April 14th, 2009

coffee

I took a day off

This was very weird, I really didn't know what to do. Still doing the post-con comedown so my brain wasn't lucid enough to focus on anything in particular. I ended up getting out of bed and taking jonathanstrahan's advice and heading to my fave local cafe with a book that would be totally comfort reading. I took The Yiddish Policeman's Union which I have been really wanting to get to for ages. I didn't have the headspace to sit still and read it but from what I did read, I'm really liking it. I'm enjoying the added bits of Hebrew/Yiddish - heh - there's a character called Karpas! Heh, that's really funny but probably not if I explained it. It's like the Star Trek novel I read once where the bad guys were called Chametz, Beytzah and Charoseth. What? Are Jewish people never gonna read this stuff?

Anyway. Since I didn't have the ability to sit still, I did a bunch of other things - headed off to JB HiFi and discovered that BSG Season 3 is not on DVD yet. Grrr. Bought an older CD of Girl Talk instead. Also sorted out the handbag of hell that pissed me off this last weekend (constantly hiding keys and phone) and bought a new one that's all serious looking and a bit Art Deco. Bought a pair of 1920s style boots for winter whilst in Myer as well - cause ... do I have to justify that? And also bought a new printer. It seemed a bit ridiculous to be a publisher and not be able to, like, print stuff.

Then I headed to Planet, chatted to robinpen and bought a nice new notebook. Met jonathanstrahan for coffee and more Swancon debrief. So tomorrow is gonna be the real comedown from con day I guess.

Had coffee with my sister and Mum and then headed home.

Also have doggie news - looks like I shall be adopting Benji over the Anzac Day weekend - he has to get desexed and a couple of med things sorted out. The kennel comes tomorrow and I spose I should start thinking about supplies and so on.

Looking forward to Natcon. Making plans already for Natcon and will be getting stuck into Horn as of tomorrow.

Willow

Swancon thoughts

Everyone's starting to blog their thoughts and what they liked best. I didn't get to very much programming over the weekend so I don't have much thoughts on the programme.

I thought the dealers space was worked out really well in the end. My general feeling is that the dealers room/space needs to be rethought out in general, in terms of how it functions or its role at the con in general. Sales, I think across the dealers, seemed down. We thought partially that was because there didn't seem to be a lot of people at the con on Market Day but I think people just didn't seem to be buying things. It's something that as a small press we need to go away and think about - are cons somewhere we would consider continuing to be at? On the other hand, I liked not be under the aircon or constantly being asked to be quiet like last year. It felt like we had space to trade and we did get quite a bit of passing traffic without feeling like we were particularly in the way. And I kinda liked being located near the art show and the gamers and from editormum's perspective, being near the kids room.

There felt like there were more kids at the con this year but it also felt like that integrated better. I can't really speak for parents but I think the room was located in the right place for kids to come and go and be noisy without being disruptive. And it felt like the vibe was more embracing of kids in the space - again I can't speak for parents on that. I just know the kids in my particular vicinity had a very busy con with lots of programmed items and it then became - should we wake them for their next panel? Heh.

For me really, this con was more about finding my place in the community and maybe understanding better how our community works and functions. I am constantly humbled by how many awesome and talented individuals we know and who make up this community. There is pretty much always someone not more than two degrees separation away who knows how to help or fix or advise or has already done whatever it is that you need. That's a pretty awesome and empowering thing for a community and it's made me realise how much we can get done when we pull together. I think I've shifted from a consumer to a participant - I think at heart that's what changed for me this weekend. I'm blown away by the overwhelming support we have had for our con bid and how many people have volunteered already to help out with particular elements without even being asked. So many people are so willing to share their experience and knowledge and it's been really energising and invigorating to link into that energy.

I guess for me at this con, I met so many more of the people who are behind the scenes at Swancon - the people who are the continuity between cons and who know how to do things and who make things happen. I've never really looked before but there are so many people seemlessly and quietly doing things behind the scenes. And they do it because they love the community and the con. They don't do it for recognition or even necessarily for thanks. I feel really honoured to be able to have spoken to so many of them and that so many have made the time to share what they know with me. It's hard not to love a community when you start to see it through the eyes of this group of people. And it's also pretty damn cool to meet people who are so loved and respected by others and get to see why.

I kind of feel like a veil got lifted or something. It's pretty cool. And a bit scary.