April 13th, 2009


tired now

Today was the big ticket day at Swancon for me. I'm still wondering how I can have gotten sunburnt when I spent the entire morning in the WASFF AGM and then afternoon upstairs in the Dealer's Area? I'm not even sure I *saw* any sun. I was also hideously hungover, successfully having drunk more last night than I did at my birthday, when I swore off alcohol, and managed to mix all of my drinks. Very ouchy! Very not cool as an engineer who learned that lesson already the hard way. I spent the entire day feeling very unwell.

We bid for Swancon 2011 with our "Swancon 36" bid and were successful. Yay! We have a ton of ideas, most of which we had time to pitch in the meeting. Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we're really itching to get started. I also kinda discovered I really love meetings. I was having too much fun in there ... for a while. Then it was a really long meeting. I might just like the voting aspect :)

I'm having the best time at this con. The committee are unbelievably helpful - invisible almost but then you look over your shoulder and they're behind you helping you set things up or coming past to check you have everything you need. I really love the dealers space that got worked out in the end. I'm having a great con. Also, so many people are full of so much information and are so happy to help and to share it. It's really invigorating to get to be in that kind of space. And I just love getting to be a part of it.

I just dropped Cat off at the airport which was sad - she was here so briefly and now is gone again. But I'm really glad she decided to come. It's always nice to see her and get to talk face to face. See ... slight postcon blues there already cause she's not down the corridor to go ask her a question :(

But that just kinda makes me excited about Natcon which is actually not that far away (eek! Peter's book! Gotta get moving!). It'll be June quicker than I'd like and I'll get to see lots more of you in person! Yay.

What else? The Tin Ducks were on this evening and the room was very beautifully decorated - it had helium balloons and stars AND tribbles. What more could you want?!

My favourite moments were John Parker for Best Fan Production for Wastelands and Ju Landesse receiving the Chair Award. John's con was so well organised and so relaxed and enjoyable. I'm so glad that everyone else thought that too. And Ju's squeak which was pretty much the highest pitch I've heard come from her when she got up to thank the (outgoing) Chair had me with tears in my eyes.

And the Mumfan - you can't go past that award. And you know the Board got it right when you've just been in a conversation with the recipient 5 minutes before the ceremony and she's offering to help you out on treasury aspects/advice cause she's done it before.

So I think I just signed up to be far more involved in the WA SF community for the next little while. And I'm really excited about all the new friends I am sure to make and all the things I am going to learn. I just ... have to get some sleep now before all that.
new ceres nights

New Ceres Nights Book Launch

Last night we launched New Ceres Nights.

A big thank you to Liz who made and organised all the costumes except for Tehani's. And thanks to Liz and Kate who dressed me and dealt with wig fail. Did you see the size of my arse? It was enormous! Crazy and impractical!!!

Also a big thank you to Cat, Liz and Kate for reading excerpts from the book.

Many thanks to Tehani, Kathryn, Alan, Maia and PRK who helped set the room up and help me pull off the vision of a New Ceresian coffeehouse. And then helped me clean up afterwards. Thanks also to Matt for child wrangling, cleaning up and schlepping!

And finally thanks to everyone who came.

ball of yarn

so much to say

I have so much to say about Swancon this year. It was such a different experience for me this year compared to my other Swancons. But I am tired and should probably stay in this quiet room by myself for awhile. I noticed my rate of speech was accelerating frighteningly today. Time to slow down and chill out :)

I forgot to mention, in my excitement yesterday, that Ben and I won a Tin Duck for 2012 and a group of us won a Tin Duck for our conversational review of the Twilight series (I have certificates for those of you who weren't at the ceremony). I am so chuffed for the nod to 2012. A year on and I am still very very proud of TPP's first book and of the work Ben and I did on it. The review too was a lot of fun to do and I hope, in our spare time this year (HA!) we might find time to do it again.

But ... actually, I think I have come out the other side of Swancon Contact profoundly changed. It was a very busy con for me. A lot happened, we worked very hard on a bunch of things and I met so many people I had been wanting to meet up with in person as well as a whole bunch of people I didn't know that I wanted to meet until I did! My view point has shifted and I am going to need to sit down and think through a whole heap of stuff in the next few days and figure out some stuff.

And every now and then this thought happens to me: OMG! We are running Swancon 2011!! OMG!

So if you are nearby when that happens, just smile and nod. It seems to pass quite quickly.

Again I went through the con entirely forgetting to eat. I think if Swancon continues to insist on being over Passover I am going to have to be organised enough to bring food in for each day. I ate lunch today and I can't remember the meal before that - maybe lunch with Kathryn on Saturday? Dinner Saturday night? It felt odd and really good to have a meal in my stomach. I need to remember to eat meals at cons!!!!

Yay to my boss who made me book leave for tomorrow. She is truly wise.