ICFA was lovely, as was the weather down in Orlando… ’til the day I needed to travel home. Also, since that day was the end of spring break for much of the country, the Orlando airport was a madhouse. I arrived early, hoping to fly standby and get home at a reasonable hour rather than an insane hour, and the standby list was seventy people deep. So I sat at the airport for seven hours, then flew home at the insane hour anyway. And the weather followed us the whole way, so it was a long, fraught flight full of vomit-inducing turbulence. (Didn’t. But thought hard about it.)
Since the con culminated a very busy week (the KGB reading went wonderfully, and I finished my copyedit!) I am very, very tired. It’s going to take me a couple of days to recover from this trip — which I don’t have since I’ve got classes to teach tomorrow and Wednesday. Also, my top priority for the moment is now finishing Book 3, which is in the home stretch, and due very soon. So it’s going to take me a little while to catch up on email (hotel charged $15/day for it, the cheapskates), blog comments and posts, etc.
That said, it was a great trip. I did a reading with author Steven Erikson (of the Malazan Book of the Fallen) fame, which was very cool. (And he’s a very cool guy. I’m going to have to give book 1 of that series another try — I bounced off it the first time.) Met Suzy McKee Charnas! Fangirled at her, and she sat me down and had a Deep Conversation back! ::shinysparklyjoy:: Also, Orbit generously donated some copies of my book to the convention, so that the academics who make up most of ICFA’s attendance might like it and maybe add the book to their literature, folklore, media, and rhetoric courses, and so on. Spoke to one prof who’s already said she’s going to use it for her grad class. Grad students! Will be required to read my book! (Hopefully they’ll like it better than some of the crap I had to read in grad school.)
While I recover, though, allow me to introduce you to something glorious: the Flash game Robot Unicorn Attack, from Adult Swim Games. It is possibly the single most insane, surreal game I’ve played in years, and it’s wonderful for mindless stress relief. Enjoy!