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07 July 2008 @ 10:56 am
WIDTW: InConJunction  
InConJunction was a very nice and low-key convention. Our activities were minor but were spread out in time and required some prep (particularly the "What If I Were Tom Smith" concert, more about which below), so we didn't hang out and wander as much as we would have liked. I caught the masquerade but ladyat did not, she got to the art show but I did not, the dealer room was very nicely varied and well stocked. Overall, the con has come a long way functionally from some of the fiascoes I remember in the past. I think we'll make a point of attending - besides, having a pleasant general SF convention less than 45 minutes from home is a luxury we haven't had in a while.

The highlight of the weekend was the benefit concert for filkertom. He was originally scheduled to be a guest at the convention and was supposed to do 2 concerts. Once this became impossible for him to do (see his blog for reasons), ladyat and I were asked to fill in. We in turn asked a number of local folks to join us in a special concert that turned out to be part tribute, part roast, and wholly bizarre. Thanks very much to min0taur, ladyat, kestrels_nest (our able MC), Wulf WINOLJ, and Juanita WINOLJ for the stage work, with the lovely and wickedly warped 'Çoise WINOLJ contributing to the lyrics of "Close Your Ears".

Between the concert and the Sunday "Tom Smith Singalong" (at which we discovered how much all of us depend on Tom to be around to sing his own stuff), the open guitar cases raised well over $500, which should be winging its way Smithward very soon. Thanks to the filkfen of InConJunction for their generosity and tolerance!
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
sffilksffilk on July 7th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
congratulations on raising such a goodly amount for Tom. Hopefully we'll have some more good news from him soon.
Lesliehuskiebear on July 7th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Tom says:

"I want audio! I want audio! Many hugs! Love you all! I want audio!"
(me too! -ed.)
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on July 7th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Gosh. It Just So Happens that we have a couple of mp3 recordings of it. I need to clean them up a bit, but once I do they will be sent.

Where is the best place to send a notification of where to pick it up (it'll be waaaaay too big for email)?
sffilksffilk on July 7th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
you could try sending it in pieces via something like "you send it" or something............
K-Macalternityhouse on July 8th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
For a long time InCon was my favorite con (not least because they treated me like a Local Hero--yes, they actually gave me an engraved badge which said that--even when I was only an egg).

My first InCon was 1984, where I met Gene Wolfe, Tim and Anna Zahn, and Fred Pohl. Laura Bodine won the Wet Caftan Contest (though I'd been pulling for Rose Carlson). I met the core members of the concom, including Roseann Packer, Judy Eudaly, David Henninger, and Joanne Brooks.

They must have liked me, because with the ink still fresh on my first novel they made me co-GOH in 1985 with Marion Zimmer Bradley. The con was downtown that year, and we watched 4th of July fireworks from the balcony at the Thursday night meet-and-greet party. Along with MZB, I seem to think I met Bob Tucker, Kelly Freas, and Orson Scott Card that weekend. I also got to hear you, Moonwulf, and Murray Porath--and watch your jaws drop when 'the new guy,' min0taur, opened the filk with "Lady Snowstar Supernova." It was a great con for me--one of the best ever.

So, like a junkie trying to match that first high, I kept coming back--eleven straight years, from '84 to '94. They tabbed me as TM one year, as GoH a second time in '90, and always made me feel like InCon was home (even after I moved from Indiana to Michigan). The Black Book Band played there in '93 and '94, and min0taur's Sunday afternoon jams were the best way I ever found to close out a con. Flying Island Farewell and all that.

It would have been twelve straight InCons, but Gwen's health problems after Amanda was born forced me to cancel in '95, and we haven't been back since. I think we were invited in '96, but we were expecting Gavin that May, and we were finding that out-of-town cons with infants-in-arms were a lot more stressful and a lot less fun. If Conclave hadn't relocated to Lansing, we'd have been pretty much cut off from our supplier.

Also, somewhere around this time, Judy, Joanne, Roseann & Co. hung up their badges and handed the reins to another generation of fen. The new concom seemed to want InCon to be more like Dragoncon (with media the primary emphasis). In short order we went from feeling like we knew everyone (and were wanted), to feeling like we knew no one (and weren't). Just as the hurdles got higher, the motivation weakened.

So I'm glad to hear that InCon is once again a 'pleasant general SF convention.' Your account made me a little nostalgic--not least for those weekends when we were able to enjoy the company of you and ladyat. I hope there are still some of those ahead of us.


P.S. Good going on the collection for Tom.
Lynette RF Cowper: Kismetlcowper on July 10th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
We were delighted to have you two (and all the filkers). Unfortunately, I only caught a little bit of the Saturday night open filk. That's one of the frustrating things about being ConChair-- you never get to see much of your own con.
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say
I agreed with you