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15 October 2012 @ 02:55 pm
Ocotocon 2012  

The weekend was spent at Octocon, which went very, very well, I thought. I finally got to meet Liz Williams, of whom I’ve been a fan for years and an LJ-correspondent for–well, fewer years. :) She’s a lovely woman, and it was absolutely fantastic to get to hang out with her a bit. I shanghaied her on to at least one, possibly two, panels, and I thought not only they, but all the others, went fairly well. Also, I apparently said something brilliant during one of them (or at least, our moderator thought so). I do wish I could remember what I’d said. :)

I managed to catch up with several people, although inevitably I didn’t get to talk with at least as many. I mean, I sat down by Maura McHugh at the panel we were on together and said, “At least I’ll get to talk to you during the panel!” and then indeed, it proved to in fact be pretty much the only time we talked during the con. But I suppose that’s a sign of success in itself, when you’re sufficiently busy that you don’t really get to talk to everyone you’d like to.

But! The con seemed very well organized, really rebounding from the chaos of a few years earlier, so I’m utterly delighted for and by the con runners, and it seemed a good time was had all around. I look forward to next year’s convention!

(x-posted from the essential kit)

The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 15th, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad to hear that Octocon is now so much better than the shambles of when we last went. We used to be regular attenders - indeed, it was a Maynooth Octocon where we sidled up to you and Ted and asked if you wouldn't mind our presence during breakfast.

(It's nice to know that bit of totally-uncharacteristic pushiness on our part came out well.)

I think the last one we attended was on O'Connell Street. After that one, we couldn't really justify to ourselves the cost in both time and money, but it'd be nice to consider it for next year.
kitmizkit on October 15th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
The one on O'Connell Street was an unmitigated disaster, and, I would say, the nadir. I think they've been pulling themselves up by their bootstraps since, and, since I didn't go to last year's and have no comparison, I would say this is the first year since that it has felt genuinely well-organized and properly Con-Like. I'm pleased with the resurrection they've done!

I had in fact been thinking over the weekend that it was Maynooth where we'd met!
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on October 15th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you got to meet Liz!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on October 16th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
Yes. Liz is lovely. And also financially dangerous, when she lurks behind a stall and sells you stuff. Whether that's as likely in Dublin, I doubt, but I'd still be careful.
Catherine: pointsharpwords on October 15th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Is it the Heroism & Stoicism panel you're talking about? Because I remember you got a massive round of applause for something in that... though I can't remember why in particular. Sorry.

Liz Williams was brilliant - I got to chat to her at the Dead Dog today. In fact, apart from maybe two, all the panels I went to were pretty damn good (and I went to a lot).

Thanks for signing my Kindle case again! :)
mevennenmevennen on October 16th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
It was the H and T panel and I can't remember what it was either!

It was lovely to meet you, too - I am so glad that we got the chance at last. I thought it was a great convention - a lovely bunch of people and very well organised. It's my first Octocon so I have nothing to compare it with.
kitmizkit on October 16th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I remember what I was talking about in the H&S panel, but not what I said that was so clever! Oh well. :)

I too am so very glad to have finally met you in person. I love meeting my net friends in real life. :)