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Swancon 2010

So I ended up spending two full days at Swancon, despite only intending to attend on Sunday, for the 2011 launch and Tin Ducks on Sunday. The babysitter arrived about 9, and I ran her through the baby deal again (his first extended time without Mummy – he coped fine!). I then picked   up at the train station and after a short detour to pick up some champers for the launch, we headed to the con. First on the agenda was a committee discussion and launch run through. Then I had a look around with T, but it was a bit quiet, so we badgered   and   into going to lunch with us at the local Indian restaurant, where we later found Narrelle Harris about to eat alone so invited her to join us. It was very pleasant indeed.

After that, A & C went off to Borders for some reason, so T and I sat on the TPP table, selling and socialising for a couple of hours (and assisted   with a last minute awards presentation!) until suddenly it was launch time!   and I (with some specialist help) got the computer and audio set up while the rest of the committee wrangled rooms (again with specialist help – thanks Team 35!) and then plied the waiting crowd with coloured bubbly while we finished set up! I think the launch went pretty well, and it was a lot of fun to be the one who got to tell the big crowd all the cool stuff that’s planned for Swancon36/Natcon50 at Easter next year! (It’s at the Hyatt! Guests are Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams and fan guest Sarah Xu!).

After the launch I helped out with the earlybird registrations, doing the EFTPOS regos during the first rush. I then buggered off to the bar for a couple of quick drinks and socialising before it was Tin Ducks time. I got to present an award (Best WA Professional Artwork, won by our very own   for her design of the Siren Beat cover!), collect one with the rest of the New Ceres Nights ladies (Best WA Fan Production for our launch of New Ceres Nights at Swancon last year, with Liz’s gorgeous costumes, and cupcakes!), and watch a NCN story collect Best Short (congrats Stephen Dedman!) and   take out Best WA Professional Production for A Book of Endings!! Was fun 🙂

T & I left about 10.30, after I’d decided I would definitely come back the next day and arranged for T’s daughter to come with me to do some child wrangling. That meant a bit more prep before bed, then an early start in order to get up there in time for the WASFF AGM (4.5 hours!). Mostly a social day after that, showing off the bub and chatting. Didn’t do much, but I’m glad I went up for the second day 🙂

Oh! Not only did we have Tin Ducks this weekend, but the Hugo shortlists were released with four Aussies on them (yay Jonathan, Helen, Shaun & Lezli!) AND the Australian Shadows Awards were announced (all female winners! Congrats Deborah B, Kaaron & the Grants Pass editors!). Busy weekend in Oz SF 🙂

Now weary and about to go to bed!

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Week 10

Very quiet Good Friday for us – I figured that since we’d be out for the next two days, we should have a peaceful day to rest up. I had tried to organise a playdate with some friends but most everyone else was going away, so that didn’t work out, but we did get a bit of rest which was good.

Bub has been sleeping between eight and nine hours the past couple of nights, which has been great. He’s been a bit grumpy during the day though, and I’m wondering if he’s having a growth spurt as he’s feeding a lot.

Had a couple of afternoons out this week, taking the kids shopping and for haircuts on Wednesday (Miss Four now has a fringe for the first time – it quite suits her!), and then I took the boys with me to my work for end of term drinks which was nice.

Master Seven heads off on his big trip tomorrow. Miss Four, Bub and I will drop him off then go visit the rellies for the morning. Then Sunday, Miss Four and Bub are staying home with the babysitter while I go up to Swancon with @kaelajael – I’m helping launch next years Swancon/Natcon, attending the Tin Ducks and catching up with friends for the day. Looking forward to it.

And as we have an early morning tomorrow, I’d best go to bed!

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Support

When I lived in the Eastern States and became involved in the spec fic community almost ten years ago, I desperately wanted to go to a Swancon. It was, from all accounts, the epitome of the SF Convention in Australia – the friendliest, the most fun, the best… I now live in WA and have been to two Swancons. Due to family commitments, I won’t be attending the full convention, but for a while there, I wasn’t sure I would attend at all. Swancon is supposed to be on the top of the con-heap, not at the bottom because people aren’t safe when they attend. 

So I’m with  ,  ,  ,  , ,   and   and everyone else who is publicly putting themselves out there and saying:

You are not welcome. Don’t come.

If you don’t know what this is about, check out this post by  .

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Swancon thank yous

I’ve probably said most of this in various other posts, but some people totally deserve to be singled out and thanked.

  – for having great ideas, for offering without any reservations, and for so generously opening her home to my kids. *hugs*
  – for being around and working hard just because she could help – can’t express how thankful I am.
The ConComm – unobtrusive and awesome and excellently helpful – particularly Maia and   for their help with the launch setup.
The Hotel staff – super friendly and helpful this year.
Liz and Russ – for being so generous with their room, table watching, and everything else.
 , Kylie and all the fan creche crew – the fan creche and the pro creche (organised by Kylie) and the Kids programme (organised by  ) was brilliant, and really made my time at the con a much better (and LONGER) experience! Thank you!

And of course,  , who did all the important things, understands when I dash off to wrangle kids, and fills in loco parentis when needed. *loves*

So many people made a positive impact on my weekend, so thank you all 🙂

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I’ve had a day of rest, and am feeling a damn sight better than I have for over a week. Who knew that a day of rest helps get over a cold? 🙂

My perceptions of Swancon this year a somewhat muddled. I wasn’t 100% well going in (had been battling a cold for a week prior, and am only just now getting over it) and this affected my enjoyment. Wrangling kids didn’t help either, although the fan creche and children’s programming was AWESOME! Thanks to Emma, Fern, Kate and everyone else who was so wonderful there.

The launch was a lot of fun – playing dress ups always is – and there was a pretty good turnup. Masquerade was also enjoyable (the short time we were there), particularly for the kids. They really did enjoy themselves all weekend and were a bit disappointed they didn’t get to come Sunday or Monday (I wasn’t as sad…)

I seemed to spend a lot of time in Liz and Russ’s room with kids or just getting ready for some thing or other. Thanks guys!

I met a lot of people I only knew online or in passing and enjoyed that aspect. Sales weren’t awesome, particularly on market day, but we still did okay – almost sold out of Canterbury 2100, and sold some nice batches of NCN & Angel Rising together, which was nice. Flinthart sells well 🙂

The Awards were nice, and it was fun to pick up Simon’s Tin Duck two years in a row, and win one too! The conversational review was fun to do, and came out well, so that was lovely.

So now we’ve got a whole heap of work to do for the next two years, preparing for Swancon 36 in 2011. Fun!

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