Monday, November 05, 2007

World Fantasy!

World Fantasy was great this year. Saratoga Springs is a great little town, and the people I met there were all amazingly talented and wonderful. I wasn't really pitching anything this year, but I found several markets in which to submit my fiction and poetry, so that's great.

My friends Paul and Brad both were both able to solidify some great connections, and I expect their careers to take off in the next few years. (look for the links to their websites on my main site,

I was able to hang out with a lot of friends from last year, including Rachel, Elizabeth, Kelly and Ken, Michael and Robin, Jeremy and John...many more, as well.

I met a bunch of new people as well, and hope to see them again next year at Calgary, where the next World Fantasy will occur.

The event being a gathering of writers and industry heavies, I was able to rub elbows with a bunch of successful writers. Tim Waggoner, Sam Butler, Joshua Palmatier, Anton Strout, and Pat Rothfus were among the great people I met. They were all very friendly and willing to talk, which was great. I was also able to go to the parties for both DAW and TOR book, which were great events.

I didn't go to that many panels this year, but I did go to a few really neat ones, including a late-evening discussion of the boundaries between Fantasy and SF, which featured a "spirited" debate between L.E. Modesitt, Joe Haldeman, and George R.R. Martin. Neat stuff.

I was also able to go sightseeing around Lake George, which was a great experience. Upstate New York is a beautiful area. We were just at the tail end of the turning leaves season, but there were still a lot of beautiful reds and deep golds among the falling leaves.

I came home pretty exhausted from cramped airplanes and iffy beds, as well as very little sleep, but it was all a wonderful experience. I'll do it again next year, barring some sort of catastrophe. Once you start going to these conventions, they're habit forming. It was a great weekend. My Patriots even won. I'm living the life of Reilly.

Hope you are all well out there in Webland.


Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great time Pat! I really enjoy George R.R. Martin's work! I don't usually care for a alot of dialog in a book, but he really kept it interesting, even for a barbarian like myself.

I hope you made some useful contacts and such at World Fantasy and I'm jealous that you got to go to New York. I love it there and in Vermont also. Have fun Buddy and as always BOL

Chris,,Darkvision-guy,,,,Mr. Fell

Kelly Swails said...

Hey, Pat! *waves*