Quick-ish notes on Readercon; I meant to do this Sunday night when we got home and it was all still fresh and timely, but the only energy I could drum up was for angsty booklogging, and then work resumed. (And is still there, but I'm writing this up in time that would otherwise be unproductive.)
I had very little free time this con because the hotel room situation meant I was in the room with the Pip after 8:00 p.m., and because programming/safety committee/family demanded a lot of my daytime. So I didn't ever really feel like I'd gotten immersed in the con, if that makes sense.
Anyway. Saturday morning we got the kids up and herded them to breakfast in the hotel restaurant. There we bumped into oracne who joined us, but I barely spoke to her because I was busy chasing the Pip all over the place. (He's not a huge breakfast eater and there was stuff to explore. Stairs! Windows! A ramp!) Then the kids & Chad went off to the beach, and I took a shower and went to my first panel, A Visit from the "Suck Fairy": Enjoying Problematic Works.
Then I had a restorative lunch with yhlee and spouse at Legal Seafood, where I had my traditional lobster bisque and crab cake and enjoyed it very much. Then I took a nap, because His Pipliness slept really poorly the night before and I'd also been awake longer than I should have been wondering if my phone was going to ring with a safety committee call. (It didn't on any of my shifts, but I know other reports were received, and I'm hoping we'll be able to share some general data on the safety committee's activities in due course.)
Next I went to a panel that I was on because I was on the safety committee, Making Readercon Safer.
Then I rushed off because Chad and the kids were back, and I chased the Pip around as SteelyKid & Chad swam. We rode the elevators for a while, played "Help, help, I'm being oppressed" on the floor of the indoor pool (I sit down, he stands behind me and presses me forward, I bend at the waist and say "Help, help, I'm being oppressed" in the world's least convincing voice, he laughs and either tugs at my shoulders to make me sit back up or drapes himself over my back so I can gently shake us from side-to-side), and generally bopped all around the pools and accompanying area.
Then I took the kids into my hotel room while Chad showered and decompressed and saw them off to the mall for dinner. This was poor planning on my part because it left me way too little time to get dinner in the hotel restaurant before my next panel, so I made do with snacks I had on hand and found in the green room.
My last panel of the day and the con was Women's Bodies, Women's Power.
And then, bed. Well, cross-stitching instead of the work I really should have been doing to decompress, then bed.
Sunday morning, same breakfast routine, then sent the family off to the Museum of Science while I had a visit with glvalentine and then packed up our remaining stuff before yhlee's panel on writing the Winterstrike browser-based game, which I'd promised to attend as one of the game's beta testers. I enjoyed this and learned stuff I hadn't known about writing the game (the fledgling ironbird was once a giant robot!), and the other audience members also seemed engaged and interested, though I regretted that the panel necessarily spoiled part of the game for those who hadn't played it. The Storynexus platform is free for anyone who wants to try designing their own narrative game, though I believe there are hoops if you want to try and make money off it. (The game is also free to play, though you can buy in-game currency to speed things up.)
And then I had the pleasure of having lunch with Chad, the kids, and prince_eric and kids, who'd gone to the museum too; I'd not met his kids before and they were delightful. And then the drive home.
So that was my Readercon. In a way, this was a good one to have such little free time at, because the hotel renovations meant that the spaces for casual hanging were so limited. How was your Readercon, if you went? Oh, and if you have comments about safety committee-related stuff, you can feel free to contact me privately and we can talk about how I pass on your feedback. If we put out a report/summary/whatever, I will try to remember to link it here.