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Becky Thomson
04 November 2012 @ 07:08 pm
I'd totally forgotten I had this account until today, when I had to log in to remove a piece of comment spam. Funny thing is, it was on a post I made in 2008 in support of Obama.

Four years later, I'm still supporting the same man for President.
Becky Thomson
23 October 2010 @ 05:35 am
World Fantasy Con will be awarding Terry Pratchett with the Life Achievement Award.

(I'm going to try to post here more often. Really I am.)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Becky Thomson
I'm not doing a single thing at the Australia Worldcon except attending and enjoying myself. However, in the past month I have agreed to run the Convention Office for Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon in Reno, and the Information Desk at the 2012 Westercon in Seattle.
Current Mood: nerdynerdy
Becky Thomson
25 May 2010 @ 10:30 am
30 years ago this week, during V-Con in Vancouver in 1980, Star Wars V premiered, Mt. St. Helen erupted (the ash trapping many eastern Washington fans in Canada), and I got married.
Current Mood: Remembering
Becky Thomson
02 April 2010 @ 07:08 pm
I hadn't been planning to be a full attending member at Norwescon this year, but I had thought I would drop by and at least meet up with a few people. However, this is not to be. I am in Illinois because my mother had emergency surgery 11 days ago for a kinked intestine. Since she is 93 years old, her recovery is slow.

Marah and Alex, the universe does not want us to dine together. Sorry.

Hope everyone has a great time.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Becky Thomson
14 November 2009 @ 11:03 am
Well, I was reading the SMOFcon mailing list, and there was an entry from Glenn Glazer in response to the announcement that Seattle is withdrawing its bid for the 2010 SMOFcon. And in Glenn's signature there was a link to the website for the 2011 Westercon in San Jose. At that site I read that photos from their party at SiliCon 2009 were posted on their LiveJournal ( westercon2011sj ). "Oh, I should friend that LJ account!" thought I, so I did. But I was puzzled by the fact that I had no mutual friends in the community. And then I remembered, oh yeah, that other LJ I set up particularly to interact with fandom... the one I haven't logged on to for seven months. Oops.

I guess my most notable fannish activity since last March is that I ran the Convention Office at Anticipation. That was, overall, a rewarding experience, plus I got to see much more of the Worldcon than I did when I held the same position at Denvention. Also, I had a terrific time at the first North American Discworld Convention held in Tempe.

Coming up soon, I am going to Loscon, and from there straight to this year's SMOFcon. I won't be at the 2010 Norwescon for various reasons, not the least of which is that I can never find a parking place at the Doubletree. After that the future is still pretty murky, although I will definitely be in Australia next year. That will be an interesting trip, because the Discworld Convention in the U.K. is the weekend before, so I will be literally flying around the world to attend them both. And almost nothing can keep me away from Reno in 2011.

My health is reasonably good. My family situation sucks big green rotten eggs. Enough said.

Hopefully I will get around to posting again sometime in 2009...
Current Mood: embarrassedembarrassed
Becky Thomson
23 April 2009 @ 08:25 am
I met Ed Kramer when Dragon*Con was still very young, but haven't talked to him in decades. I knew he was suing the current head of Dragon*Con over financial matters, but I didn't know anything about this weirdness. I didn't remember about him being charged with child molestation, and I hadn't heard at all about the spinal injury.

I'm rather stunned and have very conflicting feelings about this: I thought pretty positively of him when I first met him, but I always found him rather untrustworthy; I was highly annoyed when Dragon*Con changed dates to conflict with the Worldcon; I consider child molestation one of the most heinous of crimes, but there is the 'innocent until proved guilty' thing, and it saddens me to read about his physical condition.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Becky Thomson
13 April 2009 @ 10:22 am
I was looking at the news and thinking about the incredible job the Navy Seals did in rescuing Captain Richard Phillips, and I realized the entire episode would make a great script for a 'based on true events' movie. Kind of a Die Hard thing. You'd need three solid male actors - the big hero would have been involved in negotiations and yet somehow also ended up leading the Seal operation, plus a supporting actor to play the Captain and another as the head bad guy. Also, one of the pirates should be perceived as somewhat sympathetic - that would be the one who survived and was taken into custody at the end of the film. We need to get a female into the script; there's Phillips' wife, of course, but she's only a victim. Maybe the captain of the rescuing ship could be a woman, or a woman could be the hero's direct boss.

Of course I want Alan Rickman as the Captain, and I like either Johnny Depp or Gary Oldman as the head bad guy.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Becky Thomson
13 April 2009 @ 07:42 am
Home is where you don't have to try to hide the fact that you can't remember the name of the person whom you're telling it's so great to see after so long.

Norwescons are surreal for me. I was the second person to ever have a membership to a Norwescon. I was not only present at this convention's birth, I shared in both the delivery and labor pains. But I left over 30 years ago. There were over 3000 people there this year, and I saw perhaps a dozen that I know. Glancing over the Friday afternoon schedule, I saw "What is Goth?", "Male Goth Fashions," "Goth Fashion on a Budget," and "BDSM 101." This started out as a literary science fiction convention. I would bet that over half of the attendees now have not read one book in the past year (except reading required for school). Our first Guest of Honor was Theodore Sturgeon. The GoH this year was R.A. Salvatore.

Okay, obviously, I'm getting old. In fact, I've already gotten there. But not everything can be blamed on that. This was Norwescon 32, and yet the registration process was slower and less efficient than I have seen anywhere in a very, very long time. And the names were printed on the badges in a small font, making them totally useless as a means of identifying with whom you're talking. Classic problems and mistakes that shouldn't happen at such a seasoned convention.

Not all of the Norwescons have been held in that same hotel, but most of them have been. But they still haven't solved the parking problem. A room at the Doubletree is supposed to include free parking for one car. I drove around the property for over 30 minutes Friday evening and never found one open, legal parking place. And the first time I tried the valet parking, they told me it was full.

But what the heck. I'm not sorry I went. I was really impressed with the art show, and it seemed the halls were continually filled with people in wonderful costumes. I found Steve Bard, another very early NWSFS member, and we talked for quite a while. Also ran into Michael Dann on Saturday night, who had news on friends I had not heard from for many, many years. I got some very useful information about the North American Discworld Convention from Mike Wilmoth, and had a lovely meal at Thirteen Coins with a group that included Dave Clark, Dave Galliher, and Spring. It was fun chatting with Kevin Standlee and Lisa at the San Jose Westercon in 2011 party, and Ruth and John (Lorentz) ran a Reno in 2011 party with some delicious food.

I drank too much, ate too much, and didn't get nearly enough sleep, so overall it must have been a good convention.
Current Location: Happily home.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Becky Thomson
02 April 2009 @ 06:17 pm
My attention has been elsewhere lately - I had almost forgotten that I have this account!

Tom Veal and I will be hanging around Norwescon on Friday, but I won't be able to do much partying, because I'm driving back home that night. (I haven't got a room for Friday, although Tom does). Then I'll drive back up on Saturday and be spending Saturday night at the hotel. This is not an ideal situation, but circumstances and plans have changed a lot since I had to make room reservations.

Anyway, hope I'll see some of you there.
Current Mood: tiredtired