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.”
(The view from my hotel room.)
(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. 🙂
(Pablo Defendini totally rocking out.)
(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.