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Readercon recap sorta kinda not really

Because I’m too tired. Seriously. I got in this afternoon, ate a late lunch/early dinner, unpacked, and lay down for a few minutes. That was three hours ago (I was having the most delightfully surreal lucid dream when stupid husband woke me up). I’ve regained consciousness for a short time in order to do some things but bedtime is looming. And I’m probably going to be too busy to do any kind of recap the rest of this week, because every day three hour lectures omg

So instead let me just say that my first Readercon was awesome. My roommate (Natalie Luhrs) was awesome. My readings were awesome; I read with awesome people and awesome people attended and listened. I went to other awesome readings where awesome people read awesome things. The panels I went to were awesome. I met new awesome friends and had awesome food and awesome drinks with them. We had an awesome makeup and nail polish room party/SparklePonyCupcakeCon (there will be more). We crashed a wedding dance party in the bar and made it significantly more awesome. I danced in these boots and did not fall down, which was awesome:


I stayed up until around four in the morning talking and drinking with more awesome people, and the talk and the drinks were correspondingly awesome. And then my friend Sam Miller took the Shirley Jackson award in the short story category for “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides”, which is so goddamn awesome.

And I managed to pick up my copy of this.




Ultimately, what was awesome about this weekend was how much I needed it. For the last month or so I’ve been feeling increasingly incompetent and incapable of dealing with things, and being with people and talking to people made me feel worthwhile again. It made me feel like I could do things and not be terrible at them. So to everyone who was welcoming to me, who was kind, who came up and said hi, who let me latch onto them for dinner or drinks or breakfast, who partied with and talked with me, thank you so much, because what you did was perhaps more meaningful than you realized at the time.

Then again, maybe you knew.

See you all next year. Some of you hopefully much sooner than that.

My #Readercon schedule

This isn’t going to be terribly involved, because I’m not technically on the program and am not doing much in an official capacity. Nevertheless, I will be there, and I have a couple of readings.

Friday 3 pm: Group Long Hidden reading (Embrace room)
Order (at the moment) is Sofia Samatar, Claire Humphrey, Ken Liu, me, Michael Janairo, Sarah Pinsker, Sabrina Vourvoulias. It’s a quite a lineup.

Friday 9 pm: Group Circlet Press reading (Embrace room) – still not sure who all will be there, but it should be awesome. I have a story in the upcoming anthology Flesh Made Word, the theme of which is erotic fiction about writing itself. I may read from that, or from “Catch and Release”, which is in Fantastic Erotica: The Best of Circlet Press 2008 – 2012. It’s been a long time since I did an erotica reading. Hopefully I can get through it without blushing profusely.

Saturday 9 pm – midnight: Long Hidden party (Envision room) – Celebrating the entire anthology. A ton of us will be there. Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.

And I’ll just generally be around and about. This is my first Readercon; can’t wait to see old friends and make new ones.