailing list, LiveJournal, and Facebook. Certain other updates are posted on the conference's Twitter. Between regular editions, the Sirens LiveJournal also hosts special updates, in-depth information posts, and helpful hints for traveling, registering, and getting involved with programming. This newsletter is part of the Sirens website and is not presented under a cut on LiveJournal. Once a month, you'll have a longer post on your LiveJournal friends list. For alternatives to this longer post, please click here.

Volume 2 – Issue 2
December 2009

Who's Your Faery?
They're enchanters, evil queens, changelings, purveyors of pixie dust, and more. Faeries play a variety of roles in literature, film, and on the stage. Which faery story is your favorite? Tell us in a comment of at least two sentences by December 15, 2009, and we’ll choose one commenter through a random process involving tiny strips of pressed plant fibers and a hat, and send the randomly chosen person a book from the Sirens Reading List. (Current Sirens staff members are not eligible to win, though they may leave a comment, but all volunteers, attendees, and I-wish-I-could-attendees are welcome to tell us their favorites.)

While you’re perusing the Reading List just in case you're the winner, don't forget that if you use our links to purchase anything on Amazon or CafePress, a portion of your cost will be provided to Sirens, which helps us expand our offerings--and registrations make lovely holiday gifts as well. Registration is currently at $165, and it includes all of Sirens’s programming, events, keynote presentations (with a dessert reception and two lunches), one breakfast, afternoon tea, a conference t-shirt, and all the mountain air you can breathe. You can also purchase some separate, optional items: tickets for the Sirens Shuttle from Denver International Airport to Vail (with a trip to Vail on Wednesday, October 6 and another on Thursday, October 7, with one return trip on Sunday, October 7) and tickets for the pre-conference staff-hosted Sirens Supper.

Chat Schedule
Sirens will have an open chat on Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. Chats are a great place to talk about books, travel, and that presentation you’ve been thinking about proposing. No particular software or programs are necessary to join in: this page will turn into a chat room at the appropriate time on January 9.

Presentations, Presentations, Presentations
Ready to start brainstorming for that paper, workshop, panel, roundtable discussion, or afternoon class? The programming section of the message boards is the perfect place to put up an advertisement for a collaborator or two, or just to knock around ideas. Visit the Programming section of the Sirens website to get the information you need to get started with your planning. Proposals will be accepted until May 7, 2010.

Decorating with the Fae
In need of a new desktop, AIM or journal icon, button, or banner? We’ve got just the thing. The faery and reader for Sirens in 2010 have been transformed into pretty graphics just for you. Here are a few examples:

Download these and other graphics here!
Have questions? You can leave them here in the comments section or e-mail them to (help at
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