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World Fantasy 2010

The good and the bad, with a minimum of name dropping.

Good:
All the people I get to talk to. The Codex presence was huge. And new people! New awesome people! General hanging out, silliness and parties. Occasional bits of insight into both the art and business of writing stories.

The Hyatt hotel was pretty nice. The quality was good and the service very friendly if notably overwhelmed by all of us. Which I found strange -- is this not the big hotel connected to a giant convention center? Do you never get a bunch of guests all at once? Dunno.

I didn't get out into Columbus at all, so I can't comment on it as a convention locale, except to say that I got to finally meet ccfinlay! He's too busy to travel to other conventions, but since this WFC was local, he could stop by. He's so fun and charming! raecarson is a lucky, lucky girl. I think all conventions should be held in Columbus from now on. ;)


view of the Big Bar on 2 from above

Bad:
This is the problem with WFC. It's you over there in a cluster of people. I know you, I like you, and we don't get to talk much in person. But… I also know you've got career considerations. Is that an important business discussion you're engaged in? Are you making a connection with someone new and important? I can't tell; I'm not going to interrupt. Maybe I'll say hi in the hall or the elevator or the dealer's room if I get a chance, but if you don't come over to me, it's not going to happen, not at WFC. (At WisCon you're fair game though, hah.)

I'm sad, because the weekend goes by and we never get a chance to talk. Maybe you're busy, or you didn't see me. Maybe you're thinking the same thing I am. It's not as if I don't have my own cluster of people around. Still, it would've been fun to catch up with you.

Also, I didn't drink enough water while preparing for the con, traveling, or on the first day, so by Friday night I developed a kidney stone. If I seemed cranky and obsessed with finding things to drink Friday night/Saturday morning, that's why.

Comments

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cathshaffer
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
KIDNEY STONE?!?! OMG, you must walk on water when you don't have a kidney stone, if that was you when you had one. I hope you're feeling better.
amberdine
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks. Doing better; only the occasional twinge now. Once I started chugging water it moved on pretty fast. Fortunately the "stones" I get are very small. More like sand. (Still startling when they work their way completely through. O.o)

I'm generally pretty indifferent to pain, but there were times I was wishing for a soft bed and a hot water bottle!
raecarson
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Scary that I can recognize all my friends by THE TOPS OF THEIR HEADS. o.o
amberdine
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same here. o.o
dotificus
Nov. 2nd, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm in your pic! In the orange pumpkin shirt.

I wish I'd had a longer chat with you. That was something I failed at -- following up with people. I met lots of folks, had a pleasant brief chat, and then never saw them again.

::lacks networking powerz::
amberdine
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hah, yes, there you are! Neat.

We will have to do better at some future convention.
rabiagale
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun. Sorry about that kidney stone.
amberdine
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It gave me an excuse to just sit at a table in the bar and let people come and go, which was kind of fun.
rabiagale
Nov. 7th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
:)

I'm surprised you could do even that much. My dh has had kidney stones and his experience has been pretty painful.
amberdine
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, his experience sounds normal. I'm pretty impervious to pain. I feel it, but it doesn't bother me much. It's nice a nice ability to have but also carries a risk of stupidity!
therinth
Nov. 4th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Aie! Kidney stone?!?!?!!?!!!111!!!

You didn't let on at all.

I don't know if you got my slightly smushy email, but I always love seeing you and Chris at conventions :D
amberdine
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, thank you for the slightly smushy email! I keep getting email on my new phone, which marks it read, and then I forget to look at it later on the computer and respond. Doh.

It is always so fabulous to see you I feel like I'm being greedy hanging out with you so much. A decent person would share more. *g*

I guess FogCon is next? Woo!

februaryfour
Nov. 4th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Get well soon--that SUCKS having a kidney stone at con!
amberdine
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It moved on pretty quickly once I started drinking tons of fluids. Kind of inconvenient to do at a convention, of course, which is why I got into trouble in the first place...
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