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Back from ConQuest - whatta weekend!

Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was wonderful! Always great to see old friends and new acquaintances at ConQuest, the KC SF convention. I only wish I had more time during the days not serving on panels to hang out with people. The nights are full of great parties (especially RoomCon - thanks, Jimmy!), but not everyone attends, and it's not always easy to talk there. Oh, and I remembered to bring swim-trunks this year, so I finally got to swim in the rooftop, salt-water pool.

Last week, I wrote Jack and Stella into deep trouble, and finished the first few chapters just in time to read at the convention. I mean literally just in time: I finished the chapters just as Opening Ceremonies began. Whee!

Adventures of Jack and Stella progress:


Here's from the Saturday reading; what I'm holding up are the hand-scribbled original pages from 1983 or something when I first started working on what would later become the idea for this book:



Oh, and I should point out that I donated to the charity auction (which benefits AboutSF) a "Tuckerization" in the book. It saw some hot bidding and ended up raising a nice sum. The winner didn't just want her name but as much about her as a character as I would like to use. Bwahahahaha! This'll be fun.

On the Thursday evening before the con, a bunch of Hadley Rille authors got together at Prospero's Books in KC. I read a couple pages of my story, "The Empty Utopia," from the wonderful anthology, Ruins Extraterrestrial. It's a pretty cool place:



We also held a big chat at the con. Nice to meet so many interesting brothers-and-sisters-in-Hadley-Rille! Another large-group panel highlight for me was the "Taste of the Campbell Conference" with 8 authors onstage. We could have talked for hours about the publishing industry, ebooks, and so on.

While at the con, I also decided it's time to upgrade my portable communicator. That's right: I didn't say I'm replacing my beloved and long-abused Sanyo Katana, did I? I'm going to buy a 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet. All I really need a smart-phone for, a tablet can do better, right? Texting, email, GPS, video-calls, getting onto the internets while out and about, and so on. I can even save all my writing onto it, and work on stuff using apps or even MS Word - handy for cons. And as opposed to smart-phones, tablets don't come with $100/month fees unless you really want that. Viola! Plus, how geeky is it to walk around downtown, holding a 7" tablet up to one's ear, in a VOIP call? Aw, yeah. Puts a whole new spin on drunk-dialing.

Okay, I should get back to work. Just wanted to let y'all know I'm still alive and that the weekend was a BLAST.

Chris

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mckitterick
May. 29th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Yup, it does! And I'm typing on it now!
roseconnelly
May. 29th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
All I really need a smart-phone for, a tablet can do better, right?

It can do it the same, with bigger screen real estate, and if you aren't paying for a data plan, then only within decent wireless access.

how geeky is it to walk around downtown, holding a 7" tablet up to one's ear

Geeky isn't the word I'd use. Get a bluetooth headset if you don't already have one.

getting onto the internets while out and about

Only if out and about includes wireless access if you are going without paying for a dataplan. Does the Galaxy Tab 2 even have tablets with 3G/4G access? I was thinking those were wireless only. I'm too lazy to look that up, but you may want to double check you can get one should you decide that you wireless accesses alone isn't enough to make it useful.

I have a friend who lived without a cell plan for a couple of years, and got along just fine, even without a tablet. He used Google Voice, a peek and a pre-paid cell phone for when he is traveling in the mountains and cannot get on a wireless connection or he really, really has to make a call right at that minute.
mckitterick
May. 29th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
It has both 3g and wireless, plus video on both sides and a mic. I still have my cell for most calls, though.
roseconnelly
May. 30th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
That makes it more useful -- well, at least it would for me. My career is aided by always being connected. I opted for just wireless with my tablet since I could just tether off my phone's connection.

My next tablet, still deciding between a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 or an Asus Transformer Pad Infinity or Pad 300.
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
So far I'm loving it. Just have to figure out how to use voice like I'm doing right now but still be able to punctuate.
bogwitch64
May. 30th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
It was truly great meeting you, Chris. See you next year!
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Great to meet you too, Terry!
tully01
May. 30th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Good to see you again too, Chris!
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
You too, Tully!
drpaisley
May. 30th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Nice shirt in that first photo.

Good seeing you again, as always.

Edited at 2012-05-30 02:25 am (UTC)
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
You are trouble. Good to see you again. :-)
siro_gravity
May. 30th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
glad you're alive, and that you had a great weekend!! must be fun to unearth your old writings.
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Totally! I use the old stuff as a reference, too.
clevermanka
May. 30th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
how geeky is it to walk around downtown, holding a 7" tablet up to one's ear, in a VOIP call? Aw, yeah. Puts a whole new spin on drunk-dialing.

Oh, yeah. Back off, ladies. He's all mine.
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
your just jealous of my sexy phone thing.
clevermanka
May. 30th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Um. No. Not really at all.
carmy_w
May. 30th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
I saw that Ursula Vernon was there, as well! It's interesting when all my LJ friends are getting together at the same place! I'm sorry I missed it!
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
It really is a blast; you should go.
carmy_w
May. 30th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Is it scheduled over the Memorial Day weekend every year? Or did that just happen?

I may have to see if I can't talk hubby into it next year!
mckitterick
May. 30th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yes memorial day weekend every year.
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