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WisCon, AKA my favorite weekend/five days of the year, is next weekend. Many of my friends are unable to make it this year, which is disappointing. On the other hand, many of my friends will be there, and it will also be an opportunity to try and meet new people and turn some acquaintances into friends. I will just have to pretend that I am not unbearably shy, which is NO PROBLEM REALLY I'M NOT SOCIALLY AWKWARD AT ALL.

The bulk of my weekend will be spent in the Dealer's Room, as I am going to be running the Small Beer Press table for Gavin and Kelly, who are unable to attend this year. Come by, say hello, and buy some books!

I have also signed on for one panel and, of course, a reading, because readings are hella fun:

Is Regionalism Dead? Sunday 8:30 - 9:45AM in Senate A

Moderator: David J. Schwartz; Alex Bledsoe, Catherine Cheek, Rich Novotney

Modern publishing technology (e.g., the Internet, desktop publishing) seems to have created a global village and shrunk the distances between major cultural centers and the far–flung places where some writers live. Yet some Canadian writers who submit to U.S. markets are regularly warned not to focus too much (if at all) on Canada, and rural writers in any country are given similar warnings about writing about their actual milieux, yet reader appetites for fiction set in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Tokyo or thinly–disguised versions of these cities are presumed to be unlimited. Let's discuss whether reality matches this perception.

Reading: Shadow Over Powderhorn Sunday 2:30 - 3:45PM at A Room Of One's Own Bookstore

Like the sign says: Will Alexander, Barth Anderson, Haddayr Copley-Woods, David J. Schwartz

Oh, and I'm also registered for the Sign-Out, but there may be logistical issues. Suffice it to say that I will Be Around. Hope to see many of you in Madison!
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Check it.

Title: League of Substitute Heros

Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M.

Fair Trade (Coffee shop owned by the same folks as Michelangelo's, but a couple of blocks further down State Street. I dare to guarantee you that it will be worth the trip. And hey, you can come by even if you're not going to the con itself!)

David Schwartz
Meghan McCarron
David Moles
Alice Kim

Title: Does It Have to Get Boring Before it Gets Good?

Do you suffer from zombie fatigue? Are you getting superbored with superheroes? Excellent books like World War Z and Soon I Will Be Invincible seem to be the exception to the rule of endless zombie and superpowered crap being produced -- but are they? Or does there have to be a pop culture saturation of a certain kind of genre--a laying of the groundwork--before we can get the kind of detailed and finessed dissection and resurrection of tropes that these books pull off?

Saturday, 4:00-5:15 P.M.


M: Liz Gorinsky
Jim Munroe
David Schwartz
Nicole Bunge
Ellen Datlow

I think there are obvious reasons why I am on this panel. Number one being: To Make a Fool of Myself.
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Will likely not be online much today, or the next couple of days, as I will be training my replacement at the temp job. Funny thing about being a temp is that sometimes you end up being the only one who knows how to do certain things in the office, which is just a really bad idea all around. But whatever.

The point is: DANCE PARTY. Yes. Sarah P. and I are having a joint book release party on Saturday at WisCon, complete with beer and chocolate martinis, and after the back-patting is all done, there will be madness. So I am putting together a mix, and this is the post where I will take your requests. Rules: If you are going to WisCon, I will honor at least one of your requests, assuming that they aren't so obscure that I can't get my hands on them or so horrible that I can't bear to listen to them. If you aren't going to WisCon and you want to dance vicariously through us, I will take your requests under advisement. DON'T GO CRAZY PEOPLE. I've already got plenty of good stuff in mind, and it's not as if we're going to be dancing for hours and hours. For one thing, the hotel won't let us.

Please note that if you request bad music, I cannot guarantee that you will not be mocked. SUCH IS LIFE.

Later on, lovelies.
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. . . and having no energy for anything but obsessively refreshing LJ:

Snagged someone's unwanted Concourse room at the con rate.

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Meghan's Page Six Shot
Originally uploaded by Snurri
My WisCon photos.

*Assuming you accept the word/picture ratio of proverb.

Best WisCon Evar. Words are not adequate, really. Neither was my interaction with most of the people I saw, talked to, or met. (Buffistas were there!!!) I'm not going to drop names because there are too many to leave out. I hope you all come back again; if you weren't there this time, you should come next year, even if it will be your first. I missed you.


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