August 11th, 2009

Sepia, RB Office

Final Anticapation/Montreal report

When I last left you, I needed to head back to the Palis. After more than 3 days, I've forgotten much of the detail of the earlier part of that evening. So I'll just jump in where I start having clear memories.

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Tomorrow, but Tara and I need to go back to work, which is bothering Derrick a bit since we won't be able to get the Dog until after Tara comes home -- leaving him completely alone for a few hours. But I'm hoping that he'll sleep in for once and will not have to experience that much time alone. Tara may also get off work earlier, which would also help.

I'll admit I'm not all that ready to go back to work. In part this is because I've been disconnected from work for well over a week, but also because I still am in a less than ideal situation at work. At least, I think I'll still have challenging tasks to do, even if they aren't exactly what I was hired to do a year ago, nor am I really fitting into my current team all that well.

We are looking forward to Australia next year, and are feeling more confident about it with the house mostly sold (there are a couple of inspection issues to be resolved, but I think we can get them taken care of either by simple fixes, negotiation, or credits at closing). I'm hopeful that I'll be able to find a volunteer position at Aussicon that will both allow me to do the other things I need to (Bid, be on panels, etc.) and gain more useful experience and contacts for the suspected upcoming Chicago Worldcon, where I'll probably both want and be at least half expected to, take some moderately significant role.

I'll also admit that, at least at the moment, I'm feeling more at home still in Chicago and Worldcon level fandom than in San Diego fandom, but that may just be because I still don't know where I fit in San Diego fandom, leaving me still feeling like a bit of an outsider.

Sepia, RB Office

Things I probably won't ever get to do at a Worldcon

1: Win a Hugo.

At this point in my life, the only Hugo categories I ever expect to be eligible for are "Fan Writer" and "Fan Artists," and I'm positive that there are many more deserving people in each of those categories, all of whom are better know in those ways than I am.

2: Be a Guest of Honor

Similarly, I don't see a Worldcon honoring someone whose main contribution to fandom is helping run regional cons, or even helping with Worldcon.

3: Be chair

OK, this is orders of magnitude more likely than the first two. But at this point, I cannot see any combination of bid location and local committee that I'd want to head up to end up running a Worldcon.

But when all is said and done, I should and likely will be perfectly happy helping out on many, but not all, Worldcons at least once I am sure I've found my niche -- and I'm seriously thinking that I may have found it, or at least one likely one.