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Sitting here in the business centre, determined to keep my vow to make at least one entry a day for six months. Booya.

Here's one of the secrets I've been having to keep for a while. Not the BIG COOL news, but news that is both big and cool. Along with Peter Straub, I have been chosen to be Guest of Honor at next year's Readercon, which will be Readercon 23. Peter, from the beginning of my career, has been a great friend and an invaluable mentor, and not only am I honoured to have been chosen to be Geuest of Honour next year, I'm honoured all the more to have been chosen to be Guest of Honor with Peter. Because bow ties are cool. Actually, I'm not sure Peter wears bowties, but I would, if I had one. Anyway, it fell to Peter and me to choose next year's Memorial Guest of Honour, and we chose Shirley Jackson. It would have been almost impossible to have chosen anyone else.

There much else to report. There was an impromptu reading of 7 from The Drowning Girl: A Memoir in mine and Spooky's room late last night, and almost everyone who, at last year's Readercon, helped me to work out the novel and save it from my frustration, was present: Sonya Taaffe, Greer Gilman, Geoffrey Goodwin, Michael Cisco, and Gemma Files. It was a practice reading for my actual reading at 11 ayem today.

Usually, of course, I'm still asleep at 11 ayem. So, it was a challenge to get up and dressed and conscious in time. The greater challenge was putting myself in the emotional space to read a very emotional chapter. But it went very, very well. I used my iPod to listen to Death cab for Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" - to which so much of the book was written - and it took me back to Imp. It was, for me, one of the most intense readings I've ever done. It almost felt as if I were acting.

Anyway, I ought to sign off. Please forgive any typos. I'll fix them Sunday night, perhaps.

In Burlington,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-07-15 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations! On GoH status AND the reading.

Date: 2011-07-15 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great all around, and Jackson as memorial is perfect!

I haven't been to Readercon since I moved from Somerville to Berkeley, but now I think I'll start socking away some dough for a cross-country trip next year.

Date: 2011-07-18 05:56 am (UTC)
rosefox: The Readercon logo flipped to read R F. (readercon)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
Woo! Will you let me inflict program participation on you?

Date: 2011-07-18 05:59 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-15 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fantastic! Thank you for that bit of news about next year's fabulous guests of honor--I will be sure to be there!

Date: 2011-07-16 12:44 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-16 01:58 am (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Along with Peter Straub, I have been chosen to be Guest of Honor at next year's Readercon, which will be Readercon 23.

This really does make me happy.

Date: 2011-07-16 03:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How wonderful for you to be the guest of honor with your mentor and friend! I hope you have fun at this years readercon and enjoy the air conditioning.

Date: 2011-07-16 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The reading was a success. Angela Carter would be proud!
Edited Date: 2011-07-16 07:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Alt!Scotty)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats to you and Peter! And now I kind of want to see you in a bowtie.

Date: 2011-07-16 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I graduated from Bennington College, and every year in honor of "The Lottery" people would leave rocks outside the Jennings Mansion.

Date: 2011-07-16 10:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deakat
Congratulations! I was lamenting my absence from Readercon and already making plans for the next when I read the news elsewhere. Next year in Burlington!

Date: 2011-07-18 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The reading was utterly brilliant. Thank you.

Date: 2011-07-18 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did a portrait of Peter Straub avec le bow tie. It's here ( And it's pretty swank.

Congrats on the GOH!


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