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August 2nd, 2004
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home from Mythcon
Well, I'm home from Mythcon. I have an hour and a half to nap before I have to leave for my chiropractic appointment. I really need more sleep than that.

I'm hoping the chiro appointment will help with an awful headache I've had for a week or so now.

How was mythcon? Mythcon was terrific in that magical way where you can have a really good time even if you're feeling physically kind of shitty throughout most of it. I was tired and didn't sleep well even the nights when I went to bed promptly.

I was assisting Neil Gaiman as I did at Penguicon, and again he was really sweet and easy to care for. I was more prepared to schedule appointments for interviews and such, and those went well, and somewhere in there word seemed to go 'round the convention that I was his publicist, which was interesting. Interesting in a kind of good, flattering way, I think. I asked one lady about it and she refered to my 'exuding an air of calm competence' such that people felt I was in some position of authority or something rather than realizing I was just a committee member.

--Another time, on the way to lunch, someone said "Follow Ms. Murphy, she knows everything!" which was dead embarrasing, 'cause I didn't know exactly how we were supposed to go, having never been there, but we did get there eventually.

I got to meet lots of fun people, and Saturday Jane Irwin showed up! I snatched the opportunity to have dinner with her the last day before she moved to Kalamazoo, which was great.

On Sunday I also met Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, which was a delight. They came in to present this year's literary Mythopoeic awards at the banquet.

A couple hours before the banquet, I was actually asked to introduce Neil, and that was exciting. At first I was at an utter loss, but then I thought of something he'd done I could tell them about and I put it together with some other observations and I thought it worked rather well. And he told me it was lovely, and quite a few other people complimented it as well, so I was pleased.

I may paraphrase it here later, as I did not write it down but did have it nearly memorized in advance, but for now I'm going to lie down for an hour and then hopefully get my neck fixed and the headache with it.

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From:aimeejmc
Date:August 2nd, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
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>I was assisting Neil Gaiman

I have about 7 friends that would kill you where you stand in order to have that opportunity. I'm not sure one of them ISN'T my husband.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 4th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)
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I have about 7 friends that would kill you where you stand in order to have that opportunity. I'm not sure one of them ISN'T my husband.

Well, that is my goal in life, to fill my days with activities that make large groups of people happy to kill me where I stand. ;)

Neil is, as his friend Cheryl once told me, "a real sweetie with an
infallible ability to make people happy." You really do wish you had the opportunity to do this, I'm not going to argue with you. It's loads of fun.

Sitting in on all his interviews, being on a panel with him and stuff is one thing. Being in the car driving while he fields a phone call in which he imitates the voice of his producer while talking to his agent is altogether a step above (he's really good at imitating other people's ways of speaking, accent and all). You should hear him do Alan Moore. I have that on a recording now, actually, because he did that in our panel, but it's digital so you can't hear the whole effect. Still, I'll try to break that recording up into downloadable segments and post some of it on the web soon.
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From:matt_arnold
Date:August 2nd, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
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You mean you're not his publicist?

But seriously, you must be used to this sort of thing by now. Like the way I somehow had the impression that you were a close personal pen pal with Neil Gaiman for years, remember that?
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From:netmouse
Date:August 4th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)
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um, no, I don't remember that. Did you think that?
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From:matt_arnold
Date:August 4th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
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I remember at a Penguicon meeting, we were in Steve's kitchen and you laughed and wondered where on earth I got the idea. You said you had only briefly met him at some kind of dinner at an event once. Then later (actually at Penguicon) I was so sure he had put a link to your livejournal from his blog, and you said it would come as a total surprise to you if he did. It turned out to be a misunderstanding on my part, about the way the software works. But if your Mythcon experience is any indication, I'm not alone in finding such things easy enough to believe.
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