March 18th, 2013

wrennkeith

my Sunday feeling

So after all my pissing and moaning about Lunacon, they went and put on a decent convention. Attendance was still way too fucking low, but I'm pretty sure they improved on last year's (awful) numbers, which is the opposite of what I expected. I was particularly pleased to see a larger-than-expected contingent of younger folks, which is what the con desperately needs.

They also announced that next year's Author GoH is Jonathan Maberry, who is a phenomenal choice. They just need to fix the programming problems, as they had snafus up the wazoo for the second year in a row, and this year was categorically worse. That seriously needs to be fixed.

From my POV, I sold some books and some Boogie Knights CDs, my panels were all well attended (the Doctor Who panel and Eye of Argon reading were especially fantastic), and a half dozen people came for my reading, where I regaled them with "Catch and Release," one of the stories from Tales from Dragon Precinct.

The sad part is that there were no fewer than four memorials at the con: for Danny Lieberman, for jan howard finder (a.k.a. Wombat), for Josepha Sherman, and for Bill Harrison. The technical term for this is "sucky." Also: fuck cancer.

I plan to spend tomorrow vegging, as is my wont following a con, and then going to karate for one final time before the black belt promotion commences on Wednesday. One of the other things I did this weekend was write my essay, which we all have to do. I also have to bear down on The Project That Cannot Be Named (Yet) and some editorial work. Wheeee!

I'm exhausted. I should probably go to bed.....
  • Current Music
    "Post Last" by Jethro Tull
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Monday music: Glen Velez tambourine solo

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing percussionist Glen Velez perform several solos, most of them involving various frame drums. As a percussionist myself, I was in hog heaven and really had a blast at the show.

Here's a sample of the type of thing he did when I saw him last week, in this case on a blue tambourine:

  • Current Music
    "Budapest" by Jethro Tull