I had a swell time this past weekend at Norwescon 34, the Pacific Northwest premier science fiction and fantasy convention. Here are the highlights:
7:00 a.m. PST. Saturday. Headed back to Norwescon soon for a 9:00 a.m. workshop. What a crazy, fantastic day Friday. Sat four panels that played to full rooms. Solicited stories for 10Flash from John Pitts, Ken Scholes and Michael Ehart. Had a grand conversation with my good friend, Jordan Lapp, about all and sundry. Worked hard and partied hard. Amen and Hallelujah.
Another great day at Norwescon. A 9:00 a.m. Fairwood Writers critique group for a most receptive writer. Scattered pithy chats with friends. Jordan Lapp. The Odells. Tod McCoy. Dale Ivan Smith. Janna Silverstein. Camille Alexa. Mike and Sheila Alexander. Jude-Marie Green. Cat Rambo. SO many others. A fun flash fiction panel with Jordan, Cat, and Caren Gussoff. Bless them each and every one.
A last tidbit from Norwescon. Friday night, I learned something of the depths to which a magazine editor can fall. I enticed the promise of a story to 10Flash from Ken Scholes – by offering money and a bar chair I didn’t own. The shame. Also got promises of submissions from John Pitts, Camille Alexa and Michael Ehart. No chairs involved in those deals.
In addition, I discovered why writers I follow on blogs and at Facebook talk about “secret projects”. I’m now involved in two such projects of my own. Can’t share the details yet, but both are so exciting I have to make some sort of announcement. More later.
Finally, there’s a long list of people I wanted to spend time with and wasn’t able to arrange connections. Janet Freeman-Daily. Mary Rosenblum.. Fred and Johanna McLain. Kevin Shamel. Jeremy Zimmerman. Marta Murvosh. So many others, friends I didn’t see or only saw in passing. Mea culpa. Next time, huh?