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The Write Fantastic Fifth Anniversary

I went off to Oxford for most of Saturday for the Write Fantastic fifth anniversary event on Saturday, held at St. Hilda's College. I would say it was nice to be near the water, since it's along the river, but with the drizzle, there was lots of ambient water anyways.

  • I had a hunch that there would be people I knew on the train over. I found clanwilliam and major_clanger towards the end of the train and joined them for politics, an Guardian Independent picture quiz, and looking at the landscape. There were steam engines outside.

  • How lovely it was to see so many people, both on stage and off! I spent the debut authors panel thinking of how editors and authors might relate to my friend-the-literary-agent. la_marquise_de_ spent the first part of the panel pretending she was "just" the moderator; totally a coincidence that her first novel came out in the last year too. Sarah Ash did an even more convincing job of being purely a moderator; only just now, looking at the group's website, do I realize that of course she was there as a novelist, stealthily. The "Reflections on a Life in Writing" panel shared with us how many people they knew that they'd killed in their books. It also somewhat indirectly led to my discovery, inspired by the name of the session, that at least two of the people there are vampires. (See mirror post for explanation.)

  • The pub-across-the-street was not prepared for 40+ people arriving all at once for lunch. They were very good-natured about it, and delighted with the business, but since we - pennski, A, and C. - foolishly chose our table and food before ordering it, our food arrived after the first afternoon session was scheduled to begin. Once we'd finally eaten and returned, we discovered that they'd waited just for us. Or at least for the time at which we coincidentally returned.

  • The event was attended by several very tall people. I realized that I'm not used to talking to several tall people at once. It gives me neck ache.

  • Business, of sorts, happened too, with an extended SHMTS* discussion with a fellow board member who was present, and a more focused BSFA one.

* The next SHMTS meeting will be in Oxford and deals with medieval maps! I'll post more details at the end of the week.


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May. 10th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Vampires! You forgot our Terrible Discovery!

And it was the Independent quiz. Had it been the Guardian quiz, not only would I have applied it rigorously, but I'd have tweeted our scores.

An excellent day, though.
May. 10th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
I slyly mentioned the Vampires in passing, buried down in the deep, dark depths of a paragraph. (It is such a Terrible Discovery indeed that I fear to speak any louder of it.)

Thank you for the correction. Now I'll know where to go if I compulsively want to identify phrases in photos.
May. 10th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
I kept thinking about you when reading the other day because I've actually found a quite foodie fantasy series. You may know them already but Steven Brust's "Vlad Taltos" series has quite a strong food obsession, notably in Dzur (I think it's the 7th or 8th in the series) where every chapter begins with a rapturous description of part of a single meal in the best restaurant in town. Most of the foods are known (one's we're familiar with from earth) but occasionally he will throw in some fantasy vegetable or meat. It's a large step away from "stew".

Maybe you already know the books. In most of them the main character will take some time out to talk about what he's going to cook or to wish for or actually consume particular dranks or reminisce about good restaurants.
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