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Some thoughts on the overall Nippon 2007 experience, written yesterday on the plane (and now with HTML, since I'm home with a proper keyboad and text/HTML editor! Yes, we're home; exhausted, very happy to be home, and quailing at unpacking and laundry and food-shopping and all that. Really, three weeks is the very limit of how long I ever want to be away.).

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This was the only panel I was on at Worldcon--and indeed my first ever. The description was exactly the same as the Bittercon panel:

"Stories about stories. When can the teller of a story successfully interact with the story, and when is it a cheat?"

This may have been a mistake--it may have attracted more people if it had been more detailed.

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Anyway, I had a really great time, for which I am *abjectly* grateful to the audience, who contributed so much and kept the conversation flowing in a way that just two panelists could never hope to do. The audience really made this panel work and I hope they enjoyed it half as much as I did.

As I said then, if anyone there has more to add, or wants to tell me what I've forgotten, please do. And I welcome further discussion from everyone else, as always. I'm temporarily turning off screening of anonymous comments to faciliatate the discussion--though from Wednesday through Friday, Japan time, I'll be offline.

Oh, and if it's a spoiler, either ROT13 it or put it between <span style="color: #999999; background-color: #999999"> </span>. Thanks.
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(Written and posted Monday.)

We spent most of Sunday away from the con.

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One panel (in addition to mine, which is coming later) and the Hugos.

(Written Saturday, posted Sunday morning.)

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kate_nepveu: Text: "Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it." (deal with it)

"Simultaneous rise of the culture by Female around the world--it is Yaoi and Slash Fiction. This program gets . . . the program participants [to] approach the attractiveness and mystery of Yaoi / Slash Fiction through the comparison of them."

Mari Kotani, Ann Harris, Amy Thomson, Reiko Hikawa, Hisayo Ogushi, Junko Kaneda, Azusa Noa, Reona Kashiwazaki.

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Nippon 2007: day 2

Saturday, September 1st, 2007 09:31 am
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Less cranky today. Still calibrating my expectations for this con.

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Finally, I got back to find that a Fujiwara had made up the room today. (There is a little card that gets left each day with a blank for the room attendant's name.) How the mighty have fallen.
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Panel description:

"Many Japanese SF anime and manga masterpieces are still unknown to the foreign audience. In this panel, we'd like to introduce some of these by using great numbers of visual images and clips."

Koutaro NKAGAKI, CJ (Shige) SUZUKI.

A third person was added whose name I didn't get, a woman from Russia who is studying to be an anime voice actress.

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The description of this in the program appears to have been cut off, but is:

"'Although some of them seem unordinary and even bizarre, they successfully provide interesting insights of Japanese culture and imagination throughout the modern and postwar history of Japanese society.'"

Panelists: CJ (Shige) Suzuki; Koutaro Nkagaki.

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Worldcon started yesterday, and it was the day of cranky.

Part of this had nothing to do with Worldcon--our ridiculous hotel only gives out a single room key, and so Chad and I engaged in some farcical running-around. (Today we shall see if he can rent a cell phone on-site.) And my keyboard continues to flake out for no apparent reason and come back ditto, which is driving me CRAZY. The odds of my being able to replace it here are not so good, either.

So, I did manage to take notes on one panel, "Sexual Japan: SF/SM", but for stupid technical reasons it may be a while before I can post it. (The wireless Internet in the con space was having trouble yesterday too.) I only took paper notes on another panel, "Re-discovering Japan: The Unknown SF Anime/Manga Masterpieces," but that was okay because for some reason--perhaps the description in the program was incomplete? this is a known problem--fully the first 2/3 of the panel were about the state of anime & manga fandom in other countries, rather than recommendations.

Also the con space is huge and not gathering-friendly that I've seen yet and, most importantly, deliberately air-conditioned at 79 degrees F. (This is not the con's fault.)

The final thing is that yesterday really brought home to me how few people I know here and how few I'm likely to get to know. I hope today I'll see more of the people I do know and get in more socializing. And keep myself in a better mood with managed expectations.

And now I must have breakfast and, more importantly, see if *today* I can successfully withdraw money from the ATMs. Yikes.
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A draft Worldcon English program schedule is now up. I am on one of my Bittercon panels, "Levels and Limits of Metafictionality," with Candas Jane Dorsey, Jessica Langer, and Scott Edelman. *fights imposter syndrome*

So, if you have anything further to say on the prompt, "Stories about stories. When can the teller of a story successfully interact with the story, and when is it a cheat?", now would be a great time to say so.

(I've only skimmed the list so far, but hey! A "Yaoi vs. Slash" panel.)

Posted elsewhere

Monday, July 23rd, 2007 10:46 pm
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Possibly of interest to those who don't regularly read my book log: non-spoilery and spoilery posts on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and my Hugo and Campbell ballot.

Two Weeks in Review

Monday, July 2nd, 2007 09:07 pm
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The most important news first: I'm an aunt! Six weeks earlier than expected, but the daughter of my brother and his wife appears to be doing well regardless.

Much cookout food the last two weeks. We held one here last weekend, at which the dog ate a piece of pineapple (from the ground) and half a piece of bread (from the hand of a small child, who would wave it in front of her face); people ate all of the mac and cheese, again (I keep thinking it's not a summer food and being proven wrong); people ate [livejournal.com profile] orzelc's spiedes and [livejournal.com profile] lbmango's over-bourboned pies; and I ate way too much baklava and contemplated learning how to make it myself. Yesterday we went to a cookout hosted by someone at work, at which the food was quite good but not nearly as interesting as my coming within twenty feet of a doe. Oh, and in-between we had deep-fried mozzarella sandwiches, among other tapas-y things, at Cella Bistro. If you live in this area you really need to be eating there.

And as Chad already said, we saw Richard Thompson perform live and electric last night. Impressive show, even though I don't like Thompson nearly as well as Chad does.

In non-weekend news, I have finally started working on learning a bit of Japanese, and can recommend the audio lessons at JapanesePod101.com (the audio is free; extra material requires membership, though you can sign up for a free trial). I find it a lot more appealing than my half-remembered college language lessons, and am planning to work my way through the "Survival Phrases" series. Someone here may well have recommended this, so thanks.

So, learning survival Japanese, doing a lot of Worldcon reading, eating a lot of cookout food. There was a disc of Princess Tutu in there too, but that's a separate post. And as always, I feel like I'm forgetting something, but if I am, how important could it have been?

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Somewhat to my surprise, Worldcon has e-mailed me asking me to fill out a program participation questionnaire. (I thought maybe they were sending to everyone, but Chad hasn't got one and I was given to understand that as an actual scientist he was much-desired by programming.) Anyway, I have some ideas about topics I might volunteer to talk about, but it's often illuminating to get outside perspectives on this: so if I were on a Worldcon panel, what would you want it to be about?

(I'm going to offer up all of my Bittercon panels as ideas, too, though I wouldn't volunteer to be on any of them but the Risky Narratives one. Did I mention how much fun that was? Even if it took way more time than I expected, keeping up with the discussions; can't type as fast I talk and all that. Wicked cool.)

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