US$1,738.00raised of $1,600.00 goal
My name is Vida Cruz, geek, book lover, writer, artist. I'm passionate about fantasy and science fiction, Philippine history and culture, and writing a unique blend of the two so that more Filipina girls like me are able to see themselves represented in fiction and feel a sense of pride and self-worth in a world where they are often invisible.
In service of that goal, my stories have been published in various anthologies and a few journals. I've also attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2014, won First Place at the Writers of the Future Contest in 2017, and received a Tiptree Fellowship Grant for my work in 2018 . I also served as a Submissions Editor at Uncanny Magazine from 2014 to 2017.
This year, I'm planning to attend the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland, which will be held on Aug. 15-19. It will be my first major writer's convention, and I will be attending not only as a participant, but as a panelist. I'll also be selling copies of my first short story collection, the chapbook "Beyond the Line of Trees," with a foreword by Palanca Award-winning writer Nikki Alfar and illustrations by Isabelle Enriquez and Monica Esquivel. The four short stories here are fairy tale retellings, epic fantasy adventures, coming of age tales, and new takes on Philippine mythology. I also did the cover.
The lineart version. Colors coming soon!
Con or Bust so generously sent me funds to pay for accommodations and airfare--two large chunks of expenses that make me hopeful that I will be able to attend. In fact, I have already booked the tickets and my AirBnB stay. I need only save up for food, transportation, and other smaller travel expenses.
However, I hit several snags recently. Sudden health issues required medicines and physical therapy. As a freelancer, my biggest contract was recently ended, and so I have been searching for part-time gigs and full-time jobs to not only help me fund this trip and pay GoGetFunding, but to help pay for my daily and medical needs. Your contribution will greatly help toward lessening the amount I need.
*For the rewards, please note that these prices are for people who would like to meet up at WorldCon. Please send me an email at [email protected] with proof of your donation and indicate that you would like to meet up at WorldCon.
**For those not going to WorldCon, please standby for shipping prices. I am probably going to send packages from the Philippines after the con, but if you're based in Europe, I may be able to send the packages from Dublin.
$100 to go! I'm really overwhelmed by the generosity I've been shown 💜
And since my schedule has been finalized, I can now announce the panels I'm speaking at for WorldCon :D If you're gonna be there, come sit in!
Writing from non-western cultures
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 - 11:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
The number of non-western novels and stories in SFF has increased over the last 20 years, as has visibility of existing fiction. Our panel looks at some of these novels, discussing favourites and sharing recommendations. We’ll take a look at how the novels are written, as well as the differences in story patterns, characters, and narrative styles. Let’s celebrate these novels and look at ways to further expand the publishing of non-western cultures within SFF literature.
Tasha Suri, Peter Adrian Behravesh (PodCastle), Rafeeat Aliyu, Vida Cruz, Yasser Bahjatt (Yatakhayaloon Co. Ltd.) (M)
The Magic of Beauty
16 Aug 2019, Friday 19:00 - 19:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
In what sense has beauty been treated as a special gift that only some possess? How has it functioned as a narrative device that gives its holders an exclusive form of power, especially in reference to the place of girls and women in patriarchal societies? How do social constructions of beauty differ cross-culturally and historically? For whom is beauty limiting? For whom is it empowering?
Kate Elliott (M), Jeannette Ng, R.F. Kuang (HarperCollins), Vida Cruz, Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)
Mythological science fiction
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 14:30 - 15:20, Alhambra (Point Square Dublin)
Science fiction has been described as modern mythology, but it also has a long history of taking themes and tropes from existing mythological traditions and reworking them. The panel will discuss science fictional stories whose structure or themes echo those of existing mythological tales from around the world.
Deirdre M Murphy (M), Dr Tony Keen (University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) in England), Dyrk Ashton (Paternus Books Media), Vida Cruz
Breaking the Glass Slipper podcast - Live Recording
19 Aug 2019, Monday 11:00 - 11:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Since 2016, the ‘Breaking the Glass Slipper’ podcast has championed female voices in speculative fiction. Now into our third season and with a British Fantasy Award nomination under our belt, we’re excited to host a live recording at Dublin 2019. Our subject is inspired by the Emerald Isle itself: the place of islands and island mythology in the human imagination.
Megan Leigh (Breaking the Glass Slipper), Vida Cruz, Miss Lucy Hounsom (M), Jo Walton, Alexandra Rowland
FILIPINO SNACKS For those going to WorldCon, I can bring you some Philippine snacks! Examples include dried mangoes, banana chips, chicharon, pastillas, and Chocnut.
COLORING PAGE (digital download) You can now print and color cover of my chapbook, Beyond the Line of Trees. Will send you a download link.
PRINT (4x6) An archival quality print of the cover of my chapbook.
DIGITAL CHAPBOOK A digital copy of my first short story collection, Beyond the Line of Trees, with a foreword by Palanca Award-winning writer Nikki Alfar and illustrations by Isabelle Enriquez and Monica Esquivel. The four short stories here are fairy tale retellings, epic fantasy adventures, coming of age tales, and new takes on Philippine mythology. I also did the cover.
CHAPBOOK A copy of my first short story collection, Beyond the Line of Trees.
DIGITAL BUNDLE A digital copy of Beyond the Line of Trees, the coloring page, and the 4x6 print. Add USD 5 if you want the 8x11 print.
CHAPBOOK AND PRINT A copy of my chapbook and one (1) archival quality 4x6 print of my chapbook cover. Add USD 30 for the 8x11 print.
FLASH FICTION I will write you a flash fiction piece of up to 1,400 words on any topic you want.
PRINT (8x11) An archival quality print of the cover of my chapbook.
ART COMMISSION I will draw you anything you want, though no nudity, please. Note that I work in traditional media, particularly marker and watercolor, so this commission will take some time. Please include the parameters in your email.
ILLUMINATED FLASH FICTION I will write you a flash fiction piece of up to 1,400 words on watercolor paper or vellum and decorate the borders like a medieval European manuscript or simply illustrate it.
SHORT STORY CRITIQUE Special discounted price. I usually offer this service for USD 130 and up. Manuscript critique services for short stories up to 10,000 words.
SENSITIVITY READER If you just need a sensitivity reader and struggle writing from the perspective of a brown woman who also happens to be disabled, I am all of those things and I can point out where you did well and where you can do better. For short stories up to 10,000 words.
FREELANCE COPYEDITING OR PROOFREADING If you need someone to go over your book for typos and other errors, I can do that for you. For manuscripts up to 80,000 words.
- Vida Cruz
- Campaign Owner
FULLY FUNDED!Update posted by Vida Cruz at 10:16 am
All I feel are immense gratitude and an overwhelming relief. The amount of people who have shown me support and believe in me makes me wanna cry. Whenever I go abroad to gatherings of writers, I'm conscious of the responsibility I inevitably carry. Being a Filipina writer out in the. . . . .
$100 to go and my WorldCon panel list!Update posted by Vida Cruz at 07:20 am
$100 to go! I'm really overwhelmed 💜And since my schedule has been finalized, I can now announce the panels I'm speaking at for WorldCon :D If you're gonna be there, come sit in!---Writing from non-western culturesFormat: Panel15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 - 11:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)The number of non-western novels. . . . .
Technical difficulties + Why I raised the goal amountUpdate posted by Vida Cruz at 01:42 pm
So I just found out that I cannot withdraw donations given by means other than PayPal for 50 days. Unfortunately, that means that around $400 will be inaccessible to me until after WorldCon. Therefore, I'm raising the goal amount to $1,600. I do hope you'll bear with me on this
Wow, thank you so much!Update posted by Vida Cruz at 06:11 pm
FUNDED IN 8 HOURS! You are all truly amazing, whether you donated or just shared the campaign. I'm absolutely floored by the generosity I've been shown; and thanks to you, I can breathe a little easier in the days leading up to this trip!As an aside, this overwhelming generosity helped. . . . .