shana (shana) wrote,

For Anna

Boskone report, long.


We had no trouble checking in early; we got a room right near the elevator. I decided not to try to go to the pool, I rested until time to go check in. There wasn't much of a line at check-in, at least not for the 'at the con' people.

I went around the dealers' room when it opened; I bought seven books, and resisted the temptation to buy several stuffed animals. Having to carry it all home in a single suitcase helped me restrain myself; if I'd been driving I would have been weaker. The chibichthulhus were even cuter in person than they were in their picture. And the Godzilla slippers looked warm.

The first panel I went to was "Fear of Fairy Tales", with Greer Gilman, Theodora Goss, Josepha Sherman, Sonya Taaffe and Jane Yolen. I expected to enjoy it, and I did, but I don't remember the details.

Then I went to "What's So Cool About the Middle Ages, Anyway?" with Debra Doyle, Michael F. Flynn, Edward James, and Faye Ringel. Where, among other things, the panel had a good time explaining why the panel description was totally wrong, and talking about some of the cool and highly varied stuff. Technology, industrialization, law...

Then I decided I was too tired to go to any more panels and retired for the night. I know the general rule is 5-2-1, but personally I need 8-3-1. If I'm going to get at least five hours of sleep, I have to be in bed for at least eight hours.


My brother and I did the breakfast buffet, then went our separate ways.

"Alternate Alternate History" with Beth Bernobich, Michael F. Flynn, Peter J. Heck, Edward James and Jo Walton. Once again the panel demolished the program description, and got into some interesting discussion of what makes a good turning point for an alternate history. Wikihistory was mentioned.

My favorite bit of the panel was Jo describing what a woman in her gaming group - a pacifist and a Jew - had said when asked if she was sent back in time, wouldn't she kill Hitler? Her reply was that she'd marry Hitler -- and love him, and write roleplaying games and get him to do the illustrations.

"The Evil Temptress" Mary Kay Kare, Rosemary Kirstein, Elise Matthesen, Paul Park, Jane Yolen. Jane Yolen and Mary Kay Kare have great evil laughs. There was a good deal of discussion about what makes a woman a temptress, and power and sex. With power being generally agreed to be what the tempress was interested in.

"Sending the Wrong Message" Beth Bernobich, Ann Downer, Josepha Sherman, Wen Spencer, Ann Tonsor Zeddies. None of the panel had actually read all of Twilight, so the discussion was only minorly based upon that series. Once again, I don't remember most of the details.

"The Inclue and Other Smart Writing Tricks" Greer Gilman, James D. MacDonald, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Mary A. Turzillo and Jo Walton. This was an interesting discussion of writing technique.

"How Underwear Reflects Sexuality in Cultures" Beth Bernobich, Katherine MacDonald, Elise Matthesen, Josepha Sherman, Edie Stern. This was a fun panel, full of digressions. Favorite moment: Elise Matthesen's sage advice: "Never buy underwear that rusts."

I counted my frappuccino as lunch, since I couldn't bear to miss a panel between 11 and 3.

My brother dawdled long enough at the filk that the line at the pub was long enough that we decided to do room service. {I consider Valentine's Day a day to stay away from restaurants.} The sandwich I had was tasty, and they were happy to give me a salad instead of potatoes. My brother said the fries were delicious.

Once again, I was tired, and retired early. I had wanted to see Tam Lin, but the first part of the evening program convinced me I wasn't up to it.


"The Ideal of the English Countryside" Ellen Asher, Greer Gilman, Jo Walton and Mary Kay Kare. This was an interesting panel; Jo wanted to know if they meant British countryside or English countryside, because as she's from Wales the latter has a specific meaning. There was discussion about the types of countryside involved. I now want to go to Castlerigg when I go to the UK.

"Disease and Pestilence and Population" Debra Doyle, Matthew Jarpe, Robert I. Katz, Teresa Nielsen Hayden. I wasn't much enthused by the panel description, but I figured that any panel with Debra Doyle and Teresa Nielsen Hayden on it would be fun. And it was. Once again, I don't remember the details.

"Stealing Folklore" Greer Gilman, Katherine Macdonald, Farah Mendlesohn, Adam Stemple, Sonya Taafe. I don't remember if Adam Stemple was actually there. This panel was talking about using the structure of folklore; folklore motifs; with digressions into fairy tales.

That was my last panel.

My method for choosing panels is to look at both the subject and the participants of the panel. Boskone was tough, because at any given hour there were at least three things that would have been worth seeing.
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