Renovation World Con – Day 1, Wednesday August 17, 2011
Okay, so I’m not posting this on Day 1, but I’ve just been too busy and too tired. There is so much to do. Reno in August is hot and dry. It agrees with me.
When I arrived after my flight, my room wasn’t ready so I headed over to the Convention Center to register. I’m glad I did because I was also able to sign up for a Kaffee Klatch with Asimov’s editor, Sheila Williams. The Klatches can only be registered a half day ahead, so I was lucky to get in early. (More about this later.)
After registering and receiving my badge and ‘personal hydration device’ (water bottle with con logo) I went to an interview with Aliette de Bodard. It was very interesting and she was fun to listen to. Both she and the interviewer, Christopher Kastensmidt, are on an online writer’s forum that I am also on and it was nice to meet them in person and chat afterwords.
Then I had a convention hot dog and wandered the dealer’s room for a bit. Below are some pictures of displays there. On an impulse, I bought a hat with a wide brim and a cool swoop in the front. The art show is also quite good. I placed a bid on a steampunk locket. I’ll find out Sunday if I get it.
I also ran into Heather Muir, a friend from OSC’s Boot Camp. We’ve been crossing paths and chatting throughout the convention. That’s what these things are all about – connections. It’s been nice seeing her again. We got to compare notes on what we’ve been up to in the last year.
After going back to the hotel, I found my room was ready. It’s very nice. One of the fanciest I’ve stayed in. I only say ‘one of’ because we had some pretty fancy rooms in China (for a lot less money, of course).
Then I went back to the Convention Center for the filk jam. I had heard a very good example of filk on the Writing Excuses podcast a couple of weeks ago and wanted to check it out. There were some good musicians by the time the room filled. I especially enjoyed the harpist. There was a wide variety of styles and skill levels. Their energy and the enthusiasm were great, even if sometimes the music was a little rough around the edges. If I had one criticism, I’d say that a lot of the songs went on a little too long.
Finally, exhausted, I went back to the hotel and collapsed into bed around 1am. I thought about doing this blog post, but was afraid it would come out gibberish. So far, so good. Every day is busier than the last. Now I’m off to breakfast.