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Whew, it’s been a few days. I am back safely from Further Confusion 2013, which was completely awesome. The staff really did a bang up job for their GoHs (and I’m not saying that just because they flew me first class, although dude! Did you know you get REAL SILVERWARE?!?) took us to a really fabulous dinner—great people, great chatting, some of the best truffle mac ‘n cheese ever. I had a great time, got to see lots of friends and fans and hang out.

Sadly, I started to develop the plague pretty early on—first class is still in the circulating germ-tube that is a plane cabin—so by Saturday I had completely lost the upper registers in my voice and sounded like I’d been smoking Camel straights since kindergarten. (I felt fine, I just sounded horrible.) Thankfully the con had front-loaded the schedule on Friday, so the only things where I was really excitingly raspy were a late night writing podcast (which Kyell Gold kindly invited me to sit in on.)

Con progressed, plague progressed. I’d do okay in the morning and flag by evening. Carlota swung by and brought me pho to fortify me. Monday I went out birding with Sofawolf and some fellow artists (got Northern Pintail, American Avocet, and enough Ruddy Ducks to wallpaper a battleship.) Birding was awesome, weather was painfully spectacular, I felt great, but that probably doesn’t count because I’d get off my deathbed for Avocets.

Anyway, long story short, fantastic con, have been laid up for several days afterwards with the plague. (Well, you hold it off by force of will, you eventually pay the price. But I was determined that FC was gonna get their money’s worth, because dude! First class! Also, birds!)

A big thanks to everybody who made FC so awesome—staff, art buyers, fans and friends. Fantastic to see you all!

At the moment it is mixed freezing rain and sleet here, the car is glazed with ice like a Krispy Kreme donut, and I’m not going out driving in that again today. I would have a hard time living in San Jose for various reasons—cost of living, price of gardening space, allergies—but man, I could do with some of the weather about now…


Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

I missed you while you were gone. Welcome back from the con and the crud!

you know, you probably know me from adam, but i was wondering what was going on with you.

I'm glad I decided to go to Kaffeeklatch; "there are four lights" ended up being a running giggle starter for the rest of the weekend. :D

I'm really, really glad I noticed movement in the hall outside the luncheon and did not take out your eye with a knitting needle. Objectively I know it was not that close of a call but... eek!

There's a con up here in Michigan called ConFusion, and I always think for a moment that that's the one you're going to, and then remember that they're different. It doesn't help that they're the same weekend!

Completely (or nearly completely) unrelated - what is your policy on people using your art for tattoos? I know you've said it at some point but I can't remember. I'm thinking Happy Cthulhu, possibly. It wouldn't be for a while anyway. But since I was talking about it the other day and you just posted I figured I'd ask!

Having them be the same weekend is so meta.

Hunh - so just out of curiosity, what's your allergy issue with San Jose? (I've been living just a few miles north of there for a year now, and I haven't quite figured out what it is I'm allergic to here, but there's something...)

In your case, that big round yellow thing you didn't have up in Geordieland?

Glad you had fun! I kept meaning to swing by your table when you were there and missing you (i didn't spend much time in the dealer's room)

I enjoyed seeing you and buying a couple of pieces from you at FurCon, and wished I had bigger time and money budgets. Maybe next year. Anyway, yay good GoH treatment, boo evil microbes.

1. Look up "American Avocet" in preparation for mocking.
2. View photos.
3. Silently close browser tab.

Ok, that is an impressive looking bird.

How many ruddy ducks does it take to wallpaper a battleship?

So nice to finally meet you and Kevin face to face!
Glad to hear the con staff treated you so well.
If I hadn't been hamstrung by my bank, I would have bought a couple of Dragonbreatheseseses at least.
I hope you enjoy the cocoa kettle corn.
Get well soon!

Signed: That Giant French Dude

I hope you get well soon! (So far, I dodged Con Crud at Arisia. Not sure if the kid picked up Con Crud there, or once she got back to the Plague Vector that is School.)

It was great birding with you on Monday! And always a pleasure to get a couple lifebirds. and any day you see an avocet( and don't get hit by the approaching train) is a good day.

I have decided that I have found my life's calling. I shall take up the humble crook and become an Ursula Herder. It's not a glamorous job, and the pay is scant at best, but it is a fulfilling occupation, and one which I find enormous satisfaction.

... and ohGOD TASTY AHI... *drools*

I agree - the food at this year's con was AMAZING. And we always appreciate the help. :)

I'm curious if you ever did brave the bacon marshmallows, and if any made it home for s'mores or if you ended up giving them all away.

I have tried those - they are amazing straight. I didn't think of s'mores.

It was truly a sublime experience.

Just remember: VISCACHAS!