one of those cool moments
April 9, 2012
At the end of March, just a couple of days after getting back from Europe, I was a guest of honor at the Jack Williamson Lectureship in Portales, New Mexico. A cool opportunity to gather with other like-minded folk, writers and students and scholars and so on, in the old stomping grounds of SF icon Jack Williamson.
The centerpiece of the lectureship is a luncheon, where I and Daniel Abraham, the other guest of honor, gave short lectures on a chosen topic — urban fantasy, this year. The MC of the event was Connie Willis. So there we were, Connie and Daniel and I, sitting at the head table, chatting away.
My very first convention where I was a participant on a panel was MileHi Con in 1998. The panel was on writing workshops/being a new writer. That’s where I met Daniel, and Connie was the moderator. I had just been to Odyssey, Daniel had just been to Clarion West, so it made sense for us to talk about the topic. I hadn’t yet sold a story, Daniel had just started selling. We were brand spanking new. And Connie was very kind and supportive, as she always is, which is one of the things that makes her an awesome human being.
And there we were, fourteen years later, sitting at a table very much like sitting on a panel at a con, only this time we both have multiple novels published, awards and award nominations for our short stories, rocking the guest-of-honor thing, with Connie being awesome. Daniel said to me, “You remember that new writer panel at that MileHi Con?” Yup, I did. Flashbacks galore. And the only thing better than coming this far is having good friends making the trip with you.