First I had a dream in which I was writing Ages and one of them was some sort of floating island in a gas giant... I had a child somehow? And we were zooming around in these flying antigravity belt/boat things, but then the dream got all sci-fi and there was a fleet of spaceships surrounding my child and I had to make contact with them and fight through space-opera bureaucracy to gain audience with Someone Important to get my child back. I don't know.

THEN (possibly after hitting the snooze button on my alarm a few times) I dreamed I was at some combination of Mysterium and Readercon, and I had somehow turned my previous dream into a short story I'd written, and it was being published in an anthology (but I was less prominently featured than some other authors, including names of actual Readercon authors and also forumgoers from Mystcommunity). And I was at a release party/book signing/reading because of this. And I was secretly really terrified because the story in the book was my first draft, I had submitted it either without expecting it to be even read, or in anticipation of editor-y help that never came, but it was just published in original form. I kept thinking back to my earlier dream and coming up with criticisms of the pacing, the plot development, the characterization, etc. because, well, I'm not a writer and that dream was in fact not a very well-structured story. But at the same time I was putting on a cheerful face and chatting with some Mysterium types and talking up the possible Myst meetup in the Boston area that I'm trying to organize (which I actually am trying to do on the forums) and and and...

My brain is very strange sometimes.
I should probably be Doing Something about unpacking around here, but it is over 80 degrees F and I am thus incapable of moving.

So! I'll recap last week's adventures instead:

Mysterium )
Attempted escape from Spokane )
Camping and visiting parents )

The whole trip just flew by in retrospect. I feel a bit like I need a vacation from the vacation. Ah well, back to the code mines.
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( Jul. 31st, 2009 05:18 am)
So I've already whined about this on zephyr/twitter, but my plane that was supposed to take me to Mysterium yesterday afternoon/evening... tried to take off twice but had the airplane version of the "check engine" light come on both times, so it was rescheduled to leave today at 1pm. I got myself rebooked on a flight leaving at 6:30am, because that way I'll miss less stuff. I'll sleep a bunch on the plane, I suspect. Sigh.

(Oh right, I am going to Mysterium, which is a Myst fan con, and then going camping with my family on the Oregon coast. I'll be back on the 9th.)
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( Jul. 9th, 2009 01:18 am)
Bah, the combination of "I have no free evenings between now and Sunday" (due to Readercon) and "I cannot physically reach many of my crafting supplies because of boxes I have not yet carried down to the basement that are in the way" is kind of stressing me out. I think this is a more extreme version of the "I need to re-dye my hair" stress--realizing that I don't have an evening available for something time-consuming like hairdyeing makes me feel sort of temporally claustrophobic. Hmph.

On the plus side, I realized that I'll probably enjoy re-playing Myst 3 because I only played it once several years ago. So it's on order from Amazon, since I don't know where my copy is; I got the $20 anniversary pack of the first 3 games and intend to pass them along to my younger cousins when I'm done (I'll san-check the Windows XP install process for them since my aunt's family is not terribly tech-savvy).
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Specifically, Readercon and Mysterium. Readercon is within commuting distance for me; Mysterium is on the other coast and I would normally not fly out just for that, but it's happening right before the week that it was going to make sense for me to visit my parents, so I'm flying to Spokane for Mysterium, my dad is driving me from Spokane to my parents' house in the Portland-ish area, and I'm flying back from Portland a week afterwards.

I expect Readercon to be shiny and literary and over my head in a pretty predictable way (see my post a bit ago about my currently somewhat-intimidated relationship to reading). I'm not sure I'll have read anything by the guests of honor, but hopefully I can concentrate on going to nifty panels and readings and stuff instead of feeling guilty.

With Mysterium, I am less certain of what to expect. I've played Myst and Riven countless times and been at least a lurker or infrequent poster in online fandom for the last 10 years and dabbled in fanart and stuff... but on the other hand, I'm not that enthused or knowledgeable about the more recent games and don't feel like I'm a well-known forum-goer these days. So I'm not sure how it will work out socially. But, well, geeking out about Myst fandom will be nifty in any case. I'm hoping to have a few Myst jewelry pieces (referencing the ages from the first game) put together to wear while I'm there, and maybe also a linking book thingy for my G1 ^_^
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