You who would judge me, do not judge alone
This book or that; come to this hallowed place
Where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon....
Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.

--W.B. Yeats, "The Municipal Gallery Revisited"

Alexander Wittenberg
"I may chance have some odd quirks and fragments of wit broken on me, because I have railed so long against marriage...." But yes, I have been well and truly (and happily!) hooked. Click here to see the in-progress webpage of the most wonderful man alive. (And I'll stop now before you all get sugar poisoning.)

The Dreamer Clan and other friends

There are two kinds of family: the kind you're born into and the kind you choose. These are the latter -- my rookery brothers and sisters, and some of my dearest friends in the world.

Constance "Eilonwy" Cochran
Co-writer extraordinaire and Keeper of the Tapes.

Clan Champion. Warrior, botanist, DeadHead, and Doe-Eyed Bunny.

Merav Hoffman
Aka Betsy Ross, Evil Clone #2, and Cat What Plays Wif String.

Tirtzah Hoffman
Most Elusive Clan-sis and Seeker of the Happy Purple Turnip. (Just Don't Even Ask.)

Aka Yami, Evil Clone #3, and Collector Of Vanilla-Scented Thingies.

Laura "ad astra" Ackerman
Clan Foolchaser.

Resident Devil's Advocate.

Kellie Fay
Clan Mommy.

Jordan Mann
Actor. Filker. Dreamer Clan Ambassador to the City of Winds and other points west.


The Internet...this consensual shared hallucination, where minds can meet and interact without regard to the laws of distance and form...where, as in Faerie, the rules of custom and courtesy and even basic physics are not those of the daylight world, and one breaks them at one's peril....
(giggle) Ghod, I love it here.
Some fellow-travelers through this sea of night and chaos:

Christine Morgan
Writer of stuff, and editrix of Avalon Mists, the longest-running Gargoyles e-zine.

Leva Mevis
Editor-in-Chief of the Third Rainbow project.

Larry DeSouza
Cartoonist with a mind not merely twisted but actually sprained. This is the fiend responsible for "Banned From Duckburg." You have been warned.

Melissa "Merlin Missy" Wilson
Writer, filker, Honorary Member and Minor Goddess of the Dreamer Clan.

Seanan McGuire
...and her amazing drunken Muse, Jane. Ask her about fractal poem forms. Then run.

Places To Go, People To See

Fan-dedicated sites, humor sites, eye candy, non sequiturs, a couple of genuwhine celebrities: generally fascinating places run by fascinating people. There'll be more here every so often.

The Brunching Shuttlecocks homepage
"Comedy, pure and simple as a hammer to the forebrain." I decided as soon as I saw this page that I had to either kill or recruit these people. They're too good. Go see for yourselves.
Addendum: The Brunching Shuttlecocks have now disbanded and gone their separate ways, but the archives are still there. Go see. Really.

The Brunching Board
My main online hangout these days. Originally a fansite to discuss the Brunching Shuttlecocks (see above), this place took on a life of its own so powerful that it's still going strong months after the Brunching Shuttlecocks disbanded. I love you guys.

The Sunnydale Slayers (SunS)
"Q: Who is Joss Whedon? A: God. Or the Devil Incarnate. Depending on what episode you just watched." The Sunnydale Slayers are a most amusing bunch of people. Alas, I'm not one of them. (Darn membership cap! *snif* ... 's not my fault....) Check out this site for all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- episode lists (with quotes!), some intriguing fanfic, a very nice set of links, and annex sites for Angel and Joss's brilliant-but-cancelled other show, Firefly. See also this site for transcripts of episodes.

The Station 8 GARGOYLES Fan Website
Where to go for Gargoyles links, chat room, comment board, info, and just about anything else.

The Owl Springs Partnership
If you've never read anything by Diane Duane and/or Peter Morwood, Goddess's pity on you. If you have, or if you're just curious, check out their homepage here.

Benjy Feen is an alpha geek who writes some truly funny stuff. Check out "Putting Underwear On The Dog," his essay on the nature of geek humor as exemplified by The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Or "Cultural Artifacts of Geek Life," if you need to buy a birthday present for that special geek.

Another online comic, this one by the irreverently relevant Tatsuya Ishida. Fave characters: Pooch and Percival, God.

User Friendly
An online comic about this strange bunch of people who work at this little internet service provider.... Great for getting in touch with your inner alpha geek. Fave characters: Miranda, Dust Puppy.

Perri's Page O' Quotes
I don't even know Perri. But I like her taste in quotes.

Chicago Loop Quotes
The Other Snipe Sheet. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The N-Dimensional Calligraphic Button Catalog
Nancy Lebovitz and her amazing calligraphic buttons! Order your collection today!

Another Weekend, Another Con

These are the conventions Alex and I attend pretty close to annually, or whenever we can.

March. Lunacon was the first science-fiction convention I ever went to. I've attended every year since 1996 and plan to keep doing it. See you at the Hotel Escher!

The Northeast Filk Convention
June. ConCerto (New Jersey), ConCertino (Massachusetts), Contata (New York area), Conterpoint (Virginia)... it's the oldest established permanent floating filk con on the coast.

The Ohio Valley Filk Festival
October. Where the Pegasus awards are given out every year, and where we can generally be sure of seeing lots and lots of far-flung filker friends.

Play That Filky Music

Ask me sometime about Contata '98, at which I had the privilege of meeting Mark Osier, Steve Macdonald, and Urban Tapestry...or about GAFilk '01, at which I was utterly geeked to meet Tom Smith and Kathy Mar. No, I haven't met all of my favorite filkers in person, yet. Give me time.

What IS Filk?
In case you were wondering. This is the best answer I've seen yet. For other answers, try doing an AltaVista websearch with "what is filk" as the search subject. You'll find some interesting stuff, to say the least.

Tom Smith
A twisted genius (is there any other kind?) who does both parody and original melodies, delightful and disturbing on many levels. Oh, just go look at his page.

Dave Weingart
That rarity in filkdom: a guy with an electric guitar.

Heather Alexander
Such a fiddle player, and such a voice! Filk with a Celtic flavor. Buy this woman's music.

Bob Kanefsky
The Songworm. How does he do it?

Three Weird Sisters
Brenda Sutton, Teresa Powell, and Gwen Knighton; bodhran, upright bass, harp (plus a few other instruments), and three gorgeous voices.

Echo's Children
Cat Faber and Callie Hills, two lovely ladies with lovely voices and some damn fine lyric and harmony talent.

Talis Kimberley
One of the big names in British filk. Buy this woman's music.

Mich Sampson
Another Brit filker, whom I was lucky enough to hear (and meet!) at Lunacon '02. Talented and a sweet person.

Ookla the Mok
They're silly, they're loud, they do tricks with harmony and counterpoint that you have to hear to believe, they can make you laugh or break your heart. All-round good stuff.

Ben Newman
Some really good parodies and some even better originals. He's got mp3s up, so have a listen.

Darn Near All The Filk On The Web
Collected by Maureen S. O'Brien, a talented filker in her own right.

The Dandelion Report: A Filking Resource
Discussion forums, articles, and in general much ado about filkdom.

More to come....

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