[conventions] World Steam Expo, Day Three

Um.

Wow.

Let’s see…

I cracked myself out of bed around 8 am yesterday, did my usual morning routine, before discovering that the reading I thought I had at 1 pm was actually at 10 am. Oops. Still, I made it there in good order, and had a pleasing turnout given that [a] it was the first hour of programming on day three of a Con and [b] this isn’t a book-focused Con. I read “The Lollygang Save the World on Accident” and did Q&A for a while. It was fun and worthwhile.

Afterwards I diddled around with some folks, before hitting the League of S.T.E.A.M.‘s parlor show. Twice. Basically, they were working in character, demo’ing some of their props and gadgets and whatnot. Hilarious fun, though my favorite hands down was the net cannon, a/k/a the H.U.G. gun.

After that I started to wander about, when Lady Ameliorette Potts texted me to come back if I wanted to get shot with the H.U.G. gun my own self. Hijinks ensued.

Jay Lake getting nailed by the H.U.G. gun

(The Facebook comment thread on that image is hilarious, by the way.)

Then it was time to go off to the author panel, where I shared stage space with Gail Carriger, G.D. Falksen, Michael Lee and John White. That was a good hour of moderated Q&A with a pretty full house.

Evening devolved an impromptu birthday party in the Green Room for Captain Robert of Abney Park. After that, the evening unfolded. I caught part of League of S.T.E.A.M.‘s review of their Web series, and about half the set of Steam Powered Giraffe. I finally decided their music was a fusion of high lonesome, three part harmony and stage comedy. Pretty wild stuff.

Further screwing around ensued, culminating in the League of S.T.E.A.M. conducting an impromptu stage raid on Abney Park during their encore of their concert set. Captain Roberts was H.U.G.ed, then spanked with the punchy fist for his birthday. I went along on this raid as the blogger embed, and it was one of the funniest things I have been part of in a very long time.

Afterward, more partying and dancing and whatnot until after 2 am.

Today is a slow, short day. I’m off to the airport at 3 pm to fly home, arriving about midnight. I do have some serious thoughts about my World Steam Expo experience, specifically about working a Con cold, and about being a very minor sideshow in someone else’s world, but for now I’ll just say this has been the most fun I’ve had in a very, very long time. My thanks to the World Steam Expo con com and volunteers, to old friends like @howardtayler and Evelyn Kreite, and to new friends very much including League of S.T.E.A.M..

What a weekend. Now I need a vacation to get over my vacation.


Photo © 2012 Ellie Copperbottom, used with permission.

3 thoughts on “[conventions] World Steam Expo, Day Three

  1. Jaws says:

    I appreciate the extra attention to detail of your shirt being only of dyes available to the Victorian era. That said, it seems rather, um, tame.

  2. Ceejay Writer says:

    We too cracked out of bed at godawful-o-clock to make the drive over from Lansing (1.5 hours to the left) to get to Expo on time to meet, well, YOU. 🙂 (We didn’t have a hotel room, we ‘commuted’ to the con both Saturday and Sunday. But you’ve been one of my inspirations the past few years, and damn it, sleep can be caught up on but you’re not in Michigan often, right?

    Anyway, I was the little old lady sitting next to the guy who was just getting to know who you were, and was utterly mesmerized as you read from “The Lollygang Save the World on Accident”. And I appreciated your input at the writer’s panel the next day, too. Thank you for helping re-kick me with some validation and inspiration. For us too, it was all fun and worthwhile. Hope your trip home was all right!

    1. Jay says:

      Well, heck. Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the reading, and I’m even more pleased to have delivered you some validation and inspiration. Keep writing!

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