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Let's see. I started playing Flight Rising, this dragon breeding game with forums and mini-games and monster battles. It's fun. Look at my pretty dragons.

I started Russian 101 on Wednesday. So far we've learned the alphabet and the weird Russian pronunciation rules (regressive assimilation, vowel reduction, palatalized consonants). It's very strange being in a class with 18-year-olds. For example, yesterday, two classmates were talking before class, and one of them asked when Chernobyl happened. I answered immediately and without thinking, "1986." They both were like "whoa, you just knew that!" So I said, "Well, I was alive then..." They asked what it was like, and I don't really remember, because I was 10, you know? But there was a lot of confusion and no internet to get information from, just TV news and newspapers, and it wasn't like Russia was terribly open about what was going on over there...

So yeah. It's weird. I don't want to be aloof or standoffish, but I also have this "well, I'm a LOT older than y'all, and it's weird to try to be friends with you because it could come off really creepy." So we'll see how things go.

Dragon Con is in less than two weeks oh fuck.

Still working on revising the spy novel. I'm getting close to the part where things get exciting, but there's a bit of rewriting I need to do, not just sentence-level revision, so, ugh. Also I don't have as much time per day to write, so I'll probably do something like spend a couple hours each day on the weekends and squeeze in some during the week. We'll see.

Helsinki won the 2017 WorldCon bid, so I'm planning to go to that. As long as it doesn't conflict too badly with grad school (if I get in). Their dates would get me back to the US about a week before the semester starts, which could make, you know, course planning exciting, especially if I go to Germany for language class on a grant.

But let's not put the cart before the horse, here. I haven't finished my application yet, because I haven't taken the GRE yet and I haven't uploaded transcripts. They at least take unofficial ones at the application stage, which is great, because those are free and things I mostly have on hand.

Hi, bye

17 Jun 2015 01:32 pm
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Finished sorting all the things from Shatterdome ATL 2 (jaeger boogaloo) and repacking things for Ben's brother's wedding, for which we will be traveling longer than it takes to get to Europe yet not leaving the country.

The wedding is on Orcas Island, which is a 2-hour ferry from somewhere in the Seattle area, and the ferry station is a 2-3 hour drive from the airport. Then we have to get from the ferry to the resort. I seriously do not understand how anyone can live on a remote-ass place like that. I feel isolated in my semi-suburban town on the edge of a moderate metropolitan area.

So we're leaving here at 8:25 am and getting to Seattle at 1:25 pm local, then our ferry leaves at 7:20 or something. At least we'll have time to pick up some food for lunch-dinner when we get there. We only need to be at the ferry port 90 minutes beforehand.

What I have left to do today is clean the cats' water fountain and paint my nails. Then I need to pack my toiletries and other carry-on things in the morning.

Also, I registered for class at UNC this fall, where I'm taking Russian 101. Whee! I can get 2 semesters in before I start at UGA (if I'm accepted). ... I need to work on my application materials, but I'll do that after I get back from the wedding.
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Tomorrow morning I'm heading off to run year two of Shatterdome Atlanta. I think we've done everything we need to do that can be done at this point. Badges need to be assembled (laminated, labeled, punched), but the labels, laminator, and badges are in 3 different places.

Last year felt pretty hectic, but part of that was not having enough staff and having a very unreliable person in charge of some important things. But all that needs to be done tomorrow is putting the badges together and putting t-shirts & posters from pre-order with the appropriate badges. Aside from, like, setting up screens and speakers and all that. Which obviously can't be done until we have the convention space. And the a/v equipment.

ALSO our hotel came up with a really cool menu for some themed drink renames. Either their graphic designer is a huge nerd or they're really bored. I'm pretty excited about that.

(Also also, if the convention is run by people who don't micromanage everything and trust the people they delegate to to get the job done, you're not frantically putting a schedule together 12 hours before the convention starts, not to speak of the program book!)
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Uh, let's see. I rewrote the fucking novel again, and it's off at beta readers'. One already got it back to me, but I'm not looking at comments until next month. I'm Not Dealing With It right now so I can do other things.

I'm about 3/4 of the way through the beginning conversation class. Some of my students are more comfortable with unknown words and global reading than others, so what I need to do is figure out how to convince them that knowing every single word isn't important, so they should look for keywords.

Another teacher suggested having them highlight all the things they do recognize, then looking up a limited number of unknown words, so they a) focus on how much they already know and b) don't get hung up on every single word.

It's about time to gauge interest in the next class, so we'll see if I have another class coming up. Though it'll get into summer and the travel season, and I'm going to have to miss half of June anyway... I don't know how that works here.

Convention planning continues apace. The Shatterdome has a full complement of artists for artists alley, but we're always looking for a few good panelists.

Uh, what else? There's a huge mess surrounding this year's Hugo awards, and I don't feel like writing about it here.

I'm still trying to make a #&%!^*%# sale of short fiction. I've gotten some helpful personal rejections (and some total forms), but apparently I'm not hitting the right editor at the right time. I'm thinking about making them into an ebook and selling them on amazon and ebooks.com and smashwords, either individually or as a collection. IDK.

My sister's baby is 2 months old. She thinks she looks like baby pictures of me. All I can tell is that it is a small human with a round, bald head. I am nervous about going home to visit, because there may be expectations of cooing and holding.
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Aside from being verbally assaulted upon getting into the car, Dragon Con was great.

We got down Thursday, I got my voucher to reserve my room for next year, getting our badges took about 2 minutes, and we met Laura A for dinner at Truva. One not-so-shiny thing: We were unpacking our stuff, and Ben goes, "...Where is our bag of shoes?" In our bedroom, of course. So we ended up getting a ride out to a store to buy new Doc Martens Friday morning.

Friday I went to the Science of Pacific Rim panel (which was standing room only) and handed out Shatterdome ATL fliers to people as they left. Then food and back to our room to get into costumes for the meetup. The meetup went well.

As we were heading back to our room, there were some costume malfunctions, so we re-hot-glued everything. We will possibly take off all the straps and contact-cement them down for future versions, or I'll find a hi-temp hot glue gun.

Saturday we went to the dealers room during the parade (best idea). We didn't pick up much, just some posters and a couple Gundam model kits. After lunch, we got back into our costumes and went to the Marriott to stand around and look pretty.

Sunday I went to the Late Show and stayed for the Evanna Lynch & Scarlett Byrne panel. Evanna is seriously Luna Lovegood in reality, it is adorable. Then I read as part of Broad Universe, then tried to promote the Helsinki in 2017 WorldCon bid. Having to explain what WorldCon is makes it kinda hard to get interest. I dropped off some candy and badge ribbons at the SFWA table before trekking to the Westin for a panel that ended up being mostly about Angel rather than Agents of SHIELD.

As is traditional, we got takeout (sushi this time) and drank heavily while watching the Masquerade on DCTV in our room.

Monday we headed out a bit after noon. Ben and I went through the comic artist alley briefly first. Since Asshole was driving and making it difficult to have a conversation with the front seat passenger over the road noise and music, Ben and I spent a couple hours talking Shatterdome stuff (mostly things I need to do but like bouncing off other people first).

We got home just as our catsitter was leaving.
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This week I:

- signed a contract for Shatterdome ATL
- typed up all but one of the answers for the exam I have due on Tuesday
- did a lot more con-related stuff
- wrote unpleasant con-related emails

And that pretty much ate all my hours between 9 and 5.

Other things I did:
- ordered stuff for our costumes for DragonCon
- revised & submitted a story

Thing I am proud of that I did:
- ran (jogged) a full mile at just over 12:30 min/mi. (I only slowed to a walk briefly to check my pace and see that, indeed, I was running faster than I thought and no wonder I was so wiped already.) This regular running thing is improving my stamina, yay.

Fun thing:
- A bottle of Special Effects Purple Smoke arrived at my house, and I just need to get some bleach.
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With the DashCon fiasco fresh in people's minds, I made a tumblr post on what you need to think about before you decide to run a convention.

Some of it I learned the hard way, but I didn't tell them that.
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After my experience with the convention I used to work with (that shall not be named), I was expecting to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the last week or two, then be constantly busy with doing stuff during the con.

Apparently, if you're not a micro-managing control freak, and you trust your department chiefs to a) be competent and b) get shit done, it's a lot easier.

My tech ops chair has 17 years of experience at Dragon Con. All I know about tech ops is that it's important and involves a/v and making sure things work right. At the post-con imbibing of scotch, there was a mutual "you're awesome!" "NO U!!" going on. My security chief has about 5 years of experience at Dragon Con, and she asked me something a few months ago about security, then made a team (from Dragon Con people).

I am really good at big-picture stuff, organization, timelines, to-do-lists, spreadsheets, and that sort of thing. I have a result that I want, and I'm not extremely fussed about the steps taken to get the result (as long as it doesn't result in shoddiness). I'm a compulsive planner, but I tend to get bored at the point of execution.

It's weird: I always thought I was kind of a control freak (or have been called that), but what it really is is that I like organizing things. A lot. (I'm an ESTJ.)
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I was in Artist Alley sometime in the early afternoon when one of the artists said, "Hey, Rob Kazinsky just tweeted that he's in Atlanta. We should tweet at him." I said, "Sure, go ahead," thinking pretty much that he a) wouldn't see the tweets and/or b) wouldn't come.

I didn't think about it much, except when I ran into other staff who said, "did you hear he's in Atlanta?" I had things to do (I had to sort things; I'm good at that), and didn't think about it again.

I was finishing pre-judging the costume contest when I heard the sound of fangirl squee in the hall. Ben said, "I think Rob Kazinsky just showed up." I turned to my fellow judges and said, "Let's ask Rob if he wants to judge the costume contest."

Some part of my brain said, "Oh shit they're going to mob the poor bastard." Another part of my brain said, "My entire security and ops staff work Dragon Con. They've got this." I get into the hallway, and, indeed, they had this.

We escorted Rob back into the room where we'd judged the costumes to come up with categories. He signed the award certificates *and* the posters we gave out as prizes. He did a little Q&A, then we made a group photo.

We used our staff privilege to get private photos.

Also, we sold over 20 badges at the door. Go us.
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We're driving down in the morning. I've gotten everything I need together (I hope), but I still need to pack my bathroom stuff in the morning. I need to use it first.

Most of what I've been doing the last few days is organizing things and sending email to the people who are getting the things done. Which leads me to the realization that a functional con comm is a glorious thing, as opposed to the utterly dysfunctional one I used to be part of. (The chairs are micromanaging shitlords who can't delegate worth a dog's fart. Whereas I've said, basically, "Ops person, you are experienced. Do your thing and keep me informed." And since I really like organizing things, this is so up my alley.)

I'm sad that my new jeans will be arriving tomorrow almost certainly after we leave. I hope they fit.
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Conrunning is all the bad parts of group work in school, except at the end you have a convention.

Have I mentioned that an important staff member is on vacation out of the country for a week right now? THE CON IS IN 20 DAYS.
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It's coming soon. Like 21 days soon.

We have a tentative schedule. We have badge art. We have -$1000 because our expenses are more than our income.

And I think it'd be fun to do this again.

That Guy

29 Jan 2014 11:56 am
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A friend is seeking Actual Questions asked by That Guy at cons (on panels, at the bar, standing in the dealers hall...) so they can give actual answers to them. Drop me a comment if you have any particularly hilarious(ly egregious) ones.

For example: Q: Why don't girls like guys who like science? A: They do, but not you.

Leave comments with your examples, and I'll pass them on.
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So I'm doing this thing. I'm kind of co-chair of the con, and I roped Ben into heading up programming.

We're selling badges and other goodies for people who can't attend. We've reached 25% funding in the first 24 hours.

Please share these links with your friends! If you want a handmade Knifehead plushie, act fast: there are only two left.

Word fail

11 Sep 2013 04:43 pm
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I wanted to get some writing in this afternoon, but I got new credit cards to replace the expired ones, which means updating all the autopay accounts.

It took a minute or two to get it changed at the home security company. Yay.

Then I tried to update the room I booked yesterday for DragonCon (yes, next year). All reservations are completely unmodifiable. Like, I can't even update my credit card using the online system. I probably can't add names to it there, either. I can understand making the rate not changeable (the Hilton charges more per person in the room), but the rest is ridiculous.

Which meant I had to call the hotel. So I called the hotel directly in Atlanta, and the reservations line was busy. So I called the central number, and the guy there took my information, put me on hold while he looked something up or talked to a supervisor or something, came back on and told me I needed to call the hotel itself.


So he put me on hold again while he transferred me to the hotel's rate department(?). Who took my information again, put me on hold again, and transferred me to yet another department. Who was actually able to change my credit card's expiration date in their fucking system. All that needed to be done was literally changing one digit in the expiration field. And it took 15 minutes.

Then I had to update my cell phone billing, which involved logging in to an account I never log into, which mysteriously got changed to have Ben as the primary user, so I had to get him to go in and fix that.

And now it's too late to get into writing, so I guess I'll go read about language acquisition theory instead.


3 Sep 2013 07:56 pm
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Thursday morning we left a bit later than I wanted to, around 9:30. After getting money from the ATM and properly inflating my tires, we got on the road about 9:45 which got us into metro Atlanta about 3:30 and to the hotel a little after 4. We got into our room, unpacked, got our badges, and went to dinner with Chrys and William. (The Mellow Mushroom is awesome. And cheap. Our room had a fridge, so we bought extra.)

Friday started with a surprisingly busy panel: the Genetics of X-Men. The room was packed, standing room only, and I had to watch from the doorway. After that, I think I went costume watching for a while until it was time for The Mechs Behind Pacific Rim, where I met a Tendo cosplayer named Bailey. She and I went over to the dealers' room after the panel. It was kind of a mess; there was a huge traffic jam right where you went in, but once you got through that, it wasn't too bad.

I bought a poster of Cherno Alpha signed by Guillermo del Toro with the extra note "MY FAVE!!" It was the most expensive thing I purchased. I also got a master grade Shining Gundam kit because it was $40, and I've never seen an MG kit that cheap. And I got BPAL's Peach 1, which, despite having tobacco listed as a note, didn't stink on me.

Ben was at a panel or something? And we went over to Truva for dinner. It was really good. Their falafel was crispy and tender and kinda kicky. The mezes are $6-7 each, and for the two of us, four were sufficient (Ben also ordered a shrimp casserole meze, which was $12, and was a pot of mushrooms and tomatoes with a couple huge shrimps on top). It's definitely on my go-again list.

I think we went costume watching after that.

Saturday was the parade. They changed the route a bit, so I didn't get to sit where I wanted to and ended up watching from the fifth floor of a parking deck. I took pictures, but they're all of tiny, indistinguishable people.

Then I went and put my costume on. After that, I costume watched some more until it was time for the Pacific Rim meetup and photoshoot, which was awesome and a lot of fun and really really hot with my coat on.

After that, it was back up to the Hyatt for my reading, where I got the weirdest mistaken cosplay identity. Someone decided I was Daenarys or however the fuck you spell it. Um. Modern combat boots and a tank top and dog tags? Totally looks like fantasy to me. Anyway. People seemed to like my pieces, though I suffered from being second to last.

Then dinner at the Pacific Rim bistro (I had to). I got a seared ahi tuna thing that was pretty decent, and Ben got a ginger martini that had actual ginger puree in it. At the bottom of the drink, you could chew it. Then back to the Marriott for costume watching, probably.

Sunday started similarly, and I got my costume back on. I have the problem of being a morning person with a strong internal clock, so I'll be awake by 7 no matter what. Also I'm a light sleeper, so loud-snoring roommate didn't help. (I tried earplugs, but after about an hour I started to feel dizzy and took them out. I wonder if the pressure buildup in my ear canals affects my inner ear and contributes to migraine.)

My Sunday schedule was completely clear, so I wandered around the art show and dealers' room with Ben until he went to a panel and I found a room I'd completely missed the first run through. Then we went to dinner in the food court and used the magic flavored soda machine at Moe's (I got peach-vanilla Sprite, which is awesome). We went to the Tom Smith concert, which was great. The Pinky & the Brain voice actors were in the next room over, so we had a cheering contest through the walls.

Then we went to our room to watch the Masquerade on DCTV so we could heckle it. Since I took my costume off, I couldn't go back out. My hair was ... well, it pointed upward without any assistance. Ben went back out, and I went to bed.

Monday we packed up and went to the Tom Smith concert on the concourse, ate lunch, and drove home. We left around 2:45, which was too late, and we got back around 8:30. I got gas station cappuccino in South Carolina when I stopped for gas (it's cheaper there). I love that stuff. It's *awful* and artificial, but it's cheap and tastes better than that burnt crap Starbucks sells.

Also: for future reference, the rest area with the pretty lake is the SECOND one northbound on 85 in SC, not the first.

I'm already planning an ambitious costume for next year with Ben: the Kaidonovskys' pilot armor. I'm looking up tutorials for Mass Effect and Gears of War and Stormtroopers to get an idea of how to assemble the whole thing. Craft foam is probably the way to go.

And here are my photos (on tumblr)

I haven't gotten to the PR photoshoot yet, and tumblr upload is REALLY SLOW, and it's time to watch cartoons now.
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Well, after we eat breakfast, check the air in my tires and refill if needed, and pack the car. But I'm going to shut my computer down now.

If you're going to be at DragonCon, come to my reading! Saturday, 4 pm, Vinings (Hyatt) with Broad Universe. I'm up around 5:40. I'll be reading from "Something There Is" and my VP application piece, "The Dresden Ghost Orchestra." (It doesn't totally suck! There's a line I was never happy with and still am not, but no editing until the workshop. That's the rules.)

I'll probably be tweeting, and occasionally posting to facebook, if you want to keep up with shenanigans as they occur.

See y'all on the flipside!
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I want to cosplay Sasha Kaidonovsky at DragonCon. (If you've seen my tumblr lately...)

DragonCon starts in 18 days.

I need to find a wig and a reference photo of her pants. I can find one of her top half (black shirt, coat), but not the full body. I saw the movie again last night, and I noticed her wearing tan pants that were fairly fitted, but it was like 2 seconds. (I think I took my tan jeans to the thrift shop last year; they didn't fit right anyway.)

I can tuck the pants into my Docs, but I need to find pants to use. I've been meaning to order one of these for a while (PCN allergy, on meds), and I could use that as a costume dog tag as long as no one looks too closely.

I was thinking of running down to Carrboro to hit up Sid's, but it's too hot to contemplate trying on coats in an un-air-conditioned tiny space jammed with stuff. (If you've never been to Sid's, imagine a 20x50' room where 80% of it is taken up with clothing racks and the rest is display cases of random and MREs.)

I found the coat I wore in college, and it's just about perfect. Except for the part where it's a winter coat, and I'm going to Atlanta in August. (It'll be nice in the panel rooms...) But I can take it apart, remove the insulation parts, and make the arms more fitted (which will involve adjusting the armscye, and oh god). And add some fake fur to the collar.

But I have this German military surplus jacket I got in high school that fits better, but the collar is wrong and I'd need to do surgery on it (remove the name tag and the little flags, for one). And it has fewer pockets.

Also I need to acquire a wig and learn how to style it. This one will work, and I've ordered from them before. I'm just concerned that Giant Emo Bang will be impossible to wrangle back. This one could also be good, but the bangs are too short.

Also there's some sort of design on the back of their jackets that is in absolutely no reference images anywhere :( According to the actress, it's made entirely of gold safety pins.
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Gwendolyn Clare: short fiction writer, thinks lack of subsocietal spaces in fiction is interesting
(mod)Shira Daemon: NYRSF, wrote Locus column
John Shirley: author “A Song Called Youth” trilogy, cyberpunk
Sabrina Vourvoulias: “Ink” near future immigration dystopia, intentional communities that form because of oppressive situation
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Mikki Kendall: karnythia, on panel because it's important to note that the conversation is around women's safety, not necessarily race. Has a bubble. Wants to talk about adjustments people make
Victoria Janssen: writes erotica. Coming from fictional and real perspective. Wants to think about what she includes in her writing to make fiction more open
Liz Gorinsky: editor at Tor. Recognizes she has a lot of privilege; fight is not unidirectional. Some people with power are working to increase inclusivity.
Shira Lipkin: writes short fiction, poetry. Volunteers at BARCC for 7 years as survivor speaker, community devel, motivation. Has done panels relating to sexual violence, intersecting axes of oppression.
(mod) Daniel Jose Older: writer, editor, anti-racist organizer, works on gendered violence. Comes to cons to feel safe with fans but he doesn't. We know we're getting somewhere because there's discomfort. Missing stuff that happens in front of our faces while we're writing.
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I missed the beginning of this panel, so I couldn't attribute these properly. This is just notes.

On the panel: Doyle, MacFarlane, Ronald, Schneyer, Vedeler, Wessells
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(mod) Rose Lemberg: wants to see more multilingual SF
John Chu: came to US at 6, gets comment “you speak English so well” has seen issues that arise out of non-fluency; universal translators are fine, but engage.
Anil Menon: lived in Tanzania, India, then US. India has a lot of languages—had to decide right level of English in novel. Still steeped in foreign culture. Oral storytelling culture.
Alex Dally MacFarlane: doing masters in Asian history. Language situation in near east very complicated, interesting. Fantasy bases itself in history but doesn't engage linguistic problems. Would like to see more.
Sabrine Vourvoulias: born in Thailand, raised in Guatemala. Spanish + 21 distinct indigenous languages, which influenced Guatemalan Spanish. Came to US at 15, learned more standard Spanish here. Edits Spanish language newspaper, different conventions & inflections based on regions. Easy to learn, difficult to master intricacies, subtleties.
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Eileen Gunn: writes short stories
(mod) Maria Dahvana Headley:
Rose Lemberg: writer, poet, genderqueer
Maureen McHugh: writer
Paul Park: writer
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(mod) LJ Cohen taught PT students how to handle disabled patients
Sarah Pinsker epilepsy education
Gwendolyn Clare concerned as an educator
Shira Lipkin neuro disabilities, doesn't see people like her in sf; erasure
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My trip to Readercon began inauspiciously. I got to the airport in plenty of time and sat at my gate. A plane came in. We were supposed to leave at 9:45. Around 9:30, the gate attendants told us there would be a delay because our flight crew hadn't arrived yet. Around 10:30, she told us that the crew that was supposed to be on our flight hadn't made it in at all Wednesday night because of weather, so we would have to wait for another crew. There would be one getting in from Detroit at 11:30, which meant we could leave at 12:30. Ish. So we all got $25 credit card vouchers, good for 24 hours. (I used mine toward the hotel room.)
Thursday )

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Monday )

My flight was uneventful. Ben picked me up, we went home, and I took another shower to get the sweat stink off. Then we went to see Pacific Rim.

PACIFIC RIM. It was really good. The plot wasn't super deep or anything, and a few of the plot points were easy to predict (though not telegraphed). But the characters were fun, and there were giant robots smashing giant monsters. I really dug the song that played during the action scenes. Idris Elba gave a Crispin's Day speech. It was awesome.
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I have been told (by a self-proclaimed expert, no less) that people won't pay to go to cons unless there's some sort of immersive/experiential experience, and that they don't care about programming or guests.

I know a lot of you attend cons, as guests and as fans. What do you think: true? bullshit? somewhere in the middle?

Feel free to link this around.


24 Jun 2013 03:31 pm
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1. I'm on pins and needles waiting to hear back from VP. It's only been a week since the submission period closed, and I got my rejection letter June 30 two years ago. So it could literally be *any time*, and the longer it goes, the more convinced I am the answer is, once again, no. Seriously, every new email ding makes me anxious.

2. This is the exam that never ends. I have 10 of the 12 questions answered, hopefully to a fuller extent than the first exam, so I get a better score than last time. The last two questions I hope I can get finished today or tomorrow. I need to read a few chapters again (or a dozen more times) and see what I can tease out.

3. The con starts Friday. (Thursday night, but that's only the GOH dinner, and we're not going; besides, I have the last sword class until September.)

4. My exam is due at 5:59 pm Saturday (11:59 pm German time). I need to get this exam completed by Thursday afternoon, because I'm going to be too busy after then to work on it, and I won't have a steady net connection, either. (I did, actually, plan it this way. I purposefully timed it so I'd have to have it in before the con, rather than having the con be in the middle of the test period, and I didn't want to postpone starting it until after the con.)

5. I need to organize all my notes for next year's con and the one after into an obviously titled google doc.

6. I haven't written a word on my novel in close to 2 weeks. I miss it. But this exam is eating all my usable brain cycles.
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I'm going to ReaderCon, which is outside Boston, and I'm flying Thursday & Monday. I believe I have a room for Thursday night at the con hotel, but I'm looking for space Sunday night.

I don't need much space; a couch will work. My flight out is at 12:45, so even allowing 2 hours pre-flight, I won't need to be out at the crack of dawn or anything. I have no major allergy problems, but I will need to be able to sleep undisturbed lest I get a migraine. If you have allergy problems, be warned that everything I own is covered in cat hair.

I do not yet know how I'm getting from the con hotel (in Burlington) to Boston. I may be able to get a ride to Alewife, or even someplace more central, depending on the charity of others with cars. (There is reportedly a bus to Alewife, but it comes every 2 hours.)

I also do not yet know how I'm getting from the airport to the con hotel, but since my flight arrives before noon and con things don't begin until 8 pm, I'll have some time to kill in the afternoon. Possibly even toward 6 pm dinner, if people can be gotten together by then. (Boston friends, I haven't seen you in ages.)

I may enjoy playing tourist in your fair city, but I'll still have my luggage with me, which doesn't sound like a fun game in July. I haven't actually visited much of Boston, so that could be fun, as long as I can leave my bags somewhere. (They will be minimal, as I'm flying carry-on-only. But lugging a backpack around for 6 hours isn't my idea of fun.)

ANYWAY! If you have a bit of crash space I can borrow Sunday night and/or want to show me cool things in your city, let me know!
feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
I just sent invitations to 11 people for my track at the con.

Now I wait for their responses.


feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)

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