After taking our photo, he introduced us to Michael Swanwick and his sweet wife Maryanne who together gave this fantastic reading, after which Michael Swanwick gave another reading of the first chapter of his unpublished book - he signed a few copies and gave them out and you better believe that Jared and I grabbed one. I was so inspired by his reading that I sat down in the hallway and wrote about a thousand words of a story that has been bumping around in my head for a while but didn't have the proper lube to work it's way out.
Then Jared and I met up with a filmmaker friend, Chris, and we made each other laugh for years and we talked about ice cream and freak shows and homeschooling and what it's like to be a child genius who travels around the world playing the violin.
On Sunday I was on a lovely panel about blogs with a bunch of people who are very funny who have been friends for years. They thought I was funny and laughed at all of my terrible jokes, which is always an excellent feeling.
That evening, we got to go to Michael and Maryanne Swanwicks extraordinary house of wonders for a lovely party with very generous hosts. At this party, I got to meet Tom Purdom who is may be the nicest man in science fiction. He gave me his badge, as a gift to "a young author" which I wore for hours that night. (Apparently, at science fiction conventions, people used to trade badges at the end of the convention, attempting to "trade up". ) It is now sitting on my mantle in a place of honor. I got to hear stories about Issac Asimov from people who have met him and from a lady whose ass he once touched at an awards ceremony. I got to hear the most incredible place to have sex, which was told to me in confidence, so I cannot repeat it, but I shall say it is awesome and involves parades. Also, I got to see Hugo's up close (yes, multiple Hugos!) and it was just as awesome as I thought it would be.
For photos, and a less fangirlish description of events, as well as a photo of me that really, honest to god, looks like me, go here: http://kylecassidy.livejournal.com/466975.html