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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-11 19:57
Subject: [conventions] Potlatch
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:busy
Music:not much
Tags:conventions, personal, travel
I have a reading at Potlatch. And I'm on the Atheism panel.

Oh, I'll be at Potlatch, me and lasirenadolce.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-02-13 01:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Do you have a favorite way that you used to find out about these things in sufficient time to actually plan and go to them? That you used before they started inviting you because you're a Famous Writer [tm]?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-13 05:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just the obvious. Is it local? Can I drive? Do I have to fly? How will it affect my career?

World Fantasy is a must-do for me, unless I'm dead broke.

WorldCon is cool but not essential.

I mostly don't do other stuff off the West Coast unless someone is paying me to be there. (With occasional exceptions.)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-02-13 05:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quilting
That's not exactly what I meant [g].

What I meant was, how do find out that these things are happening in the first place? Are there particular websites you check? Do you google "cons in the Pacific Northwest," or just go with osmosis?

I know how to find all the local quilt shows, but I've yet to figure out how people learn about cons and writers workshops far enough in advance to plan for them.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-13 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, I follow you. Sorry.

Um, a couple of ways.

The Ansible lists a lot of them. That's available weekly via email or on the Web.

Locus often talks about them, usually in retrospect, but then you'd know to watch for next year.

Look at people's LJs and Web sites. For example, the right hand bar of my layout (which you won't see if you're reading me via f-list) includes all the cons, conferences and book fests I'm at this year.

Really, once you start going, you learn by networking, too.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-02-14 00:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks. Since I hit the reply link from the email notification, I am on your site as opposed to my FL, and, glancing to the right, I do see what you mean.

Quilt shows work the same way (re networking -- the best way to find out about more quilt shows is to visit the flyer table at the one you're at [g]). But it's a lot easier to see that there's a quilt show an hour away next weekend, and go spend an afternoon, than it is to plan the expenses and the whole weekend or more a con entails [g].

[makes notes from list at right]
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