November 22nd, 2008

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Orycon30: Friday overview

Friday at the con went well. Went on errands with jaylake, who got a phenomenal amount accomplished in a small chunk of time.

Arrived at con about 3, checked in, changed into the tie dye and kilt. Wandered around a tad, then went to crit session.

Crit session went well, some good feedback and positive comments.

After crit session, the Sekrit Project came to fruition. It was a Cheese Party, with cheese and meat selected by Jay. About 40 people attended, and all involved had a good time.

I had dinner with markteppo and we had good Chinese food and talked about life since VPXI and writing.

The Open Reading and Critiques started about 9/10 pm. Tons of people there, but we managed to get through all the readings before everyone collapsed. I read the first 500 words of "Faraway, In Her Eyes" and got some positive comments and good feedback that will help me shape the revision.

By the time we were done, it was 2am and I was beat. Went back to the room and crashed.

Now I'm awake, and drinking an eggnog latte. That's a good start. Off to some panels!
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Orycon30: Late Saturday Report

I'm in Hospitality, posting. Today has been a good day.

Woke up at 8am, knowing I wasn't going back to sleep. Eggnog latte and cinnamon roll for breakfast. Many panels, most of them on space exploration and quite intriguing and enjoyable.

Listened to jaylake read the Lollygang story. Some interesting things there that I need to ask him about.

Cruised the dealer room, buying presents for C and E and A. Also bought two collections of short stories from deborahlive, kenscholes's "Long Walks ..." and davidlevine's "Space Magic". They will both be good.

Chatted with kenscholes and John Pitts (aka bravado111) about the writing life and getting better. Felt energized as a result. Need to do more conscious practice.

Did some revision work on "Invasion! at the Independence Manor Retirement Home" to work on character. Partially successful.

Ran into markteppo in Champions, ended up having dinner with a couple VPXII folks. Go Viable Paradise!

Jay roped me into being a performer in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", the sci-fi improv comedy sketch. Realized very soon I was with three extremely quick-witted people, so I stuck with being the straightman, funny accent, and physical comedy. Survived.

Finished off dinner, then joined joycemocha, Jay and John for drinks in Champions.

Ran into lasirenadolce in the hallway and chatted about cities and the wonderfulness of Portland.

Had some delicous desserts (pumpkin cookies FTW) at the Reno 2011 Worldcon bid party. I'd also be happy with Seattle, yet Reno gets my vote, mainly because they're closer to Sacramento. But the desserts helped.

A quick blog, and then it's back to party cruising while holding Jay's Coat of Many Colors (he left it in the bar).

I am very relaxed. It's a good con.

ps - Stanford lost Big Game (men's football). Not surprised.

UPDATE: After this post, I chatted with Richard Lovett and his student Holly in the Hospitality (Con Suite). I also ran into robvagle and his wife, who were dancing the night away and having a blast.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 16:22 at Orycon, taking a brain break for wandering aimlessly, thinking, and eating pretzles from hospitality #
  • 23:44 @markteppo PartyReport: Reno2011 in Salon (L1) = Good desserts. Third floor = Seattle2011 and TikiBar. #
  • 23:44 @gregvaneekhout You Are Nog Man! #
  • 23:45 posting from Hospitality in Orycon, full of wine and Reno2011 desserts. Cruising Orycon parties. Feeling Groovy. #
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