Sorry with the Roman numerals. Still have Chicago XXXVI on the brain. (Shut up!)
So Readercon 25 happened! And for once, I’m not going to wait months to blog about it. Just gonna dump it all out of my head in one burst. (It’s actually part of a bigger plan to not overthink my blog posts so I put out more of them.)
The program highlight for me was the workshop “From Page to Stage: Adapting Your Work for an Audience” by C.S.E. Cooney, Amal El-Mohtar, and Caitlyn Paxson. As wonderful as Readercon programming has been over the five years I’ve attended, there are a select few things that have stuck with me–this is the newest. After some exercises, we were invited to read a paragraph or so of something we brought. I brought the story I’d already recorded for Lakeside Circus, “Life After Wartime”. I wish I’d waited until after this workshop. I surprised myself with how differently I read! It’s been suggested that I record it again, but I don’t want to be one of those people who goes back and retcons their own work. You know the type.
But the con highlight for me was getting a few minutes alone at a table with Mary Rickert and Ellen Datlow, who gave me advice as to the shelf life of mentioning my old McSweeney’s Internet Tendency piece. (Apparently, the answer is forever… and that I should lead with it!). Close second: Dancing in a circle of the best and brightest in today’s award-winning fantasy and sci-fi literature as a bad DJ spun ’80s tunes (from the ’90s).