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I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!  I:

1) Sat by the pool bar with the cool kids and talked about everything under the sun for hours and hours

2) Presented side-by-side with Jeana Jorgensen and Jessica Jernigan, which was a pleasure and a delight

3) Heard a number of lovely papers - for one, Christina Phillips of Harvard gave an excellent reading of James and the Giant Peach, among other texts - and one that was both excellent and interdisciplinary enough that I think it would make an excellent addition to Interfictions 0  No, I'm not telling you who gave it until I manage to correspond with the author: the only thing worse than getting scooped as a scholar, I think, is getting scooped as an editor

4) Wore a gorgeous long gown of raw red silk to the banquet to general acclaim and the internal satisfaction of having acquired said gown at a vintage shop for twenty whole dollars

5) and, last but certainly not least, came home with the crud.

Every con, there's an outbreak of con-crud.  It's the natural result of cramming a couple of hundred people into an enclosed space for vociferous socialization and up-close vocalization.  The symptoms may differ, but the souvenir that keeps on giving is inevitable.  This year, I started feeling a little apprehensive when the third presenter in a row mentioned that they were a little hoarse "from all the shouting."  Go, paranoia: now I sound rather like a teenage boy whose balls have finally dropped.  Hopefully this will pass by Wednesday: I'm going to another conference, and I would, a) hate to give them the wrong impression, or, b) continue the cycle.  

Date: 2011-03-21 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sacredchao23.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed your panel and I generally think that you and Jeanna should always be scheduled together. You were, as I've come to expect, both great (as was Jessica.) It was really nice to see you back and to meet your husband. Erika also enjoyed making your acquaintance.

I hope the con crud resolves itself quickly. Few have been the years when I haven't returned home with some variety of it.

And, of course, changelings are stolen by beavers. Beavers from Michigan apparently.

Date: 2011-03-21 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d-aulnoy.livejournal.com
In something like 7 ICFAs, I think that's the second time we've been paneled together ... which, oddswise, isn't bad considering how many people attend.

It was great to see you again, and lovely to meet Erika at last, not least of all for the beaver story - I am so using that as an example of deductive reasoning gone wrong from now on!

Date: 2011-03-21 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prosewitch.livejournal.com
The gown was indeed fabulous. And I agree, our panel rocked! (though my first name only gets one "n")

It was lovely seeing you, and I can't wait for the next time our paths cross... :)

Date: 2011-03-21 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d-aulnoy.livejournal.com
D'oh! And I *knew* that - blame the crud.

Hopefully, it'll be before ICFA next ... I don't know my con schedule past ReaderCon, but sooner or later, things have got to gel.

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