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Are you going to FOGcon, or hoping to? Is the ticket price an impediment to going? If yes, please let me know and I'll give you one or both of our tickets. We paid $60 each, and you can have them for free, or you can pay me whatever you want to pay. I'll let you decide based on your personal situation, no questions asked. Just let me know in comments or message or email. I'll edit this post when both tickets are gone.
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Just determined I won't be going to Fogcon, so I'm feeling sad today. We had to pay taxes this year (when previously we always had a big refund), so the money was not going to work out. My sweetheart [personal profile] stonebender and his sweetheart [personal profile] loracs offered to pay a big chunk of the expenses, but there were other problems with going, so I'm not, and I'm sad, but it's not, on the whole, a bad thing. Now I have to decide whether to keep my upcoming vacation time or cancel it and use it for something I want to do later. On the other hand, my co-worker is going out on a long maternity leave in April, so maybe it would be good to take it while I can. Anyway. Don't have to decide today.


Have I read anything this week besides work papers and Twitter? I don't actually think I have!


Literally every previously quiet moment in my brain is taken up by snippets of Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. Still obsessed. I bought myself the soundtrack and pre-ordered the book, and it's SUPER tempting to spend way more money than I have to get tickets to the San Francisco run.

I used to listen to Here & Now on the way to work, and Marketplace on the way home from work, but now I take the kid to school in the morning and drive my student worker to the trolley after work, so I don't. I miss it, but not enough to ask the kids to listen to NPR with me.


Mostly Two Dots. I keep hearing that The Witness is wonderful, but my download failed and I didn't try a second time.


James and I re-watched the Blade series and all the monster movies we own, and now we're re-watching Austin Powers. Before I met him, I had only two or three movies I ever re-watched. Now we watch the same ones over and over. It leaves my mind free for other stuff, and he likes sharing the chill time.

No Jessica Jones this week. The kid just started school and work got busy for me, so we're both too tired to bother.
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The way I do cons is not typical, but I'm not a typical congoer. For one thing, I've only been to two cons in my life -- or five, depending on how you count: two alt.polycons and all three iterations of FOGcon, the third of which was this past weekend. For another thing, I go to this small science-fiction (and mystery and other genre fiction) convention and I'm not a fan. That is, I read a lot of mysteries and a little bit of science fiction, but neither is a "fandom" for me, and I haven't spent any time in fannish circles except by dint of my friends mostly being fans. At any rate, I hear that "the real con happens outside of the panels," and that people spend a lot of rewarding time reconnecting with all their fannish friends and/or hooking up, and if you know me at all, you know that's not exactly my speed.

Oops, better add a cut tag. )
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In addition to the panels I posted about in my previous FOGcon post, I'll be doing the following consuite shifts, so stop by if you feel like saying hi:

Friday 4:30-5:45 pm
Sunday 8:30 - 9:30 am


Mar. 20th, 2012 08:46 am
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I just had a really enjoyable half-hour or so of going through the FOGcon schedule. Oh, my goodness! It's so hard to choose which things to do, especially when I'm not sure how I'll feel at the time. Anyway, I chose one thing for each slot, except when it was impossible for me to do so ahead of time, and I'm putting it here for my reference, and so that anyone who wants to (a) hang out with me; or (b) talk me into going to a different panel can do so.

There is NO chance I'll go to everything I've chosen. I require lots and lots of downtime. Still, it's a wonderful schedule, and I can't wait.

Yay, FOGcon!

I left in the panel descriptions and room names so I can refer to them later and so you can see how awesome they look. )
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I don't generally write long con reports, but I do like reading them, so please, those of you who went, let this serve as encouragement for you to post a better roundup than I'm about to post.

1) Seeing people I rarely see was lovely, even though I was too fragmented to do much about it. Also, for other people who don't consider yourselves fans and/or con-goers, I recommend FOGcon. I am neither a fan nor a con-goer, besides which I'm an introvert: still, I felt welcomed, interested, and part of the group the whole time I was there.

2) Outside of the con, the weekend began badly* (with a tsunami evacuation -- we live in a basement by the bay), and never really improved after that, so I think it's pretty awesome that I enjoyed the con as much as I did

3) Every panel I attended was filled with smart, articulate people who can disagree without being disagreeable. I loved the panels a lot.

4)in which I whine for a minute, but passive-aggressively put it behind a cut tag instead of politely keeping it to myself )

5) Next con, I don't just pay for my own room: I GET my own room.

6) Best consuite food ever, but still, I should really not try to live for two days on mostly consuite food.

7) However, because I did live for two days on mostly consuite food, in addition to two meals out with generous people, I spent $20 at the con, besides my room. That's pretty amazing, if you ask me. (That doesn't count my outlay for the kid's booth and prints and stuff; that's a loan, not an actual expense.)

8) My mom and I would have had a lot of fun doing this con together, if we hadn't been babysitting a couple other family members. Lesson learned.

9) BATHTUB!! I took hot baths two mornings in a row. Being submerged in water is my happy place. My next apartment MUST have a bathtub.

* For James: And inside of a con, it's too dark to read


Feb. 18th, 2011 04:35 pm
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4-day weekend!

Things I plan/hope/want to do, now that I'm on the getting-well track and have 4 days off:

1) Make sure I've got all my college-admissions stuff in order (note to self; really need to see what the SIR deadline is for Hayward CSUEB)
2) See if I have the oomph to make a chapbook to sell (or give away) at [ profile] wtfpotatoes's FOGcon booth
3) Play lots and lots of Rise of Atlantis on the iPad
4) See [personal profile] wild_irises and [personal profile] stonebender, not necessarily in that order
5) Read poetry; write poetry.
6) Bake a key lime pie with the kid
7) Help the kid make buttons to sell at her booth
8) If I have the energy, do some tidying up here; if not, fuck it. :-)


Jan. 6th, 2011 06:54 pm
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Booked our hotel rooms for FOGcon!


Dec. 30th, 2010 08:55 pm
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Okay, who's going to FOGcon? In my family, attendees will be, I think:

[personal profile] stonebender, who's on the concom
[personal profile] loracs, probably
[ profile] wtfpotatoes, who will be selling her art in the dealers' room, how exciting is THAT?
My mom ([ profile] mommaduck)
My mom's fiance

I've never actually attended a con that wasn't an alt.polycon, except an afternoon at Potlatch, so I will be a total overwhelmed newb. I'm hoping to see my dear friends who live far away. I'm hoping to attend a lot of panels. I'm hoping to help the kid at her dealer's table. I'm hoping to get plenty of downtime. I'm not sure all these hopes are compatible, but I'm gonna give it a try.
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My mom and her fiance* are coming to FOGcon!

(*Newsflash-within-a-newsflash: My mom, as of Christmas, has a fiance. They don't have any plans to marry, but they're engaged, diamond ring and all. Strange but true.)


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