Yep, I’m skipping Boskone this weekend, reasons being twofold:
- I am scrimping and saving and economizing like mad, hoping to get to the World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki in August. This is a pricey endeavor. Planefare, hotels, food, weeks away from home in foreign countries. My current plan is: Yes! I will go! To accomplish this, other things have to fall by the wayside.
- I am in a broody, antisocial mood, brought on by story woes. I am still struggling to sort this book out into decent order. Willing to see small groups of people, yes; grumbly-grumble, lemme-alone-dammit at very large groups of people.
But just because I’m not there, no reason you shouldn’t go! Boskone is a blast. Here’s their website. And here’s the list of program events. (If you click on the list-view selection, you can see who’s on which panels and events.) People you might like who are attending: Jo Walton, Ada Palmer, Brian Sanderson, Ken McLeod, A.C. Ambrose, Bruce Coville, Craig Shaw Gardner, Patrick and Teresa Neilsen Hayden, Walter Jon Williams, Jane Yolen, and plenty more.
Seriously, you should go. You don’t get out enough.
Despite missing Boskone, I will still be attending Readercon, July13-16. I’ve been going to Readercon for ages, and I’ve been invited back this year. (There was a snafu one year; I’ll be sure to follow up and make certain they’re keeping me on the list.)
In other random news: My car is having its clutch replaced. Not cheap; but my mechanic is convinced that this will give the old crate five more years of life. Amortized across five years, and eliminating the need for a new car, this works out pretty well.
We are painting various odd corners of the condo. Furniture gets moved, a thing gets painted, furniture gets moved back. It’s a process.
I have decided to learn as many songs about stories as I can. Not songs that are stories; songs that refer to the existence of stories, or mention story-telling, inside the song. I already have Patty Larkin’s “The Book I’m Not Reading” under my belt. I have recently added Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer’s “The Mountain” (which begins: “I was born in a fork-tongued story”). Now working on Deb Talan’s “Tell Your Story Walking,” which is much trickier than it sounds.
I am open to suggestions…