gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I got back from Wiscon on Tuesday night, but I keep forgetting to post about it due to jetlag. Travel was much smoother than last year, with no flight delays or cancellations (in spite of some fairly bad weather the day I flew out of Madison).

It was great to hang out with [personal profile] nwhepcat, and I really enjoyed the programming I was on (a reading with Patty Templeton, Nicole Kornher-Stace, and Shira Lipkin, and a panel on "What Makes a Character Come Alive?"). I attended some terrific panels and readings, including a panel on Afrofuturist music and a reading featuring Karen Joy Fowler's hilarious memoir about her trip to Italy as a teenager.

I've been home for two days, but I'm still a bit jetlagged. Looking forward to Readercon, fast approaching!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I'll be heading for Readercon tomorrow morning. Bracing myself to get up at stupid o'clock for my flight. At least it's a direct flight! I look forward to the con and to seeing my friends there.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
I had a truly lovely Wiscon. Will write more about it when I am less jetlagged.

While I was there, the inaugural issue of Interfictions Online went live. It includes my prose poem Ginnie and the Cooking Contest!

And, because it's Reading Wednesday...

Books purchased at Wiscon:

Queers Dig Time Lords edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael D. Thomas
The Receptionist and Other Tales by Lesley Wheeler
The Helix and the Hard Road by Joan Slonczewski and Jo Walton
The WisCon Chronicles vol. 7 (Shattering Ableist Narratives) edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft

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May. 29th, 2012 08:56 pm
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I'm home from Wiscon, after a long (but smooth) day of travel. It was so great to see everyone! I'm far too fried to post cogently at the moment, but I will in the next day or two.

pre-WFC

Oct. 26th, 2011 08:58 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I'm mostly packed for WFC, flying out early tomorrow afternoon. Having my usual pre-travel nerves. Soon I will have a glass of wine and watch REVENGE.

Finished reading THE WILD GIRLS, which I loved a lot.

Looking forward to seeing those of you who will be at WFC!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I'm back in LA after a whirlwind trip to San Francisco. It was a monumental catch-up session with my friend E., who my friend D. and I hadn't seen in about two decades. (E., D. and I first met as undergrads at UCLA.) We went to the amazing The Steins Collect exhibit at SFMOMA, browsed in bookstores (City Lights--where I discovered there's a new book by Marilyn Hacker!--Green Apple, and Borderlands), ate Italian food and pie and Peruvian rotisserie chicken and other goodies, visited The Church of John Coltrane, and walked a ton. I hadn't been in San Francisco in far too many years. I'd forgotten what a beautiful city it is, and I'm grateful that City Lights is still there.
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Tomorrow I'm flying to San Francisco to spend the weekend with a couple of friends I first met in a poetry workshop at UCLA about a zillion almost thirty years ago. I'm delighted to be escaping the Los Angeles summer, but I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that I need to pack for a high of 63 degrees F.

***

One Life To Live continues to be entirely amazing. Today's episode was devoted to the Story of the Two Todds. Much as I love Trevor St. John (Todd of the Past Eight Years), I have to admit that Roger Howarth (Original Todd) has been magical in this storyline, especially now that he's begun to interact with Kassie DePaiva, Florencia Lozano, Kristen Alderson, and Erika Slezak. One of the great pleasures of soap opera (when done right) is how it draws on decades of history, so it's been a delight that the show has begun peppering Original Todd's reunion scenes with scenes from the 1990s (and early 2000s) of him and the same actors. There have been so many less-than-stellar returns of beloved soap actors in recent years (notably Vanessa Marcil's botched return to General Hospital, which may well have cost Bob Guza his job), but Roger Howarth's return has vastly exceeded my expectations.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
Readercon was marvelous and exhausting. But mostly marvelous.

I had a fairly rough travel day yesterday. My flight was supposed to leave Boston around 4:30 p.m. but was delayed three hours because the plane I was supposed to be on had engine problems. Eventually they had to put us on a different plane. Hence I didn't get back to my apartment until after 12:30 a.m. (i.e., 3:30 a.m. EST!).

In a day or two, when I am feeling less fried and jetlagged, I will post a con report (and I will also write about the Two Todds storyline on One Life To Live which is currently blowing my mind).

It's good to be home, but I keep expecting to see my Readercon friends!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I have to get up at 4 a.m. tomorrow morning to catch my airport shuttle, ugh. But I am mostly packed, and I'm checked in for my flight. Looking forward to seeing those of you who will be at Readercon!
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I had a lovely time at WFC, and (so far) have no con crud. Soon I will post a con report (tomorrow, probably), but first I'm gonna unpack and catch up on email and soaps.

The Garage Kitty greeted me with hungry meows and forgot to give me the cold shoulder for leaving town.

I've been offline since Thursday (as the hotel charged a fortune for use of their business center), so let me know if I missed anything!
gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan sister-in-law)
Off to WFC. The shuttle's supposed to pick me up in 45 minutes. I probably won't be online much until Monday.

so I will post about today's Ryan's Hope... )
gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan sister-in-law)
I'm packing for World Fantasy. Delighted that for once I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn for my flight. Not delighted that the trip to the airport will take longer than my actual flight. Ah well. I'd like to work on chapter 19 today, but I'm in that weird preoccupied pre-travel state. Maybe after dinner.

The other day I was writing a scene in which my protagonist Jo is watching late-night TV, and I couldn't find any info on the web about the kinds of late-night TV prevalent in NYC in 1976. Next thing I knew, I'd ordered a copy of the NYC TV Guide from December 1976 on eBay! It arrived today, and it is very entertaining. It has Valerie Harper as Rhoda on the cover.

today's Ryan's Hope )
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Some highlights of Writercon:

There were many wonderful panels and presentations, including [personal profile] redeem147's Bollywood 101, [personal profile] general_jinjur's podfic presentation, and Kristina Busse's celebration of fannish tropes. I had a marvelous time moderating the Making Old Monsters New Again panel, during which [personal profile] harmonyfb, Debra Doyle, [personal profile] inkandchocolate and I, along with pretty much the entire room, enthusiastically discussed vampires and zombies and ghosts etc. etc. (And I got to talk about Dark Shadows, hooray!)

Speaking of soaps, I got to talk with [personal profile] nwhepcat and [personal profile] 10zlaine and [personal profile] willowgreen about Ryan's Hope, and rant with [personal profile] 10zlaine and [profile] callmesandy about GH! (I think [personal profile] 10zlaine and I spent pretty much the whole cocktail party talking about soaps...)

My favorite restaurant of the weekend was Hell's Kitchen, where I had breakfast a couple of times. I think I will be longing for those pancakes until I get back to Minneapolis. Also the hotel restaurant, Fire Lake, was awesome, and we ate there many times. Strangely I did not gain weight this weekend, which seems impossible. In general the hotel was by far the best we've had for Writercon, and rivals only the Concourse for my favorite con hotel.

It was so wonderful to see old friends and to talk with new ones. Big thanks to the concom for putting together such a lively and inspiring convention.
gwynnega: (Default)
Some highlights of Writercon:

There were many wonderful panels and presentations, including [livejournal.com profile] redeem147's Bollywood 101, [livejournal.com profile] general_jinjur's podfic presentation, and Kristina Busse's celebration of fannish tropes. I had a marvelous time moderating the Making Old Monsters New Again panel, during which [livejournal.com profile] harmonyfb, Debra Doyle, [livejournal.com profile] inkandchocolate and I, along with pretty much the entire room, enthusiastically discussed vampires and zombies and ghosts etc. etc. (And I got to talk about Dark Shadows, hooray!)

Speaking of soaps, I got to talk with [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat and [livejournal.com profile] 10zlaine and [livejournal.com profile] willowgreen about Ryan's Hope, and rant with [livejournal.com profile] 10zlaine and [livejournal.com profile] callmesandy about GH! (I think [livejournal.com profile] 10zlaine and I spent pretty much the whole cocktail party talking about soaps...)

My favorite restaurant of the weekend was Hell's Kitchen, where I had breakfast a couple of times. I think I will be longing for those pancakes until I get back to Minneapolis. Also the hotel restaurant, Fire Lake, was awesome, and we ate there many times. Strangely I did not gain weight this weekend, which seems impossible. In general the hotel was by far the best we've had for Writercon, and rivals only the Concourse for my favorite con hotel.

It was so wonderful to see old friends and to talk with new ones. Big thanks to the concom for putting together such a lively and inspiring convention.
gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan bar)
This afternoon I got together with my old friend Cecil Castellucci at Coffee Table to talk about a couple of upcoming Interstitial Arts events in LA (which I will post more about when I get home from Writercon).

I'm mostly packed for Writercon. The airport shuttle's supposed to pick me up around 5:40 a.m. ACK! (My flight was originally supposed to leave around 10 a.m., and then they changed it to 8 a.m.!) So I guess I'll be getting up at 4 tomorrow.

Really looking forward to the trip, and to seeing so many of my friends. I'll be moderating one panel:

Scare Me To Death: Making Old Monsters New Again
Saturday 10 a.m.
Panelists: Debra Doyle, [livejournal.com profile] inkandchocolate, [livejournal.com profile] harmonyfb

I'm not bringing a computer, so I probably won't be online much until I get home on Monday.

this week's Ryan's Hope )
gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan balcony)
This afternoon I got together with my old friend Cecil Castellucci at Coffee Table to talk about a couple of upcoming Interstitial Arts events in LA (which I will post more about when I get home from Writercon).

I'm mostly packed for Writercon. The airport shuttle's supposed to pick me up around 5:40 a.m. ACK! (My flight was originally supposed to leave around 10 a.m., and then they changed it to 8 a.m.!) So I guess I'll be getting up at 4 tomorrow.

Really looking forward to the trip, and to seeing so many of my friends. I'll be moderating one panel:

Scare Me To Death: Making Old Monsters New Again
Saturday 10 a.m.
Panelists: Debra Doyle, [personal profile] inkandchocolate, [personal profile] harmonyfb

I'm not bringing a computer, so I probably won't be online much until I get home on Monday.

this week's Ryan's Hope )

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