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May. 31st, 2016 08:38 pm
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Two trips in one week is a little much. Not that Park City wasn’t interesting, and Wiscon is always good.

But it will be good to stay put for a while.

Panels went well. Learned some things during Bowie’s Influence on SF, because that’s what happens when you stop following an artist for a stretch of time (I didn’t listen to much Bowie in the late 80s/90s). I also learned some stuff during the Writing Tools panel, which was moderated by K. Tempest Bradford. Smartpens with both audio and sensory (ability to ‘record’ handwriting strokes) capabilities–I knew vaguely that they existed, but didn’t realize how far the tech had come. That said, the love of fountain pens remains strong across age groups, and they’re not all expensive Mont Blancs and Watermans. Disposables are available. Antique stores are a good source. There is also a brand called Platinum Preppy which makes pens priced at $4-$5.

Tempest recorded the panel for a future podcast. I will link to it when it becomes available.

One of the best parts of Wiscon is Madison itself. The weather cooperated–there was a little rain, but not enough to impede restaurant crawls or interfere with the Farmers Market. I decided to brave container gardening this year, and bought a black cherry tomato plant and some mixed basils. Also bread, cheeses, spring spinach, and something called wasabi arugula which is DAMN. Bitey. Very bitey. Had some for dinner with goat cheese, pine nuts, and balsamic vinegar dressing.

Good stuff.

A few photos. The view from my hotel room window:

Hotel room view

 

 

 

 

 

 

The double rainbow following a Sunday afternoon storm:

Double rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over Lake Mendota:

Sunset over the lake

 

Mirrored from .

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Convention website here.

Genre Blending (scheduled) participant Fri, 9:00–10:15 pm University B
Moderator: Rebecca Holden. Email fellow participants Rebecca Holden, Alex Jennings, Justine Larbalestier, Loren Rhoads, Kristine Smith, Brooke Wonders 

Whether it’s a steampunk fairytale or an end of the world love story between science and magic or a Hong Kong-style revenge space opera, stories are spilling over the edges of genre. When is it done well? What is left to explore?
David Bowie’s Influence On Science Fiction (scheduled) participant Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm University C
Moderator: Gwynne Garfinkle. Email fellow participants Gwynne Garfinkle, Kristine Smith, Scott Westerfeld 

In her obituary on io9.com for trailblazing musician David Bowie, Charlie Jane Anders writes that Bowie “had an incalculable impact on pop culture throughout his shape-shifting career. But perhaps more than any other musician, he also had a tremendous impact on science fiction. He changed the way we thought about the alien, the uncanny, and the familiar.” This panel will explore the way Bowie’s music, films, and shifting persona shaped and inspired speculative writing and pop culture.
Analog and Digital Writing Tools (scheduled) participant Sun, 8:30–9:45 am Conference 1
Moderator: K. Tempest Bradford. Email fellow participants K. Tempest Bradford, Dylan Moonfire, Kristine Smith 

Writers, bring your favorite writing tools—laptop, tablet, quill, or steam-fueled ideatron—and share the pros and cons of your favored method of writing with others! We’ll talk software, hardware, analogware, old-fashioned methods as well as new. If you’re willing to share your beloved your writing gear, others may be eager to give them a try.
The SignOut (scheduled) participant Mon, 11:30 am–12:45 pm Capitol/Wisconsin
Come and sign your works, come and get things signed, come and hang out and wind down before you leave.

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Wiscon 35

May. 31st, 2010 07:37 am
ksmith: (bouncing ball)
[livejournal.com profile] e_moon60 and Nisi Shawl are going to be Wiscon 35's GoH's next year.

I have, I confess, already made my reservations.

Wiscon 35

May. 31st, 2010 07:37 am
ksmith: (bouncing ball)
[livejournal.com profile] e_moon60 and Nisi Shawl are going to be Wiscon 35's GoH's next year.

I have, I confess, already made my reservations.

::bother::

May. 27th, 2010 12:48 am
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So many folk will be at Wiscon who don't usually go. Or do so rarely. ::rats::

Couldn't make it this year. Couldn't be helped.

I will miss State Street. The Farmers Market. Rustling together a gang for lunch or dinner. The actual con is secondary, hate to say. For me, it's the background stuff and the social.

::bother::

May. 27th, 2010 12:48 am
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So many folk will be at Wiscon who don't usually go. Or do so rarely. ::rats::

Couldn't make it this year. Couldn't be helped.

I will miss State Street. The Farmers Market. Rustling together a gang for lunch or dinner. The actual con is secondary, hate to say. For me, it's the background stuff and the social.
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A week ago at this time, I was sitting with [livejournal.com profile] naomikritzer at the Wiscon SignOut. Later that afternoon, it was beer and pool with many folks. It was fun all around.

Where does the time go?
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A week ago at this time, I was sitting with [livejournal.com profile] naomikritzer at the Wiscon SignOut. Later that afternoon, it was beer and pool with many folks. It was fun all around.

Where does the time go?
ksmith: (shirley)
Found an interesting item in the mail when I got home from Madison. Apparently a company I did business with experienced a "data security incident" back in February, which they learned of in March. That was how my bankcard number wound up being used to purchase clothing in the UK this weekend, when I was in Madison.

The company, Batteries.com, is providing me with a free two-year membership to a credit monitoring service. I also checked my credit reports--all are OK. I also reported the card breach to the police, and have a case number that I can provide my bank so that I can get my money back.

What joy.

Like I said, home. The pups were happy to see me, and are now exhausted. The grass sprung up about 6 inches in a week, and everything is growing in the garden.
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Beautiful day. Partly cloudy, and not so warm. Just back from lovely outdoor lunch with [livejournal.com profile] michaeldthomas and [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne. No programming today. Will try to get some work done.

It's been a good con, despite the minor bankcard debacle. I badly needed this break.
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Beautiful day. Partly cloudy, and not so warm. Just back from lovely outdoor lunch with [livejournal.com profile] michaeldthomas and [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne. No programming today. Will try to get some work done.

It's been a good con, despite the minor bankcard debacle. I badly needed this break.
ksmith: (lightning)
Got cash from hotel ATM upon arrival on Wednesday. No worries.

Tried to use my bank card to buy the bedding at Lands End yesterday. The charge would not go through. That has happened before--this card is touchy, for whatever reason. I figured I would take some money out of the ATM at some point to make sure eveything was OK, and go from there.

Checked balance via ATM this morning on the way out to the Farmers Market. I had money, which I knew. Tried to get some of it. No go.

So I go back up to the room, slightly upset. Phone bank. Turns out I should have told them I was going out of town--they put a lock on the card as soon as the first ATM charge went through.

OK. Unlocked card. No worries, except I checked the account as I was talking to the bank person, and found a point of service charge for an amount I did not recognize. A vendor I did not recognize. Ran a search. Hey, a UK clothing store. But I am not in the UK.

So. I had the bank cancel this card. I will need to file a police report, yadda yadda to get the money refunded. The hotel cashed a check for me, nice folks. I could have used the ATM--the bank rep wanted to give me time to get cash before she canceled the card--but I wanted the card canceled RIGHT THEN, so canceled it was.

Went to Farmers Market. I did buy some things--see previous rock--but my heart wasn't in it. Back at hotel now. Will work for a little while. Then comes my last panel. Then more work. Dinner at some point.

This sort of holiday excitement I could do without.
ksmith: (lightning)
Got cash from hotel ATM upon arrival on Wednesday. No worries.

Tried to use my bank card to buy the bedding at Lands End yesterday. The charge would not go through. That has happened before--this card is touchy, for whatever reason. I figured I would take some money out of the ATM at some point to make sure eveything was OK, and go from there.

Checked balance via ATM this morning on the way out to the Farmers Market. I had money, which I knew. Tried to get some of it. No go.

So I go back up to the room, slightly upset. Phone bank. Turns out I should have told them I was going out of town--they put a lock on the card as soon as the first ATM charge went through.

OK. Unlocked card. No worries, except I checked the account as I was talking to the bank person, and found a point of service charge for an amount I did not recognize. A vendor I did not recognize. Ran a search. Hey, a UK clothing store. But I am not in the UK.

So. I had the bank cancel this card. I will need to file a police report, yadda yadda to get the money refunded. The hotel cashed a check for me, nice folks. I could have used the ATM--the bank rep wanted to give me time to get cash before she canceled the card--but I wanted the card canceled RIGHT THEN, so canceled it was.

Went to Farmers Market. I did buy some things--see previous rock--but my heart wasn't in it. Back at hotel now. Will work for a little while. Then comes my last panel. Then more work. Dinner at some point.

This sort of holiday excitement I could do without.
ksmith: (brollie)
There is a law somewhere that states that it will rain during Farmers Market Saturday morning at Wiscon. It's doesn't matter that weather to that point has been crystal clear and unseasonably warm. It doesn't matter that no precip had been predicted initially for the entire week. It will rain on Farmers Market Saturday morning at Wiscon. It wouldn't be Wiscon otherwise.
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And the dealers room wasn't even open yet.

Read more... )

I figured I would allow myself one piece of jewelry. The thing is, I learned this morning that Laurie Edison is in the dealers room. I may need to stay out of the dealers room.
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And the dealers room wasn't even open yet.

Read more... )

I figured I would allow myself one piece of jewelry. The thing is, I learned this morning that Laurie Edison is in the dealers room. I may need to stay out of the dealers room.
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First official night of Wiscon. Skipped the GoH readings. Had dinner with Pat Murphy, Eileen Gunn and her friend ?John? (you should ask, Smith, you really should), and Nisi Shawl and her mom. Ate at the Orpheum, a restaurant in a theatre...except that we ate outside. It was better than we thought it might be. Really quite good.

Going to work now. Only a thousand or so words today. Not enough.
ksmith: (Default)
First official night of Wiscon. Skipped the GoH readings. Had dinner with Pat Murphy, Eileen Gunn and her friend ?John? (you should ask, Smith, you really should), and Nisi Shawl and her mom. Ate at the Orpheum, a restaurant in a theatre...except that we ate outside. It was better than we thought it might be. Really quite good.

Going to work now. Only a thousand or so words today. Not enough.
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It doesn't feel like Wednesday. It feels like Sunday.
ksmith: (gimme a break)
Showered. Washed hair. Feel human again.

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