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What have I been doing, you (don't) ask? Here, have some update!

June 20-22: Fourth Street Fantasy Convention, Minneapolis

I loved the size of this convention. A single track of great panels that started at a reasonable time in the morning (although some of the panelists disagreed with my definition of "reasonable"). Plenty of break time for lunch and dinner. Friendliness. Good humor. The spontaneous creation of new terms. And nifty people were there!

I had a delightful time dining with:
  • Caroline Stevermer

  • The mysterious Avocado of Death, who shall not be named

  • Zak Jarvis

  • Sharon Mock


  • I chatted with the following previously-met mild acquaintances:
  • Elizabeth Bear

  • Ellen Klages (who totally lit up when I mentioned our mutual friends, Mark and Elizabeth Bourne!)

  • Karen Babich


  • I briefly met:
  • Emma Bull

  • Sarah Monette


  • Despite their awesomeness on panels, I inexplicably became too shy to introduce myself to:
  • Steven Brust

  • Pamela Dean

  • Will Shetterly


  • Between then and June 30th, my trip to Pennsylvania...

    ...where in one stop at an antique mall, I developed a new fixation on wristwatches! I acquired a couple there, and several at a Goodwill store, and proceeded to remove the clocky bits for the purpose of making jewelry with the gears and cases. There is now a choker-in-progress on my shelf that fills me with Asian-flavored steampunk delight. You may die when you see it. Use caution.

    Since getting back

    Total Creative Mania (in the non-clinical sense of "mania"). Damn good fun. You'll see the results here and in my art journal soon. :)

    Comments

    ( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
    sasha_feather
    Jul. 3rd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
    Shiny
    Ooh, steam punk jewelry! Can't wait to see it! Fourth street sounds fun, I'll consider that one for the future.
    nayad
    Jul. 4th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
    Re: Shiny
    I'm going to have to devise an Event that can involve seeing friends and showing jewelry. A party. Yes. I will make a plan!
    markbourne
    Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
    Whoa. I just totally lit up right now. Isn't Ellen awesome?

    Glad you had such a good time. Here's hoping we see you back here sometime soon.
    nayad
    Jul. 4th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
    Ellen is extremely awesome; perhaps even made entirely of awesome. :) And I hope that sometime I'll get to talk to her for more than two minutes in a row!

    Also, I can hardly wait to get back to Seattle and see you again. I don't know when I can do it--this year I'm traveling so much already that I may not be back until Norwescon time--and that's a bummer. Of course, you're always welcome to visit in Madison! When I'm actually here, that is.

    Edited at 2008-07-04 11:43 am (UTC)
    markbourne
    Jul. 5th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
    Hope you can make it out here before too long. there's plenty more to show you. And I'd love to see you in Madison -- I've always heard great things about the city, and I have this image of you in the choker-in-progress. Rrrrowl.

    Of course, with your travel schedule I might do better to simply drive to the Midwest, stop the car on the side of Route 6, look up, and wave as you fly overhead.
    were_duck
    Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
    I'm glad you had fun! I'm looking forward to someday getting to hang out with you again :P
    nayad
    Jul. 4th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to hanging with you again, too! I'm thinking of having some kind of social event at my place next month, and of course you'll be invited to that. :)
    fingle
    Jul. 7th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
    Hiya! Do your travel plans include California at any point? We must quaff dark beers in the same ZIP Code someday! And I can't wait to see the watch-bits jewelry
    nayad
    Jul. 7th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
    Alas, no more California for me this year. You're on my list of people to inform whenever I'm returning, though. I agree that we must hang out sometime, whether it's with beers or without!
    bibliofile
    Jul. 8th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC)
    Oh, I forgot to say (when we talked) that I enjoy other people's kids and would not be averse to hanging out with you and any small children who may have followed you to a park. Gotta remember the bug spray, though.
    nayad
    Jul. 8th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
    Thanks! That expands the possibilities. :)

    ...although I swear that the mosquitoes have learned to love the smell of bug spray, given the way that they behave around me. I must have some premium blood. Don't tell the vampires!
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