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Consistency Not Possible At Times

I'm posting more often, but attempting to make the posts more interesting. You don't really want to read about my writing process, do you? And I'm not one to post when I submit stories or when I receive rejections. I'm not one to post about the current state of the marketplace, stock or writing, equally hideous. I do occasionally post about taxes, but that's always in general and this isn't a tax blog. It's the chicken and cat blog, the Walkabout Farm blog. Which isn't at all the same as that Pioneer Woman blog I've heard of. Trust me.

I could tell you I was at Philcon last weekend, but I also saw some of you already. So it would be redundant and outdated to say that I moderated two panels, critiqued 5 novel excerpts for the writing workshop and was on a third panel. Philcon treats me well and I'm highly appreciative. But you know what? I'm going to be redundant and outdated anyway. And I'm going to say I saw a few faces that I wished had come up to say hi or said hi to some faces and had no time for more, alas. People I would love to sit down with, but it didn't happen for one reason or another.

The panel for 50 story ideas in 50 minutes was a blast to moderate. I had six able panelists with me and the ideas flew around the room. Some were even worth writing. The audience asked at the beginning if we would do plot, character and worldbuilding, but I put my foot down. That would take far more than 50 minutes to do. The blurb was explicit that it was 50 IDEAS and that they were to be unplanned. So we did about half going down the row and some riffed off previous ideas and most were new. The default was something from Ef Deal the night before: "A Llama walks into a bar..." We never needed to use it. For the second half, we took words from the audience and riffed ideas from those: grace; eyeglasses; island; etc. I kept count and we finished well before the 50 minutes. So then we built on each other for a couple of rounds. There was laughter in the audience, so as far as I was concerned, we had entertained.

The workshop went well. I mustn't talk about the details, but Greg Frost and I were sorted into one group while Darrell Schweitzer and Stephen Segal took the other. It's Darrell's workshop and he did the sorting. Somehow Greg and I ended up with the novels. Thanks to some good local publicity (probably jongibbs), we had 11 submissions, which is a half dozen more than the average. But we lost our usual room and time. Not to mention how could we handle so many? Hence, Darrell's split. So Greg and I and our group of writers were sent downstairs to the bar, which, alas, wasn't open at 10AM on a Saturday. It was encouraging to see so many nodding heads when we gave our critiques. I wish them all the best for the rewrites.

I had breakfast with Vickie oracne, which was mahvelous. And I babbled away with Ray Ridenour and Fran Wilde and it was an all-round fun time. The best part was being finished on Saturday so I could go spend time with Greg's wife, Barbara, before coming home.

And now? Well, Miss E has taken her math test and Thanksgiving vacation starts tomorrow and we're driving to Nahant. We're also trying to decide if we will spend xmas at Disney World and use up our disney reward dollars.

The chickens are wet and cranky, but I just bought and filled the feed barrels so they will have food while we're gone. The cats are not wet, but are hunkering down indoors today. I made cranberry jelly and I need to vacuum. Oh the excitement!

So there you go. A filler post of no particular interest.

Frog Out



( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Well, -I- wasn't at Philcon, so I didn't know all that. Your post is like a nice quick visit to Walkabout Farm. Can't beat that.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
No, you couldn't have been there...so few "names" were that I could count them on one hand. It was a weird year that way. But I had fun and that's all that matters. B was asking after you, of course.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
I missed PhilCon this time around, but I hope to be back next year. It's a great place to meet friends :)
Nov. 22nd, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, you may have been absent, but apparently you sent us all your friends! :D Hope to see you there next year!
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
You don't really want to read about my writing process, do you?

Well...maybe once in a while? And I don't mind you being redundant and outdated about events I missed!

But the 50 Ideas panel sounds like great fun. I should suggest it to the person in charge of programming at MileHiCon for next year. I think some of our local authors could have wayyyyy too much fun with it.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
It was a blast! You need at least 5 panelists to make it work, imo. And a moderator who knows how to back off but retain some order. Scintillating and sparkling are a plus. I think my favorite was the "island" one where The Prisoner (#6) was having a torrid affair with Mary Anne and Mrs. Howell was the new #2. :D
Nov. 23rd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)

And now, if my co-workers hadn't all already gone home, they would be wondering why I'm sitting over here laughing my head off and mopping that gulp of tea off of my monitor...
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Poor Thing that you are still there. But then, we can't have those CFP types knowing that you laugh so hard that tea ends up on your monitor.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Come to Disney World! It's lovely when decorated for Christmas. There are web sites out there that tell you which parks have the lowest attendance on which days, and I use those when I plan a trip.

Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
We've been several times, but not for several years. So our reward dollars have been accumulating. And now we are thinking of a lovely stay at one of the lodges, splurging. Miss E went with her aunt for one Xmas and loved it. Weatherdude and I are going to see the decorations for the first time. Miss E will want to go to Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom and not in that order. And also to play mini golf at both courses. We all enjoy doing that.

Edited at 2011-11-23 02:05 am (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
The 50 in 50 panel was tons of fun to watch. I think it should be made a staple of all cons! And you did a wonderful job of moderating.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Oh you're too kind! But I'm glad you were there for it and could report on how it went. I had very clever panelists, too, despite Ef telling me she couldn't possibly come up with ideas very fast. Neither can I, but we managed to help the team. I was hoping, originally, to get out of coming up with story ideas. It was a great panel to moderate. My royalty panel was fun, too. One of the panelists called the British Royals "Jersey Shore with alternative accents."
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
AND I wish we'd had more time to talk than to just say "hello" in the hall before one of us had to be somewhere. I hope all your panels went well. Philcon is always nice to me and each year I get panels that are more fun to do.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Indeed. Hopefully we'll get another chance to actually chat sometime soon. At the moment, we seemed doomed to flying hellos. Philcon was definitely a good experience. Hopefully I'll get to attend and participate again next year!
Nov. 23rd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
Echoing: *I* wasn't at Philcon either, so I appreciate the recap and the mental images of moderating and observing 50 in 50. Hmmmm...contemplating turning that into 50 costume ideas in 50 minutes...
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