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[photos|events] JayWake, the retrospective

JayWake. There were all these people. A coffin. (A very hot, dark, coffin.) Books. Some good food. Friends from Germany, Canada, Connecticut, Texas, Utah, California, Washington, Arizona and elsewhere. A lot of laughter. Some mortification. Deep embarrassment. Profound amusement. Joy. Love. More than I can ever describe, or thank, or return.

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[travel|events] San Diego Comic-Con International, here we come

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[personal|events] Clarion West Party

Last night, Lisa Costello and I attended the Clarion West party for Neil Gaiman. We got to speak to Neil Himself briefly, and at more length to a number of other friends. A good time was had by all.

I have more detailed thoughts about how the experience went from an emotional and life perspective, but must mull them further before I am able to articulate them fully.

Meanwhile, we are off back to the Coast, after breakfast with [info]e_bourne.

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[travel|events] Back to Seattle for another party

Lisa Costello and I are off to Seattle today to attend this evening’s Clarion West party. We also will have dinner with a friend, and breakfast tomorrow with another friend, then we’re back to the beach house.

See some, all or none of you there.

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[awards|events] The 2013 Locus Awards

Yesterday, Lisa Costello and I attended the Locus Awards. It was exhausting for me, and a lot of fun.

Not to bury the lede, my friend Nancy Kress won the Best Novella category where my story “The Stars Do Not Lie” was nominated. So no Locus Award for me. My heartfelt congratulations to Nancy.

Lisa had asked me the night before how the day was going to go. I said, “Well, the Earth rotates at slightly more than 1,000 miles per hour…” This earned me strong disapproval.

How the day actually went was that we started out having breakfast with Janet Freeman-Daily. She is a fellow writer and a fellow Stage IV cancer patient. We had one of those involved medical conversations that is of interest to no one but the principals, until various other people came along and we migrated to a larger table and more benign topics.

We then spent the morning loitering in the book room and the lobby, as I didn’t have the energy to attend the paneling. The book signing happened, wherein I shared a table with the effervescent and always fascinating Ted Kosmatka and was able to visit with about half of Seattle writerdom and fandom, or so it seemed. The banquet occurred thereafter. Claire Eddy had organized an impromptu lunch table with us, Kristine Scalzi, [info]torreybird and some other delightful folks.

Connie Willis cranked up the ceremony with some wit, some erudition, some recognition of folks in the crowd (including me), and much heckling from Nancy Kress. I wound up in the Hawaiian shirt contest, thanks to Stan Robinson, where I tied for third (I think) in the trivia portion. Various small prizes were handed out. We then proceeded to the awards, where Nancy won our shared category. About then I started musing that I’d wished I had thought to offer be an acceptor for some of the nominees, because then I’d get a chance to go up to the podium for a moment, and fondle an award.

Connie read out the award for Best Fantasy Novel, announced the winner was Charlie Stross for The Apocalypse Codex, then announced that accepting for Charlie would be Jay Lake. She caught the look of shocked surprise on my face, and asked if I’d know I was accepting.

Well, yes. Charlie had asked me a month or two ago. Unfortunately, we both forgot to do anything about an acceptance speech. Then I’d forgotten.

I manned up, stumbled to the podium with my cane in hand. There I confessed to having forgotten all about being Charlie’s acceptor. I offered the audience their choice of an extemporaneous acceptance speech or an interpretive dance.

Dancing ensued.

I shall draw the curtain of good taste over any descriptions thereof.

Later there was hanging out in the lobby, then at a bar, then a lovely dinner at the Palace Kitchen with Greg and Astrid Bear, Claire Eddy, John Pitts, Lisa and myself. A tiny bit of partying followed, and more visiting with many friends, then I stumbled back to the hotel to sleep.

That was my big day at the Locus Awards. It was a lot of fun, but like I said, exhausting.

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[events|travel] In Seattle for the Locus Awards

Yesterday was a good day, mostly. Lisa Costello and I laid low in the morning. We then had a very nice lunch with [info]mikigarrison, before visiting with Sonia Lyris that afternoon. Then we were off to the Clarion West Party which was hosted at the Locus Awards venue. We saw a bunch of people there, far too many to name, but it was good to see and be seen.

Back there this morning for breakfast with Janet Freeman-Daily. Then it will be the Locus Awards fun, including the actual awards ceremony. Dinner tonight with J.A. Pitts, and Greg and Astrid Bear.

So it will be a good day today as well. Tomorrow we’re having a working breakfast with John again, doing some literary estate planning, then back home to Portland.

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[events] Went down to the library, fell down on my knees

Actually, I went down to the library and sat in a big comfy chair. But all writers feel a bit like Robert Johnson, somewhere in our stained and tattered little souls.

Yesterday evening was the monthly book group at Milwaukie Ledding Library. We discussed my multiple award nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie“, as well as my novel Green and some of my other work. It wasn’t a group of SF/F fans (with one or two exceptions), but it was absolutely a group of literature fans. Also, some of my family came: Lisa Costello, (step)Mom, Dad, [info]lillypond (a/k/a my sister), and [info]the_child her own self.

It was a lot of fun. I’m normally talking either to writers, fans or educational audiences. General readers have a different take than those demographics. This was very q/a driven — I wasn’t lecturing or instructing — and reflected the opinions and experience of this long-established book club. I fielded questions about the creative process, publishing, and steampunk, as well as getting into specifics about “The Stars Do Not Lie”, Green and Mainspring. Not to mention a bit of autobiographical discussion. [info]the_child offered some commentary, and at one point Dad got drawn into the discussion as well.

We ran about 30 minutes overtime, which seemed just fine with everybody there. It was fun for me, a very on-the-ground form of immediacy in interacting with my ultimate audience: the reader.

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[travel|events] Forthcoming appearances

This year, I have been on what I’m privately calling my ‘farewell tour’. Given my life expectancy and declining health, this is not unreasonable. Even if I live much more than another year, I do not expect to be in adequate shape to travel past about the end of this summer. If I am wrong, well, it shall be delightful to have a ‘reunion tour’. But for now, I have no travel plans past LoneStarCon 3, a/k/a Worldcon.

June 26th, 2013 (that would be today), 7:00 pm: the suburbs of Portland, OR
Milwaukie Ledding Library Book Club — We will be discussing my multiple award nominated novella, “The Stars Do Not Lie“, as well as my novel Green.

June 28th and 29th, 2013: Seattle,WA
Lisa Costello and I shall be at The Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, as well as the associated Clarion party.

July 5th, 2013: Seattle,WA
I shall be at that week’s Clarion party in Seattle, along with Lisa Costello.

July 17th to July 21st, 2013: San Diego, CA
[info]the_child and I shall be at San Diego Comic Con. I’ll be signing at the Tor table Friday morning. I do expect to be mobility impaired, and so will likely be using a scooter, which means I will be harder to spot, and spend less time out in public than I’d prefer.

July 27th, 2013: Portland, OR
JayWake here in Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by friends and family, and hopefully you.

July 30th to August 14th, 2013: New Zealand, various cities
[info]the_child, Lisa Costello and I are going to New Zealand. Since I’ll never make my planned trip to Antarctica, this is the next best thing. We used some of the overage from the Acts of Whimsy fund raiser to make this, my final grand act of whimsy, possible. We’ll be traveling around the islands with [info]danjite and [info]khaybee, and possibly with Waterloo Productions. I will publish an itinerary, and there will be Open Dinners in Wellington and probably Auckland. If you’re going to be in Kiwistan those dates and wish to see me, do get in touch with me or [info]danjite.

August 29th to September 2nd, 2013: San Antonio, TX
Lisa Costello and I will be attending LoneStarCon 3. [info]the_child and Mother of the Child will be there as well, along with various other members of my family. If I’m able to walk on the stage, I’ll be in the Hugo Awards ceremony as part of the Campbell Award presentation. Otherwise, Lisa Costello and [info]the_child will stand in for me.

The only plan I have after WorldCon is to attend OryCon if I am able to leave my house. If my health holds better than expected, I may pop up at a few other Pacific Northwest or Bay Area events in the fall and over the winter, but that doesn’t seem terribly likely.

It’s been a lot of fun rattling around this circuit the past fourteen years. My profound thanks to everyone who has helped make my convention-going life as much fun as it has been. All of you party on and party loud.

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[photos|events] A bit more of JayCon XIII

I still don’t have a coherent set of JayCon photos, but Narrow Path Photography was there, and did a wonderful job of documenting the event.

Jay and Lisa, (c) 2013 Narrow Path Photography

Jay and Debra, (c) 2013 Narrow Path Photography

The Child and Bob Brown, (c) 2013 Narrow Path Photography

Check out the whole set.

Photos © 2013 Narrow Path Photography, all rights reserved.

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[events] JayCon done come and gone

JayCon done come and gone. Except for breakfast this morning. And taking [info]fjm to the airport for her trip home, and so forth.

I would call it successful. We had guests from Australia, the UK, Canada, Texas, California, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. We had pizza and cake and cookies. We had before parties and after parties. We had a tiki ceremony.

And now despite no drinking I have the functional equivalent of a hangover.

Also, I was way too busy to take photos, but here’s a couple from others:

Birthday Princess
© 2013 Dierdre S.M.

Blessed be
© 2013 Tamara Kaye Sellman

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with and for me. I love you all.

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