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Like walking on a stage.

Home.

In one piece.

I committed necklace at Boskone: "The Oracle In Springtime" came home with me, here (no doubt) to cause trouble, as it already needs a repair. Also, I bought a plume jasper ring from Laurie Edison, and two pairs of earrings fro Angelwear. That was the extent of my shopping, however, so I feel that I was pretty well behaved.

I am utterly exhausted. Good con. Many fun panels. Moderated three, participated in another one, the VP not-a-bakesale, a reading (All of "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe" and most of "Sonny Liston Takes The Fall"), and a literary beer.

Wish I had not falled asleep at 10:00 pm on Saturday for I missed all the parties and all the good bar.

Tomorrow? I start writing Pinion again. 120 pages to go, and it's due April 15. And I have a novella to write by then, too.

At least I think I know how the rest of the book goes.

The cat may forgive me eventually for the car trip, but I am not too sure.

We've both lost weight. *g*

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Shannon started reading her book signature out-loud: "there are only two--" And she doubled over laughing. Apparently she'd gotten lost once or twice while reading, and reread a few sections, therefore unconsciously inflating the number of scenes.

Hee.

Thanks for the company on the T. :-)
Glad you made it.. Did you drive the Red Terror?..
Yep. The Little Red Truck That Could.

We need to make an appointment to go into the shop.
good. I was worried, about losing your snow shovel... perhaps they had another..
Was the company thin? A couple of people on my friendslist set out but were unable to arrive.

In other words, I am now three days behind and only two are due to migraine. Feh.
A bunch of obvious people were missing, for various reasons.

Boo, migraine.
Enjoyed the urban fantasy panel. I wish your panel could have taken on the 5 o'clock "Urban Fantasy and the New Weird"* panel (you'd get custody of the double-booked Mark Del Franco) in some sort of urban fantasy steel cage deathmatch. TV worth watching!



*Where the participants gave a unified "feh" to the term "New Weird" and proceeded not to discuss it at all.
I wish your panel could have taken on the 5 o'clock "Urban Fantasy and the New Weird"* panel

The title was actually "From Urban Fantasy to the New Weird: Trends in Fantasy over the Last 20 Years" which made no sense to us, as one is not really an evolution of the other. (Plus two of the panelists, I determined, had never even heard the phrase 'new weird' before)


>> two of the panelists, I determined, had never even heard the phrase 'new weird' before

I thought that was odd. Or newly weird. Nobody I've met wants to talk about "the New Weird", but at least they know what not to talk about.

Also, all of your panelists considered themselves as having ties to urban fantasy, but no one said "oh, I'm part of ever-so-many other trendy developments" even though they all may be. So the panel ended up being mostly about urban fantasy, which was fine. It's just that Bear's panel description began with "What is urban fantasy?" So one two-hour discussion might have been preferable to two (partially overlapping) survey courses.

(Suri, you had the tougher audience to wrangle. Thank you for handling that gracefully.)

I suppose that the panel description would have made more sense if it read "From the New Weird to Urban Fantasy" than as it did.

The idea may have been that the New Weird was a trend from 20 years ago, and that Urban Fantasy is considered (by someone) as trendy now. Consider if they had said "From Flip-Flops to Leg Warmers: Trends in Fashion over the Last 20 Years." The implication is that they're both trends (my examples may be fads, instead), but not that one came from the other.

Is this a con ritual, that the panel members don't agree with, understand, or like the panel description, and so they have to take lemons and make key lime pie? Because what panelists end up discussing is usually more interesting than what they were supposed to discuss, anyway.


on paneling, and prep

It's just that Bear's panel description began with "What is urban fantasy?" So one two-hour discussion might have been preferable to two (partially overlapping) survey courses

It might have helped if we had KNOWN when preparing that there was a panel entitled "what is urban fantasy." But, alas, the programming people apply panelists to panels with very little warning or prep time, much less infomation on what else is occuring before or after...

Is this a con ritual, that the panel members don't agree with, understand, or like the panel description, and so they have to take lemons and make key lime pie?

See above comment. Also, it's rare that the panelists get a chance to talk about it more than ten minutes before the panel starts, if that. So while I had a number of questions that could have steered the panel in direction A or B, when nobody wants to follow either lead, you have to sort of let them graze as they will, or risk dead air, which is the worst and most boring sort of panel of all.

There's a reason why most of us dislike moderating. :-0

Re: on paneling, and prep

>> There's a reason why most of us dislike moderating.

As long as you do a good job of moderating, they'll only keep asking. Think "blaze of glory." ;)

The local litfic festival I helped with last year asks the moderator and the panelists to meet in the VIP hospitality room for half an hour before they're escorted over to their venue. I don't suggest trying that at the average SF con.
You are a wicked Bear. I've been reading Bone when I should be sleeping, and I've started watching Criminal Minds when I should be working.

In return, I talked a friend into buying Blood & Iron.
I work hard for my wikkidness.
Sorry about missing the parties, but Laurie's work will be around much longer. :-) She does the most beautiful work and takes such care to make sure its actually wearable.
Cheers,
Jean Marie
It was lovely to chat with you for a bit -- andf we saved some single malts for the next time/next convention.
Yes!
It was good to meet you!
It was great seeing to you again. Talking shop on the T back to Riverside wound the convention down nicely. You're such an upbeat person that I always feel better as a writer after talking to you.


*g* It's a coping mechanism. But yanno, a pretty good one.

And I had fun on that trip too!
I greatly enjoyed meeting and talking with you. ^_^ anytime you're free for the tea-shop, let me know!
*g* Will do!
excellent.
^_^
...and I was there at one of the readings!?! (well, if you did more than won). Very cool stories..
Thank you!