November 19th, 2007


running, running, running--Philcon 2007

I have survived Philcon! I did not get to see enough of some people, but I did run into others whom I haven't seen in a while, so had a pretty good time.

There seemed to be fewer writers/editors than in previous years, which led to the attending writers/editors having lots and lots and lots of panels. Past a certain point, your brain goes [foof], so I don't think it's a good idea to have so many panels that you can't remember which room you're in, which panel you're on, or your own name. You are allowed to say no every once in a while. That said, it's hard to refuse when the load isn't being spread far. The moral of the story? If you want to volunteer, or even think you might want to, do it! Contact the program committee! If you don't volunteer, no one has time to seek you out. They have no idea of knowing who's interested unless you tell them; they might say no, but they might also desperately need you. Send a polite email, outlining your accomplishments and what you can talk about; if you con't consider yourself a "pro" but are a good cat-herder moderator, or a historian, or a scientist, or an avid, knowledgeable fan about whatever, you have something to talk about; you can even suggest the panel topic you'd like to address. Sometimes the weirdest specialties are the most useful, and make a nice change from the panels one sees over and over, same people, different day. Think about it. This means you.

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