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World Con Envy
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Ah, well, it's that time of year again.... All my friends are going to WorldCon, and I want to too! : insert foot-stomping and tears here, to showcase frustration and immaturity:


Oh well. Next year it'll be in Glasgow, which means we can actually go! Hurray! Of course, that also means that half of our American friends won't go...sigh.

In the meantime, we're starting to get excited about going to NovaCon in Birmingham in November (we've been going up and down on this one--FantasyCon or NovaCon? FantasyCon or NovaCon? but I think we've pretty much settled on NovaCon). It'll be the first con either of us has been to since the 2001 WorldCon, and oh, am I looking forward to it.

In other news, we've finally started watching Buffy Season 5. I was disappointed by the quality of the first few episodes, but by the second disc (Episodes 4-7), I was hooked. The addiction is back in full force. We were very, very proud last night that we managed to eat dinner at the dinner table, in a semi-civilized way, rather than giving in to the urge to eat it in the living room and watch DVD episodes all night long... (We waited until 8 pm to start Buffy-watching, and actually did a half hour of typing up fiction first. Being this Good is exhausting!)

I started a new (untitled) short story on Tuesday, after our second trip out to Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales, which has more atmosphere and inspirational buzz than anywhere else I've ever been. Now I'm splitting up writing times between revising Masks and Shadows and writing in the new story. The new writing schedule is almost freaky in its parallel to the academic work schedule, which I'm also splitting into two sessions per day--one to type in and organize my endless thesis notes (so far I've typed in 50 single-spaced A4 pages, and I'm only halfway through), and one to write my Armida chapter. It's good in terms of variety, but I am starting to feel a bit like a split personality, in all directions....

And speaking of which, I'm off to babysit in an hour and a half, so I need to get some typing done now! Procrastination begone.

Have fun at WorldCon, everybody. Really. :)

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