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09:02 pm: Ravencon Again

Just got back from Ravencon, a science fiction convention in Richmond. It’s a small convention, but it has the advantage that we know many of the people who attend, so its like getting together with old friends.

 

I had six panels and managed to make them all, though I was late for the Sunday morning one (overslept due to the raining weather.)  They were great fun, as panels always are. I got to speak on Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Worldbuilding, two Anime panels, and one other that I cannot bring to mind at the moment.

 

Saturday, we had nothing to do from 12 to 6, so we crept out and went to see a movie. We saw Forbidden Kingdom, a Monkey King martial arts film with Jackie Chan and Jet Li…so much fun! Not a great movie by any standard, but I enjoyed it.

 

The most amusing part of our trip was the coupons. First we went to Starbucks, and they forgot our orders, so they gave us two free coffee coupons. Then, we went to Outback, and they were replacing their water heater, so they gave us two coupons for Bloomin’ Onions. So, we acquired four coupons during the weekend…pretty good deal!

 

My favorite part was probably the Koffee Klatches with David B. Coe and Jeri Smith-Ready. Both delightful people. Epic fantasy writer David Coe and I share the same editor, so we always have something to say to each other, and he's just an all-around nice guy!  Jeri and I were once on a panel at Capclave about two years ago. While there, she surprised me by mentioning that she had been at that very event with me the year before. When I said, “Oh, you must have been down the table a bit.” She responded wryly, “I was sitting right next to you.” Well, I haven’t forgotten her again! She is a delightful and charming person who writes both fantasy and paranormal romance.

 
All around a great weekend!



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From:onyxhawke
Date:April 28th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)

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I'm personally convinced that the entire ConCom sold their soul's to the devil. No con should run so smoothly, or have so many well balanced panels.

And Jeri is good people, i met her for the first time although i think i've wandered by her in other places, David Coe i know too, fun guy.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 28th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
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It was very smooth, wasn't it! I love the way the Ravencon guys organize things like putting the panels on the nametags and such. They really think things out.

There are a lot of other things I should have mentioned, too, meeting you and seeing Danielle and running into Steve Bennett again...but I ran out of time when I was posting. Part of the whole being a mom thing. ;-)

Thanks for visiting!
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From:jmward14
Date:April 28th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
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It was fun--and so great to work with you again. Fingers crossed the photos turn out. It always hopes to have a visual record. If only so people won't accuse you of making things up. *g*
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 28th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
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I didn't think of taking pictures. Probably should have. Maybe I'll take a few at Balticon...but then I only have a phone camera, so they're never really good.

Thanks for visiting! How much fun! (Should warn you and Onyxhawke that mine is kind of a quiet blog, mainly chronicling the adventures of the two human-shaped whirlwinds and one cherubim who live in my house. ;-)

Edited at 2008-04-28 04:04 am (UTC)
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From:jmward14
Date:April 28th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
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That's fine by me. :-) For me, LJ is as much about keeping up with friends as it is a promotional tool. I shy away from posting anything that could bite me later, but other than that, my LJ is pretty informal. After all, lots of people post their vacation pics. Why shouldn't we share our con adventures?
BTW, I've been meaning to ask, what's the story behind your LJ name?
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 28th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah...my name. My first name is Lane. My middle name is Jagi, and that's the name I use, but I keep the L. as a kind of reminder. (As my agent put it: "Ah, I get it. The L is silent." ;-)
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From:samthereaderman
Date:April 28th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)

Ravencon

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Yes, I had a great time at Ravencon too. And I agree the David Coe koffeeklatch was fun.
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