Today was the last day of the con which basically means a late start because everyone is well hungover from Saturday night parties. In fact, the dealers room didn't open til 11 (which I thought was an excellent idea). Then there is the awards banquet at 1pm. The awards themselves. And it's all over, bye, see you next year!
I had a very lazy breakfast with jonathanstrahan. We talked over last night - we both did separate things thus has many stories to trade as currency. Then we met people in the bar before I headed off to the dealers room for a bit of trading. I had discovered that I didn't get sized for the ring I bought which I've arranged to get resized and posted to me. I sorted that out and had another browse of all the stock. I'm very happy with the ring I have chosen, it's exactly the right choice. And kinda funny cause I haven't worn a ring in over a year and suddenly got a desire to.
At 1pm we headed off to the banquet hall for the awards banquet. I sat with the Locus crew and Ellen Klages and the Straubs and after some minor seating kerfuffles we all sat down and enjoyed a very lovely meal. And then the awards came round and you've no doubt heard that both Jonathan and Margo nabbed awards. But Jonathan very much did not think he was going to win and I have to say that my absolute favourite moment of the con was sitting next to my friend when he won a World Fantasy Award the very first time he was nominated. He was genuinely shocked and surprised and that made it so fabulous. And I was very proud. Peter Straub also won two awards - one for Life Time Achievement - so that was very very exciting! And Gene Wolfe won for best collection (I think?) and I teared up his speech was so moving, especially the bit where he said that he wished the young Gene Wolfe could be here to see this since he was the one who wrote most of the collection. He was barely holding it together and it was really very touching.
After the excitement and all, and the fussing and whatnot, Jonathan and I headed off to have celebratory ice cream, since we had agreed we would go either way. I had Star Anise, Wildberry lavendar and Gravel Road. Delicious!
There was bar hanging. And then dinner - a bunch of us - Gary, Mark, Fran, Jonathan and Peter and Susan - headed off down the street and ended up at this unbelievable Italian restaurant called Martini. Oh my gosh it was very fancy and very very good food. So classy. In fact all the meals I've had here in Columbus have been out of the ballpark good. There is really really good food here.
And now I must bid you good night for I am up at 5am to get to the airport in time for my flight.
I have had such an amazing time. I can't wait for San Diego (hey, will you dogsit for me?)