Friday, May 25, 2012

On the road again: Balticon, day 2

The con kicked off in earnest today.  Most of the daytime went to work, which I started after some much-needed sleep.  Getting almost eight hours of rest was heavenly.  The hotel's bandwidth, on the other hand, is so bad that downloading a 13MB email attachment consumed hours of elapsed time.  Amazing. 

My first panel, Early Favorite Authors, started at 5:00 p.m., when most of the con's attendees were still on their way here.  Though our audience was fewer than ten people, we three panelists did our best to discuss the topic and entertain the room. 

I spent the next couple of hours going over and revising scripts with folks on the con committee and the tech crew, a good use of time that turned our rough Opening Ceremonies conversations into a real plan.  When the show began, we were ready, and everything went quite smoothly.  I had a good time acting as Master of Ceremonies, and as best I could tell from the audience's reactions and the post-show comments, all went well.

A group of us then hustled off to Woodberry Kitchen, where we enjoyed a tasty meal and good conversation.  I heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone who lives here or is visiting.  Its atmosphere is sort of up-scale down-home, its food is for the most part from local suppliers, and every single dish I've ever eaten there has been tasty. 

Now, more work, and then a bit of sleep before a very busy Saturday. 

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