Wiscon Recap: Friday

It’s time to take a little time to talk more specifically about the convention I’ve been at for 4 days. Right now the dessert salon is happening. Dan and Lisa and I usually sit this one out and sort of catch our breaths before the Guest of Honor Speeches. Highlights, though, are appropriate.

We three arrived in Madison about 11 am on Friday, deciding that the theme of this year’s convention would be cracking open a tall cold can of justice. Well, it sound good as we were driving through the limestone canyons of Dubuque. Dan and Lisa are old friends of mine. She’s a feminist studies technology arcade librarian from the University of Iowa. He’s a man feminist computing geek at the student union. Together…they fight crime! Wait…

*takes a deep breath*

Lisa and I used to make this trip alone, and Dan horned in on the action last year. It’s a three musketeers kind of gig. This year, fellow writers Julie Rose, Jenn Racek and Yolanda Joosten, plus topnotch artist Catrina Horsfield came to meet up as well. With the exception of me missing Bryon, this is as good as it gets.

We checked in. Our first stop…the Gathering for massages, clothing shopping, and BPAL. I met Zee, one of my long term live journal friends, who is both a costumer and a writer, and we had a nice chat over BPAL imps. I saw her again on Saturday night. I hope she didn’t catch the plague. But more about that later. She was healthy and happy, and I was glad to see her again.

And then, the panels started. Tiffany Trent, author of the Hallowmere series, was reading, and I had a chance to chat with her and talk. Again, I can’t emphasize how well written her series is, and I urge you to pick it up. I did manage to procure By Venom’s Sweet Sting, the second one, while in the Dealer’s Room. She and several other YA readers read some very interesting material. Friend Yo was captivated by an up and coming book that featured a search for Sleeping Beauty at Graceland.

We missed opening ceremonies. Instead, all of us, finally united, had dinner at an Irish Pub and toasted new friendships. There was Rat Bastards annual karaoke party, somewhat at half mast with their music collection this year. I sang “You’re So Vain” to fairly good reception. Met up with old friends Evelyn Brown, with whom I went to school at Iowa, and Margaret, who was kind enough to let me include her Baba Yaga short story in my paper last year.

The rest of the night was a friendly affable blur of talking to people, including Robyn from Ceres/Girl Wonder, and some authors I met last year. I made the rounds, drank, and nibbled at chocolates.

Saturday morning I discovered that something I did Friday didn’t work out. But more on that next entry. Right now, must prepare for Guest of Honor Speeches.


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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