September 19th, 2004

Brian and Anne

MidFanzine #3 is printed (though I haven't seen one)

I am pleased to say that Midfanzine #3 was printed and duly distributed around Midwest Construction 3 in Columbus Ohio. Many thanks to matt_arnold for picking them up at Kinkos near the hotel. I was still here in Michigan and had emailed the 'zine to kinkos in three sections and they printed it up and stapled it. It's a marvelous world we live in.

I called the con around 9 last night and Matt Ragsdale sounded very up and said there were ten copies on the table there in the consuite and most people had taken theirs. We'll do another print run once I figure out how many Midfan members were not at MWC 3 to get their copy, and get their addresses. (Steven, if you're still looking for that missing line for your History of Midfan article, I can include it in the next print run.)

I was working on the 'zine up until almost ten Saturday morning, which made me five minutes late to work but nobody seemed put out. Tim was already there and the store already open. Last minute formatting included changing the file types of the comic images Kurt Erichsen had sent me. Word seemed to choke on the compressed tiff format. I'll have to look at the printouts and see how it went - I might reformat those higher res for the next print run as well.

Matt Arnold has also promised to make me a .pdf of Midfanzine 2 & 3 and we'll be doing a print run of those too as I've run out and am getting requests for copies. If anyone wants copies of any of these, please let me know. They are available for $3 or the Usual (trans: a submission or LOC).

It loos like Jim Murray will likely be the Editor of Midfanzine for the next year. I might return to it once I'm finished being ConFusion Chair, but in the meantime I'm looking forward to seeing what Jim does with it.
Brian and Anne

Nice weekend so far...

Last night we went over to Jen and Steve's new house to visit with Aimee and Joe, who are in town for the week, and to baby shower them; their daughter is due in November. It was nice to sit swapping stories and advice about babies and pregnancy and to listen to what everyone had to say. There's so much wisdom that gets passed on at events like that. And I know a lot more about babies and nursing and such than I did a year ago (thanks, tammylc!) so I actually had something to contribute, which felt good.

In addition to something we sent through Babies R Us, we took them a signed copy of The Wolves in The Walls. Aimee seemed to have a hard time at first believing that the silver drawing of a wolf on the first page was one Neil had done himself, "Just for this book?" That was fun.

It was good to see everyone else too, especially Ken and Liz, Joe's mom Kathleen, and Kari and her daughter Eliza. Kari and I were never close in high school but manage to find more to talk about now. And Eliza is very sweet and fun (I don't know how old she is... 6?). At one point they put on Finding Nemo (with the sound almost off) and she came over to where I was cross-legged on the floor facing the TV and asked to sit in my lap. That was nice. And when they left Kari went around carrying Eliza to give goodnight smooches to everyone. I want to always remember how wonderful it is to have a kid have a close adult community to relate to like that.