So far so good in Madison, Wisconsin! WisCon35 is humming along, and I’m enjoying it more than I really expected. Not a huge fan of the town itself so far, but we’ll see.
Spent some time in the “Gathering,” a sort of communal space of misfit events; a clothing swap (appeared to be entirely women’s clothing, alas), a fiber craft circle (no empty chairs or we would have joined for our respective craftings), tarot readings and other crafty things. Also, a large expanse of “Advance Uncorrected Proof” books, available for a $1 donation to the con charity. Picked up some intriguing titles:
The Avian Gospels Books I and II, by Adam Novy.
The Life of Polycrates and Other Stories for Antiquated Children by Brendan Connell.
The Techno-Human Condition, by Braden R. Allenby and Daniel Sarewitz.
The Lust for Blood: Why We Are Fascinated by Death, Murder, Horror, and Violence, by Jeffrey A. Kottler.
Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocalypse, by DeAnna Knippling and Dave Savelli.
Also put down a bid on a silent auction item, an “Advance Uncorrected Copy” of Dreadnaught, by Cherie Preist. Who knows if I’ll win, but I intend to keep an eye on it and try if the price stays reasonable. Plus, it’s for charity.
Picked up a few bangles to paracraft with in the dealer room, and got to talking to one of the editors of a peer-reviewed scholarly journal; much networking and discussion was had, and I’m hoping it was the beginning of a long-term relationship. Very exciting!
Attended a panel on moderating panels (how meta!), which was very interesting. Now resting before hitting the party floor (but not too hard – it’s only the first night).