Day four

Posted: 10th August 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Despite not getting more than four hours sleep between the end of day three and when realized I needed to move to make it to my 10am panel, I did make it.

I have no idea if we made any sense, i have no idea if i made any sense. The panel to me spent a lot of time on music theory, buy some on all sorts of stuff.

Sitting in the green room with Kate Paulk, David B, Jeff, and a rotating cast of others we probably came close to getting tossed out for a rather raucous and ribald conversation that occasionally soared its way into the gutter.

The Appeal of Urban Fantasy panel was hilarious. As much as I wish Anton Strout was able to attend, having Sarah Hoyt on the panel with myself, David Boop and Ann Aguirre was a ton of fun. Sarah and I have a sense of humor that is much a like, David I’d met earlier in the con. We discussed the trends and various major series in urban fantasy. This was also the last panel of the night in that room, and while I’m sure the audience was entertained as they were frequently laughing as hard as the panelists, the phrase “Are any of us going to get out of here with our careers intact?” was uttered more than once. I hope to run into Ann and David again some time.

Later, more parties. The nice folks at Baen had a party in which after four days in the same town as Lois Bujold i managed to do more than say “Hi” to her. From what she said the forthcoming Miles Vorkosigan book has about four chapters done and Miles is now 39.

Back in the SFWA suite I ran across the news that Mary Robinette Kowal had won the Campbell Award. Mary is one of my fave people in the business and is sharp as hell.

I sat around int he SWFA suite for much of the night talking to Carol Berg, The Hoyt Collective Peter Heck, Jeremy Lassen, Becky and Alan Lickess, Ginjer and one or two others who’s names escape me.

Dan Hoyt had a panel at 11 on writing vampires, none of the panelists had ever written a vampire story. One of the participants got lost and they roped me into it, I had the fun of plugging T.R.’s books, pretending to be T.R., plugging Ravencon, causing trouble and winding up Sarah about some some of her vampires. 🙂

edited to add mention of the AoUF panel.

  • Sounds like so much fun!

  • A new Miles book! WOOHOO!
    And Yay for Mary Robinette!

  • Yay on a new Miles' book and double Yay! on plugging RavenCon. I volunteered for the 2009 programming committee, so I'm a bit biased in that regard.
    Speaking of which, I had a request from a 2008 attendee for more hard SF. Hmmm? Sound like anything your clients might be interested in?
    Cheers and best wishes,
    Jean Marie

  • Oh you do live a dangerous life, O'Mike. Winding Sarah up about some of her vampires could lead to, er, interesting results…and, yes, I know all about the vamps in question. I'll say no more because her snerk collar is nasty bad [VBEG]

  • I'm sure the audience was entertained as they were frequently laughing as hard as the panelists
    Indeed! Also, I swear I was not making up the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets My Pretty Pony' book, I just found the title and it's Rampant by Diana Peterfreund.

    • Wow.
      And glad we could entertain thee.

    • MUST you post stuff like this that I can read just before going to bed? You're a scary, scary person. Now I shall have nightmares.
      And, OMike, check Lucienne's blog. Someone commented on the Urban fantasy panel by saying we made them laugh so mucht hey couldn't breathe. Yesh!

  • Shut up, Tony!
    "NONE of the panelists had ever written a vampire story"??
    My first short story sale (NOT publication; that was to Analog) was a vampire story at Dreams of Decadence!
    -Dan Hoyt <a href="http://www.danielmhoyt.com/about.html” target=”_blank”>http://www.danielmhoyt.com/about.html

    • Damn Tony!
      The Bastard!
      Glad it wasn't me. 🙂

  • "Dan Hoyt had a panel at 11 on writing vampires, none of the panelists had ever written a vampire story. One of the participants got lost and they roped me into it, I had the fun of plugging T.R.'s books, pretending to be T.R., plugging Ravencon, causing trouble and winding up Sarah about some some of her vampires. :-)"
    Ah, shut up TONY! Dan HAS written a vampire story. And truly, there is nothing wrong with MY vampires. 😉
    Sarah

    • Bah!
      I can barely remember what my clients have written.

  • Ah, I've been on vampire panels like that (no one knew anything. 😉 Sounds like you had a great time! (travel excepted.)