November 23rd, 2008

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Orycon30: sunday morning, oryconing down

Woke up at 9am to a beautiful sunny morning in Portland. Did a quick shower and packed up my stuff.

Gave jaylake back the jacket that he left in the bar Saturday night, along with a knife and a corkscrew because if I tried to take them on the plane I'd end up in Guantanamo.

kenscholes was there with Jay. Every time I see Ken at a con, he is carrying a large box full of paper. I'm thinking that's a good thing!

Attended a panel on "Mission To Mars" which was really fun and interesting, with two whole pages of details to fuel the Space Exploration fire in my brain.

Listened to lilithsaintcrow read from the third Jill Kismet book, then chatted about writing with her over coffee and a muffin.

Now it's brunch in Hospitality (peanut butter and pretzels and a diet pepsi), then a "Summer Movies" panel then a chat with Mary Rosenblum then the MAX, the Airport, and home.

It's been a really good con, very relaxing, very fun-filled. But I'm just about ready to go home and see C/E/A and get the life going again.
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Orycon30: final report

After "lunch" (pretzels and peanut butter), the Summer Movies panel was entertaining. Three panelists who liked to talk about movies. I tried out the concept of "moderating from the audience" by asking a topic-relevant yet open question when they started tangenting and got some good results and interesting movies to check out.

I found Mary Rosenblum and we had a good hour-long talk about writing and character building and getting the character on paper and just how Completely Danged Incredibly Hard it is. She has lots of experience and lots of good thoughts and ideas on approaching character and getting it to work in the story. Obviously so, because I think she's really good at it and writes the kind of character-driven SF that I want to write.

After that, I had a reflective walk to the MAX station and a reflective ride to PDX. There was then a non-reflective wait in line to get a boarding pass (note to self: Print It Out Beforehand, one way or another).

Orycon was a different kind of con for me. I basically indulged my three interests: going to space exploration panels; talking to people about how to get the character deep, strong, and on the page; and having fun.

What's funny is that I did a lot less related to writing than I've done in the past: one workshop critique, no writing panels, and I even skipped one of the ORCs. I think I'm at the point where I know what I need to get into my writing, and I don't need to re-hear that it's not there yet. No offense to the critiquers, as they did very good critiques, but it was a message I've heard before ("there's a lot of good stuff here, but ...") and that needs to be addressed.

So I think that the rest of the year will be about starting to build that ability, through both focusing on it in new writing and focusing on it when revising old stories. There are stories "on the desk" that for me have that strong emotional character core, and the core isn't on the page. I'll attack those, through a mix of rewrite and redraft, and tackle it head-on.

It's all one step at a time, mindful practice, and keep moving forward.

But now, it's pizza time.
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tweets for the day

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

  • 01:21 still at orycon. wandering from place to place. apparently, many others have gone to sleep. thinking about sleep myself. #
  • 01:22 still at orycon. Where is everyone? #
  • 01:23 @MaryRobinette Wasn't "The Slaughtered Lamb" the pub in "American Werewolf in London"? #
  • 01:23 maybe it's time to go back to the room and watch TV. #
  • 01:25 there are multiple males wearing kilts here. However, none of them are wearing tie-dyed shirts. #
  • 01:46 you know what I wish? I wish there was a place I could buy pepto bismol tablets at 1:45 am in this hotel #
  • 12:11 front desk had peptobismol at 2am. Praise the front desk! #
  • 12:12 @gregvaneekhout Is that Peet's Coffee? Strong *and* tasty, Peets is #
  • 12:13 at the con, it's pretzels, muffin and peanut butter for brunch. And a Diet Pepsi. #
  • 12:22 @kevinkenan Indeed! It was fun hanging out with you folks at dinner! #
  • 17:18 at PDX, hangin out and relaxin and waitin for the plane and gettin ready to have a piece of pizza #
  • 17:40 too much caffeine makes my stomach hurt. #
  • 23:31 being tired and realizing that studying tonight for a phone interview will get me nowhere. Tomorrow instead. And now, to bed. #
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