November 1st, 2010

Stargate Pyramid

World Fantasy 2010

I'm back from World Fantasy, and somewhat less tired than I was last night after the two hour drive back from the airport.

It was awesome. I got to have lunch with my agent, arcaedia, and brunch with my publisher and three other new Night Shade writers. And me and my roommate, J. Kathleen Cheney, got to have breakfast with Madeleine Robins, Sara Mueller, and Esther Friesner, and dinner with Sharon Shinn and Kay Kenyon. (Yes, there was a lot of eating.)

The two panels I was on went really well. There was about 50 or 60 people in the audience for both, maybe a bit more, and since the Sword and Sorcery panel was in a smaller room, there was standing room only for it. The What Is Left to the Imagination panel was the first World Fantasy panel I'd ever moderated, but the panelists and the audience were great, and it seemed to go really well.

The free book goody bag given out with your registration was huge, with maybe 6 or 7 hardcovers or paperbacks in it, plus some digest size magazines. I only kept a few, by Holly Black, Kage Baker, and Cherie Priest, because I was a afraid my suitcase would weigh too much. The unclaimed books went down on the book exchange table, which by Saturday looked like it had been attacked by book-loving locusts, so at least all the books went to good homes.

The Black Gate group reading on Saturday night was great, though I couldn't stay for the whole thing, because I'd woken up at 6:00 am that morning and by 11:00 I was about to fall over. A bunch of great people read, including James Enge, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Michael Shea, and Howard Andrew Jones.

Downtown Columbus was very nice, with old buildings and lots of good restaurants. I ended up going to Lemongrass, Kneady, which was an organic, locally-sourced food place, and Deep Wood, and they were all fabulous.

The weather was good except very very cold on Thursday and Friday, and the heat in the hotel made my humidity-loving sinuses extremely painful at times. By Sunday morning I was starting to droop and almost decided to take a quick nap under the flyer table. (It had a heavy tablecloth, no one would have noticed.)

Anyway, I had a great time, and now I need to go to the grocery store, since all I had for dinner last night was Halloween candy.