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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 02:27 pm
I’m safely back from [livejournal.com profile] redemption_con; the journeys were totally straightforward and the trains were on time there and back.

I enjoyed the convention. Numbers seemed down (if you like a fan-run convention do go along to Redemption in 2019, it runs better with more people) and the convention over-organised for the numbers (at times there were nine streams of events), but that didn’t bother me. I just went along to what appealed to me and dodged anything that didn’t.

I spent a lot of time with [personal profile] legionseagle and [personal profile] julesjones over the weekend, and with various other people whose LJ and DW names I have forgotten. Much gossip was gossed.

Guests were Dr Lynette Nusbacher, Steve Lycett , Miranda Gower-Qian, Thalia Evans and David Wake. Probably you’ve never heard of any of them, I had only heard of Dr Lynette who is one of the presenters of the wargame TV show “Time Commanders”. She was lovely, though I didn’t go to any of her talks she was very nice and approachable when out and about and she always wears lovely clothes, which she told me mostly come from TK Maxx.

The only complaint I heard about the food offerings in the restaurant was from the two people I know who can’t cope with spices. All the cheap restaurant meals (Chinese, Indian and Mexican) were not suitable for them. But they had the option of pizzas in the bar, though one person did mention that it was a bit same-y to have a plain pizza two nights running. I liked the desserts on the cheap restaurant meals, the fudge cake was yummy, and they were quite happy to supply cream if asked.

One night I had the New York hot dog pizza and that was very nice, though I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so physically hot for some reason, and hot cheese is a really hot thing when you bite into it.

The carvery baps were very good, decent portions, as were the sandwich bar options.

Breakfasts were adequate mass catering, though I liked the fact that they were frying eggs practically on demand.

Other things: yes, some of the panels were under attended, but I put that down to the convention being somewhat under attended overall and the sometimes nine streams meaning that people were spread a bit thin. The panels I attended went off well, even if there weren’t that many there. I thought six streams would be fine for the number we had attending, with room to expand it if more sign up.

I forgot about slash Pictionary. I’d have been there if I’d remembered.

One thing I would like to see for Redemption 19 is a slash/adult stream as there’s no general slash con (that I know of) being run in the UK currently.
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Monday, March 28th, 2016 06:18 pm
Am back from Mancunicon, and setting down with drinks of choice and cuddles from my kitty, whom I missed far more than I had reason to given that she was being properly cared for by [personal profile] aunty_marion.

Had a great time, much gossip was gossed, costumes were worn, drink taken and fun had.
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Sunday, October 25th, 2015 05:12 pm
I am back from Nottingham, where I was attending the British Fantasy Convention. I had a great time, saw some excellent panels and met a gaggle of writers and people who teach writing. I attended with my friend Anna Smith-Spark (@annalibitina on Twitter), whom I know from work. When I worked of course.

My only quibble was the choice of people on the panels. I get that it’s largely an event for writers and aspiring writers, but I got mildly tired of hearing people say something along the lines of, “When I wrote my book [name of book] I did [this awesome thing].” I know that a lot of the people who attend are there to sell their book, but really? Is it necessary to hammer it home that hard?

@annalibitina did not over sell her book in the panel that she was on (she has an agent, though not a publishing deal – yet) though the reading she did was the best I heard and made me want to read her book properly. Also from discussions I had with her, I think she and [personal profile] legionseagle would get on a storm. Not that they’re writing the same type of book, because they’re totally not, but their politics mesh very well, and their views of fantasy as a genre.

Anna is concerned that she doesn’t end up with fans who miss the point of her book (“Death! Death! Death!”) and don’t realise that she’s playing with the trope.

Sadly, she can’t make Eastercon – but maybe I can get them to meet up for lunch sometime.

I gather the next British Fantasy Convention will be in Scarborough. A tidy step from where I live. And will be in September, which is also a bit close to my gaming event. We’ll see how my finances bear up, too.
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Saturday, September 19th, 2015 12:55 pm
SF/F friends - do any of you want a membership for Mancunicon? It's the 67th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon, to be held over the Easter weekend, 25-28 March 2016 in Manchester.

A friend's daughter can't go and is looking to sell hers.
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 12:32 pm
I’ve been a bit quiet recently; this isn’t because I’ve been busy, just that I’ve been idle. I’ve been commenting, but not posting.

Not working is still good; I’ve had a few wobbly days, but I’m always a bit wobbly between the middle of March and the beginning of May in any given year, because that’s when my father was suffering his final illness in 1997, and I seem to have some species of PTSD about the whole thing. I start off every day fine, and get progressively worse as the day passes, ending with being unable to sleep because of racing thoughts.

I just lie in bed and wait for the it to pass, which took ages last night at least partly due to the fact that we had high winds which seemed to make things worse. I was so restless Smokey gave up on me and went to sleep in the living room.

Good news

In good news, though, I’m going out tonight with my friend Dave to see The Enid at a venue called the Union Chapel. It’s a Congregationalist church in Islington which also doubles as a gig venue. Strange. I’m looking forward to it, because I haven’t seen The Enid since we went to see them in Birmingham a few years ago.

Other good news

In other good news, my ex-colleague from the former Employer of Doom, Anna Smith-Spark (@annalibitina on Twitter) got in touch. She’s been writing a novel called “The Court of the Broken Knives”, and has finally finished it. Almost immediately she started touting it around, and has found an agent.

I’m impressed but not astonished, Anna is a very intelligent person with plenty of enthusiasm, and I’d read the first part of the draft of the novel, and it’s good. It’s a bit dark for me, Anna writes what I believe is known as ‘grimdark’ and I tend to like the cuddly end of fantasy, but it is good.

She also suggested that she might like to go along to the Fantasy Convention due to be held in Nottingham in October, but didn’t want to go alone. So I, still sore about having missed out on Redemption in February due to that blasted cold, said I’d go with her. And we’re going – all booked and everything. Well, except for the cat sitter, which can wait a bit as I need to book my trip to Wales in August.

I suspect that the Fantasy Convention is almost entirely about books and I’m used to media conventions where the emphasis is on film and TV. So this should be an interesting comparison. Roll on October!
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 11:48 pm
Tragedy has struck - I'm not going to be able to make Redemption. I've come down with a cold, and attending a convention with a cold is no fun, plus travelling with a cold sucks like a sucky thing.

I'm heartbroken. Please cheer me up.
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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 09:33 am
Everyone who's going to WorldCon enjoy yourselves and tell us all about it.

I'm going to a different event, as previously advertised and I will have a fine time, but I will miss you all.
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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 03:36 pm
As some of you know, I went to [livejournal.com profile] redemption_con over the weekend.

I had an absolutely splendid time, overall. The journey up went well, which is always a good start to any convention, because it meant I didn't arrive hassled to death. The second good thing was that I remembered to book my dinner on arrival rather than going hungry then wondering what had happened as I'm inclined to do.

WiFi worked in the hotel, which was excellent even if the number of geeks meant it ran slow some of the time.

I arrived in time to attend a talk on skeptics (the k is intentional, despite not being British spelling) at the convention, which covered issues of most interest to skeptics. My only point at this discussion was to raise the issue of mental illness. Long con review-ish thing if you click through )

Conventions in the future

And finally, I'm signed up for two conventions over the next couple of years – the first is the Eastercon next year, Satellite 4, which will be in Glasgow and Redemption 2015, which is planned to be in Coventry in February 2015. They'll give me something to look forward to.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 11:40 pm
I got back from Olympus 2012 this morning and spent the rest of the day resting and catching up with my TV.

I had a great time and am looking forward to the next event, which as far as conventions are concerned I think may be the World Fantasy Convention due to be held in Brighton next November. That looks as if it should be a fun event.
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Monday, February 28th, 2011 12:44 pm
I'm back from [livejournal.com profile] redemption_con. Met lots of fascinating people, and spent far too little time with all of them. Now going to rest what passes for my brain and watch some more Boston Legal.
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Monday, May 24th, 2010 05:06 pm
I'm posting this on behalf of the organiser. Please email her directly with any
questions: <mailto:rosemary.wild@virgin.net>, though if it's to ask if it's a good event, take it from me, it is.

Permission given to forward this post to any appropriate Yahoo Group, LiveJournal or Dreamwidth Community

CLOSET CON 2010 - a Kirk/Spock and multi-fandom slash convention

AUGUST 13th - AUGUST 15th

Leicester, UK

UPDATE

Closet Con's programme is taking shape )