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Monday, March 7, 2011

#Potlatch20 Rundown

This has been a rather crazed March for my family and I. Not only did I attend Potlatch for the first time ever, but my Aunt attended the Big Sur Writer's Workshop! I'm so happy and proud of her! I really hope great things come of it.

As I'm sure great things will of Potlatch!

Friday began very well. I met Micah and a few other folks as I wandered in and out of the consuite. I ended up in a very heated discussion among fans about mystery writers. Fascinating!! Having been a fan for so long myself (I even attend ConJose as a fan), it was truly something to be on the other side. Illuminating.

I met up with Miss Amy and her friend Diana, who I had met once before. We spent the evening chatting with Jeremy, of Night Shade Books, mostly about family but a little about business. Really a great start to the con!

On Saturday I had my workshop group! We met under the guidance of David D. Levine, who gave us sound advice about what to take, and what to leave, and insightful critiques. We read work by Emily Jiang, K.G. Anderson and Chris Reynaga. All of it I loved! It was very exciting!

I also attended a few panels. What makes Potlatch unique is that it is focused on a book of honor, instead of a guest. This year the pick was George R. Stewart's Earth Abides. Love love love this book, as I've mentioned, so the panels piqued my interest.

Got to spend more time talking with Amy, and then hear about FOGCon from Vylar Kaftan, a recent Nebula Nominee. If you haven't met Vylar, do! She is professional, friendly, diplomatic and very, very knowledgeable. Incidentally, she's also the chair of FOGCon! Woohoo!

Sunday turned out to be very lowkey. We attended Potlatch's birthday party, and then Amy and I caught a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie. It was a lovely weekend.


  1. Sounds like you had lots of fun! I'll have to put Earth Abides on my reading list, whichever I'll make it through some day. :)

  2. Haha, I hear you!! I'm 20-some books deep at the moment. Gulp! But it is a classic, and also a very easy read :)