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, pmtracy.com).
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.