LoneStarCon, Friday and Saturday, Days 2 & 3

So I am having so much fun here in San Antonio that I didn’t manage to get a post up yesterday detailing just how much fun I am having. If I were to try and write a narrative of everything I’ve done over the last two days, it would take me hours to write this post and I just don’t have hours. In fact, today, Sunday, is my busy day. So I’m going to provide a bulleted list1 with some commentary and remind you that you can also see some photos (a meager few at this point) over on Flickr.

Friday, August 30

  • Woke up at 6:30 am and walked up to CVS to find some Red Bull. My phone said the CVS opened at 7 am, but it turned out it didn’t open until 8 am. I found caffeine elsewhere2.
  • Wrote in the lobby for an hour or so, while talking with Bud Sparhawk, who sat at the table with me. Actually, there are four of us who get down here at around the same time every morning. I think we are the hardest working writers at Worldcon.
  • After Bud headed to breakfast, Saladin Ahmed took his place, making him one of the hardest working writers at Worldcon as well.
  • Did the Day 1 blogging.
  • Caught up with Jay Werkheiser and Lisa Montoya and then headed off to a panel on SIGMA, which is a science fiction think-tank. The panel was very interesting and panelists included Arlan Andrews, Bud Sparhawk, Chuck Gannon, Catherine Asaro and Marianne Dyson.
  • I received my Analog Mafia button from Arlan Andrews, which was very, very cool. I think I may have received the last button he had on him.
  • Headed to lunch with Trevor Quachri and Jay. We maintained our tradition of managing to walk in the direction where there are no restaurants. We wandered around aimlessly until we finally found a great Mexican restaurant on the river walk. We had a terrific lunch, stuffed avocado, which was amazing, good maragaritas, and of course, outstanding company.
  • Afterward, Jay and I wandered about the convention center until Jay suggested he was ready for a beer, at which point we headed to The Bar. While there, we were joined by a small-press editor, Chester Hoster, and we swapped stories about our kids.
  • I once again ran into Fran Wilde, but this time, Cards Against Humanity was not involved. We established, however, that I am not me, or at least, I am not who she thought I was, which makes perfect sense, but you had to be there.
  • Back over at the convention center, I saw James Seals and Kate Baker once again.
  • At this point, I decided a nap was in order and I headed back up to my room to rest for a little while. I didn’t actually sleep, but it was good just to lay down for a little while and take a break.
  • Jay, Lisa and I headed to the Saltgrass Steakhouse for dinner and I had one of the best steaks I’ve had in my entire life. Yum!
  • After dinner I headed back to my room, relaxed for a little while, showered, and then headed to the Analog/Asimov’s party and the TOR party.
  • Finally managed to get Bryan Thomas Schmidt connected with Trevor while at the parties. Talked with a ton of people. Met the two graduate students, Megan and Mackenzie (if memory serves me correctly) that run the AboutSF program at the University of Kansas.
  • Spoke to Stan Schmidt about how retirement has been treating him so far.
  • Ended up calling it a night at about 1:30 am.

Saturday, August 31

  • Up at 7 am (as opposed to 6:30) because I messed up setting my alarm.
  • Got my writing done. It was slow going and by the time I was finished, there was not time to get in my blogging for the day.
  • Headed to the SFWA Business Meeting, where they served a hot breakfast which was greatly appreciated by my hungry, growling stomach.
  • Met Alvaro Zino-Amaro and his girlfriend, Rebecca Fowler for lunch. We went to an Italian place on the Riverwalk and had a fantastic lunch.
  • Headed to the SF Signal Meetup. Met Karen Burnham in person and she told me that she really liked my story, “Flipping the Switch” in Beyond the Sun, which pretty much made my day.
  • Talked shop with Alvaro, beginning at the meetup and ending in The Bar.
  • Headed to a panel on mythology in SF/F with Alvaro and Rebecca. The panel included Stina Leight, Robert Silverberg, Moche Federer and a few others.
  • Took a break after the panel and ran into Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Cat Rambo.
  • Me Alvaro for dinner and chatted for a long time. Discovered that we pretty much share the same brain and see eye-to-eye on just about everything.
  • Headed to Ernie’s for the Drinks with Authors event.
  • Met up there with Brent Bowen and his wife, Becca. Stood in line for 25 minutes at the bar just to get a beer.
  • Ran into Bill Lawhorn there. Bill demonstrated to everyone what a powerful, loud voice he has.
  • Got to chat with Mary Robinette Kowal for a little while.
  • Myke Cole awarded me a couple of books by Catherine Shaffer, and Catherine proceeded to personalize the books for me.
  • Eventually headed back to my room and showered.
  • Headed back down to the lobby, met up with Brent and Becca, found some good seats in the bar and were joined by Alvaro and Rebecca.
  • Had about the best time you can have at a convention shooting the breeze with Alvaro, Rebecca, Becca, and Brent. We later joined by Jack Skillingstead, Kate Baker, James Seals, Jeff Macfee, John DeNardo, Patrick Hester, Matthew Sanborn Smith, and possibly others. You can’t force these things, they just have to happen and when they do, it is so cool.
  • Closed the bar and finally headed up to bed at about 1:30 am.

I know it’s a bit of a whirlwind, but given my limited time, it’s the best I can do. I will try to be more thoughtful about some of these events and interactions in the days following the convention. For now, at least, you know what has been keeping me away.

Notes

  1. I do keep a running list of things I do and people I meet each day in Evernote, in roughly chronological order and that helps a lot for posts like these, as well as post-convention follow-ups.
  2. I don’t drink coffee. I’ve never even tried it.

One thought on “LoneStarCon, Friday and Saturday, Days 2 & 3

  1. “It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.”

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