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In brief:

Friday night:
* AE SciFi party, with cake!

Saturday:
* Late start (for me, anyway) - chatted with the AE SciFi folks
* Edge of Time book launch - also with cake! Dufflet's cake. Mmmm....
* First Contact Without a Universal Translator
* Creation Museum Slideshow by John Scalzi
* Linguistics for Fiction
* The Future of Fandom (only part - I got frustrated)
* Sun of Suns Graphic Novel Sneak Peek

Sunday
* What is a Human?
* Accents and Speech Patterns in Fiction
* It's My Baby and You Can't Touch It
* Auction

And that was that. I didn't take notes on Saturday, as I was knitting, and the conversations were streaming along at a remarkable rate. Very interesting, but would have been self-defeating to try to transcribe.

Next year, SFContario seems to be the weekend after World Fantasy Con (which is also in TO), so I won't be doing both. I already have my WFC membership.
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The "where I was when" version. Some panel notes to follow. Maybe. >.>

Ad Astra 2011 - 30th Anniversary

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )
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I still haven't managed to post all my con notes. Obviously good intentions got the better of me. Well, that and being sick for the two weeks before the holidays.

I don't do resolutions -- possibly because I feel more affinity for the Lunar New Year than the Gregorian one. Instead, it feels like a time of catching up (at least this week while things are still quiet at work).

Realizations:
1 - if I manage 300 words a day, that's roughly a chapter in ten days. That's not so bad.
2 - I am wasting far too much time playing LoZ: Spirit Tracks. As this is a short-term thing, however, I'm not terribly upset about it. It's not like I've succumbed to Civ V.
3 - I need to practice plotting at the short story (max 5k words) length. Great concepts and characters do not (always) a short story make.
4 - Having fun writing some fanfic. It's good for the instant ego boost. Now if only I hadn't written myself into a corner...

And, in completely unrelated to writing thoughts, I would really like to know where my head-soundtrack player picked up this old easy-listening/country song from. Enough! I need some new Matchbox Twenty (rumor is there will be some this year!).
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As I get my panel reports up, I will link them from here as well.

SFContario Panels I Actually Attended (as opposed to the list I had considered):

Fri
7pm - How To Write A Synopsis
8pm - Pissing On The Grave Of Post-Modernism

Sat
10am - Short Stories & Novellas: Where's The Love?
11am - Food In SF
(12pm - Dealer's Room - chatted with writers)
1pm - Keeping The Science In Science Fiction
(2pm - Lunch)
3pm - Biotech: Friend Or Foe?
(4pm - 6pm - Home for dinner)
7pm - Canadian SF&F
8pm - Rewilding The Human Species
9pm ~ 10:30 - Charity Auction

Sun
10am - What Do You Mean My Stake Won't Work?
11am - Writing The Future
12pm - Disability In SF&F
(1pm - Break, wandered around, ate)
2pm - The Yellow Peril And Exotic Asia Refracted Through SFF
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In an effort to stop costing myself more money by doing things last minute, I have pre-registered for Ad Astra. Thus, even if only go for all of Saturday, it is not costing me any more than it would if I bought just Saturday at the door. Will mostly likely TTC back and forth, and hope for decent weather.

Ad Astra
April 8-10, 2011
Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites
1250 Eglinton Avenue East

Next on the agenda, must also pre-reg for SFContario 2011.

SFContario

Nov. 18th, 2010 09:07 pm
shaydchara: Me taking a picture of myself wearing a hat with cat ears (a knitter is me)
Where I'll be tomorrow (hopefully):

- registration desk!
- 7pm - Gardenview - How to Write a Synopsis
- 8pm - Ballroom A - Pissing on the Grave of Post-Modernism (with Peter Watts!)

After that I will likely head home, unless I manage to get conversing with someone(s).

Saturday:

11am - Courtyard - Food in SF (unless I get distracted by the stash swap...)
12pm - ?
1pm - Courtyard - Keeping the Science in Science Fiction (where I will pimp Sci in My Fi if I can)
2pm - ?
3pm - Biotech: Friend or Foe? (more Peter Watts)
4pm - ? 207 - kaffeeklatsch - Jo Walton ?
5pm - ?
6pm - Gardenview - Steampunk in Anime
7pm - Courtyard - Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Sunday:

11am - Writing the Future
12pm - Disability in Science Fiction and Fantasy
1pm - ?
2pm - The Yellow Peril and Exotic Asia Refracted Through SF/Fantasy

Subject to change without notice.

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