Wiscon Glossalia

I’ve retreated to the room on Saturday party night for a little while to say hello to everyone, and to wait until the parties heat up a little bit here at the convention.

It’s been a good convention. There have been some highlights, and some spots that make me go hmmm. In the spirit of Tamago-ism, when I describe those hmmm moments, there will be no names or specifics mentioned, but there have been some problematic slants and biases in regard to topical panels this year that have made me think they’d be good examples for advanced composition students on how NOT to argue, explain and present.

That’s for later. Right now I’m run down. I was up much too late last night, and after eating rich foods and drinking, my new body, without gall bladder, decided that digestion was a young woman’s game. With that in mind, today has been careful, like walking on egg shells, and tonight I am much more parsimonious.

The reading went well. We had a small audience, but it was still good. For all my peeps for whom it was the first reading, I think they enjoyed themselves. I was pleased. I’ll let you know when Julie gets it up on the Las Habladoras site for your perusal.

Um…remember that beautiful new skirt I bought for the reading? It ripped tonight as I swung my leg to get off the bed. That was money ill spent. The top is gorgeous and still perfect. Sigh. I had planned on taking that skirt to Japan. Since today was the first time I wore the skirt, I’ll most likely take it back, but I no longer have the receipt, so hope does NOT spring eternal. Little nuisances are magnified when you’re tired, I’m sure.

Overall panorama of the convetnion: not the epiphany of last year. Still, good. Programming chairs must make sure to shoot for bias rather than balance in topical panels, at least for 2 I’ve read about, one of which I’ve seen. The readings I’ve been to this year have been FI-INE. Girl Wonder and Ceres rock the planet and hard.

I met Caroline Stevermer. She was kind enough to sign my copy of Sorcery and Cecelia and I gushed about the book and how much I enjoyed it. She thought I was being kind, but I was saying nothing that wasn’t true. It is one of the finest books I’ve read. And y’all know I’m picky. So read it. She’s a genuine, wonderful person to boot.

One final note for the Mindbridge Book Club: I’ve talked to Sarah Prineas. She’s agreed to talk to us on July 14th at 6 pm at Coffee Talk. I’ve begun her book. It’s a delightful book with depth and overtones. I think kids will love it, and parents will love reading it to their kids. One has the sensation of a brook playfully tumbling over rocks when you read it, at least in Conn’s chapters.

Oookay. I should get back out there.


ETA: Edits for Yellow Cat and The Man appeared in my inbox. Something else to work on next week besides the Portus YA Reading Series. I foresee not sending out agent queries next week, and doing these things instead. Oh, yeah, and that pesky Japan trip…

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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