Swancon: the conversational con

April 27th, 2011 at 8:34 am (Conventions)

(Photo via Cat’s camera but pretty sure Alan Baxter took it!)

Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty is over. Actually, it finished on Monday, but I’ve needed a couple of days to become almost human again! Tuesday also saw us have a major car breakdown which meant Dirk Flinthart and I spent three and a half hours on the side of the Kwinana Freeway instead of enjoying the company of kids and friends on a lovely Rockingham beachfront, but anyway! Helen Merrick came to the rescue, taking kids home and then bringing food once we eventually MADE it home (after the most interesting tow truck ride ever!). Terri Sellen then provided more rescue, taking the Flinthart to meet his evening flight. I have good friends!

(Photo at pre-awards party by Cat Sparks) But Swancon, yes. It was a bit of a blur. We worked so hard in the lead up to the con, and during, that it was hard to actually enjoy it! Too busy I guess. Having said that, I’m glad I picked up people at the airport because it meant a little quiet conversation time. I enjoyed the guest luncheon on Thursday for the same reason, the room party in Terri’s room Friday night, and being the holder of the glow sticks for the Orbit | Gollancz sponsored pre-Ditmars cocktail party. All for the same reason – I got to chat with people. When I eventually spent some time on the TPP/FC table in the Dealer Room (which was as great as I wanted it to be!) I got to have more conversations, and if I didn’t get much time hanging out in the bar with peeps, I did still manage a few snatched minutes here and there. It was a very busy con, but it makes it worthwhile to know that the vast majority of people attending really did enjoy it!

I’ve rounded up as many con reports as I could below. Email me at fablecroft at gmail dot com to let me know of those I’ve missed or which are posted after! Happy to add them :)

Some entries may be friend locked, so my apologies if you can’t access those.

Ellen Datlow (photo by Cat Sparks):
http://ellen-datlow.dreamwidth.org/339174.html

http://ellen-datlow.dreamwidth.org/339444.html

Con-goers

http://philosophicallydisturbed.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/my-first-time-at-swancon/

http://prizedandreviled.blogspot.com/2011/04/swancon36natcon50-so-much-squee.html

http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/2011/04/26/swancon-36-natcon-50-report.html

http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/2011/04/29/swancon-36-natcon-50-followup-post.html

http://yiduiqie.dreamwidth.org/168504.html

http://yiduiqie.dreamwidth.org/168718.html

http://catsparx.livejournal.com/230607.html

http://mortonhall.livejournal.com/680796.html

http://randomalex.net/2011/04/26/reflections-on-natcon50/

http://petermball.livejournal.com/280745.html

http://paulhaines.livejournal.com/168191.html

http://mynxii.livejournal.com/816431.html

http://www.stephaniegunn.com/2011/04/23/swancon/

http://catundra.livejournal.com/160481.html

http://swancon.livejournal.com/188317.html

http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/the-con-of-conversations/

http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/on-awards-at-length/

http://roberthoge.com/archives/573

http://gemfyre.livejournal.com/1097337.html

http://alias-sqbr.dreamwidth.org/393834.html

http://alias-sqbr.dreamwidth.org/394029.html

http://alias-sqbr.dreamwidth.org/394384.html

http://alias-sqbr.dreamwidth.org/394533.html

http://alias-sqbr.dreamwidth.org/395247.html

http://alias-sqbr.dreamwidth.org/395268.html

http://flyingblogspot.com/2011/04/in-which-i-learn-things-about-safe-spaces/

http://kirstynmcdermott.com/2011/04/28/swancon-megapodcasts-and-ditmar-awards/

http://stephbg.livejournal.com/610310.html

http://stephbg.livejournal.com/610618.html

http://arcadiagt5.livejournal.com/368569.html

http://flinthart.livejournal.com/144190.html

http://jasonnahrung.com/2011/04/27/swancon-and-ditmar-awards/

http://blog.martinlivings.com/?p=254

http://electricant.livejournal.com/122922.html

http://battersblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/glad-i-dont-live-there-but-nice-place.html

http://waqem007.livejournal.com/36485.html

http://joanneanderton.com/wordpress/2011/05/02/swancon-and-perth-well-quokkas-mainly/

http://kaelajael.livejournal.com/92978.html

http://networkedblogs.com/hkG1W

http://yiduiqie.dreamwidth.org/169022.html

http://www.angelaslatter.com/and-then-there-was-swancon/

http://www.angelaslatter.com/swancon-part-deux-or-stop-nagging-me-mcdermott/

http://www.angelaslatter.com/swancon-booty/

http://swancon.livejournal.com/191290.html

http://champagneandsocks.com/?p=39

http://kaaronwarren.livejournal.com/131222.html

http://kaaronwarren.livejournal.com/131474.html

http://kaaronwarren.livejournal.com/131653.html

On the Romance Writers Stream:
http://waxings.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/finishing-the-story/

http://waxings.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/lets-write-about-sex/

http://waxings.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/the-structure-of-a-novel/

On the EduStream and more:
http://tokenskeptic.org/2011/04/26/episode-sixty-six-on-swancon-interview-with-sean-williams-and-scifi-meets-education/

http://philosophicallydisturbed.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/mad-scientists-using-the-science-in-science-fiction-in-the-classroom/

Resources from the EduStream here.

Nicole R Murphy:
http://tillianion.livejournal.com/141811.html

http://tillianion.livejournal.com/142000.html

http://tillianion.livejournal.com/142186.html

http://tillianion.livejournal.com/142510.html

http://voyagerblog.com.au/2011/04/28/voyager-and-swancon-%E2%80%93-a-happy-combination/

Leece:

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/256170.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/256289.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/256657.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/256936.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/257251.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/257384.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/257551.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/258024.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/258086.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/258317.html

http://leecetheartist.dreamwidth.org/258694.html

Damian Warman on the Peter McNamara Award:
http://dmw.livejournal.com/152693.html

Ditmar, Tin Duck and Special Award winners:
http://www.locusmag.com/News/2011/04/ditmar-and-other-australian-awards/

Photos

At Swancon

Artisanat

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13946697@N03/sets/72157626582331670/

Tom Bicknell

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42956650@N00/sets/72157626579053570/with/5655884174/

Cat Sparks

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27513027@N06/sets/72157626454253737/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27513027@N06/sets/72157626588083962/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27513027@N06/sets/72157626479661075/with/5667457941/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maylandlong/

The Chungs (many more to come!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orph3u5/sets/72157626449553187/with/5662998279/

orph3u5

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150183070022649.316049.53346962648

Beyond the Trapdoor

http://www.lympago.com/rdm_galleries/Swancon2011/index3.html

Leece

Natcon Committee and Guests

Tin Duck and Ditmar Winners

http://www.flickr.com/photos/35025258@N00/sets/72157626584085191/

Ellen Datlow

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FableCroft at Aussiecon 4

September 13th, 2010 at 5:54 am (Books, Conventions)

From Wednesday September 1 to Monday September 6, I was in Melbourne for the fourth Australian Worldcon, Aussiecon 4. This was a great chance to meet authors and people in spec fic from all over the world, including long-time online friends and many others. FableCroft had a strong presence in the Dealer Room (thanks to Alisa over at Twelfth Planet Press who permitted us space on her beautifully presented table, as well as access to her EFTPOS machine!) and I got the chance to meet and catch up with almost a full quotient of FableCroft authors! Both Worlds Next Door and Australis Imaginarium sold well and it was lots of fun to talk to people about them and show them off.

Some highlights:

* Giving Shaun Tan his contributor copy of Australis Imaginarium and having him admire it very much! Well done Amanda Rainey for a cover design that really did his artwork justice.

* Getting authors to sign their stories in a special copy of Worlds Next Door.

* Hearing Dirk Flinthart recount how he read his Worlds Next Door story (“The Best Dog in the World”) to a very appreciative audience, only to end up in tears himself – twice! (A number of other people also said they may have choked up when reading it themselves – it’s a good story :) )

* Being on a panel about writing the difference in Australian SF with Peter M Ball and Narrelle Harris and being able to recommend fantastic Australian short and long fiction to a mostly international audience.

It was such a busy but fabulous five days, and one I’m so glad I got to – hope to make it to another Worldcon one year! For now though, I’ll look forward to Swancon36/Natcon50 in Perth at Easter, the Aurealis Awards in Sydney sometime next year, and hopefully Conflux in Canberra late 2011!

Alisa and Tehani behind the TPP/FableCroft table
(this photo courtesy of George Ivanoff)

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