tamorapierce: yellow sign showing figure banging head on desk (Default)
I have just returned from a very good time in New Mexico. My assistant Julie Holderman and I went out for Bubonicon, but before we plunged into con madness, artist Ruth Sanderson, my friend Jane Lindskold, and her archaeologist husband Jim showed us around a bit. We visited Albuquerque's Old Town (native arts jewelry!) and the Rattlesnake Museum. The snakes are gorgeous--a nation-wide collection of rattlers and other snakes, with tortoises, a few spiders, and a scorpion thrown in. The animals looked to be very well cared for, and when they are milked for venom, the venom goes to the creation of antivenin and research. A wonderful place to see!

Afterwards we went to see petroglyphs. I saw some, but tanked out early due to heat sickness. 8-P Still, I also saw a squirrel (in the desert, the brave fellow), a ground chuck, and a small chipmunk. And a roadrunner! He even came by and posed for Julie and Jim to get photos! I was also able to talk to Jim about local geology, among other things.

After lunch, return to the hotel, shower, and brief collapse (it is hot there, though Jane and Jim told us they'd been getting lots of rain, which meant that everything that could flower around us was doing so immediately), it was on to the con. I'd like to say I disgraced myself at opening ceremonies, but Toastmistress Mary Robinette Kowal beat me hands down with a phone sex reading of the names of the others in attendance.

Julie and I had such a *wonderful* time! The hotel staff was delightful (not always the case). I sat on panels with Mary Robinette Kowal and Ruth Sanderson, as well as Catherine Catherynne Valente (the theme was Women of Valor, which was why the four of us where there). I said hello to George R.R. Martin (if he remembered that I'd once asked when the next book was due, was gentleman enough not to mention it!), was too shy to tell Daniel Abraham how much I love the way he writes heroic women in his current series, and greeted Doranna Durgin (present while training a rescue Beagle) and S.M. and Jan Stirling, all three of whom had contributed to the YOUNG WARRIORS anthology (which is still in print).

And I met and talked with fans, two of whom gave me works of art, one of whom had made a box of DELICIOUS Tortall doughnuts with darkings, Stormwings, Kitten, and shield devices in icing. I also met a group of fans who had dressed up as different characters (Nawat offered me a gummy word, which I ate, of course!). I was so thrilled and overwhelmed! They were in the costume show later, and I stood up and clapped wildly for them all. They were wonderful--all the fans, and all of my fellow pros, were absolutely wonderful. So was Julie, who snarked at me at vital moments, made certain I was fed and watered, sent in the most recent installment on her master's thesis, and had a good time of her own.

This is a great small (but growing) con, folks. If you're ever around New Mexico at the end of August, check out Bubonicon. It's a blast!

Date: 2015-09-02 12:23 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] opossum_my_possum
Sounds like a wonderful time! I have yet to make it to my first con but I will (hopefully soon)

Date: 2015-09-02 01:54 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] lemon_badgeress
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You pretty much failed to disgrace yourself at all, so you shall have to come back and try again!

Date: 2015-09-02 07:02 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] gehayi
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Sounds like you had a fantastic time! Good for you!

Oh, and Mark Reads is finishing Shatterglass today, September 2 after 8:00 a.m. EDT.

Date: 2015-09-19 04:57 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] cranky_x_crocus
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It sounds brilliant! So jealous you got to rub shoulders with Valente. My good friend recently had us reading some of her work with our queer womens' book club; I ate it up and intend to read all her work soon.

You have the best fans. (That feels odd to say as a fan, so no stretching for a pat on the back, but it certainly gives me an insider look on the fans--and most are awesome.)

Date: 2015-10-26 01:19 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] felmuffinmindset
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Hopefully I can attend next year, sounds like a great time . Are there any other literary cons youd recommend ? Particularly in Canada ?

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