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September 20th, 2005

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02:55 pm - things and things
Octavia Butler has a new novel out: Fledgling. One presumes it is a vampire novel, and I can't wait to see what she does with it. The volume leapt at me vigorously and refused to not be purchased. The problem with going into bookstores to kill time before the bus comes is it tends to kill the wallet as well. China Meiville's Looking for Jake and a book of NY Times crosswords also forced themselves upon me, alas.

I was going to ask mcjulie if she was going to be in town for Foolscap this weekend, but I'm pretty sure the answer is yes since she's on about 70% of the panels...

I'd like to want to go to Foolscap. There are lots of people on panels I'd like to see; there will be plenty more just there. But I don't have the energy for the extra effort required due to not being part of the clique. Which is a pity, because it's a cool notion of how to run an event. If I want to be ignored and ostracized, though, I can go lots of places and get it for free. Ok, it won't have the extra added piquancy of being done by folks who are theoretically "my people" but neither will I have to take a bus-ride to Bellevue. The guys who write & draw Penny Arcade will be there Friday and Saturday.

I've compartmentalized things and given Magister Ludi aka The Glass Bead Game another try. I really am enjoying it. The sex-segregation aspect of the Order combined with some of their described practices are strongly reminiscent of descriptions of monastic life, and I'm sure the reference is deliberate. So maybe having women be part of the Order as well would have weakened the story - I don't know, being still only about half way through the book.

The orthodontistry today was fairly minor - though it sounds like I'm only a few months away from going to the periodontist for the implant. Next session will be a painful one - a bunch of re-bracketing, which means things being yanked in new and exciting directions, ouch. Still gave me a headache, though, so I came home afterward. Ibuprofen is my friend.

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Date:September 20th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)

Maybe you know these people more than I do, but I'm going to Foolscap not knowing a soul. I don't see how you'd be ignored and ostracized, unless there's some history that I obviously don't know about.
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Date:September 21st, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
You should go, and I'm sure you will have a fine time. I hope you do, and don't know why you wouldn't.

I should have made it clearer that my plaint was entirely selfish and not anything anyone else should expect to experience. I also left out a big ol' chunk of SF con-running history crap because in the grander scheme of things, it Just Doesn't Matter. In the little tiny Joy-scheme of things, where I'm coming out of a major depressive episode at about half my usual recovery speed, it matters because I don't any extra energy at all right now. First half of the month I mostly didn't even have the energy to leave the house...
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Date:September 21st, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC)


Unfortunately, I won't be there -- my family had the bad manners to schedule a reunion sort of thing the very same weekend. And I'm going to that. On the plus side, the reunion is in Disneyland.

As far as Foolscap -- you might want to give it another try. Last year, the Dead Authors' Party involved everybody who was still around playing Apples to Apples with George R.R. Martin. It's that kind of convention.

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Date:September 21st, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Foolscap

I was mildly tempted to go just for the panel with you and Harlan Ellison as the only listed participants. Have fun in Disneyland.
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Date:September 21st, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Foolscap

Hmmm, now that Julie's not going you probably aren't either, and I don't have the money, and I kind of have plans. But in the future you and I should go together, I don't know anyone in the clique and I always enjoy being an outsider with you! :)

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