WisCon 2011

Jun. 1st, 2011 09:28 pm
michaeldthomas: (Default)
I had a great time. I finally listened to [livejournal.com profile] tim_pratt and [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and skipped the whole being-a-panelist thing. I felt a 1000 times less stressed out. At this stage in my career, I just don't get a lot out of being a panelist anymore. I'm also not a great fit for WisCon panel culture.

Instead, I hung out with my friends, met some new people, went to parties, and ate at fantastic restaurants.

I now have too many friends to make shout-outs. However, I miss all of you.

As you can read from [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and Sigrid Ellis, the Whedonistas' party was a monster success. I'm very proud of it. We all worked very hard to make it special.

Now we can try to top it next year with the Chicks Dig Comics' party. :-)

One of the most important things I did was spend time with my peer group. Living in crazy Lynne World means I sometimes forget that I'm not the only writer working hard to make his or her first big sale. My peers help me have a proper perspective. Also, they're awesome.

Next up, 4th Street Fantasy.
michaeldthomas: (content)
After a few doom and gloom posts, I decided it was time for a shiny happy post.

1- I finally scheduled a physical for myself. It's about 2 years overdue. I feel great, but it's time. My only issue is a small spot of uneven pigmentation on my face. It's probably just part of aging, but I want a doctor to verify that it's nothing serious.

2- I have 4 short stories on the market. I'm very happy with my most recent story after receiving some quality critiques. I think I fixed most of its issues. *fingerscrossed*

3- I'm finally revising The Scarlet Queen (my mid-grade fantasy novel). It's slow-going, but I should be finished by CONvergence. Now all I need is a critique partner who specializes in mid-grade fantasy. :-)

4- All of our WisCon plans are solidifying. The Whedonistas party is going to rock. It's going to be nice to hang out with so many of our peeps. Hooray!

5- We loved "The Doctor's Wife." It's now my favorite story of the Smith/Moffat era.

6- The SF Squeecast will premiere in the next couple of weeks.

7- The first batch of Chicks Dig Comics essays came in without any major drama. Lynne and Sigrid are pleased.

8- We have great friends. Thanks for all of the support. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
We're back home after a phenomenal WisCon. As usual, I can't write much of a con report without it looking like a Bush-era terror document with 3/4 of the words blacked out. Suffice to say there was plenty of booze, business, and gossip. Repeatable highlights include [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne singing "Black Velvet" at the Karaoke Party, Lynne getting to wear [livejournal.com profile] maryrobinette's extra Regency dress for the Sunday night parties (they looked like the freakin' Bennet sisters!), my first taste of good Scotch, a total lack of drama, lots of good conversation and jokes, and many, many fine meals.

For me, this really was the first con that I felt like a writer. I found myself talking process with some authors who I really admire. Amazingly, they didn't try to talk me out of this writing malarkey. ;-)

I also spent a lot of time just hanging out with other people at the beginning of their careers. I feel like I'm finding my peer group.

I miss you all.

Thanks to all of the support, encouragement, and good feedback from this weekend, I think I'm about to kick some ass with my current WIPs.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
I lost my voice. Through some combination of crappy hotel air conditioning and constant speaking, I came home with my first case of laryngitis in years. Amazingly, [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne still has her voice.

It was a strange convention. We had a wonderful time with our old and new friends (the list is getting too long to type), and we already miss all of you. The food was excellent, the drinks did their job, and the conversations were fascinating. Of course, things were also tense as hell. In the end, though, everybody survived.

My panels went well. The only problem with them was that we never quite had any counterpoints. It would be nice to do these panels again at Chicago TARDIS to see if we can get some actual debate.

Caitlin behaved all weekend. For her good behavior, she got a signed copy of [livejournal.com profile] sarah_prineas's The Magic Thief: Lost. She seems to have inherited her mother's ability to squee. :)
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I have my preliminary WisCon schedule. My fellow panelists are still a mystery (I'm sure they will give out that info as soon as everybody confirms), but I'm otherwise very pleased.

Always a companion, never a Doctor Sat 10:30 - 11:59PM
After the announcement that David Tennant was stepping down from playing Dr. Who, not only was there much speculation over who would step into the role as the Eleventh Doctor, there was speculation that perhaps the role could be taken over by a ... woman? Nah! Why is The Doctor never a woman? Why did some fans feel compelled to half-apologize that they'd be "okay" with The Doctor being played by a woman? Is there something about Dr. Who that makes the character inherently male??

Doctor Who and Torchwood- “The Gay Agenda” Sun 12:00 - 1:30AM
When openly-gay writer Russell T Davies became showrunner of the relaunched Doctor Who, many tabloid papers and homophobic Doctor Who fans hypothesized that he would insert a “gay agenda” into the series as he had with his shows Queer As Folk and Bob and Rose. Now that he is ending his run as Executive Producer, we can look back on the series and its plethora of LGBT characters to see how he handled them and whether or not he truly had an overarching queer agenda in mind as he created the series and its spin-offs.

Media vs. Book Fandom Sun 4:00 - 5:29PM
Do you know what Paul Gross arms are? Has anything ever harshed your squee? How do SFF print and media fandoms get along? Is there a generational difference? Gender differences? Race differences? Vocabulary differences? Do people tend to participate in both, or only one or the other? What does each fandom think of the other? Where do comics fans fit in? And what about those crazy bandom people?

WisCon

May. 30th, 2008 04:36 pm
michaeldthomas: (Indiana Jones)
[livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne sums up her post-WisCon feelings. Yeah, what my smart wife says.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
WisCon was phenomenal. I’m still trying to think of a way to blog about it. I’m in a bind since most of the con involved tagging along with Lynne as she approached authors about their archives. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne was extremely successful, but I can’t talk about most of it until after the official announcements. Not to mention, I don’t want to come off as a name-dropping git. The last thing I want is to become SF’s Dick Cavett (insert Jon Pertwee for my Doctor Who fan friends). Suffice to say we had fun, the panels went very well, and we made a ton of new friends while solidifying older friendships.

I also owe my family huge thanks for watching Caitlin over the weekend. They tell me she had a great time at the zoo even though the goats tried to eat her wheelchair.

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