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Today contained the entertaining moment, around fourish, when I suddenly realized that I have a convention in ONE WEEK and have prepared minimally to not at all. I have plenty of originals, but they're expensive originals--I need the small ones, 'cos they're the big sellers. (Which is why I always have to replace them, alas.)

I have not gotten my print stock anywhere near neccessary levels.

The one thing I have managed to do was the one thing that required someone else to expend a lot of effort--namely getting an order with the incomparable Ellen, so that I can sell Stuff in addition to art. So even if my computer explodes tomorrow, I'll still have stuff for the table. But the prints are generally where I turn the significant profits, so with a grunt, I fired up Ye Olde Printer and began what promises to be a week of relative panic.

On the bright side, the swamp has--not receded, but at least is holding, as I wait for confirmation on sketches, and so cannot proceed anyway, and thus may paint small lizard slug-charmers and whatnot without guilt.

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Heh, sorta like I was before AC, cept I went in favor of ditching some stuff because I didn't quite know what to expect -- was my first AC. And then I saw Ursula arts there and I stared for a while. :D Saw the Gagne bid on the sockpuppet, too!

Are you going to Dragon*Con this year?

Alas, no...I'm still really new to the Con scene, so I'm inching into it slowly. Maybe in a few years!

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Ah, but it's such fun to stare at all the wonderful costumes! (and then try to figure out who, exacltly, the not-so-wonderful ones are supposed to be).

A point about the furry fandom, yes. D*C's much more straight fantasy/science-fiction oriented. Maybe it was because I was behind a bazaar table with my friend most of the time last year, but I didn't feel nearly as squashed by DC as I did this year by AC. I'll have a bazaar table myself, this year, so we'll see how it goes.

...and when, if, you can afford this coast, keep Further Confusion in mind as it's the second biggest to AC.

Beyond that, your stuff is fantastic and, I'm certain, would do quite well at more generic SF&F conventions - I'm thinking Loscon (L.A., Thanksgiving Weekend), ConDor (San Diego, usually end of February or early March), Conjecture (San Diego, beginning of October), CopperCon (Phoenix, early September), LepreCon (Phoenix, in April), and any Westercon or WorldCon. Not to mention other local convention not in my neck of the woods. :)

Oh, Please come to Dragon-con! Even just to hang out and get a feel for it!
I'll be running a booth there this year, and Peter S. Beagle is a guest! He *NEVER* does cons!

If you need help organizing & packaging things, or just need coffee delivered, you know how to get hold of me. I'm pretty free next week, except for Tuesday afternoon.


*grin* I might take you up on that...I don't know if I need that much packing, though, it's more the printing and painting that's the real time issue...still, I'll probably be flopping like a wounded fish Thursday...

...Does this mean you won't be doing illos or somesuch for some Blog-a-thon cause?

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