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Update. (almost-con-report, etc)

WFC 2009 was awesome-crazy.

It was the most overwhelming of all the cons I've ever been to, even though numbers-of-people-wise it wasn't quite so large. That being said, conventions like Norwescon have large sub-groups that I'm not particularly interested in, whereas World Fantasy was packed, PACKED with people I know, or want to meet, or otherwise want to talk to. It was all very, "holy crap, I know everybody in the entire world."

Sort of.

I added book #2 to my collection of "books in which I have specifically requested that the author sign and use the personalization to insult me", which means that it is now a Thing I Do instead of just a one-time attempt to let Scalzi get back at me for harassing him through most of Worldcon.

I got a ton of free books, bought some books, enjoyed readings (You want to pre-order N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms), and even served on A Panel that went well enough, I think. (I enjoyed myself, despite being terribly nervous when I first sat at the elevated magical panelist table. As far as whether it was a good panel or not, I think you have to ask the audience.)

One of the panels I attended resulted in a) the unveiling of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards, to give prizes to SF&F that has been translated from other languages. www.sfftawards.org b) My purchase of a Haika Soru title, Usurper of the Sun by Housuke Nojiri. I'm nearly finished with the book now. It's very hard SF and the novel itself was written with a different literary aesthetic than I'm used to, which is a nice change of pace.

I'm still in post-con recovery mode, since I spent most of Sunday feeling hungover and tired. At the end of Sunday, I missed all the parties due to a ridiculous high fever. I slept almost all of Monday, except for being marginally awake during the Seattle-Bellingham drive.

In non-con news, I will apparently have a job after moving to Seattle, even if it is still retail. Yes, boo-hoo, whatever. I'm relieved that I will be able to pay my rent and bills.

I'm also doing NaNoWriMo, but I think we will all be happier if I don't talk about that here. At least, I will be.


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Nov. 4th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
what name are you using on the NaNo site?
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I heard very good things about your panel from one of my friends. I had intended to be there, but it was on my long list of "Things That Clashed With Other Things and bifurcation of self is not an option."

Sorry to hear your were sick. So was Rachel Swirsky, and I had a mild dose of Con Crud too.

- Keyan
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