Many more than twelve awesome things happened at this past ReaderCon, and in fact quite a bit more than twelve awesome things took place that happened to involve me, but I have promised myself that I will not spend days assembling full-blown con reports, so I'll have time to spend with my novel before the week is out. And so, in rough chronological order:
1) Challenging the folks who came to my poetry workshop Thursday to take something that concerns them (an issue that bothers them, something personal, however that can be interpreted) and channel that into a speculative poem. Then savoring the results, which though of necessity unpolished, were quite fascinating to hear. Once again my workshop ran well past the allotted time and people actually wanted it to, heh.
2) Performing Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica Wick's poem "Apple Jack Tangles the Maidy Lac with a Red, Red Ribbon" from Mythic Delirium 20 with Nicole Kornher-Stace at the Goblin Fruit/Mythic Delirium reading — I was Jack, she was Lac. Additional amusing note: I know for a fact Jess & Amal didn't get to perform the poem at either the MD/GF or Rhysling readings the year they were both at ReaderCon, because they each had poems of their own and we ran out of time — but I got shouted down when I said this because everyone remembers them doing it. But then again, if enough people "remember" a performance that didn't happen... then it might as well have happened, right? I can only hope what Nicole and I did compared, hee hee.
3) Watching Claire Cooney's reaction as Anita presented her with a wrap fishnet skirt, jellyfish purse, necklace and other accessories that she made, inspired by Claire's poem "The Sea King's Second Bride" and other oceanic mysteries.
4) Not so awesome for me, but for the rest of the room: my reaction upon reading the script for the Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition and discovering I was going to have to sing the actual lyrics to the Star Trek theme in front of an audience of 300+.
5) Participating in Julia Rios' incredible clever and creative Interstitial Arts Exchange. Watching Anita participate in it. Getting my passport filled with strange art by fellow artists. Hearing that both Nicole and Anita gave Erik Amundsen's Tarot deck fits.
6) Watching the entire con go interstitial as Scott Edelman broke open two durians and a jackfruit on the sidewalk outside the hotel during the Meet the Pros(e) party and people actually gathered around to try it. Including me, Anita, Nicole, Sonya Taaffe and many, many others. For the record, I found it too onion-y. To me the whole event seemed to carry on a sort of bizarre botanical tradition (last year we were treated to the striking image of Paul Riddell walking around in his black cowboy hat and vest, carrying a tray of strikingly colorful carnivorous plants.)
7) Getting to read "The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves" aloud with my co-authors, Nicole and Sonya. The audience was tiny but inquisitive.
8) Plotting to have Claire provide the finale to this year's Rhysling Slan by having her perform "The Sea King's Second Bride," which I saw her perform last year in the MD/GF reading, and which I thought would be a worthy successor to Amal's showstopping rendition of "Stair in Her Hair" at last year's Rhysling reading — and then getting the Rhysling results in and learning Claire's was the winning long poem.
9) Coordinating with David Lunde (poet and Rhysling Chair); having things work out so that every poet who wanted to read got to read every poem they brought and every poem I wanted; then watching serendipity converge as Claire stood up, dressed in the outfit Anita made for her, blew the audience away with her performance and then got to be stunned herself as David, with great delight, informed her of her win.
10) Being called "Chickensh*t" in unison (at Eric Van's puckish urging) by an audience of 300+ before the start of the Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose competition, and then (almost) becoming its new champion. I did manage to unseat five-time champion Yves Menard, but lost to the audience. Barring some disaster, Yves, the audience and I will return for a three-way rematch next year. Be there.
11) Getting to meet Neil Gaiman when he and Amanda Palmer dropped in unannounced to attend the Shirley Jackson Awards. Hearing firsthand that being a contributor to Mythic Delirium has been fun for him and he'd like to do it again. (Let the Happy Editor Jig commence!)
12) Meeting Sally Robertson for the first time. Seeing Nicole and Sonya and Claire and Patty Templeton and Francesca Forrest and David and Scott Andrews and JoSelle Vanderhooft and Matt Kressel and Leah Bobet and Theodora Goss and Claude Lalumiere and Shira Lipkin and Andrea Hairston and Jennifer Pelland and Vandana Singh and John Langan and Chesya Burke and Andrea Hairston and Tempest Bradford and Mary Kowal and Ellen Datlow and Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman and Geoffrey Goodwin and and and...
I was glad to see many faces both familiar and new. I leave anyone out only because I'm out of breath.
Yes, I really do have to try. I've even got family out in that neck of the woods, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have to go by myself, on that account.
That, and someday I would like to get to another World Fantasy Convention.
Edited at 2011-07-20 02:35 am (UTC)
There's a correct tune?
GOOD THING I DIDN'T KNOW IT! Boy, I'd've LOST ALL MY RESPECT for you FOREVER!
As it is, my blissful ignorance and fond memory of your singing voice WILL LIVE ON IN INFAMY!!!