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Rumour controlEver since shortly after BroNYCon January, ugly rumours about me, and about the con, have circulated over and over throughout the Internet. (They have been accompanied by frequent LGBT-bashing attacks and bigotry.) This isn't a coincidence or the random work of disinterested trolls. It is a deliberate and prolonged smear campaign.
Shortly after BroNYCon January, five staffers made a power grab, attempting to obtain financial and logistical control over the con. I did not let them seize control. They walked; only two returned even temporarily to the staff. These now ex-staffers have been leaking documents and spreading lies and distortions about me, and about BronyCon, ever since. Their aim was to destroy my reputation and that of the con.
When I was on the staff myself, I wasn't allowed to react to any of this. I was under tremendous pressure from the staff to ignore these rumours. But the people spreading them are very persistent. It's late March, and the rumours are still swirling. A
Advice for prospective convention organisersRecently, I was asked on Twitter for advice for a prospective convention organiser. Here are some tidbits I wish somepony had told me around a year ago, before I started BronyCon (and long before I stepped down due to my distaste for sauropodian interference). The below is adapted and expanded from my Tweets.
 Have lots of money.
 Be prepared to lose it.
 Have a good psychotherapist.
 Invite local brony celebs as guests before you get to the stage where you can invite VAs and show staff.
 Dealing with a multibillion-dollar toy company (you know which one I mean) is like dancing with a dinosaur.
 Be prepared to spend 40 hours a week working on the convention.
 Be prepared to not see a penny for it.
 Be prepared for conventiongoers to think you're getting filthy rich anyways.
 Any ticket cost is 'too high'. (See )
 You can't please all of the ponies all of the time. No matter what decision you make, somepony will HATE it. Furthermore, many of those will
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a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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