Challenge Cheryl

The posts in this section originated with an Internet meme invented by Ben Jeapes. The idea of the meme is that people should ask you to write about something that you don’t normally write about. It is obviously a challenge to your writing skill, which is something a Hugo nominee ought to take up. In my case people have also picked on some pretty personal stuff. That’s what you get for being in the public eye. The current postings are linked below. Feel free to ask me to tackle more topics in comments below.

8 Responses to Challenge Cheryl

  1. To the best of my knowledge, four science fiction clubs in the United States own their own clubhouse (NESFA, LASFS, BSFS and SFSFS). Is the time right for BASFA to establish a permanent “Building Fund” in order to start the process of purchasing clubhouse property?

  2. Cheryl says:

    Oh, Pip, you have no idea what you have just unleashed.

    BASFA people, please stay quiet. I’ll bring my reply to the meeting on Monday in case you have any suggested additions.

  3. Mike Glyer says:

    What must somebody do to become “fannish enough”?

    (I’ll leave it up to you to deal with the related issues “for who?”, “why bother?”, and “so’s yer old man”….)

  4. Cheryl says:

    Wow, that’s a tough one, as I’m sure you know. I am tempted to reply “sell your soul to Scalzathoth”), but I shall try to produce something more constructive. Give me the weekend, OK?

  5. Vincent says:

    The problem with Breed Specific Legislation. (Pet Laws)

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hi Vincent – for a while there I had no idea what you were talking about, but a quick Google search soon sorted that. It is an issue that I know absolutely nothing about, and I’m afraid that as a feline my thoughts about dogs generally don’t go far beyond “can I get up a tree in time if I swat his nose?”, but there’s clearly an issue here so I shall put my journalistic talents to work and see what I can come up with.

  7. Jeri says:

    My response to your Worldcon analysis left me with a challenge question – a two-parter, really.

    1 – How do casual, but enthusiastic non-organized fans connect to organized fandom? What are the paths to entry – and given the pros and cons of organized fandom, which make most sense for a health relationship with fandom?

    2 – This is one that you or others may have tackled, but how is the advent of online, interactive media changing the face of organized fandom? The mention of a virtual con caught my eye – is such a thing truly feasible? Are there other current and potential future capabilities that will support and perhaps grow the fan community?

    Thanks for your patience. :)

  8. Cheryl says:

    Jeri:

    That’s a very interesting question, and not one I think I know all of the answers too. I shall put some thought to it.