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    Things I Brought Home from World Fantasy Convention 2012

    by A list, if you hadn’t guessed. 1. Virtual friendships made real: I met quite a few people I’d only known on twitter up until this weekend. Uniformly an awesome group, I’m happy and better to have met them all. 2. More new friendships than I’m going to try counting. See point number 1, but also people that I met randomly or was introduced to by other people. 3. Tonnes of awesome experiences. In the bar, restaurants, panels, hallways. And all about the people. 4. Two (or maybe three) semi-crystallized ideas of potential novel scope and I don’t know how many short story possibilities, all rubbing up against each other…

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    World Fantasy Convention 2012, Rough Plans

    by So World Fantasy Convention, the Toronto 2012 edition, starts on Thursday (ack, the day after tomorrow!), and as I’ve expressed several times, I’m both excited and nervous. When someone (that’s you, Wendy) talked me off the fence last year, I was nearly at the mental low point of the “my life is far more difficult than I think it needs to be”, and not too far off of when I started shutting off sources of stress and distraction (which ended up being most of the world) to focus my attention on kids and family. I looked at it from a writing career perspective: potential contacts and networking with some…