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Convolution Report

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

Overall, I had a really good time at Convolution as one of their first Featured Guests. I was on lots of panels and I had a table in the Dealers Room at the Apocalypse Ink Productions table. There were some snafus but most of them were handled very well. All of the staff members I talked to were professional and pleasant.

I got to hang out with Lee Moyer, Howard Taylor, Steve Jackson, and Steven Burst along with a whole passel of my Bay Area friends: Ami, Bill, Jade, Erica, David, Kimmie, Jim, Christine and also got to see more friends in passing like Matt and Devon. Really, it’s all these people that I came to the convention to see. They made it all so worth it.

However, not all was right in Mudville. The restaurant, Knuckles, treated me and my friends bad enough that I mentioned it on check out and once again in the survey. Everyone is aware that we did not have a good time. I got a personal email back apologizing from the “Director of Outlets” at the Hyatt.

Also, Friday night, I had the unfortunate experience of an acquaintance insulting me to my face while introducing me to someone.

“This is Jennifer Brozek. She’s an editor who manages to get words out of authors for incredibly cheap rates.”

I was so stunned that I was sure I misheard and asked him to repeat himself. Nope. He didn’t. My only response was, “That was mean.”

“Oh, I know you can’t help the fact that publishers don’t pay. But what’s even more amazing is the quality of work you get out of your authors.”

I’m pretty sure he was attempting to compliment me but it felt like another backhanded slap. I mean, what do you say to something like that while you are in a crowded party and acting as one of the featured guests? There’s not much you can do but smile, take it, and go back to your previous conversation. Though, I’ll admit it put quite the damper on my evening and I left soon after that.

On the good side, I did have a panel on “Publicity for Writers” with Jaym Gates and that was a blast. She and I have known each other casually for a long time. This was the first time we’ve spent more than 15 minutes together in the same room. That panel just clicked for us. We were able to meet up again later and it looks like we may be working on stuff together.

Convolution is the kind of convention that will get better as they gain their feet. Because of this, Jeff and I will be returning to the convention as panelist and dealer. We both think it is worth it.


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Nov. 9th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
I'm sorry someone forgot their manners at a professional event. :(

Sometimes, people catch foot-in-their-mouth disease and say things that come out very differently than it sounded in their brains. I suspect the insult was not intended.

I am glad that you had an otherwise good time at the convention.
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
It was a downer, that's for sure.
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Wow, what a shitty thing to say! Did that happen before we were hanging out Friday?
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
I think it happened afterwards. I was at the Westercon 66 party.
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Nov. 9th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that. On both counts - the writing and the cat.

My cats were going to be mad at me but we decided to take their collars off (they are indoors only and all chipped) and that freaked them out a bit so they were too busy trying to make sure the pride heirarchy was still the same to be mad at me and the Husband.
Nov. 9th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry you had to deal with that on Friday. :(

I didn't have any problems with Knuckles, but I did with the deli and the Cascades 'wine and small bites' place, which- like you- I also mentioned on the survey.

It was really good to see you and I'm sorry that we didn't have the opportunity to be able to hang out a little more. As you'd like to come back, I hope to be able to fix that next time. :D
Nov. 9th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
Friday night was unfortunate.

The deli was good to me and Jeff. We never got to the other place.

Next time, we'll have to plan to have a meal together. That is the one time that is sure to be relatively sane.
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