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1) The second-most exciting thing I brought back from Readercon was this exiting cold! I've had a throat like a bullfrog and a slight fever for several days now, and it's not going away. So, sadly, I won't be attending KGB tonight. I really need to get over this, and I see no reason to infect everyone else.

2) The most exciting thing I brought back from Readercon was Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone, which I ended up skipping panels in order to read straight through to the end. I bought it with some trepidation, knowing it might be similar in plot and protagonist to "Wondyrechaun" (and that my version of a female automaton trying to find true autonomy in a steampunkish metropolis might suck in comparison), but I was relieved to find that two pages in, I totally forgot about comparisons and just read. It's an excellent novel - if you like alchemy, steampunk/clockpunk, and giant lizards(!), buy it.

3) After thinking about it, I decided not to do a Readercon report. I had a great time, met lots of new people and old friends, but as far as panels go, there really isn't anything I can add to what's already been said on other blogs. FWIW, I enjoyed being unknown and under the radar - I could come and go to panels as I pleased, and wasn't obligated to be "on" whenever I wandered the crowds. I suppose I could have networked and promoted myself very aggressively, but I just don't have that kind of personality. I also don't have the stories or sooper-talent to back that kind of self-promotion up (which therefore would have made my behavior very annoying and assholish), I decided to keep my mouth shut and just observe the professionals at a discrete distance. Except for when I was with Will Ludwigsen and Aimee Payne, though: I spent more time with them at Readercon than I did for all six weeks of Clarion. Maybe because I was about 5000% less crazy and depressed this time around. :)

4) "Wondyrechaun" the NOVELLA has officially been shelved. From now through October, I'll be reading and researching, then in October begin Wondyrechaun the YA DARK VICTORIAN LOVECRAFTIAN-STEAMPUNK NOVEL, which is what it should have been all along. Yes, it will have to be retitled, but that's to worry about later.

Marine Autumn

I owe you marine autumn
With dankness at its roots
and fog like a grape
and the graceful sun of the country;
and the silent space
in which sorrows lose themselves
and only the bright crown
of joy comes to the surface.

--Pablo Neruda.

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