|Author GOH Cherie Priest|
I wasn't able to get away as early as I'd hoped Friday morning, so I missed the afternoon panels. I visited with friends, kibitzed with Mark Finn during his signing, then went and grabbed some food. The Opening Ceremonies were held after dinner and only lasted five minutes. Since I was five minutes late, I got there just as everyone was leaving.
I visited with some more folks, confirmed the time for an interview, and generally hung out. Mark Finn hosted a panel on talking during the movies, a sort of live Mystery Science Theater 3000. I only sat through part of one of the movies, but it was baaaddd. I visited the Fencon party, the only one on Friday, and called it a night.
I had lunch with some former students. When I returned I attended a reading by Martha Wells and Sue Sinor. Afterwards, Martha was gracious enough to answer a few questions for an interview. I'll post it after I've transcribed it. I poked around in the dealer's room, then ended the afternoon with a couple of panels.
|Space Opera Panel|
From there, I went to the opposite extreme, the panel on using Norse mythology in your fiction, another topic near and dear to my heart. I got there a minute or so after the panel started and stood at the back. It was in one of the larger rooms and well attended. What I could hear of the discussion, which wasn't much, was interesting. Unfortunately the woman moderating spoke in just above a whisper, and at the risk of sounding sexist, so did all the other women on the panel. The only panelist who even tried to project his voice to the back of the room (and succeeded) was the sole male. After about ten minutes, I decided that if I had been sitting down, I would have fallen asleep, so I went and met friends for dinner.
That night was the traditional panel on pornography vs. erotica. The conclusion was that erotica is what I like, and pornography is what all you perverts like. If you want details, you'll have to provide proof of age. I went party hopping after that. The best one was thrown by Tom Knowles, author and the publisher of Dark Star Books. In addition to homemade corn bread and venison chilli, I scored a free copy of Morticai's Luck by Darlene Bolesny. Look for the review sometime this spring, probably April.
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. Then I rode off into the sunset. Literally.
Other than the whispering panel, I only had one frustration. There was a late addition to the schedule, a tribute panel to Ardath Mayhar. I had an appointment for an interview at that time, and when I got there (still within the advertised time), the room was empty. While I applaud the con committee for adding the memorial, I I wish it had been emphasized more. I hope someone attended. Hopefully there'll be one at Fencon. Ardath was one of the guests one year.
The dealer's room didn't have as many books as in the past, mainly because Edge Books is in the process of shutting down and only had two tables. Still it was good to see them there. I was under the impression that had closed for good.
The hotel is a great venue. It's a triangular atrium style design, with the elevators in the middle of the place, facing each other. It was fun to watch get off them and then try to figure out which way to go to get where they were headed. The restaurant gave convention attendees a 10% discount, a nice first.
I've attended all but one of the ConDFWs. I have to say this was one of the most enjoyable.