The second and final party (er, reception) of the Campbell Conference just wrapped up, I've put all the glasses into the dishwasher, crunched the cans, and bagged the empty bottles. Put away the tequila and bourbon and whiskey. Bade my farewells to everyone, including the fine blues man Bland Lemon Denton (hence the first lines of this post - his closing song). One of the best parties I've attended, and I'm pleased and honored that I got to host it: Great guests, great music (live!), great reason for getting together, great to see old friends again, to spend time with local friends, and meet new ones. Thank y'all for a great weekend.
Congratulations to the Sturgeon Award winner (Paolo Bacigalupi - yes, I just pronounced it correctly *g*) and the Campbell Award winner (Rob Sawyer, what a great guy). Excellent work by them both - read 'em!
What a week this has been. Kij here in town and all that accompanies that. Workshop, prep for Conference, prep for receptions here at the house. Reports and photos (thousands were taken by several folks) to come when I have a chance to take a breather.
Thank you to all who helped make this happen and helped ensure everyone gets to their airplanes tomorrow.
I'm going to sleep now for a few hours, then tomorrow morning we get together for one last Conference discussion, then probably lunch with those still remaining in town... then I give Kij a ride to the airport, then I come home to sleep for 12 hours if I have anything to say about it. (I think I've slept about 12 hours over the last three days.) Then on Monday I turn in the paperwork to wrap up the Conference and we start the SF Institute, which runs for two weeks in the afternoons (including weekend days of course!), and after that finally I have a few weeks during which to do some research for the tech-writing program (surveying area businesses for interest) and do some fiction-writing. This fall I'm teaching, I dunno, four or so classes and taking my first class to complete my MFA.
Somewhere in there I need a break, too.
It's bed time. I hope you're well.