August 8th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Friday morning and Denvention

Up early, logged on, discovered that there's been a huge grass/brush fire very near us in Florence.  Richard posted about it so I wouldn't see it on the news and worry because I hadn't heard anything.  Naturally, I decided I had to manage things from 1000 miles away and naturally, this did not work.

Richard  says that right now the fire's considered under control.  I can't say I'm not concerned (and not just for us--for anyone whose homes or livestock are in the path) but I'm here and it's there and there's not a thing I can do but damn every arsonist and careless smoker and person who ignores the fire danger.

Thanks due to my roomie Kris, who went down and fetched up an Egg-McMuffin for me while I was on the computer to Richard --the protein brought my brain back online and slowed the panicky reaction.

Yesterday's panels all went well.  I can't say enough good about Joe Haldeman, John Scalzi, and John Hemry, who were all perfect gentlemen in the "Bleeding Heart Liberals and Military SF" panel I moderated.  They made it fun to play.  I had moderated an earlier panel because the moderator didn't show up, on reading Heilein as a juvenile, which did not go as smoothly, becuase I was not a prepared moderator and because another panelist came in very late.  And I was on yet another panel, late afternoon, brilliantly moderated by someone whose name I don't have at my fingertips (and the schedule's across the room.  Sorry.)  Tanya Huff and Joe Haldeman were on that one, too, and it went well.  

Last night's agency dinner was a lot of fun, even though the Indian restaurant where we would have gone screwed up reservations and (thanks to two scouts in the group) we wound up a little ways down and around a corner in a very nice place indeed, where they pushed bar tables together for us and cheerfully handled our requests.  I got to meet some new people, and enjoyed it a lot.

This is going to be a flat run from 10 am, when I'm to meet Jenrose and Shiny (YAY--I get to meet Shiny!) at the convention center, through my kaffeeklatch, SFWA Board meeting, meeting with Orbit editor, dinner with Del Rey editor.   I was hoping to make it to the Heinlein blood drive, but it opens right when I have that first meeting, and closes before I'm through with the SFWA stuff and the Orbit editor.   The altitude is affecting me, but less than on Wednesday and only now with stairs, grades, and walking fast.  I'm walking fast anyway.