Very busy, very tiring weekend.
Flew back to Minnesota for a high school reunion. (The actual kind, not the Disney musical kind. There was no singing.) In order to make it back for the reunion, I made a 2 1/2 hour drive straight from work to the airport on Friday evening (thank you, unannounced road construction), did some flat-out sprinting through the terminal in Dallas (only to be the last person on the plane, and then to sit there for an extra 45 minutes because I-don’t-know-why), arriving in Minneapolis around midnight. The next day I picked up my rental car and made my way to the far far north, and generally had a fantastic time. Got back to my hotel quite late, couldn’t fall asleep (thank you insomnia) until sometime after 3:30, got up at 5:30, and traveled most of the day to get back safe and sound here on Sunday evening.
Totally worth the trip. I really enjoyed the reunion. I only wish I’d had more time, and that more people were there.
That said, I’m tired of being tired. I travel for both my day job and my writing life, and travel for some reason always entails a very taxing schedule on at least one end of the trip. It’s getting old. As are we all, apparently.
All of which is on my mind as I look ahead to Worldcon. (I’ve posted my schedule here, by the way. I’m excited about it. Even if I dread getting on yet another plane in a couple weeks.)
Which brings me to a few links worth sharing. Two of these you might have seen before, because they’ve been bouncing around these past few weeks, but the others were new to me. (But then I do live in a cave on the far side of the moon.)
Michelle Sagara wrote a brilliant post about the good and bad behavior on convention panels. John Scalzi followed up with his own take on panels and panelists. Maureen Johnson has written this marvelous manifesto on much the same topic. And finally, whoever put this page together deserves special recognition for condensing the dos-and-don’ts of convention going into such a handy outline.
I’m still relatively new to the convention circuit, and I still have a lot to learn. I’m grateful that guides like these are available for newcomers like me. I’m even more grateful that they’re available for, um, other people. I’ve certainly seen, and been trapped by, many of the poor behaviors listed in the above discussions. As for me, I’m going to make an effort to make better use of the green room for pre-panel preparation and introductions! That’s certainly a place where I fail.