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Friday, August 19th, 2011
Report from Worldcon

It’s Friday night and I’m back in the hotel. Why? Cause I was up late last night and I’m really really tired. There’s been a ton going on and I’ve been seeing a lot of people I know and I’ve met a bunch I don’t know. It’s been great.

So let’s see. On Tuesday, we got into town after some geocaching and driving. We got checked in and met Sharon Lee and Steve Miller for dinner. My first time meeting them in person. We ate at this buffet that was ginormous. I mean, the desert section alone was about forty feet long. There was a salad section, a mexican section, a chinese section, a southern section, and an all around American food section. Can we say overeat?

Now mind you, we ate there after having to pick our way through the maze of the casino. It’s a cave and confusing and smokey. Blecho. But we found our way and I need to go take a picture of the cigarette machines. I haven’t seen one of those since I can’t remember when.

Weds. we went to the Egyptian exhibit at the Museum, and also ran some errands. Then we swam a bunch and the kids made a bubble bath in our giant jacuzzi bathtub. Bubbles went everywhere. We also had Taco Bell for dinner, where there was a billboard still up from the May 14th Rapture plan. And it said the Bible Guaranteed it would happen. I need a picture of that.

Thursday I did the writers workshop. It was really a lot of fun and I hope I was helpful. Then it was off to find my way around the con, which is a total maze. I ran around through the dealers room and art room and talked to a bunch of people, found something I really want to have–a corsair corset coat with bell sleeves that fold back and long tails. Love it. Met my agent for dinner and talked about a bunch of stuff and then it was party time. Went to the Westercon party and saw some Miscon/Spocon folks, then we went to the Tor party. We helped set up and then the room flooded with people. It was wall to wall hot bodies. I lasted about an hour and a half and then I was done.

Carol Berg, Kalandra, Sue Bolich and I then found a quiet spot to people watch and yak for awhile. Got to bed around 1. Man I’m not as young as I used to be. Plus all the smoke is giving me a headache. Can’t seem to get over it.

Today I went to a panel with Patty Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, and Gail Carriger, and then went to sit at the SFWA table. I met Joan Sloanzewski and Rachel Swirsky, and also David Brin, John Scalzi and Brenda Clough. It was so fun to be able to have people just walk by the booth and I got to meet them. It was so fun.

Then from there it was off to a meeting with my agent, Carol Berg and Susan Krinard, wherein which I had a Harry Mudd, a drink designed especially for the con, which was AMAZING. I wanted two, but as it was, it was a strong drink and nearly put me under the table.

From there it was dinner, then people watching at the masquerade, and then back here to talk to you.

What’s so nice is that I get a chance to connect to writers and talk about the craft and the books. It’s my tribe.

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