Jun 23 2008

4th street: the processing (part the first)

Published by at 10:19 am under Life

Wasn’t quite ready to be done yet, so woke up early-ish (especially if you consider time to bed) and ate oatmeal while watching my fellow sf&f fans, readers, editors, and writers check out (the internet connection in the lobby was horrible for my laptop so I moved around a bit), getting to say final thanks and give happy smiles to those passing by.

I’d say it was a life-changing experience except I was already changing my life along these lines, so I suppose it was more an affirming experience for me. Hearing thoughts I’d thunk for months come out of multiple intelligent other mouths as people bounced ideas back and forth and explored new ways of putting them together was thrilling. Having so many people thinking along similar lines definitely encouraged me to keep running at what I’m chasing.

I also had a great experience Saturday, two panels after the one the Society of Voluptuaries members were on (Advice from new writers), where an audience member called me out by name and told me that my ideas were a “pipe dream” and I was “incapable of succeeding”. I, of course, was grinning like a loon as he was doing it; a strong angry response is categorically no different from a strong positive, both mean you provoked other people to think (and sometimes thinking new thoughts is uncomfortable for folks). Plus, about the biggest mistake someone can make with me, in trying to discourage me and crush my aspirations (heehee), is to tell me I can’t do something.

But my (and other peoples’) grand plans certainly can’t be accomplished in a creative vacuum. We met tons of great people and connected to many brilliant minds over the course of the weekend. My personal universe is going to explode again, hopefully just in the creative realms this time, as I process and synthesize the awesomeness that was the 4th Street Fantasy Convention 2008.

Cant wait for 2009.

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3 Responses to “4th street: the processing (part the first)”

  1. Jennifer Eon 23 Jun 2008 at 10:32 am

    There’s something about a challenge… it energizes you on multiple levels. I love a good challenge, rising to meet it and overcome it, and show the individuals who have challenged me that I’m better than they ever dreamed.

    When I found out as a child that boys were supposed to be better at some things than girls, I took that as a challenge. Spatial orientation? Math? Ha. Can you say “car-tris?” So, you can’t do it, eh?

    Boy did they ever make a sublime mistake. I don’t know whether to be grateful to them, or to pity them. Perhaps a bit of both. “thanks, you poor bastard.”

    I had so much fun this weekend. I’m so glad I got to tag along! As soon as my brain comes back online, I’ve got some stories to write.

  2. gailmomon 23 Jun 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I am so relieved to hear this was as good an expereince as you had hoped it would be. *happy sigh* i love it when those I love are having fun. 🙂
    Looking forward to hearing all about it!
    drive safe

  3. Joe Sherryon 24 Jun 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I hope you do come back next year. I can’t say that I remember everything you said on the New Writers panel, but I do remember that I was interested in your (specifically and collectively) perspective.