Orycon After-Action Report
How was Orycon? Pretty good.
I worked the green room Friday as a volunteer and really enjoyed it; don't know why anyone wouldn't want to do that. I have resolved this will be my regular Friday Orycon thing, absent any panels I MUST attend, which isn't likely; Fridays are slow.
Best panel hands down that I went to was "A Polite Society" with Gail Corriger, Petra Mitchell, the redoubtable MK Hobson, and Joan Gaustad. I've known Petrea since she was a high-schooler, when we were on alt.tv.mst3k together; she came for the party we threw when "Mitchell" aired and the Joel era came to an end. She's all growed up now, and I'm old. *sigh*
ANYWAY. Great panel, bunch of book recommendations I need to add to Goodreads.
My own panels were okay. The Broad Universe reading was the best of them; a lot of people smashed into a small room to hear me read with the likes of Ms Hobson, Jessica Reisman, Jennifer Brozek, the very funny Camille Alexa, AM Dellamonica, and Cat Rambo. phew. I felt very outclassed. There was another indie there: Mary Lowd. It was a source of comfort knowing I wasn't the sole indie! Check Mary out, especially if you like anthropomorphic animal stories (the term "furry" brings up bad connotations these days...).
I read third, right after Cat and Camille, argh. I read the opening section of "Fears Moon Woman," and was: 1) embarrassed to be reading from an erotic story even though that section wasn't erotic; and 2) worried I was going to overshoot my time slot. So I rushed. I can read way better than I read that night. Velvet Ackbar wasn't there, so I have no real judge of how the story was received. I felt the applause was merely polite, and was downhearted.
But at the elevators, a last-minute addition to the readers whose name I think is Sarah Mueller--I can't find any info on her, but everyone else seemed to know her, I feel sheepish and I probably just have her name wrong--stopped and told me how much she loved my piece. I don't know if she just saw on my face how discouraged I was, or if she really liked it, but it was a kind thing to do.
The late night panels were pretty much awful. No one showed for Sex and Death until way late; by the time we got going it was time to stop. And only five people showed for the erotica reading. I felt rushed doing that, too; I was told we basically had all the time we needed, and the moderator instead was strongly enforcing a 20 minute limit. So I rushed through that, too. And strangely it's much harder reading explicit erotica to five people than it is to 30, the audience last time I read there. If I do it next year I'm going to flyer it, because reading for five people in a huge room...it's discouraging.
Bottom line: I'm on the radar of a few more people than I was last time, I had a goodly amount of fun, and I've learned to time my readings before I do them (even though I practiced, it never occurred to me to time myself because I'm dense like that).
Now I'm considering doing Radcon in February, but I hesitate. I hate driving that far. Amtrak goes there, but I don't have any way to get to the hotel from the train station, and the train arrives at 9 pm and departs at 5:30 am so I'd have to stay Thursday night-Monday morning. I am anxious far from home--hell, I'm anxious going across the river to downtown.
The coolest thing happened just before we packed up to go. I got a package from a friend from BPAL.org. She had informed me that she was sending me a giftie and I was not to argue. Inside were two pairs of earrings. One set are pretty pale amethyst-colored drops. But the other pair are silver. On a round disc dangling from each one appear the words: "be loved and beloved".
I haven't taken them off yet.