I overslept the alarm, and we got out of the house later than I wanted to.
We were about 10 minutes late for the Potions class Bunny had to teach. But the kids were waiting for us. We announced the house-elves had been disciplined. And she did the gumdrop experiment while I measured out the Unicorn Mucus and Dragon Bone Powder for the Gack. Both experiments were huge hits, and the kids got to take the Flubber/Gack home.
She wore her Slytherin costume and I'd done her hair in 2 braids, making her look young and to give it the Galadriel wave later. She entered the Hall Costume competition.
I didn't have anything until 4 and Bunny wanted to stay for the cartooning class.
I roamed a while and then went to the "Turn the Other Chick" panel. Hysterical. Esther Friesner is a six kinds of fun and Lee Martindale is even more. Selina from Yard Dog press is personality plus.
I went to Lee's reading. She read "Combat Shopping" from Turn the Other Chick
and her new one that's coming out in International House of Bubbas
. I laughed so hard she Stopped the reading to remind me to breathe
. Afterward, I explained why and it was my turn to remind her to breathe.
Afterward, Esther let me fangirl her for a minute. Squee.
We got some lunch in the con suite and went to the art show. sidewinder
, I know at least one of your pieces sold outright and 3-5 others had bids. I hope it was a good con. (I, um, pimped you a bit)
The dealer's room was pretty tiny next to MWC, and mostly books and sparklies. 1 T-shirt purveyor, 1 button shop. I immediately noticed a major difference, and asked Bunny. She said "More jewelry booths." I said "No, it just looks like it since the room is smaller. MWC alwyas has at least 4 jewelry booths." Then it hit her. "No zines. No mugs or zines or mousepads or media stuff."
The number of men at the con freaked us both out all weekend.
I caught the first half hour of Luke Ski's concert. Then I had to go to my panel on "The Librarian as Science Fictional hero." I have plot bunnies. And my Bunny got hauled up to be a back-up dancer for one of the numbers in the concert. I am sad to have missed it.
I just had time to change out of my "Obscene Corellian Wedding Flower Shirt" (hibiscus) and into my elegant black jumpsuit before the banquet. That went off without a hitch. I was eating by 5:15. Salad and steamed beans and carrots, chicken, lasagna, rolls and pecan pie. Excellent. I was back with the paranormal Romance ladies: Elizabeth Donald (http://elizabethdonald.com/
) (I really want to read Nocturnal Urges
it took Best Novella in the Darrells), Alicia Sparks (http://www.aliciasparks.com
), who writes for Ellora's Cave, and Ricky Mallory who writes for Harlequin as Mallory Kane (http://www.intrigueauthors.com/kane-bio.html
) on the Intrigue imprint. It was great fun.
Elizabeth and I were up for Darrells and kinda clutched each others' hands at times. The nerves set in. She won for novela, and I got Honorable Mention for the Short Story. I don't mind losing to "Elvis in the attic" because the except was just wonderful and hilarious! They wouldn't read from mine. "Prey" is available from http://www.torquerepress.com
Then we had to get Bunny ready for the Masquerade. She changed clothes, and we played with the spirit gum, only to find out I'd left the base at home. I took some of the jaundice pallor off her eartips with blush and we called it good.
If she'd had a dollar for every person who'd asked for pictures, she'd have had enough to buy the dragon sculpture she wanted, plus the fairy print.
Finally met ellabel
. She's cute in a priest's collar, but I was expecting shoulder length hair, not waistlength.
The prejudging went for 2 hours, ad I got into a game of "Munchkin" from Steve Jackson. It's fun, easy and I didn't win, but had a good time. Bunny wandered off so I sent Elvis (whom i know from SCA) who was working Security to look for her in the opposite direction that I headed.
The Masquerade is always good, and it went pretty well. The Great Luke Ski performed while the judges made their final decisions. Which was a good way to distract the audience. The Fanboy Christmas Medly was a hoot.
The Little Shop of Horrors team took Group Presentation, which was not unexpected. They were good. Amidala in the TPM award ceremony robe took Best SF recreation. And Bunny got both Best Recreation-Fantasy (which has a paid admission to next year's con) and Best Hall Costume (which had a nice ribbon and rosette) She now has 3 certificates and a caricature to frame and hang on her wall. (the third is a thankyou from the kiddos)
Afterward, I got to fangirl Michael Scheard. I got kissed on the cheek by Admiral Ozzel! Eat your hearts out, Sith Chicks! I will have pics of Bunny and of him with us when I finish the roll.
Bunny went to the dance with Marcus, whom she'd met that afternoon, and I went filking. Luke performed the song he WON'T be doing at Celebration 3, because they couldn't work him in. Their loss. Imagine Lucas plagarizing Grease
She wasn't at the dance when I went to get her. Another APB on Galadriel. I was ready to send out the 501st and wouldn't that be a photo op?
But we're home, safe and sound.
I'm going to bed, as I have to work tmorrow and Daylight Savings time whacked off an hour of sleep.