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Arisia 2014

Once again I have survived visiting Boston in January.  Arisia is a magical place (like Tahiti) and it's difficult to come back to the real world afterward.  It's been a bit easier having been sick yesterday and sick/snow day today, but tomorrow I'll be back to work.

There was a lot going on:

Working:  Philcon did not have a presence at Arisia this year.  Instead, my table and party duties were for the DC 17 Worldcon bid.  This was not particularly onerous, since there were so many committee members present.  I do think I managed to prove myself a little, by being available, ready to help, and competent, whenever something came up.  I am not the world's best salesperson, but the behind-the-scenes work (like umpteen trips to the ice machine) is just as vital.  I also got the chance to meet some of the people from the other bids, almost all of whom were friendly.

Programming:  I attended three panels and a concert, which is more programming than I've managed to get to at any con in the last couple of years -- pretty much since I started working at Philcon, in fact.  Occasionally I've had trouble even picking out that many I wanted to attend.  In this case, there were plenty of other things I was considering, but passed up in favor of social interaction, or food, or whatever.  After all, there's always another chance to talk about any given topic.  The ones I did get to were (titles thoroughly mangled): The Secrets of Cities; Building a Galactic Empire; and Polyamory 201.  The concert was Murder Ballads, the folk-ish duo of slipjig and (quick research) cluegirl.  I already knew I liked slipjig's music, so I assumed his musical partner would be good too, but HOLY CRAP, she is not just good but amazing.

Social:  This is, after all, what we're really all there for, isn't it?  Despite the crowds and chaos, there were quiet times and places enough that I got to sit and chat with several people who I'd really only known in passing before.  Twice, I was sitting by myself typing into my iPad and someone sat down and started chatting.  I'm used to that when I'm with Hugh, but when I'm alone I'm usually invisible.  It was odd.  Good, but odd.


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Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm truly sorry I missed out on seeing you, but I'm glad you had a good time.
Jan. 23rd, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
Omigods, you said it, sister: cluegirl has got a voice roughly the size of Manitoba and the songwriting chops to match. I'm honored beyond words to be working with her. Thank you again for coming to the show! It went about as swimmingly as I ever could have hoped for.

Oh, and fyi? You're not invisible. Might start getting used to that. *smile* *hugs*
Jan. 23rd, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
Clearly I need better camouflage.

So, to tide me over until Concert Zero is released, is her prior work available anywhere? Searching tells me that half of the internet is made up of her writing, but if the music is out there, it has eluded me. My impression is that you improve her as much as she improves you, but I'd like to test the hypothesis. :-)
Jan. 26th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good con! *hug*

Bones made noises about being curious about Arisia this year...I've. Idea how to make te logistics work, but maaaaybe we'll make it out there..
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