Back from Millennicon
Millennicon was great fun. Unfortunately, both the kids and I seem to have come down with post-con crud, but the convention itself was awesome … if a little dangerous for the blood sugar. (There was a birthday cake for my son, and another cake a few hours later at the GoH reception.)
My wife Amy was kind enough to do most of the driving, which gave me time to finish a short story for that blown deadline I mentioned the other day. Story is off to the editor, and I owe Amy many, many hugs.
As always, there was far too much cool stuff going on for any one human being to do. I missed the launch party for Stephen Leigh’s newest book, Immortal Muse. (I did get to see him receive the Hal Award, given each year to “an educator who creates a program utilizing science fiction literature to improve children’s proficiency in science and math.”
I also missed the Detcon1 takeover of the consuite on Saturday.
On the other hand, I got to do a reading that went rather well, a panel about dumb questions (which Laura Resnick TOTALLY SABOTAGED by prohibiting any and all sex-related questions, just because her father was on the panel with her…sheesh), had my son thrown into Klingon jail, heard a new (to me) Tom Smith song, and finally got to wear the T-shirt I got for Christmas in public.
(Photo by Hugh Staples. Cape assistance by Stephen Leigh.)
Huge thanks to Christy Johnson, Cheryl Whitford, and everyone else who put so much time and energy into making the convention happen.
As is often the case, the only downside was having to come back to the real world. Not only was there housework and day job work waiting for me, but apparently at least one mouse moved into the house this weekend and was throwing a little convention of its own. Taz the cat spent the whole night trying to get at it, and actually caught it briefly this morning, but when I tried to get cat and mouse outside to let the little rodent go free, it pulled a Houdini and managed to disappear beneath the couch.
And how was your weekend?
March 18, 2014 @ 5:24 pm
I think Laura did the right thing. Mike probably wouldn’t care, but she is made of more refined stuff.
Because… wow… there is nothing more awkward than sex talk when your opposite-sex parent is there.
March 19, 2014 @ 3:20 pm
OMG, you’re =still= whining about not getting to take sex questions?
For the love of God, man, let it go! Move on! EMBRACE the wholesomeness.
March 19, 2014 @ 3:21 pm
Jim C. Hines
March 19, 2014 @ 7:59 pm
I will NEVER forgive you for RUINING my panel!!! 😛
March 19, 2014 @ 11:56 pm
You’re being too modest, Jim! You never need MY help to ruin a panel.
Jim C. Hines
March 20, 2014 @ 7:34 am
I got nothing. Well played!
March 20, 2014 @ 11:31 am
Totally off topic, but I was reminded of something. Years ago, I wrote a quest mod for Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and was on the forum looking for voice actors. A guy volunteered to do the voice work for me. When I got the audio, I was blown away with how good it was. Like, on par with the professionals. I probably had some of the best voice acting for any quest mod the game has seen.
I no longer remember the name of my quest, or even what my plot was, but I still remember who that voice actor was. Tom Smith.