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PHILCON

Yesterday (day two of PhilCon) was great fun. I met some excellent people in the dealers' room (some of them even bought Fur-Face).

My 1st chapter critique was an interesting, and overall positive experience. If they do it again next year, I highly recommend it. I learned a lot, but more on that another time.

Last night, I took part in the GSHW reading. Considering the event wasn't listed in the PhilCon events flyer (nor mentioned on the PhilCon noticeboard outside the room), we had a reasonable number of people there. It says a lot for the diversity of our group that the six readings covered fantasy, vampires, horror, dark fantasy, zombie erotica (yes, I really said that) and a middle grade story about a bot with a talking cat that no one else can here.

My first official reading, so I felt a little nervous, but folks seemed to enjoy the excerpt I'd chosen (if you've read the book, I read the scene where Snowy fakes an injury to get himself and Billy into the animal research center). They laughed in all the right places and nobody threw anything, so I call that a win.

Another late night, chatting with friends old and new.

The con finishes up this afternoon. I've had a blast, I hope your weekend's been fun too.




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msstacy13
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Wait--
when you say, "Another late night"
do you mean you're just now going to bed???

*blink*
jongibbs
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Lol, for me anything after 9:00pm counts as a late night :)
birdhousefrog
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
"interesting" is a safe choice of words.

I'm glad the reading went well. I wish I had known. It's best to read with a group the first few times. (You get to think "heck, I did better than that!")

Oz
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
I was surprised how many folks came to listen (I'd say there were about twenty people in the room, including the readers themselves), especially since we were left off the official program, and weren't even listed on the notice outside the door.

Luckily, we'd made a bunch of flyers and told everyone it was an 'exclusive' event :)
dqg_neal
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
They did put us out on the Con event changes information flyer out in the Filthy Piere.

jongibbs
Nov. 23rd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Well, that was something I suppose ;)
karen_w_newton
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you are making the most of your con experience. Glad it went well.
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, Karen, I had a blast! Definitely coming back next year :)
tracy_d74
Nov. 21st, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Of course they laughed. Fur Face is great fun.
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy, you're very kind :)
temporus
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Had a great time hanging out Jon. Sadly, my recording of the reading only managed to get about the first 10 seconds of Dani speaking, then it just cut out. Ah well. I guess it'll just have to remain one of those: You had to be there events.
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Lol, one thing's for sure, Gary'll make sure he comes on the Friday night next year :)
silverton
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that nothing bad was thrown, like rotten lettuce or stones, but really Jon, you shouldn't be so against audiences throwing things at you. I mean, what if it were roses? or even dollar bills? Really, I know it's a risk, but maybe you should encourage that kind of behavior. Anyway, I was looking at the Quake website and saw you were scheduled for some appearances. Sounds exciting! Let me know when you head to VA!
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
'Let me know when you head to VA!

One day, perhaps, but it's a long walk ;)
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jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Likewise, Barbara. Maybe we can get Krista to come along next year too :)
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds most excellent. :)

I had a good weekend. I rode my horse and edited and worked on outlines and wrote. The perfect life :)
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I don't know how you manage it. I can barely write legibly in the back of a car ;)
phoenixfirewolf
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
LOL, I have this special mount for my computer. It has air-ride-shocks to keep my computer steady. Makes combining my two favorite activities easier. ^.~

silly...
snapes_angel
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Zombie erotica isn't too, too far off from zombie romance (I have one in bare outline sketch form, so far).
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I have one in bare outline</>

Was that a pun or just my filthy mind? :)
snapes_angel
Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Just your mind. <,< But it could be construed as such. "bare", plus a very basic beginning. Not sure how far it will get, but it was a response to someone talking about a last-man-last-woman-on-Earth-plus-zombie-romance. Actually, now that I think of it, it was one newer magazine's stories guidelines.
mongrelheart
Nov. 22nd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a great time! I trust Snowy enjoyed himself too :)
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Lol, I hardly saw him. He was wandering around the hotel, letting people feed him the whole time ;)
mongrelheart
Nov. 22nd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
HEEhee! What a party animal =D
misha_mcg
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Everyone was probably too polite to admit they enjoyed hearing your accent! Haha. I wish I could have been there, but I was caught between events up north and in S. Jersey.
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Did you make it to Terri's launch thingy? I planned to, but I sent my apologies earlier in the day.
misha_mcg
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
I did. It was really good. She was amazingly nice in person. Even more lovable than online.
jongibbs
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, Misha, didn't you know? That wasn't the real Terri, she's hired a stunt-double for personal appearances.

The real Terri's working the night shift as a croupier in Las Vegas somewhere :)
misha_mcg
Nov. 22nd, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Haha, so that's how she managed to have all that energy and sparkliness after meeting so many people!
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