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( Aug. 10th, 2008 05:54 pm)
Despite not getting more than four hours sleep between the end of day three and when realized I needed to move to make it to my 10am panel, I did make it.

I have no idea if we made any sense, i have no idea if i made any sense. The panel to me spent a lot of time on music theory, buy some on all sorts of stuff.

Sitting in the green room with Kate Paulk, David B, Jeff, and a rotating cast of others we probably came close to getting tossed out for a rather raucous and ribald conversation that occasionally soared its way into the gutter.

The Appeal of Urban Fantasy panel was hilarious. As much as I wish Anton Strout was able to attend, having Sarah Hoyt on the panel with myself, David Boop and Ann Aguirre was a ton of fun. Sarah and I have a sense of humor that is much a like, David I'd met earlier in the con. We discussed the trends and various major series in urban fantasy. This was also the last panel of the night in that room, and while I'm sure the audience was entertained as they were frequently laughing as hard as the panelists, the phrase "Are any of us going to get out of here with our careers intact?" was uttered more than once. I hope to run into Ann and David again some time.

Later, more parties. The nice folks at Baen had a party in which after four days in the same town as Lois Bujold i managed to do more than say "Hi" to her. From what she said the forthcoming Miles Vorkosigan book has about four chapters done and Miles is now 39.

Back in the SFWA suite I ran across the news that Mary Robinette Kowal had won the Campbell Award. Mary is one of my fave people in the business and is sharp as hell.

I sat around int he SWFA suite for much of the night talking to Carol Berg, The Hoyt Collective Peter Heck, Jeremy Lassen, Becky and Alan Lickess, Ginjer and one or two others who's names escape me.


Dan Hoyt had a panel at 11 on writing vampires, none of the panelists had ever written a vampire story. One of the participants got lost and they roped me into it, I had the fun of plugging T.R.'s books, pretending to be T.R., plugging Ravencon, causing trouble and winding up Sarah about some some of her vampires. :-)

edited to add mention of the AoUF panel.
Yes, this is really late.

Day three was like today a day where there were no scheduled panels for me. It was also a busy, busy day. The only important meetings were with the Chairs of Conjecture and Lunacon. We talked about a couple idea's and people who wanted to be there.

Later i had lunch with CanaryNoir, and two of her fabulous friends. We talked about some of what I'm doing to ge her book sold, some about her WIP' and chatted about the con.

Later, there were parties. The Pyr party rivaled the Tor party for bodies and easily doubled it for density of crowd. There was also an interesting specialty mixed drink. I can't tell you what it tastes like or what was in it because mine kept evaporating. Luckily I got a spiffy glass with the Pyr logo so all was not lost. The tor party was well attended as always, and hip deep in heavy weights.

After the party tour a group of us went to Leela's over on 15th street. Leela's is a twenty four hour diner with a bar built in. Sadly there was a rather obnoxious git there causing the staff problems. All he could prattle on about was how he was working the DNC and 'we' will never win with attitudes like that. Fortunately the company i was way better. Jude of Borderland Books, Jetse, Jeremy Lassen, Lou Anders and half a dozen others.

Eventually I got back to my room just about three am, with a panel less than seven hours later...
Yesterday was fun, and all the set work was done by two so I relaxed a bit more the rest of the day. The morning panel The Agent Behind the Curtain was a bit more general than I expected, but probably what the audience needed. Joshua Bilmes did a fantastic job moderating, Eleanor Wood contributed in that cool reasoned way she does. Lucienne Diver was her usual strong business woman self. And Kristen Nelson was the only one i hadn't met before, she was sharp and well focused.

Next I had the signing turned pitch session. This was in the dealers room, thankfully far enough away from most things that I could here the people who were talking to me. The dealers room is large and I spent half an hour talking to Howard and Sandra Taylor. I ran into Jeremy from Night Shade and talked to him for a while.

So aside from Schlock Mercenary I also noticed the folks from Girl Genius, and a demo station for the various versions of Soul Caliber 4, featuring Star Wars characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

Today the only real plans are a brunch with the conchair of Lunacon to beat him into persuade him of a few things I'd like and give him a bit more background on some of the folks who I know want to be there or are going to be there.

After that is a late lunch with [personal profile] canarynoir and then visiting folks at one or two of the parties.

For those keeping track; I talked to Steve Stirling, Jay Lake, Peter Heck, Ken Shoels, and a half dozen others i should remember but don't.

Depending on mood and energy, i may send out a few more submissions later this afternoon.
Yesterday's  Shmoozing 101 panel was fun. Unfortunately Ginjer Buchanan wasn't with us, but thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal and John Sclazi, it was a fantastic panel. I like panels that don't suffer from dead air and panic as people realize they will have to actually talk instead of just sit at the table and hope someone will buy somethign in the dealers room or art room with their name on it.

Schmoozing 101 was a lot of fun, I'd never met John Scalzi before even if I've commented on his blog a couple times, Mary i met and got a ride to the con hotel from the overflow at WFC Austin and have run into a couple times since. The two of them did a lot of the work and I chimed in to the person who said "don't be stupid." I don't think i actually said it in those words, but I'm sure the sentiment got across.

I did get to meet a couple of my readers, and someone who submitted something to me during the Winter Workout and was willing to speak to me anyway.

For those who hadn't noticed, there is a full page ad for Lunacon in the program book right next to the one featuring Lois Bujolds new series. There is also a full page color ad that features both Slow Train and Pyramid Power, both of which are available for pre-order.


Today i have two events.

one is an eleven thirty panel The Agent Behind the Curtain in room 506, and the other is immediately after at 1pm a signing in Hall D. After that i can go back to being invisible and maybe go to lunch. Please stop by the signing even if just to say hello, feel free to pitch your book to me.

For those who know them: Silverdrake, and Mike, The Hoyt Collective Family, Kate Paulk, Greg D, Cynthia Gonslaves, and a few others are here.

Oh yeah, for anyone at the con who hasn't discovered it there's free Wi-Fi on the 16h street mall, its the "Downtown DenverWiFI" network, I'm able to sign into it sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Plaza.

Cheers,
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( Aug. 6th, 2008 12:21 pm)
Well I made in one piece. I even managed to sit still on the plane for about five hours. I think I even kept the counter rotation of my feet down to six times an hour.

An amazing thing happened happened. Not one of the twenty or twenty five kids on the flight cried once.

The shuttles at the Denver airport apparently don't feel the need to staff the counters late at night.


On the other hand... The buffet at the Sheraton is good, and pre reg is organized and moving smoothly.

For those who know them, I ran into Kludge and Filthy Pierre so far.


Don't forget my 1pm panel "Schmoozing 101" in Korbel 1D
I actually managed to leave my house a bit early today. Which is good, otherwise i would have ended up dithering around and packing another ten pounds of stuff into my bags. Not stuff i needed, but merely stuff I saw and couldn't resist the challenge of trying to fit it into my bag. My drive down to the shuttle was fine. I got there early, the shuttle was clean, nearly empty and on time. I got to the airport and despite hellalot of people in front of me (okay, about 15) i was seated in Legal Seafoods at Terminal C 13 minutes after stepping uff the shuttle. This is several kinds of marvel at Logan. Normally it takes people twenty minutest to understand they do need their ID, and it is helpful to remember what city they are flying to. I adore competent travelers!.

I ate. for the first time in about 22 hours and the food was excellent even for Legal Seafoods. I saw hellalong lines at the check point. Marvel of marvels, it took less than 15 minutes to go from back of the line to shoes back on. I adore competent travelers!.I get to my terminal and there is something new. Something glorious and new. Something glorious and powerful and new. I speak of course of the power outlets installed int he new bench seats that not only don't have stains and rips, have power outlets..I nearly leaped for joy. Instead, i sat down,. plugged my laptop in, hit the power button and heard The Call.

Yes, the call telling me my flights gate had been changed. I was ok with this. Really. Then I got to that gate, where there were also clean, unripped, powered chairs and found out sorry no connection for you ! Yep, the 13 minutes someone had booked between my landing in JFK and leaving for Denver wasn't gonna work with the delay of the incoming flight. The nice, nice man offered me a direct flight. I said 'Sure, you're the best!' and nearly did a happy dance.Then he even called and got my bags moved. If he'd been a woman i would have proposed. Then he told me the bad news.My  shiny direct flight doesn't leave until about three hours after the flght i was supposed to be on. Oddly, this new flight landed only about 35 minutes after the flight i should have been on. I went meh and trudged off to the bar. Here, my challenge is to remain sober enough over the next couple hours to be allowed to board my flight.

Sadly it is way to lound to do slush or anything productive.
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( Aug. 5th, 2008 02:00 am)
Eric, who won the cover letter contest chose to get the paperback of Pyramid Power which is due out the end of September.

A fantabulous lady who is entirely too kind to a wayward bird i have an ARC of Slow Train to Arcturus to flash around at Denvention, Pi-Con and Conjecture!

[profile] davefreer and [profile] jamesenge will hopefully both participate in the Bittercon that [personal profile] sartorias posted about. Look for them later this week, I know Dave hopes only to be buried in the current WIP until Friday, but books happen and characters are occasionally mean.

As i mentioned elsewhere on the web, Wednesday morning for the casual breakfast I'll have a copy of Slow Train on my table. Say hi and join me if the mood strikes you.

In theory I will get into the Sheraton around between 11 and midnight. Look for the large, tired looking black guy in the Patriots Jersey. 

I have no idea how often I'll actually update during the con, but I'll try for once a day.

I should probably start packing now.

Cheers,
So which of my readers will in Denver?

Assuming my luck with travel holds out, I'll be arriving late Tuesday in Denver. While I can't promise to be interesting, or even fully awake I'm up for a casual breakfast in the Sheraton eatery around 9/930 if there's any interest on Wednesday morning.
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( Aug. 1st, 2008 05:35 am)
Black Gate who have published a couple of James Enge's stories has put up issue #12 on their site for free. http://www.blackgate.com/ This issue just happens to include one of James Enge's tales. With luck I'll have time to read it on the flight to Denver.
Yes, life has left me busy enough to nearly forget the contest.

I will announce the winner in this post. I promise. But first:

My panel schedule for WorldCon;

Worldcon )


Standard plea to Congoers;

If you see me wandering around at a time I'm supposed to be at a panel please point me in the right direction. I'm very good at losing track of time at cons.

Volunteers!

I need three for horrible duties via LJ during Worldcon.
Please comment, and I'll ask you what I want via either the LJ message service or one of the IM platforms.

Contest!
And the winner is....

Well first i really need to thank everyone who participated because these were just hilarious to read. The LOLCATZ one was fun, the sheer inanity of quite a few, and the good fun of them all. The winner is going to the one that combined uselessness of actual text, psychopathy, criminality, and pure iron plated resistance to good sense the best, all without showing an overall deficit of writing skill. The author of the gem below should contact me via email soon so I can get their prize shipped. My comments are between the "[" and "]".
Contest )

I think I'll have to do this contest again sometime not so soon.





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( Jun. 30th, 2008 09:56 pm)
Well, I've got my preliminary schedule for Worldcon. It looks like I'll be on three panels. Wednesday, and Friday look to be fairly clear for meetings. Anyone wishing to pitch to me, or just pick my brain quietly should probably pick a time from mid day on on Wednesday, or anytime from mid morning on Friday. If you want to schedule a time you can:
Message me through LJ with your contact info.
Send me an email through the webform on my website.
Instant message me via one of the options in my profile.
Or go all old fashioned and call me.

If you're going with two or three writer friends I'm willing to talk to a couple people at once.

You can also just try and wander into me at one of the room parties at the main hotel where I'll be staying.
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