Two days down, two more remain.
I'm pretty pleased by the panels so far. I was a bit disappointed to learn that Gardner Dozois had to cancel. He was to be on some of the editor panels. Gordon Van Gelder was there, so it was still worthwhile. Humor in SF, Dark Fantasy/Horror, Alternate Histories, Historical Research, the future of Publishing, and more I can't remember off the top of my head. It's funny how I identify more readily with some people than others. Selina Rosen has to be one of my favorites. I've sat in her panels at two cons now and she's good people. On the flip side, there are one or two people that just completely dominate the room (and not in the good way) and that just makes for an unpleasant experience.
I also had the chance to meet the folks from Black Gate (bg_editor
). Those poor guys are stuck in the worst possible area, at the tail end of the hallway, away from most of the foot traffic. I picked up a copy of the latest issue and a couple of short story collections John recommended.
Sitting in panels, listening to the discussions about beginning/common mistakes both in writing and submitting, I feel like I'm on the right track. Part of that was the experience of the CSSF Workshop, that helped to put my current skills in perspective. I'm too tired to do the self-analysis bit right now, but I can sum it up by saying I feel pretty darn good about where I'm at and confident that I'll be seeing my stories in print before too long.
The dealer room is better than most I've been to. So far the damage is minor. I bought myself a plush Cthulhu that screams when you squeeze its tummy. I predict much fun in watching the dogs react to that. I attended one book signing, getting Gene Wolfe's autograph. My friend Matthias
is a huge fan and turned me on to Gene's work. Matthias, you better e-mail me your address :)
Tomorrow should be another fun day at the con. I need to be up bright and early for a 10AM talk about short fiction writing, and dinner that night with a bunch of the gang from Absolute Write