Noon - 3:00 pm = Arrival at hotel, checkin, register and help out.
I arrived a little before noon but was able to check into my room, which was really great. Registration only opened at noon and the line was huge, so I went over to Jack in the Box and got a chicken sandwich and read the rest of _Deadly Nightshade_ by Mary Rosenblum (writing at Mary Freeman) so that I could talk intelligently about it later.
I came back, changed into con clothes (tie-dyed shirt and kilt) and went downstairs to register. While waiting to register, I ran into cscole and topayz4 and we chatted for a while and talked about our plans for the con.
Once I registered, I re-familiarized myself with where all the rooms and events were then went over to the volunteer booth to sign up to volunteer at the Fannish Fetish Fashion Show and the Masquerade. The organizers said they needed help at Registration so I ended up going to registration and pulling badge cards and lanyards until my first panel.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm = Panel: "Is the Answer to Fusion Power on the Moon?"
Panelists: Stephen Gillett, Gregory R Paddock, Mike Brennan
The short answer to this is "no". There have been thoughts that the moon regolith (dusty surface) might be just chock-full of Helium-3, but the panelists thought probably not.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm = Panel: "Contemp-Ethnic-Slipstream-Gothic: What Do Sub-Genre Labels Mean?"
Panelists: Richelle Mead, Lisa Mantchev, Steve Winter, Vladimir Verano
This panel was a discussion about how publishers and booksellers like to put sub-genre labels on things because it makes it easier to group and sell. One big example is "paranormal romance", which has been huge so things often get tagged as paranormal romance even if that's not a big part of the work. There's also the tribal identification issue (like steampunk). There was also a short discussion of "what the heck is 'slipstream' anyway" and the answer was "it's what doesn't fit in any other category, but is definitely strange".
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm = Panel: "Genre Busting"
Panelists: Irene Radford, Mario Acevedo, Patrick Rothfuss.
I have absolutely no notes from this panel. I'm not even sure how long I stayed.
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm = Panel "Can't You Go Any Faster" and Panel: "Myths Retold in Film and Television"
Panelists ("Faster") = Bryce Walden, G. David Nordley, N. Talbot Brady, Gregory Paddock
Panelists ("Myths") = Alyxx S. Berg, Rick Labadie
I jumped between the two panels. "Faster" was about various technologies that might enable us to move faster through space, such as plasma and impulse and ion drives. "Myths", when I joined about halfway through, was about how the various myths and fairy tales get watered down when they are show in film. Some noted exceptions are "Xena" and "Hercules" TV shows, and soap operas.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm = Dinner with Mary Rosenblum
Mary and I had dinner and talked about mysteries, the construction and unraveling of mysteries, some interesting things about noir, her current projects, and the act of revision and how to do more significant revision by digging deeper into a story. ("Dig deeper" will be a common theme to my talks with Mary and other authors during the weekend.). We also ended up talking about new writing we were doing and I mentioned my Rumplestiltskin re-telling I had written and she said she was interested in reading it. Cool!
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm = Watch LOST in the room
Watched "Meet Kevin Johnson" and got the story of Michael post-island and pre-freighter.
10:00 pm -12:00 pm = various and sundry activities.
While on the way up to my room to watch LOST, I ran into Patrick Swenson from "Talebones" magazine. I didn't realize it was Patrick until I said "you look really familiar, did we meet at Orycon?" He invited me to stop by the Small Press Party so after LOST, I went on up to the Presidential Suite. There I talked to, among others, Patrick and Blunt "Bluejack" Jackson of AEON.
After that, I grabbed the laptop, hung out in the bar and did some writing (finished off "Home is the Wind and the Sky") and also talked to cscole when she strolled by. Finally, I was beat by the day, the travel, and the edge of sickness and crashed about midnight.