September 12th, 2010

Willow

Worldcon Wrap up

Having gotten that last post out of the way ... the highlights!!!

We recorded an episode of Galactic Suburbia live at 10am on Friday morning. I think we were all surprised and excited both by the number of people who came to the panel and also the number of people who listen to the show. I think Alex thought she'd be incognito at this con but was often requested to be met by people coming up to the TPP table. You can download episode 15 now from www.galacticsuburbia.com or itunes and you can hear the audience laugh! and clap! and Jem cry and whinge.

Here's a photo that Celia took of us mid-podcast.



You can't quite see in this photo but our producer made us each a Galactic Suburbia tshirt which we wore that day and it was so much fun to be part of that team at the con.

We recorded a couple of other special episodes at the con to cover the awards ceremonies and a post-con come down. These are being slowly uploaded - yesterday I listened to 15.1 which is the Ditmars special and has an interview at the end by Alex with the Girl Genius folk.

I was so chuffed to meet listeners of Galactic Suburbia. Without exception they were awesome and lovely people.

Willow

Tomorrow When the War Began

Yesterday morning, when no rational adult without children would actually go to the movies at 10.30 in the morning, maelkann and I used our Gold Class tickets to see Tomorrow, When the War Began. C had bought the tickets on sale back in July and we'd laughed at how of course we'd be able to use them before they expired mid September and then somehow life got away from us. We needed to use them this weekend and C had been looking forward to this movie, so I agreed to come. Only to ask, on Friday night, after he had booked them, if this was a movie about war? And about apocalypse? Both of which are my big No I will not do genres. Poor C sighed and said yes and I should have mentioned that sooner.

But we tripped along yesterday morning anyway - they don't do breakfast at Gold Class so we ordered copious coffees and I pretended I was in the Mediterranean and ordered dips and turkish bread. 10 minutes into the movie, I leaned over and told maelkann that I loved this movie, it fits into a loophole! He shook his head and sighed, poor man. But yes! I did love this movie. I loved it all the way through. It does exactly what I was trying to do with Sprawl - offer strong specfic in an Australian setting and do so unapologetically and without cringe. This is Australian film back at its peak - the acting is fantastic, the filming is great, the soundtrack hits out of the park and the story is awesome. Most importantly, there are several female characters, a female protagonist, in fact, AND they do awesome things. Over and over! Whilst I dunno that I think the content is great for a youngish audience, the characterisation is outstanding and I loved that there was an array such that each character had strengths and weaknesses and each got to be heroic and flawed.

I hurrahed and gasped and thoroughly enjoyed my way through this movie. I highly recommend it. I'm going to go source me the books now too.

(also, I'm with the right guy since this is the kind of book he reads and enjoys).

Willow

Worldcon Wrap up

Other highlights for me were being at my dealers table. That seems funny since we worked basically the whole con and sometimes my feet were so sore I had to take a cab home because I couldn't walk - thank you to Rob Shearman, Mondy and Scottish Liz for being very understanding about that after the Ditmars.

But I must say that I love being in the dealers room and I loved working on the Twelfth Planet Press table. Here's a good shot taken by Tehani of the pink table cloth and the new books: Sprawl, Glitter Rose and Bleed:



It wouldn't have looked remotely as good nor worked as well without the tireless work by Tehani and Terri. Here's a shot of Terri wrapping copies of Glitter Rose:



And the finished product with the author, Marianne de Pierres:



Tehani captured the unveiling of this book (on her Facebook page she has the photos), which we all saw for the first time on Thursday. Some last minute proofs from the printer had us quite worried about the look of the final product and I was so relieved to unwrap the copies and see them look *exactly* how Marianne and I had envisioned them.

But the thing I love about being in the dealers room is that everybody knows where to find me (most of the time) and so many people came past and said hello and gave hugs. It was lovely to see everyone. And I got to have a few longish chats, lots of people hung out - and helped! Thanks Alex for wrapping all our lolly bags! And I got the fair share of interesting ideas lobbed at me. For me the con is about the people and I had a great time seeing everyone! And catching up.

Some other cool shots:

Rob Shearman and Tansy Roberts came past and posed with their novella double Roadkill/Siren Beat:



And Thoraiya Dyer and Matthew Chrulew posed in front of the TPP Banner (designed by Cat Sparks) - they shall share the next TPP double, which should be out next month and is called The Company Articles of Edward Teach/The Angaelian Apocalypse.



And Tehani took this lovely photo of Terri, Alex and I before we headed off to the Hugos!



I should also mention the uberfantastic foot spa and massages that Terri was giving at the room parties. The first night I was a bit embarrassed and thought that was all a bit much. The second night she was offering them, I totally took one and OMG that I think was the only thing that helped me get through standing through the rest of the convention.