I had an enjoyable story reading, and New Orleans has been a wonder. Here’s a bunch of us at con, including William Ledbetter and Beth Dawkins.
And here I’ve found dear fearless leader-adventurer of the Emergency Circus (among other troupes), Clay Mazing! I mentioned the Emergency Circus at my Artists & Authors panel in Helsinki in 2017, relating to inter-arts collaborations, just before they mobilized to volunteer and entertain in post-hurricane Puerto Rico.
This was a sweet return to in-person conventions. It was my first since the pandemic! The hybrid nature of it kept the numbers small, and Covid continues to present challenges that must be met for public safety, but it was so good to keep in touch with each other.
I made a presence in a few different corners of the halls, like the door-switching multitasker from The Phantom Tollbooth: dealer’s table, author’s alley table, mass autographing spot, open mic reading, book bag surprise drop.
I wrote one-line fantasy-style personal depictions for people at the dealer’s table, and at the mass autographing I made three-liner random abstractions from any book in hand (including Joe Haldeman’s journal). A sampling:
I also brought out some rare garb and wore it in interesting places with interesting people – hanging with Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio, sitting in the onstage couches at The Wiggle Room with Liz & Jacob for a birthplace-of-burlesque show (where I was called forth to be showcased), mermaiding the heated rooftop garden pool at Hotel Bonaventure, and at the awards banquet near Shirley Meier in rainbow tie-dye.
Thanks again to WFC for having me in! A beautiful first visit to Montreal & Quebec.
Had an enjoyable reading for the virtual OR-eCon last weekend, and we did dawdle just a little bit into lunchtime.
Sharing here the autograph pages of the WFC 2020 program, featuring our various digital signings. I’m there on the far upper right – on the edge, naturally – near Mary Anne Mohanraj and S.M. Stirling. Heading leftwards along my latitude, I can find Sarah Pinsker, Kate Elliott, Sheree Renee Thomas, Julie Czerneda, guest of honor David Cherry, and my Nebula grandmaster mentor, Joe Haldeman. Great reads by all of these authors, glad to be recorded in their company!