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September 7th, 2004
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We're back from Worldcon! It was great - I had a wonderful time.

Let me explain. No -- it's too much. Let me sum up.

For the third con this year, I was acting as Neil Gaiman's personal assistant, variously refered to as his "minder" his "handler" or simply "his brain" for the weekend. This was fabulously fun and rewarding and resulted in my meeting quite a few very nifty people I wouldn't have otherwise met, and I even did it while fitting in time to help run the SFOHA table and record some things, some meals and other hanging out with my husband, and lots of (mostly brief) conversations and hugs with people I already know. I never went 20 minutes without running into someone I knew, and that made this the first worldcon that really felt like a family/close friends event. The cell phones made it especially easy to coordinate with Bill and other people. The only down part of that was that we seemed to be roaming or on extended network a lot of the time so our phone bill could be scary. It will be worth it, I think, but it would have been nicer not to have been the case.

Oh, and Emerald City won the Hugo award for best fanzine, and Cheryl was an utter sweetheart and thanked me in her acceptance speech as her proofreader, and I ran backstage after to give her a big hug and it was very exciting and happy-making.

more details later, I promise...

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From:xiombarg
Date:September 7th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
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Oooooh, that DOES sound cool...
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From:jeffreyab
Date:September 7th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
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So does Lorraine know about this?

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From:netmouse
Date:September 7th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
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well, I assume so...

Interestingly enough, though, this is the first con where I ended up helping Neil and didn't have any interaction with Lorraine about it at all. On Monday when Neil asked about my going with to see him to the train station, he made some comment about how that way I could see that my obligation to Lorraine was properly fulfilled, and it occurred to me that this was the first con where I hadn't promised Lorraine I would take good care of him - that is, I hadn't said anything to her about it one way or another. It's not that I don't like Lorraine or was avoiding talking to her about it, but I ended up doing this sort of a result of Neil's comment that Lorraine doesn't like Cons and tries to spare him them. So he asked me to contact Patricia Olson and have her contact Neil directly about her schedule, which I did, and then Patricia asked if she should cc: me on the conversation, and I said I didn't know if or how I might be helping him since I would be busy with SFOHA but two of us knowing things sounded better than one, and then I asked and answered some questions when they came up and later I sent Neil his schedule as I knew it and pretty soon Neil was referring questions about his schedule to me and honestly, if we're looking back at it, I never told Neil I would assist him for the weekend, and I don't think he ever asked me if I would.

Once we got to the con, he did ask me to do some specific errands, and make specific scheduling decisions, and with regard to a couple things he said things like "I'm going to need you to get me there," presumably because he didn't know where "there" was - so I either got him there or recruited someone else to do it, namely Davey Snyder. Davey also caught a scheduling error I'd made that luckily Neil listed on his blog the wednesday before the con, enough time for us to smooth it out the next morning before I left for Boston and went off email. I gave her an extra hug for that.
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From:jeffreyab
Date:September 7th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I get the impression the Neil likes cons and just has to be throttled back so he does not over do things.

Based on his Penguicon experience. I hope Mythcon and Norescon were less hectic.

Anyway its time to start thinking Confusion again.
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From:netmouse
Date:September 9th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC)
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He does like cons, but he is not that good at keeping track of things. Like what time it is, for instance, or when he's scheduled to do stuff. And lots of people want to see him, and he wants to see them, and it can definitely get hectic.

I think we did a pretty good job of keeping the feel of things not too hectic this past weekend, though the last day he kept passing people and stopping to say "I had no idea you were here!" so it's clear that if he could have fit more visiting with people into his schedule he would have.

His official con schedule was much less hectic than penguicon, but the other professional and personal meetings amd meals he wanted to have were more numerous.
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From:shsilver
Date:September 7th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
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While he may not have mentioned you in his acceptance speech, Neil did mention you in his blog.

Elaine and I owe SFOHA a couple of release forms. Is it possible for me to get a copy of the Mixed Marriages Panel?
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From:netmouse
Date:September 7th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC)
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While he may not have mentioned you in his acceptance speech, Neil did mention you in his blog.

I noticed. :)

Elaine and I owe SFOHA a couple of release forms. Is it possible for me to get a copy of the Mixed Marriages Panel?

If you know the panel was recorded, then it is probably possible, provided no one on the panel objected to our recording/ releasing it...

During the convention quite a few people asked us this, and we realized we probably need to establish a low-level fee to cover materials and postage, but philosophically we are all in favor of people getting a copy of their own panel.

We will also be giving NESFA a complete copy of everything we have recorded, and that is our highest priority, but that includes the process of digitizing the recordings, and once they are all burned to cd making extra copies and mailing them gets easier.
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From:scottij
Date:September 7th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
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Welcome back! Sounds like a fabulous time.
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From:stardustgirl
Date:September 8th, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back! I'm back from Dragon*Con and Hurricane Frances. I think I've emailed you all the gooey details, but my brain is still sleepy. I'm just now doing the LJ catchup duties. It sounds like a fun time and is one of the reasons I need a clone - or some way to be in two places at once.
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