August 7th, 2009

worldcon - day 1 part 2

They ought to have designated blogging times mapped out through the day here so you're not feeling guilty missing something when you're trying to write down everything that happened.

trillian_stars, wearing a dress by Kambriel, gave me the dental exam I've been so long in need of:

My panel on photography and the genre went very well. I was worried because it was so late at night, but it worked out wonderfully, the room was full, the audience was engaged. I broke off the formal panel discussion 1/2 hour early on the premise that by that time everybody has burning question they want to ask someone but they don't want to ask it in front of everyone and that turned out to be marvelous. People from the audience just leapt to the panel members they wanted to talk with and I think the best discussions happened then. I met an author who wrote at least one book on his iphone. In the car. With one finger.

We went to the TOR party where I had a vague meeting set up. It was mobbed. We managed to stake out some spots on the sofa and just watch the authors file past. Somewhere around 11:30 Neil came through the door with a gaggle of people in tow. "This is my Clarion class!" he said proudly, "can you take a photo of us?" -- certainly not there. Luckily I'd been feeling dangrous that day and had only brought a fish-eye lens with me. "Everybody into the bathroom!" I cried out. Photos were taken.

Then I met John Scalzi who was very nice

Sometime during the evening Cathrynne M. Valente showed up, there was much joy. By this time the party had spilled from the TOR room into the hallways and consumed the entire floor. All these famous people kept walking past.

Eventually we crammed into a glass elevator and left. Cab drivers in Montreal, I must say, my experience has not been good. So far 100% of them have not been able to find Bagle O' Death's place and have all lead us on a merry romp driving around in circles. Last night we got dropped about 3/4ths of a mile from where we were supposed to be after much back and forth on the radio between the driver and HQ trying to figure out where we were going. It's right across the street from the High School for crying out loud. How can you be a cab driver and not know where the high school is?

Anyhoo, nice long walk through the night later, back to Bagle O' Death's place and I slept like ... like ... I slept like a hybernating frog entombed beneath hardened savanah mud.

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My panel today on "the fiction of neil gaiman" is at 2:00. Hope to see some of you there!

Be swell today.
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worldcon day 2

Just a quick recap -- very tired here.

Just checked the stats and on thursday, my Where I Write web page got 2,890,354 hits. That's right. Almost three million hits, which is more than Armed America ever got in one day (Armed America sustained over 500,000 for nearly two weeks on at least two occasions, but never broke a million on a single day).

So. Sweet barking cheese.

Today was more laid back. Took some photos for the Top Secret Project, spent a bit of time with Gay and Joe Haldeman and it's freaking wonderful to see them. I survived a Not Very Good Panel, which I had the unenviable position of being the moderator on. I wasn't really able to lead the conversation very well through the first half of it and it floundered a couple of times but finally I was able to push it in a profitable direction and the last half hour went well.

Tomorrow I'm photographing fans from 10-4, i have no idea what that's going to be like. then I have the "behind the scenes of WKAP slide show which should be fun.

trillian_stars and whafford and I came home early. Sleep calls. It does.

One of the really nice things that happened was that John Scalzi linked to mah blog. It's been a magical couple of days in a magical life.

May your evening be filled with dirigibles and polite djinn's.
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