On the road

Up at 4.00am tomorrow.  It’ll take till roughly 1.30am on Saturday morning to get to San Francisco, and then maybe another hour or so to get to Casa del Locus. Expect intermittent blogging at best (maybe from Sydney or the airport tomorrow morning).  That aside, see you on the road to Denvention!

Live from the back deck!!

Well, last year the good folk at Conflux, the science fiction/fantasy convention held in Canberra, held a very successful Virtual Convention online for people who were headed for the event, or who couldn’t make it. It’s a chance to come and chat online to some authors, guests at the real con, editors and others in the business.

I will be in sunny Oakland, sitting on the famous Locus back deck surrounded by wooded foliage, fat self-satisfied chirpy squirrels, the odd passing deer, and the occasional Locus staffer.

Here’s how:
Log on to this address (http://conflux.org.au/forum/) – find the section devoted to the author/celeb you want at the time scheduled for them – and chat!

Each has an hour allotted to them. You can throw them tough questions, tell them how much you loathed loved their books, ask what they are doing next, tell them how to write….whatever.

Here’s when:

Next Saturday and Sunday, Oz time. I am on at 9am Eastern Australian time on Sunday. (That’s 7 a.m. Sunday Western Australian/4pm Saturday Oakland time.)

Here’s the programme and the participants:

Saturday August 2

12 noon – Glenda Larke
1pm – Chris Barnes
2pm – Gillian Polack
3pm – Bruce Gillespie
4pm – Phill Berrie
5pm – Stephen Hunt
6pm – Peter Strong
7pm – Karen Miller
8pm – Fiona McLennan
9pm – Maxine McArthur
10pm – Sharyn Lilley
11pm – Karen Herkes
12 midnight – Ellen Datlow

Sunday August 3rd

1am to 6am – break
7am – Sherwood Smith
8am – Nicole R Murphy
9am – Jonathan Strahan
10am – Kaaron Warren
11am – Sean Williams
12pm – Kevin J Anderson
1pm – Cat Sparks
2pm – Jackie French
3pm – Jack Dann
4pm – Simon Haynes
5pm – Marianne de Pierres
*http://conflux.org.au/forum/

PS: Thanks to Glenda, whose post I mostly stole :)

Qantas!

I hate it when I’m offered a service that I then can’t use.  Hate it.  Qantas offers you the chance to check in online when you’re flying with them.  This imposes a cost on me, but that’s cool.  I’m up at stupid o’clock to do the seat booking because it’s worth it to me to get a good seat. And, I can’t use it.  I’m guessing it’s because my domestic flight connects to an international one.  I don’t care, of course.  I want to deal with this.  Very annoying, and doesn’t promote good customer relations, especially during the week when their planes seem to be either falling apart or blowing up.  I am very annoyed.

Updatery: The Road to Denvention Part 4

On Saturday morning I went to see my doctor. I had bruised a rib and it was sore. I thought, given that I’d not seen a doctor in some time, that I’d also have a bit of a check up. He took a blood pressure reading which was high, very high. It was clear some immediate intervention was necessary. Blood tests were arranged. A stress test scheduled (though it will be post-Denvention). I worried, as I now do. I changed my diet, and will see a dietician on my return from the US. I had to see the doctor again yesterday. My blood tests were all normal, and my blood pressure was down more than 25% (I suspect the original reading wasn’t entirely accurate), so things are all clear for Oakland and Denver, which is a relief. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, though, and my dealing with this will dominate the rest of the year.

What else, oh blog? Well, I’m pretty much ready to travel. I’m due to pick up the old folks’ glasses today, and might see The Dark Knight. I’m also going to take a second look at what I’m taking to read. The spare battery died for the laptop, so whatever I read will have to be printed (oh the old-fashionedness of it). I have candidate or two in mind, though the most likely choice will be an anthology or a magazine so I keep up to date. I’ll also review what’s in the laptop. It’s 24hrs till I leave, so that’s the kind of thing on my mind.

On things SFnal – I’m reviewing the current list of anthology projects, and also seeing how they impact on panels for Denvention. I have a panel on the year’s best SF with Charles and David. It seems very specific. Not fantasy. SF. Maybe we should invite Gary to join us, I don’t know. I’ve read some excellent SF short fiction, so I’ll spend an hour or so in Oakland putting together a list and discussion points. I also am doing panels on the comeback of original anthologies and reviewers. The anthology panel will be interesting, if only to see how we fill our time. There are some basic observations that can be made, and Lou, Ellen and Lee will have a lot to say, but I’m pondering the complexity. As to the reviewing panel – it touches on some cherished shibboleths, which will be interesting to discuss.

And then there’s Oakland. My time there is short, and is always complicated, but I hope I get to see everyone.