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I'm home!

I had a wonderful time at the Worldcon. I met many people for the first time. Patrick Rothfuss probably thinks I was either stalking him or present as multiple clones.

I am, of course, struggling with the post-con weather, as it were. And I now have five hundred messages in my various inboxes, and posts on the web-site, and am feeling inundated, but in a good way.

I met both seananmcguire and la_marquise_de_ for the first time, and hopefully not for the last. Seanan's first DAW novel, Rosemary and Rue will be arriving on shelves very soon, and Kari Sperring's novel, Living With Ghosts is already out in the wilds.

Notable things about Seanan: She can write. She can draw. She can sing. She likes orange. Her cats are evil geniuses, and it's probably a good thing that she can't bring them to the convention with her. She is very up front. And in the singing category? Wicked Girls. Which she performed in concert. Her voice is really strong; the lyrics are also really strong.

I think my husband also loved her song about the Black Death.

Notable things about Kari: She is tall, has red hair, loves long skirts, and she is very soft-spoken. But given my weakness for accents, I could listen to her read forever. She, Pat Rothfuss and I, shared a one hour reading slot, and I think Pat and I gave her a moment of concern because we arrived at exactly 12:30, which is when it was to start. But I blame Pat :D. I was following him. He says he was doing the time-honored tradition of following from the front. So we took a little detour because we were not quite paying attention to the geography.

But Kari read from her work in progress, and I would say her reading, of the three, was the strongest; her voice so totally suited the opening for that book, and of course, as always happens when listening to authors read from works-in-progress, I can't actually read the rest of it.

I also introduced myself to catvalente, and would have loved about, oh, eight more hours of said introduction. Cat has a really vital presence; there's something about her that reminds me a little of Nalo Hopkinson, not so much because they either look the same or are similar personalities, but because there's something about them that just makes it hard to look away or stop listening or leave. I'm very aural, so some of it might be the texture of their voices.

Oh, and Cat has very long hair.

I met, for the first time, kate_nepveu and her husband. I had always thought, from some of the pictures posted of the two of them, that Kate was tiny. Actually, in real life Kate is not that much shorter than I am. It's Chad -- he's 6'6". He's huge. And one of the first things Chad mentioned was Anathem, so: book talk :D.

I know I'm forgetting things.

But: this convention was the first convention that we brought my oldest son to. He wanted to come; my youngest both wanted to come (so he didn't miss out on anything) and was afraid he'd be bored (and this is reasonable, because I think he would have been). He eventually decided to stay home with my parents.

My oldest is, not surprisingly, interested in gaming, comics (mostly web comics), and etc. He wanted, in particular, to meet Greg Ketter's son, who he knows only from on-line venues. So he spent most of his time in the gaming room.

Checking in on him every so often in the gaming room reminded me about what I loved when I first started coming to conventions. All of the people in that room were interested in, well, gaming. Some of them were 9 years old, and some of them were over 60; some were girls, some boys; some were socially a bit more polished and others... less.

But... no one cared about the differences. If you were there to game, you gamed.

I admit that if you wandered in with no interest in gaming you were probably invisible--but if you shared an interest, the interest was the defining characteristic. There was a sense of tribe, there, and they were all having fun.

Sometimes I get caught up in the author-side of the convention, and I forget that my first conventions, at fifteen, were just like this experience. It made me happy.


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Aug. 11th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Michelle!
Aug. 11th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, and what were they playing in the gaming room? RPGs, boardgames?
Aug. 11th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, and what were they playing in the gaming room? RPGs, boardgames?

Munchkin, for some of it. Other board games. But the last night or two, a game called Werewolf, which requires no cards or boards at all, but does require people.
Aug. 11th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I should have guessed that Werewolf would have been played. You typically need a whole bunch of people to play, and cons are ideal for that.
Aug. 11th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Notable things about Kari: She ... has red hair

Heh. It was purple last week. And yes, I too love to hear her read. Ferret-women for the win, say I.
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
It was purple last week.
It faded. Boo.
Aug. 11th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Notable things about Michelle: she may be the nicest person in the world. It was lovely to meet you and talk and I hope it happens many times again.
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
It was a lovely surprise to meet you.
Aug. 13th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
I never even saw you at WorldCon! I was at Seanan's concert, but then so were a lot of others.

Phil or I will be at Bakka on September 1st for Rosemary and Rue - we know Seanan's writing from filk and her LJ poetry, and she's awesome.
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