SFWA Nebula Weekend: Day One

This is my first Nebula Weekend, so I don’t have anything else to compare it to except other cons. After checking in, I found my way to where they were handing out free books. I mean, hey, books, you know? Gotta keep your priorities straight. Every member got two heeping grocery bags of hardbacks. Good titles, too, like Michael Chabon’s latest, Gentlemen of the Road.

From there, I headed to the hospitality room. Important note: Texans know how to lay out a spread. Homemade cookies, people.

I spent a while hanging out there meeting new people and started to notice an interesting thing. The demographic of people who attend the Nebula Weekend seems to consist of people in their late forties and up. Yesterday, the only people my age or younger that I saw were nominees. Granted, due to the membership requirements, the organization will self-select to an older crowd because one needs time to establish a writing career. Still. It seems disproportionate. I understand more people are arriving today, so I’ll take note at the business meeting and the banquet tonight.

At three I headed to the panel on Publishing Contracts by Sean P. Fodera. This was an excellent, excellent discussion. I took notes, but I need to make them into something that people besides me can read before I post them. His closing remark was that in doctors, lawyers… all of these people need to do continuing education to stay abreast of what’s going on in their field. That they need to continually practice in order to maintain their license. People with artistic licenses think that they don’t have to do so, but it’s just as important for us if we want to be professionals. I am in total agreement with this. ((The worst business-of-writing advice I’ve gotten was from OSC because he’s thirty years out from being a beginning writer and a LOT has changed in that time. Plus, he’s a major writer so gets to play by different rules.)) I wish the panel had not been so sparsely attended. It was the only panel yesterday and had only 22 attendees. Yes. I counted.

The mass autographing session made an easy way to greet people, but, again, felt very sparsely attended. This might be because half the attendees were sitting down to sign things. I’d really like to see more general public at an event like that.

Dinner, I spent with David Levine and Kate Yule. We went out for Indian food, which was not bad, considering that we are in Texas.

I hung out in the hospitality room afterwards until my sleep deprivation forced me to retreat to my room. Mmm… sleep. Broken by a wake-up call at 5:30 am. A wakeup call which I did not request. I was annoyed, but not as annoyed as whoever didn’t get their call.

Looking forward to today.

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12 Responses

  1. Rob Kimbro

    I’ll heartily recommend Chuy’s, if you’re looking for some Tex-Mex. I’ve known more than one person who has had their creamy jalapeno dip frozen and shipped cross-country to get them through long periods away from Texas.

  2. Amanda Downum

    I second the Chuy’s recommendation. I’m going to be in the hotel bar tonight after the awards to meet David Levine, and we’re doing brunch tomorrow, I think. You and anyone else are welcome to come, if you’d like.

  3. Sean P. Fodera

    Mary:

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you found the presentation worthwhile. And thanks for taking a count. I was a bit too busy to try one myself. 🙂

    It was a real pleasure meeting you in person, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you and work with you. Congratulations on your election win.

    Best,
    Sean

    1. Mary Robinette Kowal

      I really did and I’m looking forward to getting a chance to read the handout you prepared. I stopped taking notes about midway through because I realized that everything was covered in there. Nicely done.

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