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worldcon - day 1 [Aug. 6th, 2009|03:24 pm]
kyle cassidy
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A few months ago I was in a liquor store looking for grappa (because I'm basically an old Italian man at heart) and there was some talk radio station playing. Normally I despise talk radio which is fine, it makes me shop faster. On this talk radio station they had the author of some sort of “get rich quick” book, which I'm pretty sure I hate more than talk radio – the combination of the two is kind of like a punch in the brain and I was trying not to pay attention. But in between his attempts to prey on the weak with tips of flipping properties, he said two things that made a lot of sense.

1)Don't be the smartest or most successful person in your peer group.
2)If your peer group consists of nine broke, unemployed guys, you'll be broke unemployed guy #10.

Even a blind pig finds an acorn every once in a while they say, but those two things really struck home for me. I realize that having friends who are always doing something amazing, new books, new plays, new movies, whatever motivates me to work harder, lest I have nothing to bring to Show and Tell.

So, I was pleased to discover this morning that reddit had picked up Where I Write, and I was pleased to see that it looks beautiful in the Worldcon Program (thank you Paul) and then I was pleased to discover that Metafilter had also picked it up.

So, here I am with my Thing To Be Proud of. It's a nice feeling.

I've only just got here and already I almost got a Hugo....


We got up at 4:15 this morning, got on a plane, made it to Canada without incident. Bagle o' Death hooked us up with the coolest house I've seen in a Very Long Time (where I am currently sitting by the pond writing this) and we hied off to the convention center where we quickly ran into Michael Freaking Swanwick who gave us the most beautiful, heartfelt, wonderful gift I felt like weeping. (Michael has two new books out as well. Two.)



We bumped into whafford and Colin and found Neil Freaking Gaiman in the green room. He introduced us to Dr. Who writer Paul Cornell.

We talked about Where I Write and Neil was able to top it, because he's just won two blue ribbons for his honey at the county fair.

So tonight I strive to do better because my friends are doing better and I'm glad I heard that guy on the radio in the liquor store. I'm very lucky not to be the smartest or most successful person in my group of friends. I'm glad they're out there kicking my rear every day.



(Neil's liason, Anne, says she knows where my lj is.)
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[User Picture]From: gravityslave
2009-08-06 11:01 pm (UTC)
Damn. All my favourite and most inspiring artists are currently in MY COUNTRY and I'm too broke to go play!
One day, sir, one day. My heroes are heroes for the same reason that you describe above! Thanks for always inspiring the aspiring.
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[User Picture]From: carolynturgeon
2009-08-06 11:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations mister, all the photos look amazin! And I wanna hear Trillian being wonderful, and I want soma that prize-winning honey, hand it over!!
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[User Picture]From: humanoid27
2009-08-06 11:07 pm (UTC)
i'm really hoping you meet someone i know (feorag and charles stross, flick and mike, steve green the taff delegate, sue mason...
i'm hoping for photographic evidence (joke)... ;)

have a good con!


oh, and i met that paul cornell at eastercon. nice chap.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-08-06 11:35 pm (UTC)
i was in the mens room with charles stoss! he looked enviously at me because my hand dryer was working while his was not.
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2009-08-07 12:22 am (UTC)
Like the various classes of relics in the Catholic church?
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2009-08-06 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'd noticed some people seemed to seek out groups where they were the big frog, and others seemed to like knowing lots of people who "competed" with them (challenged them, etc.). And that the second sort were definitely more interesting people :-). Kind of another cut through the data leading to about the same conclusion.

My friends list is in Montreal this week. Hi, everybody!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-08-06 11:36 pm (UTC)
I ran into Ctien and John Singer as soon as I got here. We talked about you. I shall be photographing them saturday.
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From: tamidon
2009-08-06 11:11 pm (UTC)
I am so amused to see that NFG also gets the stickon ribbons on his con badge
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[User Picture]From: theniwokesoftly
2009-08-06 11:48 pm (UTC)
I laughed hard enough to snort at Neil's expression in the last photo. Very nice.
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[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2009-08-07 12:02 am (UTC)
if you don't hang out with people who are smarter than you, you won't get to learn new things. i thrive on being with people who are smarter than me.

i'm so happy for you and all of your success! you make me burst at the seams!

tell your woman i heart her and hope to see her soon!
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[User Picture]From: volksjager
2009-08-07 12:07 am (UTC)
Another way to say that is one I heard as a teen. " Judge a person not by the depth of the vally below him,but by the height of the mountains around him" wish I could recall who said it.
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[User Picture]From: karohemd
2009-08-07 12:08 am (UTC)
If you have nothing and no-one to aspire to, what's the point? Those who are better than me in, say, photography, have helped me become better at it (just look at the stuff I came up with last weekend and the sort of thing I did two years ago) but at the same time improved themselves so there will always be a gap and I still find things I can improve.

I'm really looking forward to your next report.
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[User Picture]From: handworn
2009-08-07 12:20 am (UTC)
Yes, one invariably drifts toward whoever you hang out with and whatever you read. Which has scary consequences for the self-selection phenomenon. I suppose this explains the polarization of much of modern politics; we value a circle of validators far more than we value being taught something uncomfortable.
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[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2009-08-07 12:59 am (UTC)

black t-shirt squee!

i have the t-shirt NFG is wearing in that photo!
well no, silly, not the exact shirt. his is on his body up in montreal and mine is hanging in my closet in chicago. you know what i meant, dangit.

since it's partially obscured by his jacket, let me share: it says "join a proud minority. read books." i got it at gencon several years ago.

Edited at 2009-08-07 04:24 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: phenom_woman
2009-08-07 02:03 am (UTC)

You are IO9 and mentioned with this link on the Park Bench

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[User Picture]From: weezerchild703
2009-08-07 02:48 am (UTC)

Nice shirt ;)

This is excellent, congratulations. I suppose another good trick other than not being the smartest/most successful person in your peer group would be a little notation that it's nice (necessary and important) to stop every once in awhile and acknowledge what you've created and accomplished. And then move forward and create and accomplish more!
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