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Because I really didn't want to title this Readercon 22 (III), and I've just awakened from a nap of cataclysmic proportions, despite having slept in the broiling car on the way back from Burlington to Providence. If title must be explained, that's why. I am home, with another Shirley Jackson Award stone to sit upon my shelf. But what matters is I am home.

Shirley Jackson understood the importance of coming home. Eleanor and Merricat, they knew how precious is home.

Still, it was good to see so many people I so rarely get to see, those other authors, those editors and publishers, those others who are dear to me and whom I so very rarely ever get to see. You know who you are. That said, I am no person for crowds. Likely as not, I could go many more months and never find myself in another crowd of human beings and be pleased. I am exhausted, and I need to be alone, just me and Spooky, and, occasionally, the visitation of a friend or two.

I was good this year, and bought only three books: two used hardbacks – Herbert's God Emperor of Dune and LeGuin's The Compass Rose: Short Stories – along with a copy of Kelly Link's Magic for Beginners. Even so, and even though we were frugal, the cost of the con (I kept a careful tally), came to $606.49. My thanks to Stephen Lubold and Cliff Miller, without whose generosity we couldn't have attended.

Though I did three panels this year, I'm fairly certain the first and the third (this afternoon) were precisely the same panel. Certainly, we said most of the same things this afternoon that were said on Friday.

Regardless, I am home, where there is no AC, and only two bearable rooms (and I am not writing this from either of them). I am facing a mountain of work that should have been done two weeks ago, and which must be done despite the heat. The weathermen say this coming week will be the hottest of the summer for us. But, even so, I'm glad to be home.

Here again,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-07-17 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Folks really like to put people into categories and neatly labeled boxes, and they get all confused and annoyed when those people either jump out of the boxes or refuse to be categorized in the first place. I'm probably guilty of that, too, but I try not to be. Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction are all genres of writing. Writers are writers.

Date: 2011-07-18 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
Much as I enjoyed the con, I am so glad that it is over. I wand to crawl under a nice cool rock for a while.

Date: 2011-07-18 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes. A nice cool rock, exactly.

Date: 2011-07-18 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the award, and I'll hope the weatherman is wrong in your favor.

Date: 2011-07-18 03:11 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Thought of you while reading people's Readercon updates. So it's been well covered without you doing in-depth bloggage. Glad you're home, hope you got to hug nice people while at the con.

Now if only we could have Superman freeze a lake and drop it on you, THAT might cool you off...

Date: 2011-07-18 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
I am exhausted, and I need to be alone, just me and Spooky, and, occasionally, the visitation of a friend or two.

I am very, very glad you were there.

And yes: I am going to hibernate now.

Date: 2011-07-18 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
Yesterday I randomly saw the same pickle T-shirt coming out of the grocery store. The rage is sweeping the country.

Sounds like you had a good con.

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