Sorry this is a day late. Better late than never, although I apologize if this feels like a rush job this week.
THANKS, BOSKONE 58!
Boskone was the highlight of my week! I’ve enjoyed a history with that particular con, and was particularly bummed that I had to bow out of it in 2019 and 2020. But the times being what they are, COVID needn’t have stopped me in 2021!
The virtual #Boskone58 experience was good for my soul. I definitely want to see you all in person again next year, but I'd do this again if we had to! Thanks to everyone who helped put this on–phenomenal job!
— Don Pizarro (@DonP) February 14, 2021
I know there were all sorts of virtual cons last year, but I just didn’t have the spoons to Zoom for my dayjob and then keep Zooming in my off time. I could only do without live nerd talk in my life for so long, though. And while I was confident the folks running it would do a great job, they actually did exceed my expectations. And I say this as someone who, like most folks I imagine, had to put up with his share of Zoom mishaps over the past year.
I thought this would be my write up, but I don’t want to short-change the con. I’ll put those up later, probably.
- This week’s writing chain: 7 days
- Days in February: 12
- Longest chain in 2021: 13 days
Slowly rebuilding the chain. I’m doing better than I did this time last year, that’s for sure.
Turns out you can’t even go to an online con without picking up recommendations. I knew nothing about Brian K. Vaughan’s PAPER GIRLS, set in a fictional suburb of Cleveland in 1988. I figured, “Hey, I lived in Cleveland in 1988!” so I picked up the collection of the first 5 issues and have enjoyed the first one so far.
I’m really digging THE DAYTON ANTHOLOGY so far.
F*CKFACE by Leah Hampton is not con-related, but Rust Belt adjacent. That’ll probably be next.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
Jazz legend Chick Corea died last week. I’ve always been a trumpet guy, but you have to respect any keyboardist that could hang with Miles during his electric era. But of course Corea was so much more than that. He was a new-to-me discovery when I started haphazardly exploring the world of jazz just before college. In fact, the Akoustic Band record was one of the first jazz albums I ever owned, which is why “Morning Sprite” is a favorite song of mine.
Not his most famous song by any stretch, but maybe my personal favorite…https://t.co/Yaez48DiDp
— Don Pizarro (@DonP) February 11, 2021
IN THE WILD
All hail the Queen and the Crown Prince on their throne!