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I just realized that I haven't posted on my LJ since August. Don't worry, I didn't die. I've just been incredibly busy! I still love you! However, I don't think I'm ever going to get around to writing a full entry about the last day of WorldCon. Sorry, I know you were all waiting on the edge of your seats. Here are the Cole's Notes:
  • I completely failed to learn how to make balloon animals. (Seriously, Paul Cornell said my dragon looked like the herpes virus);
  • I went to a bunch of panels and the closing ceremonies
  • The Dead Dog party was a lot of fun
  • I drank a very foul substance which turned out to be Austrian "rum"
  • My friend Capucine gave me beautiful henna tattoos:

Capucine did the other arm, too, but I can't find the picture. For those of you in the Montreal area,
her website is here. She does wonderful work.

In short: WorldCon was awesome, and I was very sad when it was over. My only complaints were that the panels were often badly scheduled, the dealer's room was rather sparse (and why didn't they have a comics distributor? There were about half a dozen comics artists on the guest list, including the guest of honour himself!) and the con could have used a dedicated media room for movie screenings and general slothfulness. But other than those tiny issues, it was a fantastic experience, and I'd love to do it again!

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Although I've been posting comments around the series of tubes, I haven't quite had the energy to write a full entry about the goings-on chez moi. In September, I started a second part-time job teaching English as a Second Language. Around the same time, I also started taking a French class. It's on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30. Plus, I'm still working at the literacy organization. My schedule is so complicated that I have a whiteboard calendar on the fridge to keep track of it all.

Luckily, it's not all work. The weekend before last was Real Canadian Thanksgiving, and John and I went to [livejournal.com profile] katiki7 's brother's place for barbecued turkey and Wii. Last weekend John and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. John bought me an iPod Touch for an anniversary/early Christmas present, and I've been having fun playing with it (ZOMG, there are apps for EVERYTHING). I got him some lovely lambswool sweaters, and he inherited my 3rd Gen iPod Nano. He has named it Mork (nano nano!), so I named mine Mindy. This weekend I'm going to a literacy volunteer conference in Montreal, and the weekend after that my best friend Marty is coming to visit. He's bringing a few friends, and we're going to the QC's only gay bar for Halloween lulz. There's going to be about 10 of us. Being the GQMFs that we are, we're all kicking it old school with original series Star Trek uniforms, complete with short skirts, kicky boots and 60's hair. I am trying to convince one of our friends to paint herself green and go as an Orion slave girl. (Pictures will be forthcoming.)

Somewhere in all that, I also managed to cut my hair short and turn 34. It's been busy, is what I'm saying!

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Where were we? Oh, yes! Saturday!

Saturday, my eyes magically popped open at about 7:30. John and I had breakfast at the hotel, and I nearly throttled a man who cut in front of John to score some sausages. If I had had been more awake, I would have gone all Liz Lemon on his ass. (Line cutters deserve their own special place in hell, next to people who ride bikes on the sidewalk).

It was easy to tell who had gone to room parties the night before. Whilst some of us (ie [livejournal.com profile] nonelvis ) looked all chipper and well-rested, others were barely holding it together. Paul Cornell, who was hosting a panel called "Looking Forward, Moving Backward" (about racism and homophobia in SF), had his head down on the table, and only one of his panel participants showed up. The morning after the first wave of room parties is never pretty.

Another way you could tell who was at the room parties:


(Voyageur, the Anticipation newsletter, issue 6: Saturday morning)

There's always a few of those at every con.

Yo, geeks, smell ya later! )
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(I've been a bit lax about posting my con report, because it's finally beautiful outside, and who wants to spend all day at the computer when there's sitting around on the patio drinking mojitos to be done? I've learned to take advantage of nice weather when I can, because tomorrow it will probably rain. A lot.)

So, WorldCon. Where to start? It was fabulous, and I am very sad it's over.



Cut for Bigness )


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I GOT NEIL GAIMAN TO SIGN MY BOOKS!!1!

I was hanging out at my friend's table in the dealer room and I heard NEIL GAIMAN was coming and I ran to my hotel and grabbed my books and ran back and I was all out of breath and fangirly and he signed The Graveyard Book and drew a tombstone with my name in it and he's totally nice and I am all hopped up on squee liek WOAH!!!1!1

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Dec. 14th, 2008 10:35 pm
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So I finally bought my membership to Anticipation 2009, next summer's Worldcon, in Montreal. It's my first con in about eight years-- I went to one in Boston in early 2001, just after moving back to Montreal from Edmonton.

I can't wait until August. Is anyone on my flist going?

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