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I have just returned from a weekend at Confluence, in Pittsburgh. It's a small convention, but I really like it, and I always have a good time when I'm there. This year was a little sad, because it was the first year at which there was no Ann Cecil, but the memorial service was a strong reminder of her presence, and what it's meant to so many people.

I usually do a reading, a signing, a kaffeeklatch and a number of panels over the course of the weekend. This weekend was not an exception. One panel, however, made me return to a topic that's been at the back of my mind for a few years now. This is not a commentary on Confluence because Confluence, by and large, doesn't have this problem, and the lack is one of the reasons I do love the convention and I do continue to attend it.

Rant below the cut. I also want to point out that no one who reads this (that I know of!) is in any way being targeted by anything I've said; it is not meant to be personal, but it's possibly a tad heated.Collapse )

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folkmew
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
You know, you're absolutely right! I realize now how many times I've gone out and bought a book by an author because I found them so entertaining and interesting on a panel. Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville, Brother Guy Consalmagno, Tanya Huff and definitely Connie Willis all spring to mind. Oh and "Into the Wild" by Sarah Beth Durst who was on a panel about Bruce Coville that I somehow lucked into moderating. She was just so... charming and intelligent and ... (cute... I didn't say that)... and.... delightful that I had to get her book. Fortunately I found the book quite fun to read as well. :-D Phew!!
jongibbs
Aug. 17th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
Excellent post! I'm a little late to the party - here by way of John Scalzi's link.

In addition to the deliberate 'I want to make everything about me and my work' approach, I think some folks just let their nerves get the better of them. You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their tone of voice. They make a point, but can't seem to stop talking.

Another thing I've noticed is when folks tell me they don't need/didn't read the questions in advance because they're 'An old hand at this', with rare exception, they eat up panel time with long-winded answers.

I've been moderator on a few author panel/Q&As now. I'm learning to spot the warning signs so I can jump in :)
(Anonymous)
Sep. 10th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
the place and time for the time and place
how many time i do not do what i want to do but do what i dont want to do
(Anonymous)
Sep. 24th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
In the past there is that but in the future there will be notihing
how many time i do not do what i want to do but do what i dont want to do
(Anonymous)
Nov. 26th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Melanie
I want to say, Bless your heart, I sorry you had a bad day; however, I would also like to ask if you forward this advice to the person who cause this rant? They really need it...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 15th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
steel roof
hi there its my bro`s site just say paul told to ring and to look after you
pb
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