Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

27 May 2009, 7:11 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2009 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

WisCon 33 transformed me. Like everyone else ever, I need to write up a con report. But like every con report, it'll be extraordinarily lacking because of the tales that can't be told, for reasons of taste, or wrong-medium, or privacy, or you-had-to-be-there. And if I can't tell those stories I eventually lose them.

It's a reason to learn to write fiction.

I've often followed the helpful advice that you should unpack as soon as you return home from a trip. But I need to unpack mentally, and that follows its own timetable.

I'd like to come back next year, and to bring Leonard. But we may be moving to England in the fall to facilitate my work for Collabora, so I'd rather not make promises.

* title to be read in GOB's creepy whisper


27 May 2009, 11:39 a.m.

yay move to england!

27 May 2009, 12:34 p.m.

You should be sure to write all the stuff you can't share down anyway, just for yourself. I look forward to your report! I am also slowly savoring Thoughtcrime Experiments, and it's awesome so far!

27 May 2009, 12:55 p.m.

Julia, some of these stories just can't be written down at all, and not just for privacy reasons. I'm distressed because all memories are lossy no matter how and whether we tell them.

But yes, I should write down what I can, something to cling to.

28 May 2009, 16:11 p.m.

I get that. Alas. Still, I'm glad you had the experiences to begin with!