My First Day #WorldCon09 – Friday

I was a little apprehensive as I got in the car for the five hour drive to Montreal. Two of the people I was supposed to be hanging with, ended up cancelling. I was on my own. I thought about not coming myself, but then I thought — “Go. You will thank yourself later.”

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(The view from my hotel room.)

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(I have a motherfucking panelist name card.)

As I was going up the elevator to my room last night around 2 a.m — I was thanking myself. Not only did I get up in front of total strangers and sing and play guitar at the Tor.com party, but I had people coming up to me all night telling me how awesome I did. I don’t do these things often, but it felt really good. I ended up singing “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton. Big hit at a geek party. So much so, when I started, there were an influx of people curious as to what was going on in the suite. I got a rousing round of applause when I was finished. If I was ever looking for a self confidence boost, that was certainly it.

Pablo Defendini knows how to throw a party. While I left around 2 a.m — his tweet this morning stated the party actually ended around 4:40. I wonder if he will actually be walking today or crawling. John Joseph Adams and John Scalzi were also there as were many cool people. I was dubbed groupie and was happily fetching the Scalzinator water, so I didn’t get a picture or video of him singing a Journey song in his best falsetto. 🙂

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(Pablo Defendini totally rocking out.)

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(John Joseph Adams doing his best Kurt Cobain impression — and he was awesome.)

As the night continued, I meandered about to different parties around the Delta Centre-Ville. The English know how to throw a party. Great atmosphere and interesting food. At the Japanese hosted party, I got to try a Japanese pizza, which was delicious. I then met up with the most awesome Neil Clarke talked for a bit until we ambushed Patrick Rothfuss. I can’t stress that even with all the pressure to get out book 2 in The Name of Wind series, he is still a warm and wonderful person with whom to talk.

I will be writing more on the notes I took during the Campbell Award panel. John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Wen Spencer and Cory Doctorow were very interesting and funny.

Today — I am off to a reading, then my writing workshop. I am being critiqued by Jay Lake and Mary Robinette Kowal. Not a bad lot to draw, IMO. 🙂 Two Campbell Award winners helping me with my shitty writing, yeah, I think I hit the jackpot there.

Then, I hoof it from the Delta Centre-Ville back to the convention center where I moderate the podcasting panel at 3:30 EST. I’ve got all my notes, just need all my nerves.

So far, the con is well worth it and I’m having so much fun.

Congrats to Clarkesworld Magazine for winning a Chesley Award as well. Still keeping my fingers crossed for the Hugo tomorrow.

5 thoughts on “My First Day #WorldCon09 – Friday

  1. Vince says:

    I’m glad you decided to go. This is an awesome opportunity, and it would have been sad if you missed it. I’m sure the rest of WorldCon will be just as awesome. Wish I could be there to see the podcasting panel. I know you’ll do great.

  2. WendyB_09 says:

    There are worse things in life that being a groupie for Scalzi. Probably at the same Con!!

    Sounds like a fabulous time!!

  3. Wow, congratulations on all your successes at this con Kate! I am green with jealousy, but I won’t be mean to you because of it. The party sounds like it was a blast!

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