August 22, 2014
August 20, 2014
Another weekend, another convention! I’m in Dublin this time. Wooooo! This time my touristy time is being spent visiting Newgrange. I’m very excited, and very excited to spend a weekend visiting with folks in Ireland. Woo!
Here’s my con schedule:
Cover Art, Writer Input or Lack Thereof, Friday 17:00 – 18:00, C. Munster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Peaceful Science Fiction, Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, D. Ulster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Steampunk Fact – Monorails!, Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, D. Ulster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Fiction – Beyond The Novel, Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, C. Munster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
August 18, 2014
August 15, 2014
August 13, 2014
By the time you read this, I’ll be in London for Worldcon.
I’ve got a moderately busy schedule at the con. I was careful to make sure I had time for being touristy. I’m definitely going to hit the Greenwich Observatory, which I’ve never seen, and if I’m feeling ambitious I may try to go see the Victoria and Albert Museum, which I just love.
Weirdly, I’m on a bunch of movie panels. Which maybe isn’t so weird. I’m betting someone on programming is aware of my movie reviews. I really hope we talk about Snowpiercer on that first panel, because man, what a mess.
But here’s my schedule at the convention itself:
Occupy SF: Inequality on Screen, Thursday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 4 (ExCeL)
Reading: Carrie Vaughn, Thursday 20:00 – 20:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)
Moving Shelves: Famous Adult Writers Who Have Written YA, Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
2014 Hugos: Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (which should win?), Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
You’ve Ruined It For Me (book to screen adaptations), Sunday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 3 (ExCeL)
August 11, 2014
What, you didn’t think I was going to pay money to see anything with Michael Bay’s name attached to it, did you?
So, I recently (a few months ago) re-watched the first live-action movie from 1990, featuring animatronic turtles from the Henson Creature Shop. Guys? This movie holds up really well. It was cute and fun then, and it’s cute and fun now. Splinter still brings a tear to my eye. And the biggest surprise? Watching it again I realized — the April/Casey flirting scenes are actually pretty hot. Huh, who knew?
August 8, 2014
Next week, I start on my biggest trip of the year: two countries, two conventions, and a whole lot to worry about.
WHAT AM I FORGETTING I KNOW I AM FORGETTING SOMETHING.
What’s worse is I’ve already started putting together the “things I have to do when I get back” list, mostly because I’ve had a couple of things land on me this week that I’m just not going to be able to finish before I leave, so I’m putting them off. On the one hand, I’m glad I don’t have to worry about them now. But yeah, I can already tell I’m going to be busy when I get home. Sigh.
I’m packing in a bunch of stuff: the conventions, touristy stuff, and visiting old friends. Also, I did something kind of unusual for me and signed up for an organized tour in Ireland. I wanted some actual vacation time, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to rent a car, try to navigate buses, or even what I wanted to see. And I really didn’t know if I was going to have the energy to sort it all out after two conventions in a row. So, I’m letting someone else make all the decisions. And I have to say, I’m looking at my travel calendar now, where every single day is packed with stuff, but that last week is completely clear and I just have to show up on time, and it looks amazing. It looks relaxing.
Ah yes, I do think I’m looking forward to this trip.
So: London and Dublin. Who will I see there?