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WorldCon Friday

WorldCon Wednesday and Thursday

Let's see, Friday I still woke up at 6:00 am and wandered through the semi-deserted casino looking for food to carry back to the room. Even with all that time to get ready and no panels until 11:00, I still didn't get to the dealers' room until after 10:00, so didn't have much time to shop.

The panel was:

Fri 11:00 - 12:00, The Continuing Popularity of Jane Austen (Panel), A05 (RSCC)
Jane Austen remains very popular, including among SF fans. Her books continue to be read, and they've spawned numerous movies as well as a number of spin off novels. The panel discusses Austen's continuing popularity.
Darlene Marshall (M), Brenda W.Clough, Ellen Asher, Madeleine E. Robins, Martha Wells

We were in one of the big rooms again on the dais. Slightly smaller audience, maybe about 50 people. This was another good panel, since everyone (including the audience) knew a lot about the subject and there was a lot of good discussion and questions.

Then I had a brief break, where a friend and I bolted back to the Atlantis for a quick lunch, then I came back for my autographing, where I got to sit next to Sharon Shinn. We both had a fairly good number of people show up with books, but we were surrounded by writers who had huge lines. It was pretty funny. Every so often someone with our books would fight their way through the crowd and discover us.

After that was a koffeclatsch, which is basically a hour long period where people sign up and you all sit at a table and just chat, and I get given a chai tea. This was the first one I'd done in a long long time, and it was a lot of fun, and we had a good discussion. There were some really good questions we talked about, including how my OCD affects my writing and characterization.

After that I was done for the day with programming, so I found my roommates again and we went through the art show. There was a neat exhibit of concept art for movies and TV, which had some incredible matt paintings. There was also a water-bender's scroll for The Last Airbender. I kept thinking it was for the original cartoon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender because it was so beautiful (and that show had some beautiful art), but it was actually for the crappy movie version. Hard to believe something that gorgeous was created for something that awful.

Then we caught a panel on Romance in SF/F, and then a bit later took the car and went out to dinner with Sharon Shinn and Kay Kenyon. We went to Claim Jumper, which is kind of like Outback, except with a Northwest US theme, with boulders and pines and bears and everything. Then they had to hurry back to the Atlantis for Louise Marley's launch party, and we drove over to the Peppermill for the Masquerade.

The Masquerade was probably unique in that it started on time and continued in an orderly fashion, with few delays. There was some great costumes, including a large elaborate Master's set of jewel costumes, which started out with the very typical presentation, then rick rolled itself in a hilarious way. During the judging, Paul Cornell hosted a game of "Just a Minute" that was absolutely fabulous. Here's the link to the recorded stream, and I really recommend it if you have time.

After that we came back and collapsed again.

Here are some photos from the Night Bazaar party, including the scorpion and cricket eating scenes.

And here's me in the exhibit hall:


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You look good in a throne.

Hee, that's awesome!!!!

I seriously love that picture of you! And you're making me really anticipate 2013 in San Antonio. :)

At least you ended up in Charge, if the picture can be believed.

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