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Swancon is over.

i helped run a convention. It was by turns fun, educational, inspirational and damn hard. It’s now over, and more of my time is again my own(ish). I still don’t think I’m fully over it though – not the event so much as the leadup and the hard work throughout the weekend! I’ve blogged a (very) little about it over at FableCroft and am rounding up a whole heap of everyone else’s Swancon posts there too, just for fun :)

The only thing I’d like to add is to say to  ,   and  , you rock. Robin, Stefan, Jay and everyone else who helped along the way, or during the weekend (looking at you Doug, Linda, the Turner twins and too many others to name!), we couldn’t have done it without you either! And thanks also to Ellen, Justina, Sean and Sarah, for being the nicest, bestest guests any con comm could ask for.

I don’t ever want to do it again, but I’m glad I got to be part of it.

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Swancon 2011 Launch Photos!

Thanks so much to   who was behind my camera for these great photos of the Swancon36/Natcon50 Launch on Sunday! Take the jump for Launch pix!

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Swancon36/Natcon50 Memberships

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Thank you to everyone who has already signed up as a member of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. Online payment is now up and running, so you can pay online using the Paypal links provided, or register for membership online and send us a cheque in the mail.

You have until 18 April to take advantage of our earlybird rate of $150/$120, and the earlier you sign up, the longer you have to take advantage of the generous 10% discount from Planet Books and Fantastic Planet.

Click here to download a copy of PR0.

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Swancon 2010

So I ended up spending two full days at Swancon, despite only intending to attend on Sunday, for the 2011 launch and Tin Ducks on Sunday. The babysitter arrived about 9, and I ran her through the baby deal again (his first extended time without Mummy – he coped fine!). I then picked   up at the train station and after a short detour to pick up some champers for the launch, we headed to the con. First on the agenda was a committee discussion and launch run through. Then I had a look around with T, but it was a bit quiet, so we badgered   and   into going to lunch with us at the local Indian restaurant, where we later found Narrelle Harris about to eat alone so invited her to join us. It was very pleasant indeed.

After that, A & C went off to Borders for some reason, so T and I sat on the TPP table, selling and socialising for a couple of hours (and assisted   with a last minute awards presentation!) until suddenly it was launch time!   and I (with some specialist help) got the computer and audio set up while the rest of the committee wrangled rooms (again with specialist help – thanks Team 35!) and then plied the waiting crowd with coloured bubbly while we finished set up! I think the launch went pretty well, and it was a lot of fun to be the one who got to tell the big crowd all the cool stuff that’s planned for Swancon36/Natcon50 at Easter next year! (It’s at the Hyatt! Guests are Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams and fan guest Sarah Xu!).

After the launch I helped out with the earlybird registrations, doing the EFTPOS regos during the first rush. I then buggered off to the bar for a couple of quick drinks and socialising before it was Tin Ducks time. I got to present an award (Best WA Professional Artwork, won by our very own   for her design of the Siren Beat cover!), collect one with the rest of the New Ceres Nights ladies (Best WA Fan Production for our launch of New Ceres Nights at Swancon last year, with Liz’s gorgeous costumes, and cupcakes!), and watch a NCN story collect Best Short (congrats Stephen Dedman!) and   take out Best WA Professional Production for A Book of Endings!! Was fun :)

T & I left about 10.30, after I’d decided I would definitely come back the next day and arranged for T’s daughter to come with me to do some child wrangling. That meant a bit more prep before bed, then an early start in order to get up there in time for the WASFF AGM (4.5 hours!). Mostly a social day after that, showing off the bub and chatting. Didn’t do much, but I’m glad I went up for the second day :)

Oh! Not only did we have Tin Ducks this weekend, but the Hugo shortlists were released with four Aussies on them (yay Jonathan, Helen, Shaun & Lezli!) AND the Australian Shadows Awards were announced (all female winners! Congrats Deborah B, Kaaron & the Grants Pass editors!). Busy weekend in Oz SF :)

Now weary and about to go to bed!

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Lovely day!

I had the nicest day today. My dad is over from QLD painting the house and, of course, spending time with his grandies. Today we had a Natcon50/Swancon36 meeting in Perth (with tour of prospective venue, which was marvellous) and then   and I went on a bit of a shopping journey that somehow ended up at Planet Books and me over $200 poorer (but v. happy!), and then went on to her place for the afternoon – it was just wonderful. What made it so good? I didn’t have any kids with me!!! Well, except the one I’m carrying about at the moment, but with nausea gone and second trimester goodness kicked in, that one’s not making it’s presence overtly known atm, so I just had a lovely, peaceful, grown up time. Heh, except when Benji was being the kid :)

So my dad rocks. He rocks awesome when I look at my house and don’t hate it anymore, just because he’s painted it! In fact, I’m hosting next but one meeting again, because I want people to visit! 

Day at home tomorrow, with visit from uncle (and possibly aunt), with lots needing to get done, as haven’t really been home all that much in recent weeks. Looking forward to it, despite knowing there’s SO much stuff I need to do… Really must do some of those jobs…

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