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posted by [personal profile] curiouswombat at 05:52pm on 17/08/2013 under ,
I got home last night, and it feels as though I've been away for months rather than just over a week. And, at the moment, the most noticeable thing I did on my holiday was caught a cold! So I am feeling rather ropey.

Mind you I seem to have arrived home to winter, anyway, so a cold seems reasonable.

Honestly - the sun was shining when I got home last night - but it now so dark, wet, and gloomy that, at 4.15 in the afternoon, I have the light beside me on.

Anyway - back to the trip, and back to last weekend in Coventry.

The fandom get-together that is WriterConUK was our reason for leaving the island, of course. S2C and I had a perfectly uneventful journey to Coventry and our dear friend [ profile] gillo met us at the railway station and chauffeured us to the hotel. S2C had realised that upgrading was not terrible expensive - and so we had a room suite with a separate living room and even a tiny kitchen area with a fridge and microwave. This is less extravagant than it at first appears - he tends to wake much earlier than I do and a separate sitting area allows him to put on the light, read, write and so on without disturbing me. But the fridge came in very useful for storing [ profile] gillo's stash of wine for us all to share!

This is the view from our sitting area -


[ profile] daiseechain arrived a little after us, and we all went to Gill's to sort out last minute stuff... like making the personalised delegate badges and doing the goody bags! I must say I had had fun choosing pictures to insert in fridge magnets, drinks mats, rulers, and bottle openers according to people's chosen fandoms - but actually putting it all together took time. Mind you I think I had the easiest task - Gill was busy ironing the logo onto calico bags, and Daisee was tasked with the hardest job of all, which was inserting the printed strips into the pens!

Eventually Gill took us back tot he Ramada when I think we all staggered to bed exhausted, but the bags were ready to just have the sweeties added when [ profile] bogwitch arrived the next day. We expressed our admiration that she had done goody bags all by herself, and she expressed her amazement that we were mad enough to try doing it in such a hurry as she, sensibly, had taken months over them!

Fortunately the badges and bags were well received by everyone who was there! Sadly this was a smaller number than usual - at 16 we were just at break-even point but, even more important, if there had been fewer it would have been less a mini-convention than a bunch of mates meeting for a drink.

However - there were enough of us for it to be really good fun, and for the ice-breaker quiz to be as highly competitive as usual!

The hotel fed us well - and set up a long table in the dining room for us for dinner on Friday which they then left in place so we could gather around it and gossip together over breakfasts, too.

We had a day of fascinating talks on Saturday - everything from using art and fic to work together, to costuming. Daisee is going to post the talks on the Community LJ, and [ profile] huntingospray is going to sort out the website, when they will then be posted there. But a few interesting snippets; has it occurred to you that 'Elementary' and 'Sherlock' arrived on the scene more or less together because of the date Conan Doyle died? Or that many of the 'guides to writing' are designed for script-writers and so are not really applicable to writing to be read rather than watched? Or even how hard it might be to get through a door whilst inside a Transformer' costume...

The hotel kept us supplied with a wide choice of coffees, hot chocolates and teas, and comestibles, to keep our strength up...

Ramada snacks

There were 3 trays like that between us for our afternoon break!

There had been plans for Chaos Costuming after dinner - but the food was so good (even picky eater S2C agreed it was!), and the conversation flowed so well, especially with cocktails and wine, that in the end we just all sat around the breakout area and talked the night away.

Sunday morning saw the AGM of the group - and the committee asking people to consider, seriously, was it worth keeping going if the numbers continued to go down. The answer is that we will organise another event next year - with the proviso that if not enough people sign up it will not go ahead - and with new committee member [ profile] tlanti having access to an up-to-date convention calendar the committee will choose the date to clash with as little as possible, as doing it with an LJ poll to choose the date really isn't working; even people who chose the date we used didn't manage to get to it in the end, as things change.

So - those of you who fancy the idea of coming, but have never made it - please do try to come next year as, otherwise, this may have been the last one, or that might be!

OK - end of commercial!

Also on Sunday morning we hold what is euphemistically called the raffle. Everyone brings something, or more than one something, of a fannish nature, or just something nice, or interesting, they think someone else might like, and they go on the big table. Everyone has a numbered ticket in their goody bag - and as our chair person draws out the tickets we go up in order to pick something. And sometimes we get through 2 or 3 rounds...

Here is the table;

writercon raffle

Where else might you have the chance to go home with the latest Ben Aaronovitch, a dwarven axe, a Doctor Who Tardis van Gogh poster, or a copy of the Magna Carta? Or even a bottle of wine or a paint your own Snape kit?

Many farewells said, the numbers slowly dwindled - and, leaving my husband to make his own way home next morning, I set off for the station to head to London for a few days - of which there will be more in the next couple of days!
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posted by [identity profile] at 05:17pm on 17/08/2013
Very sorry you caught a cold, and sorry the numbers were down for your con. It sounds like a lovely event, nonetheless. The goodies look terrific, and I would have loved to have gone home with Ben Aaronovitch's latest!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:07pm on 17/08/2013
I'm guessing I came into contact with the cold germs either at the theatre or the Royal Albert Hall. Fortunately D-d seems to have missed it.

Our tiny fandom con is great fun - really friendly, I do enjoy it. And the raffle/swap table always produces fascinating things - I got a jigsaw in an interesting tin, and a cover for my new tablet.

The new Ben Aaronovitch was one of the first things to go - others clearly agreed with you!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:12am on 18/08/2013
I did indeed!
*g* DJ grabbed it from my hands as I came through the door, however, so I have only just started reading it.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:28pm on 17/08/2013
That table of items looks very interesting - and so does the goody table.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:08pm on 17/08/2013
The tiny doughnuts were quickly gone! And, yes, the fandom raffle table always produces all sorts of interesting things.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:09pm on 17/08/2013
Sounds so wonderful! Wish I could have come.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:34pm on 17/08/2013
It was lovely to see you the time you did attend. This year's long distance award went to [ profile] sparrow2000 who joined us from Canada!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:48pm on 17/08/2013
Sorry to hear you've caught a cold :( glad you had a nice time though, goodness look at all the cakes!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:35pm on 17/08/2013
The cakes were tiny - but perfect! I am doped up on Day Nurse at the moment, I'm hoping to feel better by Monday when I go back to work.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:50pm on 17/08/2013
I'm glad you had a nice time and hope you'll feel well soon! ;)
posted by [identity profile] at 07:37pm on 17/08/2013
I was lucky in that the cold didn't really come on until Thursday evening - so didn't affect me whilst I was so busy in London. And, hopefully, I will feel better to go back to work on Monday...
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posted by [identity profile] at 07:11pm on 17/08/2013
As long as it isn't the beginning of August I will do my best to come next year. .. I've made a mid year resolution to be more sociable!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:39pm on 17/08/2013
It would be lovely to see you. I think it is very likely not to be the beginning of August next year- just no clear idea when it is likely to be, yet!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:28pm on 17/08/2013
I knew this was the right crowd for the Magna Carta!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:39pm on 17/08/2013
Yep - people of discernment is us!
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posted by [personal profile] hhimring at 08:06pm on 17/08/2013
There was a really major fannish con on in London at the same time, wasn't there: Nine Worlds? Do you think it might have affected your numbers?
posted by [identity profile] at 08:19pm on 17/08/2013
Yes - it definitely did - at least two people who came last year went to it - and quite probably others who might have thought of coming. But we had already set our date using the 'poll on LJ' method - which is why we are giving the committee more say in when the next one will be. Especially as WorldCon is also in the UK next August, I gather.
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posted by [personal profile] dalmeny at 11:13pm on 17/08/2013
Yes, [ profile] dmw and I are hoping to attend the London Worldcon.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:31am on 18/08/2013
It should be excellent - we will most certainly not be meeting in Coventry that weekend.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:53pm on 17/08/2013
What a fun (and delicious) experience for you!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:36pm on 17/08/2013
It was so nice to meet up with fannish LJ friends - and good food makes such a get together even better!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:10am on 18/08/2013
Glad you had a good time, but sorry about your cold. Hope you feel better!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:34am on 18/08/2013
Thank you. I feel a bit more human today!
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posted by [identity profile] at 05:08am on 18/08/2013
Mmm doughnuts ......They were delicious! Sorry to hear about the snuffles - I always blame public transport!!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:36am on 18/08/2013
You could well be right - I was forgetting the tube as a harbinger of germs! I have put myself into seclusion over the weekend so as not to pass this nasty 'foreign' cold onto anyone - although poor S2C may well end up with it.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:21am on 18/08/2013
It was another well-organised, variety-filled, interesting and educational, fun weekend. With mini cakes! *g*
It was also lovely to see you and everybody else, again.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:39am on 18/08/2013
Why thank you Ma'am! I have a nice picture to send you - I'll downsize it a little and e-mail it - I'm sure the Maz in my e-mail address book can only be you.

ETA - no - that is a defunct e-mail address. But have now had the intelligent idea of looking on your info page and found another one. If you don't get a picture soon, PM me with an e-mail to send it to!
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posted by [identity profile] at 10:21am on 18/08/2013
Thank you, very much. I got it. And yes, I agree, it does look as if the bubbles belong to the balloon.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:10am on 18/08/2013

I will start saving!

posted by [identity profile] at 09:40am on 18/08/2013
posted by [identity profile] at 12:24pm on 18/08/2013
Glad you had a good time. The cakes do not look as nice as the ones you make. :D
posted by [identity profile] at 02:51pm on 18/08/2013
Thank you - you'll so have to try and come next year!

And thank you for the cake compliment - they tasted pretty good, but were lower on butter-cream than mine often are!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:50pm on 18/08/2013
Sorry about the cold. Maybe 3 more trays of comestibles will help it out! YUM!
posted by [identity profile] at 10:13pm on 18/08/2013
I have now reached the 'hacking cough' stage - and so will be a terrible annoyance to everyone at work tomorrow. Perhaps I'd better make them some comestibles to make up for it!
posted by [identity profile] at 09:30pm on 18/08/2013
Sorry about the cold, but you had fun and that's what is important. The con sounds lots of fun so I hope numbers pick up, and you can have one again next year.

Shouldn't have looked at that tray before dinner.
posted by [identity profile] at 10:14pm on 18/08/2013
I was really glad that the cold didn't hit until I was more or less ready for home.

Our wee con is always really good fun - so I really hope we can keep it going.
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posted by [personal profile] desdemonaspace at 01:05am on 19/08/2013
Lovely! I'm so happy you had such a good time. I'd love to come next year, and I hope there WILL be a next time.
posted by [identity profile] at 07:43am on 19/08/2013
We hope there will be a next time - Gill, Tlanti and I will do our best anyway!
posted by [identity profile] at 07:02pm on 21/08/2013
Sorry to hear about your cold. Since it's been some days since, I hope you'll well left it behind by now!

You're so right about the luxury of two rooms, and also some kitchen opportunities - we both also usually have the problem of very different sleep/waking times and cherish such opportunities to not disturb the sleeping part. For me, being able to make myself tea is very important. I haven't yet been to a hotel outside the UK where a water heater is provided (and oh how I loved that when I had it the first time!). Veggie me also loves small fridges to better stow the often necessary "veggie staples" I usually travel with out of experience.

It sounds like you had a really good time at the Con, I'm glad to hear!

Or that many of the 'guides to writing' are designed for script-writers and so are not really applicable to writing to be read rather than watched?
That is most fascinating.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:57pm on 21/08/2013
I am much better today - just a bit of a cough left.

And that second room really is worth it - especially with the fridge and microwave tucked into a corner.

As for the talk about 'writing guides' - I am hoping that Daisee will be able to put some of them onto the LJ comm - if she does, I will point it out.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:04pm on 21/08/2013
That would be nice, thank you!


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