Friday, May 28th, 2010

Balticon 2010 – Day 1

It’s nearly midnight and I’m finally able to sit down and write a few words about what’s been going on.

Things got hopping in the late afternoon, but really kicked off around 8 p.m. with the Opening Ceremonies. I ignored them in order to chat up some writer friends and spent much time in the company of fellow MWA writer, Carl Rauscher.

(Take a gander at his (as yet unpublished) novel Reboot. It took second place in the 2010 Writing Contest, which is a crime, because it really is fabulous. He should have gotten first. You can read some of Reboot here.)

At 10 p.m., the Broad Universe panel was fairly well attended and included reads from Roxanne Bland, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Elaine Corvidae, Heather Kantz, Gail Martin, Roberta Rogow, Jean Marie Ward and myself.

I read from Blood Soup.

Afterward, I’d planned to do some editing on my WIP, but I’ve been too busy making friends and chatting about writing, blogging and knitting. (Yes, knitting…don’t you? I’m working on a lovely little table doily with the pattern name of “skulls and crossbones.” I’m omitting the crossbones…because I want to.)

I’ve nothing planned for the early morning, but I’m contemplating getting up at 4:20 a.m. to catch the 4:30 showing of “Blood and Chocolate” in the video salon. The plot sounds a little weak, but I love the title. What would you do?

I have to rise at a fairly decent hour anyway in order to catch breakfast in the hotel. Thanks to a room mix-up, I’ve been comped four breakfast passes… I could use one each morning, but why do that when I could have a party? Are you free tomorrow?

(Also due to the room mix-up, I’m in a handicapped room: lots of things are low to the ground and the door has two peepholes…one for if you’re standing, and one for sitting…which seems pointless to me, since gazing through it only reveals the size your visitor’s belt buckle. They really need to angle that one up.)

My schedule is light tomorrow: In the late afternoon I’m teaching a seminar on how to submit short fiction for publication. So, maybe I’ll get some of that editing done.

More tomorrow, and perhaps…photos.

2 comments to Balticon 2010 – Day 1

  • I didn’t know you knitted. Me, too!

    Sounds like you’re making great contacts there. Enjoy.

    • Hi Lemony! 😉
      I started knitting just before Christmas. So far, I’ve made many scarves, lots of dish rags, two shawls and a pair of fingerless gloves! (They’re my favorite.) I’m currently working on the skull table runner and a pair of socks… The sock project is lingering…the pattern I chose is one where you knit one sock inside the other so that you complete both at the same time. SLOW GOING. I’m tempted to liberate them and continue knitting individually….they might get done sooner that way!

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