The reading this morning went incredibly well. Thanks to the tireless promotion efforts of Haddayr and David Schwartz, it was well promoted, and the back room of Michelangelo's was packed. It was a little intimidating, actually. At 10:00, Haddayr started things off, with two shorts, one new one, followed by "The Desires of Houses." Meghan McCarron read from her Rabid Transit: Long Voyages, Great Lies story "The Ghost Line." Alice Kim also read from her story in Rabid Transit, called "The Mom Walk: A Story in Five Stories." I read most of "Most Excellent and Lamentable," skipping one tiny scene in the middle in the interests of time. And David Schwartz read from his Minnesotan Ragnorak story (in accent) from Twenty Epics.
It was a great event, and I'm honored I was able to particpate with four other incredibly talented writers.
Afterward, Janet and I had brunch with catvalente, justbeast and grailquestion at Nick's, the same place we had brunch last year, in the same booth we sat in last year. Dmitri read over "M.E.A.L.," since he was near the back of the room and couldn't hear as well, and was interested in finding out more about what I was writing. He made some interesting comments that I'll be thinking about when I get home. Cat gave me a copy of Yume no Hon, which is very pretty.
Then it was back to the hotel for the Butner/Grant/Westerfeld/Rowe reading, which was excellent.
Another trip to the dealer's room, where I picked up a rare copy of Dradin, In Love.
Attended Cat Valente's reading from The Grass-Cutting Sword (which should be out soon).
Very briefly talked to the stunning Liz Gorinsky in the elevator, and was shocked that she actually knew who I was. Ran into Mark Teppo in selfsame elevator and chatted for a bit in his room.
Then to the Strange Horizons Tea Party, which was awesome as always. Yummy tea, yummy cookies, and a great community of people.
Then I went upstairs to gather my knitting materials and Janet (who took a nap after brunch). The "Knitting for Boys" panel was really interesting. Despite my astonishing lack of knowledge, I think I did a decent job moderating (which was mostly just me pointing to people who'd raised their hands). Lots of insight from Ben Rosenbaum, Jess Adams, and Judith Peterson, as well as great audience participation. And Jess created the wiscon_diy community for folks wanting to learn more about knitting and other DIY stuff.
After, we met up with Barth, Lisa, and Isaiah Anderson, and Rachel and David Hoffman-Dachelet for very fancy dinner. Walked the six blocks to Restaurant Magnus, and I'm fairly confident that it was the best meal I have ever eaten in my life.
Bread: fresh-baked focaccia with chimi-churri, a dipping suace of red onions, cilantro, parsley, olive oil, honey and jalapeno peppers.
Salad: Mesclung greens with granny smith apples, spicy pecans, Manchego cheese and champagne vinaigrette.
Entree: banana-glazed seared salmon with sauteed Chilaca peppers, wild mushrooms, tomoatoes, baby red potatoes, watercress and a Riesling-yuzu reduction.
Expensive but goddamn delicious. I couldn't stop groaning in contentment. Phenomenal food and conversation. Definitely one of the highlights of this WisCon.
Back to the hotel for the Dessert Salon. Yummy carrot cake.
GoH speeches from Kate Wilhelm and Jane Yolen were excellent.
Awards ceremonies for the Carl Brandon Awards. Susan Vaught, who won the Kindred Award, did an unbelievably cool thing, and endorsed her $1000 award check back to the CBS to continue their work.
Geoff Ryman was crowned with his Tiptree tiara, and given chocolate and art. He seemed overwhelmed by it all, and was incredibly grateful and gracious. I'm so so so glad he won for Air.
Upstairs for the LJ and SLF parties, both packed. Didn't stay long. Tired now.
Going to sleep in a bit in the morning, then get Janet's art taken down and pack up and get ready to go around 11:00.
Don't want it to end. Sigh. I already miss everyone.