Just a quick update from Renovation before I crash for the night.
We left Provo pretty early–about 6:30, actually–and met up with Eric in Eagle Mountain. The drive to Reno was pretty long, but we had some awesome geeky conversations along the way. My favorite: how to successfully conduct an alien invasion.
So we rolled into town around 4:30, dropped our stuff off at the hotel, and hiked down to the convention center to register and wander around aimlessly until finding people we knew. At least, that’s what I did, and even though it’s a big con (about 4k to 5k people) it didn’t take long to run into a bunch of writing friends from Utah. The cool part: they had cornered Moshe Feder and were having a delightful conversation with him. Awesome guy, Moshe Feder. Very gracious and fun to talk with.
After that, I went with the gang to Tachyon Press’s panel. It was pretty good; a little dry, but still interesting. Kristy is really hoping to land an editing job with one of these companies, so she was more into it than I was, though I did ask a few questions about epublishing. I asked Moshe too, and my general vibe is that people in the traditional system are still in a “wait and see” mode.
So then we all went to IHOP, which was fun; it was good to catch up a bit, as well as relax and enjoy some good food. I went back to the con alone and browsed the freebie tables a bit, but there didn’t seem to be too much happening other than parties for the various committees trying to get their city voted for next year’s Worldcon. However, there seem to be a lot of movies showing in the late evening hours here (something I haven’t seen at a con before), so in the future I’ll have to try that out too. In any case, it was a pretty relaxing and uneventful evening.
Tomorrow is PACKED, though, and by packed I mean there’s waaay too much stuff going on for me to hit it all. But out of all those, the one panel that I absolutely WILL attend is “Making It As a Writer” with Dean Wesley Smith, among others. That one looks fascinating.
Other than that, I don’t have much to say. The convention is just getting started, so there’s not a whole lot to report…yet. I’ll keep you posted as the good stuff happens. In the meantime, sleeeeeep.