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Chessiecon, in Timonium MD (right outside Baltimore), was great. Julie (my assistant) and I (my poor Spouse-Creature Tim had to stay at home and eat leftover Thanksgiving dinner because we had no cat sitter for 3 houses of kitties) motored up to the hotel around one a.m. on Friday and mumbled something about permitting the games to begin before we collapsed into our beds.

We registered and had lunch with my sister and her husband, which was an extra added benefit. Then we plunged into great discussions about the merits of some of the bigger names in genres such as horror, the need for more variety in YA and adult fantasy/science fiction/horror in terms of sexual orientation, race, and nationality (a subject you know I can't keep quiet about), complex main characters (good and bad), and frogs, toads, and reptiles. I'm not kidding. You haven't lived until you've heard Ursula Vernon (Ursula Vernon's webpage) on toads, frogs, turtles, and birds, weaving wildly in around Seanan McGuire's (Seanan's webpage--there's a separate one for her Mira Grant pen name) description of animal rehabilitation (emu, anyone?) and adventures with very large snakes, toads, and lizards. I laughed myself silly.

I missed many of the smaller concerts and pagan ceremonies, but I did get to chat for a while with my writer friend C. S. Friedman (her webpage), whose DREAMSEEKER, sequel to DREAMWALKER (which I blurbed) just came out. I also had lunch with Colleen and Ian, the parents of two of my fairy godchildren, as well as the godchildren myself. I would like to lodge a complaint with whichever deity is in charge of children. In the scant years since I saw these two godchildren last, they grew to be taller than I am, and they aren't in high school yet. There oughta be a law.

The highlight of Saturday evening was Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps, playing Heather's signature Arthurian, lady warrior, and wicked fantasy (filk) music, as well as a few Muppet hits. I adore Heather's music and Ben was terrific. Afterwards, I was too exhausted to remain for the con's Saturday night special, the singing of the "Hallelujah Chorus" in the vast hotel atrium. I simply could not remain upright.

One more panel and breakfast with a fan on Sunday, and then my longer "talk with fans" that is a fixture of my Sunday at Chessiecon, formerly Darkovercon. Then Julie and I joined Ursula Vernon and her husband Kevin for dinner. It was great, talking with two fellow cat-and-critter people who also loved books and knew how to deal with everyone collapsing in heaps over the table.

We met other writers and many fans both from earlier years and new ones as well. Next year, please, any of you in the area, please come. You'll have a splendid time--we always do!

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