Reconstruction 2010

While in Boston (for Readercon), I ended up meeting someone from Raleigh that turned us on to Reconstruction, which was conveniently going to be held… in Raleigh. I was a little leary about going for the whole conference (mostly due to requesting that much more time out of work). And for most of the next couple of weeks, I vascillated between go/don’t go, right up until a few days before the event. Instead of going for the whole event, I only went for the Saturday (seriously considered going for Sunday as well, but after a cost/session analysis,there wasn’t enough scheduled for Sunday to warrant the extra day’s fee.

Even though there were a couple of sessions that happened before Saturday that would have been good, I was still able to get a few things accomplished that would not have otherwise happened had I NOT gone. For example:

Kaffeklatched with Mary Robinette Kowal, where either the group was small enough or I was confortable enough now to ask about SFWA [note: I have been considering various memberships for a while, but no one that I had tried asking could/would really address the issue of guild-like memberships].

Went by the SFWA table in the dealer’s room and picked up a couple of the recent bulletin/magazines. When readingone of them, I discovered a possible market [call for stories for an anthology] for a story that I wrote a couple of years ago. I’m in the process now of going back over it and preparing it for submission.

While in the Dealer’s room, I discovered that there is a local market (based in Durham): BullSpec. Looks to be a good publication (nice rates, if I can sell to them). And they, in turn, let me know about another event (coming in September): a reading/book tour stop by William Gibson.

Other tables in the Dealer’s room that I made sure to stop by were those for the next few cities bidding to host WorldCon. I’m thinking about trying to go, but we shall see how the future unfolds.

  1. #1 by Mary Robinette Kowal on August 17, 2010 - 07:04

    It was nice meeting you. I'm glad that I was able to answer some of your questions.

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