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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-21 08:19
Subject: [personal] Memories, in the corners of my blog
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From majikshop via matociquala:

“If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now,even if we don’t speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want — good or bad. When you’re finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.”

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: melissajm
Date: 2008-06-21 15:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When I went to my first party at Noreascon 4 and was hiding in a corner, feeling totally out of my league, you stopped and offered me a soda. Thanks.
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User: ramblin_phyl
Date: 2008-06-21 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I remember sitting across the breakfast table from you at your first Radcon. You asked me about the difference in voice between short fiction and long. We ended the conversation with my now famous advice: Apply butt to chair and hands to keyboard. You can't write a novel by talking about it. You just have to DO it.

And now look at you!
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When life gives you lemmings...: Food... transcendant food.
User: danjite
Date: 2008-06-21 15:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Food... transcendant food.
"...sawdust... brown sugar.... chili powder and cat shit."
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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2008-06-21 16:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My memory for details sucks. Which convention was it where you laid out for me your entire plan for winning the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer? I remember thinking at the time, "Oh, sure, you can control when and where you sell your work." And then, by god, it happened!

Best memory is a recent one: standing on the porch of Patrick's cabin at the Rain Forest Writers' Village this spring, talking about geological events that shape landscape. The scenery was beautiful, the air was chilly, and the conversation was perfect. I'm glad you made it through your health crisis so we can have more conversation in the future.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-06-21 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
John Pitts' house. Spinning toy. You lean over to look at the thing, rapt. Hair + spinning toy = ow + 20 minutes of disentangling. It still makes me chuckle.
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jens_fire: Telepathy
User: jens_fire
Date: 2008-06-22 20:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OMG that was SO funny! I think it took an hour to get his hair out of that thing!
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tcastleb: Cowboy
User: tcastleb
Date: 2008-06-21 16:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
World fantasy con in Austin. You and I were just sitting on a low wall (around a planter, maybe?) near the con registration area chatting. I asked about your pins and I think I managed to get one. But it was nice to talk after I'd been wandering around lonely trying to find anybody I knew.
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User: csinman
Date: 2008-06-21 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: First time I saw you
I remember a certain auction at a certain Writers Weekend 2006, in which there was much drinkery, and clothes-exchangery between you and matociquala, and hilarious pandemonium as you added bits and pieces of your (Bear's) attire and finally your (really your) hair to the auction.
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User: gaaneden
Date: 2008-06-21 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I met you at last Norwescon where Cherie described you as a "hippy Santa Claus in a loud shirt" and you corrected her with "a dirty hippy Santa Claus in a loud shirt, thankyouverymuch." I was amused.
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User: anghara
Date: 2008-06-21 17:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I must have run across you before this, but the first time I woke up to the True jay Lake Phenomenon was at that panel at what I think must have been my first Wiscon with you and Ellen Klages on the same podium ... and I remember leaving the room thinking that there should have been a health warning at the door, that it was entirely possible for those who entered this room to die laughing.

Yea, verily, I remember wiping tears of laughter from my eyes, and clutching my middle, and cackling like a loon, and by the end of the panel Jay Lake was firmly on my radar.

Thanks for the shared laughter, Jay.
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Erin Cashier
User: therinth
Date: 2008-06-21 17:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Driving up in Marin last summer, stopping at sites along the way, eating sugar coated almonds and cherries from a roadside stand :D
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Kate Schaefer
User: kate_schaefer
Date: 2008-06-21 17:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Splash! And there you were, fully clothed, in Susan Gossman's swimming pool. Later, wrapped in a towel, you shrugged off the inconvenience of driving back to Portland in damp clothes because you hadn't brought a change with you and hadn't realized that the party would involve an irresistible swimming pool.

And a second memory, at the memorial for Anita, a quick hug as you and La Sirena left.
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-06-21 18:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

In a coffee shop, talking w/friends, a man started to edge his way out of the mob. I accosted him and made him show me his sweatshirt, which had on it, in ideograms:

"Nixon minus brain equals Bush"

I laughed and let this man go. You know, I think now that it might be *really* funny because it was not an aloha shirt.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2008-06-21 21:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll never forget being in the line of fire when you flashed your belly at someone (Dave Duncan?) at the Foolscap IX auction.

I think my first conscious memory of you was probably at Writers Weekend, and you went from being "that funny guy from Foolscap" (7, the one with Harlan Ellison) to "Jay Lake, the guy who swapped shirts with Elizabeth Bear and did a fan dance."
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User: lt260
Date: 2008-06-21 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
First virtual contact was inviting you to Norwescon; first actual contact was my very first writers workshop critique. You taught me the difference between white paper and truly white paper along with many other things in that session. One thing that stuck out was your offer to critique a rewrite of the manuscript which, so far, has been unique in all my convention workshop experience. Getting an offer like that from an established author is a big deal to an FNG writer like me. Fast forward to the present and you are still willing to give sage advice to wannabes and critique things like that piece I wrote to cheer you up while you were convalescing. I’m not sure about other genres but the gift of sharing in SF/F is a big reason I go to cons and people like you make it a happening thing.
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Michael Hiebert
User: erdnase2000
Date: 2008-06-21 23:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Short Story Workshop: You, me, Gardner Dozois. One of us set it up from the back, one of us volleyed to the net, and one of us spiked it down. The jokes were always drop dead hilarious, and usually had to do with animal porn.

It doesn't get any better than that.
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the one and only truly amazing katster
User: katster
Date: 2008-06-22 00:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was last year's Westercon. I hadn't planned to go, actually, but at Baycon, I got cornered by an old friend who desperately needed help. So I ended up at Westercon as a gopher.

At reg Friday night, I was given my choice of books. I picked one by the author I was familiar with -- Elizabeth Bear. (Yeah, I had no effin' clue who this Jay Lake dude was or why they'd picked him as the toastmaster.)

Over the course of the weekend, I found out just who this Jay Lake dude was, which leads to my memorable moment. I wandered into the gopher hole on the last day of con only to find a pile of books that reg hadn't managed to give away with reg. Now that I knew, I extracted his book from the box and went on a quest to find our toastmaster.

I found him and presented my book for a signature. Of course, in doing this, I made a big bad mistake. I interrupted a harried writer in the process of racing to a new place in the con. It was bad form on my part; I will not do that again.

That's the thing though. Despite it being a bad mistake on my part, you took my book, signed it for me, and were really nice about the whole thing, even apologizing that you couldn't take a moment to talk because you had to be somewhere.

And so, I say thank you for not being awful to the newbie.

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User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-06-22 03:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I remember laughing with you as you told stories in a bar late one night. I don't remember which con or which bar - but the feeling of a big ol' family sitting around a table where everyone was welcome and we all laughed so hard the waitresses even joined in is indelibly part of my con experience.

Then there's the auctions you occasionally do....
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User: jens_fire
Date: 2008-06-22 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Writers of the Future. You and Ken had gone off somewhere while I stayed at the hotel room to get into my dress for the award ceremony. I was in a hurry and struggling to get the zipper on the back of the dress unstuck and zipped when a knock came at the door. Thinking it was Ken, I leaped over to the door, swung it open wide and choked on the words "There you are!" when I realized it was Jay standing there, not Ken. I think you said Ken was either getting something or waiting for me or on his way up, I can't really remember, because I was blushing and umm-ing and sputtering. Then I asked sheepishly if you would zip me up. And like the gentleman that you are, you did.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2008-06-24 03:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Chinese firecrackers.
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