by Lillian Csernica on March 24, 2016
Hi there! I come to you from Seattle, Washington, home of Norwescon, the finest science fiction convention in the Pacific Northwest. We’re here at the DoubleTree Inn by Hilton at SeaTac. Lovely hotel, somewhat confusing at first, given that there are 7 wings and plenty of event spaces. Yes, the hotel does still give out chocolate chip cookies when you check in. That’s my kind of welcome!
This adventure began on Tuesday at 1 p.m. when I hit the road for Stockton. That’s a two hour drive from my house over the Altamont Pass. I haven’t driven that far all at once in almost 30 years. Neither have I driven on Interstate 5 North since late August of 1987 when I was in the car accident that left me for dead on I-5 South. Was I jittery? Oh yeah.
Pat and I have made many a road trip together. Stockton to Eugene, 6 hours’ sleep, then Eugene to Seattle saw us arrive here at the hotel an hour or so before Pat’s first Programming item. There was joyful chaos all over the place as people checked in, other conventions passed out ribbons and promo materials, plenty of folks were already in costume, and we were clearly ready to party like the book-loving fan boys and girls that we all are.
Lots of fun on the Alien Communication panel. Did you know giraffes can hum?
Crossed paths with Dean Wells, one of my favorite people. I met him many years ago when I was a pro in his section of a writer’s workshop. He’s gone on to publish in markets such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies. I am very proud of him.
The Art Show reception was a total blast. Gorgeous paintings and sculpture and jewelry and housewares. Pat and I went nuts over the Tarot of Brass & Steam. Oh my stars and garters! I would LOVE to have those artists illustrate my steampunk stories from Twelve Hours Later and Thirty Days Later!
Now it’s after midnight. I’ve been up for 18 hours and I haven’t gotten a whole lot of sleep in the past few days, so it’s time to take advantage of my queen size bed and call it a night.
Tomorrow: More adventures from Norwescon 39!