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Because of the nature of my smoffing, my participation in fandom is not always very visible, but it continues. I am proud to have been part of the bidcom for the next North American Science Fiction Convention.

Early this year I had to ratchet that participation way down due to other things in life, but I was still the person holding the webhosting account where the website was, so last week Pablo contacted me about helping move the website to being under a new domain name, in case we won. I already had a busy week coming up --Rosie's 6th birthday, my sister coming to visit, painting and cleaning yet to do in the new house to get ready, but there is family, and there is familia de corazon, so I stayed up late friday night completing the migration to http://northamericon17.com

I'd never migrated a Wordpress install to a new URL before. For Detcon1 we just created a new site from scratch. Thankfully Dreamhost had a page of instructions, and I'd gotten the 'this info takes time to propogate' steps done earlier. I hit a couple snags, but their online chat accessible support folk were terrific, and I got it done. Just a small cog in the wheel, but it's still nice to do my part.

I'm very pleased the convention is going to Puerto Rico and I'm proud of our guests of honor. It was both a disapointing yet also cool moment to realize we had to take Nalo Hopkinson off the long list of prospective GoHs because *she was already a Worldcon Guest of Honor* for next year. Go Helsinki. :) Despite that, our Guest list is really rockin' and I know it will be a great con.

Pablo and I are also hoping this will be a good opportunity to finally get the Latin American Fan Fund rolling, so if you're interested in helping with that, please let me know.
netmouse: (laughing Rosie)
I know most people's thoughts are on the Worldcon right now, and congrats to all the Hugo winners. But last weekend was Bubonicon here in Albuquerque, and thanks to Steven Gould, Brian and Rosie and I got a chance to attend opening ceremonies Friday evening and then to dine with him, Walter Jon Williams, and Walter Jon's lovely partner Kathy. Also thanks to Steven, the first App Rosie requested for our Kindle was Angry Birds, which he let her play with on his iPad during both opening ceremonies and dinner... (along with other apps).

We also checked out the dealer's room and the art show, but didn't come home with anything new. Got many compliments on Rosie's cuteness, though - she'd decided earlier that day to wear a party dress, so I'd added a star necklace and a wand with a star on it (left over from her birthday) to make it into a fairy costume of sorts (though mostly I had to carry the wand, after Rosie dropped it somewhere and the kind folks at Registration gave it back to me).

Saturday morning, Brian watched the kiddo so I could attend a panel on "The bucket list" of books you should read in the genre (and out of it, a category moderator Connie Willis included along with "classics," "recent works that may become classics", "overlooked works," and a couple other very interesting categories). Willis and Daniel Abraham probably made the most interesting sounding recommendations, and I've already bought one: The Apex Book of World SF. They had only a short period of audience suggestions at the end, so I didn't get a chance to mention Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch, but I did suggest it to Connie in person afterward, and Steven told me that it was brought up during his YA panel later.

We went home for lunch and naps and then Brian headed to his regular weekly gaming session and I went back to the con. By prior arrangement, Rosie and I joined Steven again for dinner, this time with a group of fen headed to Buca di Beppo. There were 13 of us and by chance they had the Pope room available, so we had the, er, interesting experience of eating dinner with the pope's upper half in a box sticking out of the food turntable, and looking at whomever he faced. Much tasty food was consumed, with much left over (even though we tried to account for it, those pasta dishes are huge!). The group also entertained itself by leaving decorations in the room for the next group, which was known to be George R.R. Martin's party. I had balloons with me (for the kiddo to play with), and Steven had a sharpie, so that helped.

smile more!


After that it was back to the con for the announcements of the Costume Contest winners, and a short but sweet visit with Steven's daughter Emma and her friend Aia, partly for to admire the Portal gun they'd built to show off for the con. When we rejoined Steven et al after the contest, however, Rosie's main point of interest was Steven's lightsaber, which we thought made a nice complement to her batman outfit. She got quite hyper at that point, which was not surprising since it was way after her bedtime, plus there was a fan wandering around blowing bubbles from a tiny canister hung round her neck. I think so far Rosie really likes sf conventions. :)

Aha. Got it!


More pictures are over on the flickr account.

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