Anyway, then I caught the train to Rye, and am currently at Lunacon.
*Lunacon - the first day was ever so slightly chaotic - the first panel I was on, the topic something along the line of how to mine Amazon for fun and profit, turned out to consist of me and another panelist... and no audience. So we called it and went away again. I was supposed to do a reading but I wound up talking to another writer instead because the reading room didn't, um, exactly have chairs in it and was not spectacularly successfully signposted and, well, one other person turned up... sigh. But anyway, went next door to the dealer's room, saw that they had copies of both new WOrldweavers books in stock, met up with alexjay and several others, bought two new research books, and then wound up going to eat something after I realised that my last meal had been breakfast at the New Yorker and I was hungry. After that, went to the "meet the pros" event, talked cat (I don't mean about cats, I mean we meowed) with Josepha Sherman to the consternation of the barkeep behind us, talked shop with an editor of a magazine to whom I want to send a story I have brewing, and chatted about "Slings and arrows" (the TV series) with another fan for a while. Then alexjay and I went to a midnight reading of Eye of Argon (this is not quite the copy we had but it gives you the basics, if you've spent a lifetime on a high mountain top in hermit-like isolation and have never heard of the thing). The idea was to read it out loud, mistakes and misspellings and glorious mispunctuation and all, and if you made a mistake or cracked up you were out and the next person in the circle took over. If you got through a full page without screwing up, you got a gold star. I got one [grin] but that was only after I flamed out on the first pass after less than a sentence. It was great fun, but I wound up getting to bed REALLY late and now it's kind of really late in the morning and I'm about to go search out a bite of breakfast and then I'll go do my stint at the Broad Universe table and see what else is available until I have to go to my own next panel later on.
That's it so far. More later as things develop. Breakfast, now. More importantly, coffee now....