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Readercon Recap

First, thank you to everyone who came to the Interstitial Arts Exchange Party. It was really packed and an awesome event, and that's in no small part thanks to all of you! You rock!

We had Passports, Leaving Dakota, The Cabinet of Curiosities Contest, and a collaborative collage going. For the passports, the attendees went all out. maverick_weirdo drew lovely little escutcheons in all the ones he received (I think he was actually at it all night without a break, poor thing) and emilytheslayer brought wool to spin into yarn before our very eyes, and put little bits of fluff into the passports she received. I will have to do a page by page picture entry for my passport soon, but I haven't had time to document it yet. Eventually! And then you will see how jaw-droppingly amazing these things are.

In addition to all that, several people brought fantastic items for exchange. Chris Howard brought Saltwater Witch artwork, asakiyume brought paper flowers, and teenybuffalo brought amazing little clay sculptures. And that's just three examples, not even close to the whole of the creative offerings for exchange.

For the Leaving Dakota contest, we had attendees come up with a caption, or a description of a missing photo. Competition was fierce! I haven't got them transcribed yet, but soon I will post all the entries for your reading pleasure.

For the curiosities, we provided a box of random craftish supplies and had people build their own curiosities and describe them. This was a giant hit! I think everyone at the party was really looking forward to reading the book by the end of the evening. I made a posterboard display of the promotional tour poster (supplied by Jaym Gates), the title pages (with art by the amazingly talented John Coulthart), and a description taken from Jeff VanderMeer's blog with instructions to create and describe a curiosity. The seed the contest, I made a sample curiosity called "What the Phoenix Left Behind". At this point, I feel I ought to say that I really did find all those objects within a few feet of each other in my town. I thought of firebirds and Sharyn November and then I knew I had to make them into a thing. At the end of the evening I let some of the runners up from various contests take curiosities home as prizes, which was another cool way to spread the creativity around. Yay!

The rest of the weekend passed in a flurry of readings, conversations, and amazing trips to the airport and train station. What? I hear you thinking it. But srsly, I dropped off two groups of people, and each one was a wonderful chance to get to know my passengers. In one case, I even found out that britmandelo's friend was a Sabrina the Teenage Witch fan! You might have no idea how exciting this was, but Sabrina fans are few and far between, and I have never met anyone besides Moss who will happily dissect gender presentation in Sabrina with me. Until this weekend. And I'm sort of sorry for the two people in the backseat who had to listen to us geek out about Sabrina for twenty minutes on the way to South Station, but honestly, that was one of the absolute coolest things in a weekend of super amazing cool things. In case you were wondering if I was a bg old geek... um, you weren't, were you? Yeah.

Anyway! I read a poem in the Rhysling Slan, which was nervewracking, because I realized halfway through that I had brilliantly chosen a deeply personal poem and might start to cry at any moment, so the last half of my reading passed in a blur of shaky nausea. I didn't cry, though! Yay! And I hear people liked it all right, so that's good. I hear there was applause, but I don't remember that, only a great buzzing in my head as I stumbled to my seat and hoped against hope that I wouldn't throw up or pass out on the way. I didn't! Double yay! The really awesome thing about the Rysling hour, though, was getting to listen to so many of my excellent friends reading, and then! Then we we got to swarm csecooney with congratulations at the end because she won! She won the long form award for her most excellent "The Sea King's Second Bride" (which you can read and listen to in the Spring 2010 issue of Goblin Fruit). And she was even wearing the spectacular Sea King capturing skirt that Anita Allen made for her and everything! It was utterly perfect.

I love being read to, so I went to readings whenever I could (which wasn't as much as I wished). I got to hear leahbobet read from her debut novel, which won't be out forever and a half (but then she did spoil the entire plot for me later in a late night epic discussion of awesomeness, so I guess that's all good?). I took a short break from arts party prep to check out the Crossed Genres party, and heard a great short reading by Camille Alexa. cucumberseed rocked his quite well-attended reading with pirates and swearing. A lot of swearing. It was fantastic. Mary Robinette Kowal read from her novel in progress, which was really interesting because I got to see other people hearing it and reacting to it for the first time. I've been reading the raw draft as she goes, so I knew what to expect, but hearing her her read it was neat, and watching others was fascinating. And then later we had a conversation about that, too, which was great and made me think a lot. Also, I was supposed to interview Mary along with csecooney and gwynnega, but Mary didn't actually make it to the interview, so, um, we pretended she was there anyway. All I can say is that this month's Broadly Speaking podcast is going to be Very Silly. And by very, I mean extremely. I'll link you when it's up.

I also attended a couple of panels (including the one about children's books that asakiyume was on, and a really interesting talk by handful_ofdust, which made me feel even worse about not yet having read her Hexslinger books. People have been recommending them to me for ages), shared some meals with awesome people, caught up a tiny bit with some Viable Paradise kids, and generally had a wonderful time.

So much happened over the weekend that I can't possibly do it all justice. If I saw you and talked to you, I really loved getting the chance to do that. In many cases, I'm very sorry that I didn't have more time to spend with you. wirewalking says she wants to have an everybody come and spend more than three days with her right now con, and boy do I understand that. I wish we could.

In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the weekend, to remember it by, or perhaps to better pretend you were there.


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 22nd, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I loved your poem. (I think of it as your "father poem" but I don't actually know if that's appropriate or not.) Is it published anywhere?

Jul. 22nd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes, that's appropriate. I should think. It is searching for a home at present.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I hear there was applause, but I don't remember that,

Yes, there was applause!!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Well, thank you. Since I know you have to have been one of the applauders. I'm sorry I have no memory of it, though I'm enormously glad that you were there.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Glad to meet you in person
I actually had fun at the Interstitial Arts Exchange Party. I hadn't had an opportunity to draw in months, so I was glad to do it.

Edited at 2011-07-23 12:30 am (UTC)
Jul. 23rd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad to meet you in person
I'm very glad you could come!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
The party was delightful and you were the most gracious of hosts. I still have a Box of Wonders.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
It was ever so lovely to have you there!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
I was at the children's books panel, but I didn't know asakiyume was one of the panelists! Did she also do the social Darwinism panel?
Jul. 23rd, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
I think that was her only panel (we're both talking the ten am Sunday one, right?). She was on the far left.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
I was talking about "No Childhood Left Behind" (Friday 2 pm). Sunday morning I was geeking over the Great War :)
Jul. 23rd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. Friday at 2pm I was frantically preparing for the arts party.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
That picture of CSE with hand puppet... is AWESOME. Heh.
Jul. 23rd, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just wait until you HEAR the podcast!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an excellent con! I'd love to go next year if I can.

I'm amused that your "cabinet of curiousities" poster is hung on the TV screen. The curiosities are so much more fascinating than most of TV. And your "sample" curiosity is beautiful and imaginative.

Jul. 30th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
You should come if you can! It would be great to have you there!
Jul. 24th, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
It was good to see you again!

Jul. 30th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oz! It was great to see you! How were we not LJ friends before? I have added you.
Jul. 25th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
oooh I adore Sabrina! It would be a blast to have someone to geek out about that show.
Jul. 30th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yay! More Sabrina love! I don't believe I know you, though?
Aug. 4th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
where/when will we get to read the winning entry in the "Leaving Dakota" contest?
Aug. 5th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I am currently working on getting all the final versions of the entries ready to post here on this journal. They should be up sometime in the next few days. Thanks for checking in!
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