Sunday, November 15, 2009

FaerieCon 2009!

The third annual Faerie Con happened last weekend. I've been each year, and each year seems to get better. As sad as it was the Brian and Wendy Froud weren't able to make it, and that Melissa Marr and Lesley Livingston were both out with the flu, Charles de Lint was there. He was so funny. He made several interesting little quips. Some things he shared that fellow writers may find interesting and/or helpful...

1. Write everyday.
2. Stop in the middle of a scene. At least you'll have something to pick up with next day.
3. Read a lot, even if it is not in the same genre that you are writing

He and his wife, Maryann Harris, performed. He has written music that goes along with his books. The first song he sang was called "Medicine Road" which is for the book of the same name. Though, I haven't read the book, I thoroughly enjoyed the song. And all his songs. He plays the guitar, and they have a folk sound. I asked him when he was going to put a record out. Jokingly, of course. And he said he'd love to do that one day. He also said he'd love a television series for his characters and the town of Newford.

I blogged recently about SJ Tucker and Tricky Pixie. I was thrilled to get to meet SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney (of Tricky Pixie, and previously Gaia Consort). They were amazing. We sat in the front row. The performance was only 45 minutes long, but it felt like much less. I could have listened to them for hours. SJ played the guitar and Betsy plays the cello. Her cello was black and was named Raven. It had a long "tailpiece" as she plays standing up. I wish I had gotten a pic of them on stage. SJ is in the funny hat and Betsy is in green.

I also got to meet Toby Froud... again. I love his puppets. They are so incredible, and he moves them so life-like. A little girl came up to him right after the picture, and he made the puppet talk to her. She stood in front of him with her mouth hanging open for about 30 seconds.

I got a new baby from Jennifer Carson. This is Greta, a hobbit. I found a chair for her at an antique mall.

A pic of all my babies.


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