I had a really good time at Arisia. I got to see some fans, writers and other folk I either hadn’t met or haven’t seen in too long.
Of the people I’ve never met before I had fun talking to Mark Van Name and Gardner Dozois. Both were forced to share a panel with me on Anthology building and didn’t seem to have complained to anyone about me which must mean I was behaving, which is all the more amazing since the hotel and con have both gone over to the Darkside known as Pepsi and i was having withdrawal by that point.
Mark Van Name also hosted the Baen party at Arisa and I spent some time there with other fans around the other parties explored.
The City as Character panel was fun. I met a local author who a mutual friend has been trying to get me into the same place at the same time with since Jay Leon had a late night show, had a fun panel with all the folks involved.
Some none writer folks I met you might want to check out:
Trevor, intrepid Miniatures artist: http://trevyspainting.webs.com/
Eric Rosenfield the "Not A Geek" who was sitting in the middle of a SF/F con, wearing an OSX tshirt, discussing the inherent worth of labels like geek, and how they it related to his whole personhood. http://wetasphalt.com/?q=users/eric-rosenfield
There was also Free Lunch Comics
And the hilarious Diane Williams & Stafford L Battle of 22nd Century Press.
And of course what would a con be without the fans?
Jennythereader who comments here’s bag was a delight:
And I somehow failed to grab this Lady’s name, or webhandle, but she gave me the best laugh of the weekend with her comment on the Tshirt:
AASSR = After Action Sleep & Shoveling Report