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Wiscon recap: Saturday 
5th-Jun-2011 02:20 pm
MLP: Pinkie bounce
Started my Saturday with a run through the Dealer's Room (oh hai new Laurie Toby Edison ring!) and the Art Show. So much great stuff! And I know more people in the art show every year. Gives me warm fuzzies, that does. I love knowing talented people. :) I could've bought a ton in the art show - but what I couldn't resist was this.

Those of you who know my daughter already know why. catvalente actually gasped upon seeing it Monday: "Oh my god, it's baby Elayna!" And it is. Elayna's preferred hair color and clothing style - her face, manga-ized - and the ravens! And the treasure! Seriously, I turned the corner and there was my daughter. So of course I had to buy it. And of course Elayna fell in love with it. I also bought a manga-style Labyrinth piece, which is sadly not up on the artist's site.

From there, a too-brief stop at the Journeyman Writers' Meeting (oh hai vylar_kaftan!) - I had to leave early to help set up for the Traveling Fates show.

Which was tremendous. Because of course it was. And it hit at a very emotionally resonant time - like I said, I was doing a lot of processing Thursday-Saturday. And the song choices, plus some additional other-people's-stuff background - I spent chunks of the concert, when not shimmying subtly behind the merch table, very internally focused and a bit overwhelmed over how the songs were almost like a Tarot reading. Talk about the right show on the right day. My goodness. s00j was phenomenal as always, and Bekah Kelso and Ginger Doss were great too - this was my first experience of them, and I snapped up all their music! And dark_blade danced. <3

Also during the concert? We got to surprise the epic-fantastic birthday boy, omnisti! We'd stealthily established a fund for the new fire staff he'd been wanting. Ha! We = s00j, I think Bekah & Ginger, vixyish, catvalente, and me - and maybe others? I'm not sure? Miz Vix, I gave him an extra hug for you! (Also I'd surprised him at a little past midnight Friday with a bright orange Baktus, because that's how I roll.)

And after the show, I needed a break. Note to self: standing through three hours of the Gathering on Friday and two hours-plus of concert prep and concert on Saturday is REALLY BAD FOR YOUR LEGS, ow ow ow. Also ow. Owwww.

Then a panel I regarded as a must: How To Describe Nonwhite Characters Sans Fail.

Oh. No.

I will refer you to kate_nepveu's excellent recap. There is really nothing I can add to that, save that I think at least angelsscream was entertained by my eyes going huge and me pressing my hand to my mouth in a cartoony "oh noooooo." Just wow. I'll note that an actual apology has occurred. But at the time, just oh nooooo. Went out to dinner from there with ktempest, sairaali, and a bunch of other wonderful and appalled panel attendees (I do not know everyone's LJname). Additional note to self: When in Wisconsin, order Indian food extra spicy.

I never make it to the Tiptree auction. Next year? I hope?

After dinner, I believe, is when I holed up in the hotel room frantically typing all of the last three days' developments to sindrian. This was a common occurrence during the con: I HAVE TEN MINUTES AND MUST SPEND ALL TEN TYPING.

I meant to make it to more parties, but I only made it to the Fairyland launch party. Well, there was a s00j! And a stealthcello! And later a Bekah and Ginger! And lounging about with the delectable grntserendipity, omnisti, pattytempleton, csecooney, thegreenyear, LJless Will Alexander and John O'Neill, And Many More. How could I have budged? I ask you!

Oh! And right before that? A breakthrough!

I was telling Patty, Claire, and O'Neill about why I have the "no at-con hookups" rule. Namely, I've had two that became toxic year-long relationships. In a row. Not doing it again. But ah, Claire!

csecooney: "So both of those times, you were living it Atlanta, and they were in Boston?"
Me: "Yes!"
csecooney: "Well, clearly your real love affair was with Boston!"
Me: "*blink*

It is true, I think! Oh, the ridiculous lengths I went to. It was Boston I was in love with all along! And now I am in a healthy long-term relationship with Boston! W00t! So, y'know. We'll see about con sex. We'll see.

I remained at the Fairyland party until I developed the thousand-yard stare; then I was off to bed. Sunday was to be my busiest day, after all.
6th-Jun-2011 07:51 am (UTC)
Aye, we missed you by about half an hour at the Fairyland party. I ran into Jane Irwin there! And fangirled her. (And did the same the next day to Patricia Wrede! "Erm, hi. Your badge says (your name), are you the same (your name) that did (book)?")

We helped clean up after. ^_^

Do you know if video was taken during Firebird's Child? I saw someone with a camera at some point, though I think it was Sooj, so I dunno if it got taken when she was playing. I was wishing I could share it with Brekke, as the sound was much deeper than the cd with the increased number of drums... though admittedly, some of that may have been feeling the drumbeats live as I danced... and sadness at not having seen me do it.

Personally, I was just hoping I did not embarrass myself. Or incur injury. Which I suppose would be both. >.> I have not tried to dance like that in a couple of years and am veeeeery out of practice and was not at all warmed up.
8th-Jun-2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
I was thousand-yard-staring again like I was Friday night! >.<

Video was taken, yes! It'll take omnisti a while to get it together, but that will happen.

You looked lovely. <3
8th-Jun-2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you. ^_^

Next year. *nodnod*
6th-Jun-2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Also, I have figured out the book that you had a thing in a ways back that sounded really neat and then I couldn't remember what it was and OH it was that Ravens book! Yay a link! Erm. >.> Why is this link not working? Ooh. Because the book ceased to be available two years ago.

*headdesk.* It sounds awwwweeesoooommme.
8th-Jun-2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
It was! omnisti still has a few copies, I think. But my story from it just got reprinted here.
8th-Jun-2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! I have sent him a PM on LJ. And I shall read your story when we get home from dinner! ^_^
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