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I did not go up Friday night, as none of the panels grabbed me. To be fair, I was mostly judging books by their covers as it were, and only checking the details of a panel if the title caught my interest. It worked reasonably well.

Once again, I managed to end up at a panel without realizing one of the GoH's was on it. In this case, it was "Magic in the Big City" with Jim Butcher, Lesley Livingston, and Kelley Armstrong. It was an interesting and entertaining hour, mostly for the author anecdotes and sidebars about writing process and the strange coincidences that seem to go hand in hand with writing urban fantasy/paranormal.

Both Saturday and Sunday had me thinking "where IS everybody?" Maybe my perception has been skewed by WorldCon/WFC/Arisia, but it just seemed lightly attended. Maybe it was just because the group I've come to think of as "the usual AdAstra cosplay suspects" wasn't there. I don't know.

It did mean that when I finally caught up with a writer friend, we were able to crash on a couch and chat for two hours without feeling like we were in the way or hogging the comfy seating. Bonus.

I have to stop trusting the Weather Network. Seriously. Their forecasts have been crap for weeks now. We never hit the advertised daily high, and the wind forecast today was utterly wrong. Frustrating, when you really want to believe in Spring and not lug the winter jacket around (no coat check, alas).

Panels, the short short version:

Saturday:
10am - Alternate Canadian Histories
11am - Creating Successful Alternate Histories
12pm - Magic in the Big City
1 - 2 pm - Lunch, at the understaffed hotel resto
2pm - You Must Finish
3pm - Timmie's run + curled up in a chair to do some work on my #FierceFamily story. (Taking that "you must finish" advice to heart!)
4pm - 7pm - Long catch-up chat and commute home with writer-friend (we usually only see each other 2 or 3 times a year, despite both living downtown).

Sunday:
11am - Writing Beyond Your Boundaries (partly)
12pm - Drowning Out Distractions
1pm - Things Your Editor Needs to Know
2pm - Form versus Function in Steampunk


That last one, Form versus Function in Steampunk, was an interesting dialogue mostly between steampunkers from an aesthetic/costuming perspective, along with one of the other GoH's - Stephen Hunt - moderating/facilitating. Not what I expected, and VERY lightly attended, but still interesting. No notes from this one, as my tendonitis was being aggravated by writing long-hand (because of how I hold the notebook with my left hand while scribbling without a table, apparently).

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