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Various and sundry announcements

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This has been a surprisingly busy and eventful week, including out of town visitors, the brief loss of a a friend's child at Disney which created a bit of drama (kid has been safely found), the hopefully not brief finding of a new obsession, blackberry wine (why oh internet did you not tell me about this before), the exciting discovery that I had not, after all, tossed out my boots, and more, which means I am now pretty much out of it, but, interrupting that state and a rather alarming amount of laundry for a few quick announcements:

1. Barring any potential weather delays from Hurricane Sandy, aka Frankenstorm, which OH NOES MAY BE KILLING FLIGHTS EVERYWHERE if you believe the media, I should be departing next Monday for World Fantasy Con.

(Don't worry, everyone; I have found my boots, which means that Toronto should be snow free. You can thank me – or curse me – later. I'm thinking curse because I was kinda looking forward to seeing some snow. Which would have certainly happened if my boots had remained hidden. On the other hand if snow does make an appearance Karen Lord will probably kill me, so, all just as well, and wow, could I possibly have mixed up verb tenses any more in this paragraph? I did say that I'm a bit out of it.)

Because my illness is incredibly unpredictable and can strike at any time, and I usually only make it to about half of the con at best, I have not planned any events – readings, panels, dinners, whatever. I'll just be going with the flow. Chances are good, however, that when I am up and about I will be near coffee, at the bar, or in the dealer's room, or have an interest in food in general. (Food!) I also tentatively plan to make my usual graceful and delightful appearance just outside the Tor party which may or may not turn into a graceful appearance inside the Tor party depending upon the state of the door and the crowds.

2. On a writing note, I have another tiny piece forthcoming from Daily Science Fiction squashed there in a month with writers such as Ken Liu and Nina Kiriki Hoffman, so, if you haven't signed up to have these short stories show up in your inbox each morning, and why not, it's free, now seems like a good time.

3. The Edward Eager reread continues over at Tor.com with The Well-Wishers. One more Eager book to go, and then we start a reread that I have been singing about. No, really.

4. And possibly one more announcement coming later today in its own little post.

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dewline
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Wish I could be in Toronto to say "hello"!
mariness
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
Me too. But maybe when WFC returns to Canada it will be a touch closer to you!
suibhne_geilt
Oct. 26th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I will not make WFC this year. But, England next year???
mariness
Oct. 26th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! Really? It's not going to seem like WFC if you aren't there!

I am planning on England next year, yes.
magnifelyn
Oct. 26th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Just thought you'd like to know that your rereads inspired my choice of bedtime story for Boone recently. I'd never heard of Edith Nesbit before, but based on your rereads, I chose The Enchanted Castle to read to Boone over a very long period of time. (I only read him a few pages, every Monday and Thursday night, because DH reads stories on the other nights of the week.)

We had a great time with The Enchanted Castle. Boone was afraid of the Ugly-Wuglies. He was amused by the many ridiculous adventures and close calls experienced by the children. He was just as awe-struck by the gorgeous descriptions of bathing statues and moonlit feasts as I was. And, being a lover of Greek & Roman mythology, he was delighted to have some familiar deities included.

Thanks for introducing us to this delightful (if occasionally problematic) book!!
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
That's really awesome, and cheered me up. Thanks.
loucheroo
Oct. 26th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful, healthy time at WFC!
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
cafenowhere
Oct. 26th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Happy trails, Mari! May weather and health cooperate with you having a great time!
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Hopefully at some point I'll be able to meet up with you at one of them!
bogwitch64
Oct. 27th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful time in Toronto! Snow or no snow.
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Wait, you aren't coming either? SNIFFLE. I need to bequeath us all ruby shoes that click and say, there's no place like WFC, there's no place like WFC....
bogwitch64
Oct. 27th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm really bummed about not going. At first, I couldn't go because it's my daughter's 21st birthday on the fourth, but she decided to spend it in Arizon with her boyfriend. I also was supposed to do Viable Paradise (slave labor) at the beginning of October, and couldn't justify another writing-related trip, but family matters kept me from the Vineyard. Now, the daughter's going to be away, the son is doing great, and I could have probably gotten up to Toronto without a hitch. But now the con is sold out, and last minute like this? Yeah--not happening.
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
Grumble. Well, I am hereby announcing that we shall share sparklies at another con.
bogwitch64
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
I've already bought my membership for ConQuest again next May. It is developing into a Hadley Rille Books event--not to be missed. Last year was epic. The con itself didn't do very well! But we HRBers had a blast together.

I'm also contemplating Boskone and/or Readercon next year.

We WILL share sparklies somewhere along the line!
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Conquest isn't on my radar, really. Boskone has been mentioned as a possibility, as has Readercon, although this is all in part dependent on various and sundry matters. The only unquestioned con for me is ICFA (which isn't really a con, exactly -- more an academic conference that writers show up at -- but for me it features tropical drinks and sitting by the pool, which, you know, I'm all for.)
bogwitch64
Oct. 27th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
ConQuest itself isn't a "great" con. Although, the word is that George Martin will be guest of honor next year. That's what it said on the program last May. HOWEVER, if you go to the ConQuest site, there is another guest of honor listed. HOWEVER, if you go to GRRM's site, it says he's going to be GoH at his favorite little con, ConQuest, in 2013.

Not a CLUE what's right! I'm going either way.
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Now that I've looked it up, I must admit that I'm feeling a bit intrigued by ConQuest -- for one thing, not that you mentioned it, I have two friends that I haven't seen for AGES, and I think one might be involved with the gaming track. And it's a comparatively cheap con, too. Hmm.

Also, water park.
bogwitch64
Oct. 27th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Last year it was right smack in KC. That made things very convenient for eating and such.

It is a lot of fun. Intimate, like Readercon or Boskone. And you'll have lots of other HRB people about! Win, win. :)
finnyb
Oct. 27th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Cannot wait for WFC! The husband and I are showing up sometime on Thursday.
mariness
Oct. 27th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yay!

I mostly try to arrive early because I need some time to rest beforehand and to my horror I found that some things actually get started Wednesday night, largely because of the people who show up on Wednesday hoping to rest beforehand. So, stretching the trip a bit.

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