Friday we headed off to Philadelphia for Philcon and we were there through Sunday. Then it was back to Brooklyn for the evening and a reverse trip via Subway, Amtrak, and car to Columbus on Monday. As I write this, it's very early on Thursday and I still feel like I'm recovering a bit from the trip.
Writing-wise, I was able to use my time on the train reasonably well. I got multiple stories revised, re-read part of last year's NaNoWriMo novel in preparation for a critique session, and wrote the first scene of a new story. But I've also had my first explicitly non-writing days in over a year during the past week. Right this moment, that almost feels like a relief because I believe that I'll be able to pick up and start a new Daily Writing Chain without any difficulty. (And if I do run into trouble, I hear there's a book which might be able to give me some hints and tips...)
So, now that I've talked all around Philcon, how was the convention itself? I had a good time. I got to hear Fran Wilde and Tom Doyle give readings of their fiction. I went to some interesting panels and also participated in my own first panel at a convention. And, probably unsurprisingly to convention veterans, I had my most enjoyable moments at the various meals during the convention. Friday night's dinner included a chance to talk with Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick and Saturday night's dinner was a delightful meal at an Indian restaurant with over a dozen other attendees including multiple folks who were at this year's Viable Paradise writing workshop.
I may write more about the convention at some point, but for now I'll leave you with a series of photos from the con.
|Fran Wilde reading one of her most recent stories.|
|Alex Shvartsman speaking at the panel on non-US Science Fiction.|
|A. C. Wise and David Hartwell at the panel on non-US Science Fiction|
|Gardner Dozois, Lisa Padol, A. C. Wise, and Alex Shvartsman
talking about the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2012.
|Fan Guest of Honor David Kyle|
|Tom Doyle at the launch party for his new book|
The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories
|Alex Shvartsman, KT Pinto, and Andre Lieven|
at the time-travel themed panel "Killing Hitler for Fun and Profit."
|Alex Shvartsman, Gordon Linzner, and Neil Clarke at the "It Came From the Slushpile" panel.|