After last night's hilarity, didn't manage to get up and dressed until lunchtime. Rather than breakfasting alone as I have been doing, I decided to go to the convention and maybe find someone to lunch with (but I'm not dumb -- I set a firm deadline of 1pm or I would eat alone rather than getting stupider and stupider). It was pretty cold this morning so I decided to take my car rather than make the 10-15 minute walk to the convention center.
At the con I didn't see anyone I knew until I ran into jaylake by the Night Shade table in the dealers' room. He and I and lasirenadolce wound up at an extremely plain-spoken diner, where despite the place's complete lack of character we heard words like "counterfactual" drifting across the divider from the diners on the other side. It was Gordon van Gelder and Jacob Weisman. Walking back from lunch, we ran into many other people from the convention including Esther Friesner.
Got back to the con and hung my coat in the coat room. Because I had been walking to the con every day so far, I wrote DON'T FORGET YOUR CAR on a business card and stuck it in my hatband. (It worked.)
By this time it was just at the end of the Shimmer reading, but I headed up to that room anyway in hopes of spotting maryrobinette. I did spot her, but only just, as the Shimmer crew were just clearing away in favor of the Inferno anthology reading, edited and introduced by Ellen Kushner. matociquala was among those reading so I hung around for that. And she was also reading in the following hour, with the Waste Lands anthology edited and introduced by John Joseph Adams (slushgod). Lots of good stories in those two anthologies.
I'd been planning to go to klages's reading at 4pm, but by then I was pretty much reading-ed out so I headed for a panel. But on the way there I was dragooned by zellandyne to go into the dealers' room and look at shinies. This reminded me that I already had a Laurie Edison earring, which I'd forgotten I had with me, so I put it on. While waiting for zellandyne to decide whether or not to buy a necklace I struck up a conversation with her friend davidjwilliams, who had managed to avoid being lynched by the Clarion West class of 2006 despite the fact that he sold three novels to Bantam in the first week of the workshop (the first one comes out in May). Nice guy!
After the orgy of jewelry-buying concluded (well, okay, maybe just a tryst), davidjwilliams, zellandyne, and I set off in search of dinner. But on the way out of the hotel we encountered slushgod, arcaedia, and others on their way to the Orbit party at a nearby pub. It turned out to be an invite-only party, but we were allowed in anyway. Loud loud loud, but free drinks, snacks, and books, so we hung out until they started clearing people out for the dinner crowd. We wound up adding two other people (um, wow,it was only a couple hours ago but the names have already fled) for dinner at some nearby Indian place. Turns out all five of us were Clarion grads, ranging from 1988 to 2006.
Back to the con. I meant to go up to the Tor party but my throat rebelled at the thought of coping with the noise. I'm also having more problems than usual hearing in those crowds -- maybe my ears are stuffed. Anyway, I spent the rest of the evening hanging out on the ground level of the hotel, drifting from the green room where I chatted with damascene and others, to the lobby where I hung out with Pat Rothfuss and new friend tltrent and saw tinaconnolly for the first time this con, to the bar (and the emergency overflow bar that the hotel cleverly set up nearby) where I was offered single malt by suricattus, which I accepted, and a seat by klages, which I declined. Long con, tired now.
Got back to my room and changed the clocks, after which I could say I left the con before midnight. (But then I blew it by staying up to write this.)