Had a really terrible night due to a tension headache that’d been plaguing me for most of the day. At first, the pain wasn’t that bad, but it kept building and building. And I didn’t want to take anything because OTC analgesics inevitably make my wing stubs ache–I don’t know why–and if the headache will go away on its own, I’d rather not have to deal with backlash wing stub issues.
By bedtime, the pain had gotten so bad I was reduced to tears and couldn’t tolerate even dim light or muted sounds. So yah, at that point I gave in and popped pills. But by the time they kicked in enough so that I could sleep, it was pretty late.
However, I’m getting pretty stoked about the Launch Pad workshop, although my sense of perplexed with regard to packing is ramping up exponentially. I’ve started checking weather.com, and the 10-day forecast for Laramie, WY, lists daily highs up to 84 (Fahrenheit) and lows down to 48. Obviously, I shall be packing layers. But the trick will be not to have to bring half a dozen suitcases to transport the equivalent of a week’s worth of two or three outfits a day. Um.
I have convention envy. I wasn’t able to go to Readercon nor WisCon, and I won’t be going to WorldCon or World Fantasy neither. Don’t get me wrong, I lubs Dragon*Con, but I wish I could make it to more of the SF publishing industry conventions . I feel like I’m missing out on opportunities to meet and hang with fellow writers and editors. Problem is, I simply can’t afford to go, even with them being tax deductible and all. Sigh.
Maybe next year.
– “Living with a Shoulder Monster” in Aberrant Dreams. Free fiction, yo!
I gotta say, there’s nothing like WorldCon. It was an incredible experience for me in ’01.
Yah, I was pretty wowed when we attended WorldCon 2K. Haven’t been able to make a WorldCon since though, between them overlapping with Dragon*Con and/or being in places too expensive/far away for us to afford. I’m hoping to be able to go to the next one that’s in the states and not over Labor Day weekend . . .
I wish I could make it to more of the SF publishing industry conventions. I feel like I’m missing out on opportunities to meet and hang with fellow writers and editors. Problem is, I simply can’t afford to go, even with them being tax deductible and all.
And here I was thinking I was the only one, even if I’m not a pro yet. With all the con reports happening almost every other week or so, you get to thinking that being on the con circuit is just a given for everyone in the field. In a strange way, it’s encouraging to know that’s not the case.
You’re definitely not the only one! My nose is firmly pressed against the window as I peer wistfully at all the con reports on my flist. I don’t know how folks can afford going to so many. Wish I could. But pretty much my finances dictate that I can only make local ones or ones that pay my way, which makes for a pretty limited number.
Why don’t you apply for an SLF’s travel grant?
I have and wasn’t awarded one. But it’s my understanding that the SLF grant is for traveling to do research, not attend conventions.
Ahh, well the other route would be quite involved but could easily be done. a) Find a roommate that can cover the expense and just be happy to host (you can repay with a dinner); b) create a terrific short story and offer to email it to friends for a fee; c) use said fee (provided by Paypal) to purchase airfare.
“a) Find a roommate that can cover the expense and just be happy to host“
Easier to do after I’ve gotten to know more folks I can impose upon (or split expenses with; I don’t need to be a total mooch) . . . with the prescribed method of meeting and bonding being hanging with them at said conventions. Damn Catch 22s.
“b) create a terrific short story and offer to email it to friends for a fee; c) use said fee (provided by Paypal) to purchase airfare.“
Erp. Is that an oblique reminder that I owe you a story by end of August ? Hee! I haven’t forgotten.
If I haven’t already said, that Launch Pad workshop is just about the coolest damn thing I’ve ever heard of in my whole fucking life, and if it were anybody else I’d probably be wishing severe harm on them purely out of spite and jealousy right now. But I just can’t stay mad at this millennium’s spacegirl.
Yay for the shiny buffer of spacegirl-hood. And eep! Occasionally, Mr. Wallace, you’re a bit scary.
It’s my understanding that the Launch Pad folks have established the funding to do this for multiple subsequent years. You should definitely apply for next year’s workshop.
Occasionally, Mr. Wallace, you’re a bit scary.
Me? I’m a teddy bear.
You should definitely apply for next year’s workshop.
I’ve already got a post-it note made to remind me the first day of 2008. Hopefully my credits will be more impressive by then. 😉
Tax deductible? O.O
*runs off to make a reminder post-it note to keep track of expenses…just in case.*
Two things to remember about Laramie, just to perplex you more;).
1) It’s usually pretty windy.
2) It’s arid. If you ever have sinus problems when it’s dry (especially since you live in a relatively humid place) take some saline spray. And you probably want some moisturizing lotion.
Bon voyage. Launch Pad should be as good as several cons, especially with the great company you’ll be keeping!