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Ellen
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 - 10:14 pm:   

I'm off to Philadelphia tomorrow morning with Eileen Gunn for the Nebula weekend. We're meeting Michael Swanwick (or rather, he's meeting us)at the station and going to the Mutter Museum. I'm staying with Greg Frost and his wife Barbara and Eileen's staying with Michael Swanwick and Marianne Porter. Friday, we're meeting up with Charlie Brown and Jenni Hall for the Barnes Museum. Then on to the hotel and the more official type stuff.

I won't be online again till Sunday evening. For once, I'm not taking my laptop with me.
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2003 - 05:45 am:   

I've been to Philadelphia twice and tried to go to the Mutter each time. Each time it was closed. So have better luck than me and have a great time.
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Ellen
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2003 - 07:02 am:   

I think it's only open on weekdays. I went once before and loved it, althought the lighting isn't the best and there are NO good souvenirs!

I'll report back Monday or so.
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Samantha Ling
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2003 - 02:16 pm:   

When we were at Worldcon, I wanted to go, except nobody wanted to go with me! They all thought it was too weird!
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Ellen
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2003 - 05:02 pm:   

Hi Sam,
It's now open on weekdays as well as weekends. I've been there once a few years ago and they've
modernized it somewhat --good and bad. For some reason they've added a whole area before you get to the good part that has stuff on Lewis & Clark's expedition. But the good stuff is still inside.
THe huge colon, the drawers filled with ingested items, wax models of syphilitic penises, etc.

They also have better souvenirs--at least marginally. Rubber eyeball keychains. Some excellent t-and sweat shirts. I bought an extra extra large t-shirt of Chang and Eng, the first "siamese twins."
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Samantha Ling
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 08:45 am:   

Oh cool. I saw a documentary on Chang and Eng. It talked about how they married a pair of sisters and how if they were born today, it would be very easy to separate them since they were only connected by the liver or something like that.
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Ellen
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 03:57 pm:   

Pat Murphy wrote "Attachments" about Chang and Eng and their marriage for Sirens.
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Ellen
Posted on Thursday, June 05, 2003 - 09:47 pm:   

Not exactly a convention but the Stokers are this weeekend in NYC at the Helmsley Park Central on 56th and 7th avenue. There will be a mass autographing at the hotel (don't know where in the hotel) beginning at 5pm. Authors will be selling their own books if you don't have any to bring by.
I'll probably grab a copy or two of the hardcover of Vanishing Acts and YBFH #12 both OP in hardcover if anyone's interested....

Even if not, drop by if you're in the neighborhood.
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Ellen
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 04:08 pm:   

Off to Readercon early tomorrow. Back late Sunday. I won't be online all weekend I hope :-)
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2003 - 05:51 pm:   

Hi Ellen... I hope it's not too late to remind you. Try and tape Howard. Many thanks, Rich (aka Snock ;-).
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Ellen
Posted on Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 08:33 pm:   

Hi Rich,
It was <g> but we did tape it. I'm hoping to get a CD of the interview from Jim Freund this Wednesday. And I'll remind him to try to send it to you by email.

I've been told it was good but really have no idea.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 08:09 am:   

Glad to see you over the weekend Ellen. I really enjoyed your interview with Howard. I certainly have to seek out more of his writing!

JK
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Ellen
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 09:24 am:   

Hi John,
Very nice to see you, too.
Glad you enjoyed the interview. Jeff Ford thinks I should make cds of the interview and sell them--I'm going to look into it but I thought just a print or internet use would be a good idea.
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John Klima
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 09:44 am:   

They are all good ideas. CafePress offers audio CDs now (they are where I make t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, lunch boxes, etc.) for a reasonable price. However, while I don't mind putting an image on their site, sending them an audio file (they also do data CDs) gives me the heebies. There's got to be an easy/semi-efficient way to make and sell the CDs. I wish I had your Harlan interview from a couple years ago.

JK
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Ellen
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 03:51 pm:   

John,
It's possible that the Concom at Readercon taped the Harlan interview. Why don't you ask them? (although I'm not sure I'd like to see it in public <g>
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Ellen
Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 10:47 am:   

I'm leaving for Austin and Armadillocon in an hour or so and don't expect to be online again till Sunday. So don't take over my topic, you mice ;-)
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John
Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2003 - 11:17 am:   

<squeak>
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Ellen
Posted on Monday, August 11, 2003 - 09:24 am:   

Hi John, et al,
I'm proud of you--no nasty talk (at least in this topic <g>).
Armadillocon was wonderful--lots of good folk there. Howard again, Eileen Gunn, Deborah, Layne, Elizabeth Moon, Maggie, Flinn, Gardner, Gordon, John Douglas, Jennifer Hall, Ginjer Buchanan, Neal Barrett, Jr., Brad Denton, Jessica Reisman,Lucius Shepard, Bruce Sterling, David Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer & kids, etc.

Hot--in the hundreds ever day but it wasn't humid and that DOES make a difference. No problems flying out of NYC--the thunderstorms seemed to take a break for Thursday. I got in on time but was too tired to party Thursday night by the time I got to the hotel after 11pm.

Hotel was weirdly laid out. No bar and the food pretty much stunk (well, the breakfast I had was fine but the breakfast and lunch buffets I had were dreadful, and that's all you could get most of the time).
Friday night ate at a steakhouse with terrific duck and sausage gumbo and a great Rancher's Hand strip steak. I can only afford steak outside NYC so that's when I get it.
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Tim Akers
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 09:04 am:   

Well, I'm pissed at myself for not getting to meet you at Worldcon. I *tried* to get into the KK, but I screwed up and didn't make it in. Sigh. And then events piled on top of each other, and I didn't make any of your panels, either. So, since that was way high on my list of things to do at Worldcon, I'm a little sad. Other than that, though, I had a great con. Hope you did, too, and maybe I'll run into you next year or something.
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ellen
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 12:59 pm:   

Hi Tim,
Even though I gave permission for people to crash the KK because it was full up when my former CLarion students tried to sign up, some didn't get in because of the door nazis. Sorry you missed it too.
Next time.

I did have a great time despite program schedule fuckups.
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ellen
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 - 09:38 pm:   

I'm off to Foxwoods Casino tomorrow to meet my sister and a friend. It's cheaper to get a ticket to the casino $26 RT and have my sister pick me up on her way home from work. And I get a free voucher for dinner(they've got damned good food there) and a voucher for gambling. I'll doing the slots until I lose my $30 or so. Then it's off to Sterling, Ct., which is around half an hour from Providence RI. Antiquing in Putnam, CT Saturday, dinner with Paul D and his partner Deb N and then if we can get up early enough fleamarketing Sunday morning and possibly a trip to the Foxwoods spa before I take the bus home. At least, that's the plan. I won't be check online (I hope). Back Sunday night.
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ellen
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2003 - 08:20 am:   

I'm going to be at the World Fantasy Convention Thursday -Monday.

I'm on one panel, Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 Noon Best of Year, Part Two (Editors)
Editors discuss the best reading of the last year.
Ellen Datlow (M); Jo Fletcher; Stephen Jones; Jonathan Strahan

Steve Jones will probably be the generalist as he says he hasn't yet begun reading for 2003. I still have a lot of short fiction I haven't yet read but on the whole I think this is a very good year for short horror fiction.

I'll be bringing CDs of Howard Waldrop's Reading at Armadillocon and a few more CDs of my interview with him from Readercon. Steve Pasechnick will be selling them from his dealer's table and I'll take some and hawk them as I roam the convention.

I'm also bringing extra postcards of The Dark to give to any contributors there and just leave around.

I'm planning on bringing a few OP hardcovers to sell if anyone's interested:
Lethal Kisses my vengeance and revenge antho that was never published in the US. It has stories by Jonathan Lethem (reprinted in Cemetery Dance a few years ago without credit, Pat Cadigan, Terry Lamsley, Michael Marshal Smith, Michael Swanwick & Jack Dann (a really brutal story), Joyce Carol Oates, A. E. Morlan, Caitlin Kiernan, Simon Ings, Douglas Clegg, Michael Cadnum, David J. Schow, Mike O'Driscoll, and Pat Murphy. Some of these have never been reprinted.

Also, a copy or two of YBFH #12 and #13.


If anyone knows they're interested in any of the above items, let me know in advance and we can make arrangements.
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ellen
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 - 07:22 pm:   

I'm off to Florida tomorrow to visit my parents for a few days. Back on the 9th but I will be online and maybe even checking this board :-)
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ellen
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 - 02:42 pm:   

I'm leaving for Maine in about an hour and will be there a week.
Will be staying with Liz Hand and hopefully will get to see Alex Irvine while in the state.
I usually go in the summer but scheduling was bad for Liz and me so here I am going to below 0 weather from relatively balmy NYC. Back the 13th.
I'll be checking the BB and my email regularly.
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Matthew
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 - 05:20 pm:   

Have a nice trip.
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Ellen
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2004 - 07:33 am:   

Hi Matthew. Thanks. It's really cold. My hands are so cold that it's difficult to type.
There is a nice woodstove in the living room (but that's not where I'm typing, unfortunately).

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ellen
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - 01:01 pm:   

I'm back in the "warm" city--it's about 16 degrees now.
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ellen
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 05:22 pm:   

I'm off to foggy London Town very early tomorrow for two weeks with a side trip to Poland Thursday-Monday with Pat Cadigan.
It sounds like the weather is a lot warmer in both places than here in NYC, even though NY has warmed up a bit in the past couple of days.

Warsaw and Cracow to be met and taken care of my Konrad, Pat's translator. We're going to talk to his students over the weekend in Warsaw. Flying in to Warsaw (from London). It should be fun.

I intend to check email while in London and also the BB but not while in Poland.
Cheerio!!
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ET
Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 02:36 am:   

Have fun!
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ellen
Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 02:58 am:   

Thanks. And I'm off.
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Ellen
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - 03:37 pm:   

I was in Warsaw and Krakow the 5-9th with Pat Cadigan and we had a ball. Conrad, the translator of her books into Polish met us and took us around and made us feel quite at home.
Krakow is beautiful, with cobblestone streets and old buildings (and lots of cheap amber). Warsaw is pretty ugly, completely rebuilt from rubble by the Communists--all gray and boring buildings.

We met and drank with lots of Conrad's students--I was introduced to the "mad dog," a drink that sounds disgusting but surprisingly isn't. Vodka, tabasco, and rasberry juice. It's a shot and it's hot and sweet--you don't even taste the vodka. Also tried vodka with apple juice (you don't taste the vodka at all, a good thing as I hate vodka).

Helped the Polish economy by buying lots of amber for my sister, for Liz Hand, and for myself. (Liz and my sister asked me to bring back certain types of amber jewelry for them).

Back in London Monday morning and Paul McAuley and I talked the Borders event hosted by Pat C. It was a great success and lots of us went to Bodeans for terrific barbecue.

It took a day to recuperate from running around in Poland for four days and from too much early rising to catch planes and trains but back to normal now and finally catching up on some newsgroups....

Tomorrow evening I'm going to a cocktail party Geoff Ryman is throwing for me. Hope to see a lot of people I haven't been able to see separately.
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Stacey Cochran
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 02:20 pm:   

Will you be attending World Horror Con 2004 in Phoenix? (I just registered a couple days ago).

Stacey
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Ellen
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 04:45 pm:   

Afraid not as I'll be at the Nebulas in Seattle either that weekend or just before or after, I forget.
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ellen
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 08:58 pm:   

Tomorrow I leave for the Nebula weekend in Seattle. I get in late tomorrow night and am staying with Eileen Gunn and John Berry. Ellen Klages is also staying there.

I hope Eileen will take us (and Leslie What and Ray Vukcevich) on a little shopping tour Thursday. I finally finished my 2003 horror summary so feel relatively FREEEEEEE.
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ellen
Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 - 08:29 am:   

I'll be in New Paltz, NY this week attending a new conference started by writer and prof John Langan:
Fantastic Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Children's Literature

I'm on two panels:

Panel Discussion: Return of the Living Dead: The Horror Revival: Once again, horror
fiction has shambled forth to fill the shelves at your local bookstore. Find out why and what you can do to protect yourself. (Cox ©, Datlow, Hand, Langan, Van Gelder)

Panel Discussion: Fiction Short and Long: The Year (and a Half) in Review: A panel of
editors discusses the highs of this past year (or so) in genre fiction.
(Adams, Datlow, Fenkl ©, Hartwell, Van Gelder)

I hope we're mostly discussing 2003 as I haven't started reading horror in 2004 yet.
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GabrielM
Posted on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 11:11 am:   

I was originally going to go with a couple of folks but it looks like I will be out of the country a lot over the next few weeks so in the interests of preserving marital harmony I begged off. Sounds like it should be a lot fun, though, judging by the attendees...
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ellen
Posted on Sunday, May 02, 2004 - 01:15 pm:   

It was a good conference. I got to hang out with people I don't often see more than in passing at larger conventions. And we starting a new school of editing and writing: The pond scum movement--in honor of the pond a few yards away from the MOtel 87 where some attendees stayed. We took beer, wine, and single malts to stand by and sit on a picnic table in the dark and blabber for several hours after the programming.
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ellen
Posted on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 08:53 pm:   

I didn't want to start a whole new thread for this so figured I'd post it here:
During the Stoker Award weekend, on Saturday, June 5th, I and other HWA members will be signing books at Borders at Columbux Circle 2-4pm.

Come one, come all. The Faery Reel should be available then (I hope).
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ellen
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2004 - 07:34 pm:   

I leave for Cleveland and Columbus Ohio tomorrow. I'll be attending Marcon Thursday eve -Sunday in Columbus as Editor GOH. I'll be online to check email but don't know if I'll have time to check the BBs.
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ellen
Posted on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 10:24 am:   

Back from Columbus. My greatest accomplishment (and perhaps the most fun) was teaching Maureen McHugh how to shop for clothing.

Marcon is a mostly media and costuming convention in downtown Columbus, which seems newly renovated and was totally deserted over the weekend. The Concom treated me very well and I had a lovely time mostly hanging out with writer acquaintances and friends I don't see very often. That included Maureen, Mary Turzillo, Geoff Landis, Toby Buckell, Tor editor Paul Stevens, Bob Eggleton and his lovely wife Marianne, and others I've likely forgotten to mention. I also met Laurell Hamilton for the first time (she was writer GOH). We share the same agent so that was a good introduction.

A large dealer's room with only a handful of book dealers but a vintage kimono dealer (yes, I bought a short one that I may wear to the Stokers next weekend), an excellent jewelry dealer with much amber and semi-precious stones.
I was on three panels and the relatively small group of those who obviously want to write were at the ones on editing/writing. And my kaffee klatsch, which I find the best way to actually have a chance to meet people.

I didn't get to explore Columbus although Maureen took me to an arty shopping district in the CLeveland suburbs before the con. And we stopped at an outlet mall enroute to Columbus where she bought a new wardrobe and I found cheap walking shoes I was looking for and couldn't find in NYC.
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Lou Antonelli
Posted on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 11:45 am:   

It was a pleasure to meet you.
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ellen
Posted on Monday, May 31, 2004 - 02:41 pm:   

Hi Lou,
It was nice finally meeting you, too. And your lovely wife, Pat.
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tobias s buckell
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 12:55 pm:   

Okay, so this is like months late (I have to limit my time online lest it eat into writing ;-), but it was really cool hanging out with you at Marcon, Ellen. Will you be going again next year?

-Tobias
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EDatlow
Posted on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 03:40 pm:   

Hi Tobias,
It was great hanging out with you there, too.

Not unless they pay my way :-)

I only go to the major cons on my own dime, or those like Readercon and ICFA that are important for other reasons.
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EDatlow
Posted on Saturday, August 07, 2004 - 07:09 pm:   

For anyone interested, here's my Noreascon schedule:

Friday September 3:
1pm: One day in the life of an editor
3pm Kaffeeklatsch

Saturday Sept 4
3:00pm Vamps

Sunday Sept 5
3:00 pm The Catharsis of Myth, The Shock of Invention
4:00pm Autographing

Monday Sept 6
11:00 The year in short fiction
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EDatlow
Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 09:37 pm:   

Off to Noreascon in the morning. I may get online periodically to check things out but doubt I'll have time to post here.
Back Monday evening.
Don't take advantage while I'm away
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Tom
Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 09:59 pm:   

While the cat's away--
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Jerry
Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 09:59 pm:   

--the mice will play!
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EDatlow
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 05:41 am:   

Ha!! I'm checking in before leaving--you'll never know when I'm watching you.....

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Melissa Mead
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 06:26 am:   

I'll behave-wait, I'm off to Boston too.
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Jeff Lyons
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 03:16 pm:   

I'll be there on Friday only. Oh well.
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mice
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2004 - 05:36 pm:   

*lights a couple fires for we are covered in amok*
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EDatlow
Posted on Monday, September 06, 2004 - 07:05 pm:   

I'm back now so watch yourselves :-)
Melissa,
Nice meeting you in Boston.
Jeff, don't think I met you.
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 02:23 pm:   

It was wonderful! I'd never been to anything on that scale before. Thanks for taking the time to say hi.
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EDatlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 08:28 pm:   

Worldcon, although very important professionally, is Sooo big that it's not all that much fun. I'm always running to or from something and rarely can say more than hello to anyone.
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jeff ford
Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 08:35 pm:   

Ellen: And that Hynes center was like a piece of Third Reich architecture designed by Albert Speer. Massive columns, vast, high ceilinged spaces and long echoing hallways. One wrong turn in that joint and you'd run into Serling, no shit. Distances were not measured in feet but in days.
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EDatlow
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 08:17 am:   

Jeff: Absolutely. Although I haven't been to the Javits Ctr in NYC in awhile I remember it being similar. Why can't convention centers be warm and inviting instead of massively cold and offputting?
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Jeffrey J Lyons
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 12:22 pm:   

Nope, Ellen we didn't get to cross paths. I was only there for a few hours on Friday. I couldn't get to your 1:00 PM session because (I think) I was meeting up with Ernie Lilley at that time to get my latest books to review for SFRevu.

But there had to be another reason that skips my mind....

Still thinking....

Quite frankly, I don't remember why I didn't get over to your 1:00 session. Sorry. And unfortunately I had to leave before your 3:00 session.

I hope I'll be able to catch you at Readercon next summer. That one I usually spend the entire weekend at.
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EDatlow
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 01:55 pm:   

Jeff: I can't remember half the people I saw there so I don't hold it against you that you can't remember <i>why,/i> you didn't get to a panel--I don't eve remember if I was on a panel at 1pm.

Anyway, I usually go to Readercon and hope to make it next year.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 11:35 am:   

I'm going to Maine Wednesday for a week to visit Liz Hand. I usually go during the summer but neither of us had the time. Looking forward to changing leaves. Unfortunately, there probably won't be any or many yard sales by this time of the year. I'll have my mini-laptop with me but don't know how much I'll be checking BBs.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 03:18 pm:   

I'll be leaving for Tempe, Arizona and World Fantasy Convention (where I'm Editor GOH) Wednesday the 27th and will be out there till the 4th.
My schedule so far is:
Thursday October 28--signing at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale 6:30-7:30
Opening Ceremonies 8pm--I think/hope I just say hello to everyone
Friday, 10/29; panel 2-3pm on cross-pollination of genres
interview 4-5pm by Paula Guran
Saturday 10/30 10-11 am --Editors discuss the State of Short Fantasy fiction

And partying!!!!

I'm going to the Grand Canyon Monday morning after the convention. I've already sent it my absentee ballot. I hope to busily enjoying the scenery during "the day."
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 12:27 pm:   

More details on various events over the weekend:
Here's my official schedule:
Friday:
1400

CROSS-POLLINATING GENRES - (Palm West – 1 hr)
Discussing fiction that crosses genres - fantasy/romance, horror/mystery, SF/fantasy, etc. When does it succeed? When does it fail? Is there really such thing as this?
[Ellen Datlow, Barbra Hambly, Jeffrey Ford, Carol Nelson Douglas]

1600
GOH INTERVIEW – ELLEN DATLOW - (Palm West – 1 hr)
Editor GoH Ellen Datlow will be interviewed by Paula Guran and take questions from the audience.
[Datlow, Guran]

Saturday

1000

EDITORS DISCUSS THE STATE OF SHORT FANTASY FICTION - (Palm West– 1 hr)
These editors will discuss the changes and trends in short fantasy fiction throughout the years.
[Ellen Datlow, David G. Hartwell, Gordon Van Gelder, Betty Ballantine]


I'm also signing books at Poisoned Pen Thursday 6:30-7:30 and at the mass autographing Friday night.
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chance
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 04:43 pm:   

oooo the state of short fiction sounds good. No year's best panels this year?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 04:59 pm:   

There is one but blessedly I'm not on it :-)

noon Sunday
THE YEAR IN FANTASY: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 2004 - (Cloister – 1 hr)
Our panelists, and hopefully the audience, will discuss the high achievements of fantasy for 2004.
[Jo Fletcher, Steve Saffel, Betty Ballantine, Charles Brown, Ginjer Buchanan]
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 11:10 pm:   

Off to Massachusetts for the weekend and not taking the laptop.
A driveby signing with Kelly Link, Greg Frost, and me for THE FAERY REEL in Northampton tomorrow afternoon then a signing at Pandemonium in Cambridge Saturday 3-5 with Greg, Kelly, me, Delia Sherman, Holly Black, Katherine Vaz, and Steve Berman.

The Haldemans are joining us and Ellen Kushner for dinner afterwards.

Home Sunday evening.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 08:11 pm:   

Tomorrow afternoon I leave for New Zealand and Australia for three weeks, part of the time teaching Clarion South in Brisbane and attending the Aurealis Awards. Although I'll be online to pick up my mail, I doubt I'll have much time to surf so I don't know how often I'll be checking in here.


Play nicely while I'm gone. :-) I'll be back January 31st.
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2005 - 07:48 am:   

Have fun!

We'll behave...hee hee...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2005 - 10:20 am:   

I'll bet.
Sayanara!
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ET
Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2005 - 11:07 pm:   

Have fun. Australia and New Zealand are places that I'd definitely want to visit one day. For now I'll make do with watching LotR: Two Towers extended edition. :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, January 10, 2005 - 08:51 pm:   

I'm here in Auckland. Beautiful weather. Verrry long flight. Didn't take my sleeping pill as I was afraid since I've never taken one before. I slept a bit.
Picked up at the airport by Vanda Ivanovic and her father and showered when I got to her place. Then off to see the city with her and her partner Sean. Antiquing (way too expensive so far) and walking walking walking and drinking lots of coffee so I won't crash till the right time tonight.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, January 15, 2005 - 12:58 pm:   

Yesterday my luggage didn't arrive with me in Brisbane and I'm still waiting for it.

However, I held a koala and had photos taken (they will go on my website eventually) and I had a magnificent meal at the top of a hill in Brisbane from which you could see all of the city lit up. Michael Swanwick and his wife Marianne Porter were with me and our hosts Robert Hoge and Kate Eltham (and another chap named Robert, who helps with CLarion South). Michael had kangaroo--which I tasted. (I've eaten it before). We agree it's not half as good as beef steak. But it's fun to be able to say we've eaten kangaroo.

Hoping my luggage will show up today although Air New Zealand makes it impossible to check where it is in the system. Robert Hoge and I called many times yesterday trying to get a human on the phone to track it down. No luck at all. And I don't have much hope for today, Sunday. Wahhhhh!

And I left my makeup in Auckland. Oh well, I'll buy more of that today.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 05:50 am:   

Finished my week teaching Clarion South. It was a tiring but satisfying experience and I've been encouraging those who haven't already done so to submit to US markets.

We ordered in pizza and watched The Incredibles, which I loved.

Tomorrow I can finally sleep late and I move back into the hotel downtown for the night and to attend the Aurealis awards.
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Jack Dann
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 05:52 am:   

Hey, Ellen, just to let you know I've taken your advice and am trolling the forums. It was wonderful seeing you in Brisbane, and hanging out in Melbourne and at the farm.

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Ellen
Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - 02:39 pm:   

Hey Jack,
You mean you're lurking not trolling. "Trolling" means you saying provocative things to stir up trouble :-)
Welcome.

Lovely seeing you.
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Jack Dann
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 04:59 am:   

So, nu, maybe I should troll. <grin> I guess I was lurkling loudly.

xxoo

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 07:56 pm:   

Went blueberry picking, then wine tasting at two wineries today in Tasmania.

Yesterday Dirk and I went trout fishing at the river, had no luck for two hours and went to the trout farm, where I caught two beauties and he caught one. I realized that I'd never gone trout fishing before and I had no idea how to actually LAND the things. Dirk had to grab them at the short while I kept pulling in the line. They fought hard, he says because it was warm out and they're more active.

It's a bit warmer than I'd like and I'll be ready to come home to just above freezing temps Monday.
We ate them (rainbow trout) for dinner.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 09:49 am:   

I'm home and happy of it. I had a great time but am ready to work and am delighted to be where it's cold again. I'll probably regret saying this when the next cold snap comes but for now it's true!
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Jason D. Wittman
Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 11:25 pm:   

Good to hear you made it back, Ellen. And I'm with you about the cold. Give me a Minnesota blizzard over a Florida hurricane anyday.

Jason
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 03:23 am:   

I'm leaving for London in a few minutes, and will be gone till the 30th. I doubt I'll be checking here much as dial up is costly over there and I won't have much time, anyway.
See you all when I get back.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 04:52 pm:   

I leave tomorrow very early for the Glasgow Worldcon and environs. Back August 16th, late. I may get online to check email once a day or so if possible but don't expect to check any BBs. So be nice while I'm gone.:-)
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Jason D. Wittman
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 10:58 pm:   

0:-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 07:03 pm:   

I just realized I haven't mentioned my upcoming conventions and trips for awhile (although, some are mentioned on my website.

I leave for Prague this Thursday for six days. I'm meeting Pat Cadigan and our Polish friend Konrad Walewski there.

In March I attend ICFA in Fort Lauderdale, visiting my parents for a few days before.

April I'm a Guest at Eurocon in Kiev, Ukraine and Eileen Gunn is accompanying me. We plan a tour of Chernobyl if possible.

May I'm attending the Nebulas in Tempe, AZ and then in late May/June I'm going to NZ and Australia, ending up in Canberra for Conflux, where I'm Editor GOH.

Mid-July I teach Clarion West in Seattle.

Early August I'm going on a 90th birthday cruise for my father with my family to Nova Scotia. A few weeks later I'm off to Anaheim for LACON.

I've accepted an invitation to be Editor GOH at Context in Columbus, Ohio in early October.

Early November is WFC in Austin.

I'm Editor GOH at Orycon in later November. Whew. I'm exhausted just thinking about it all.
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Jason Sizemore
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 12:42 pm:   

>>I've accepted an invitation to be Editor GOH at Context in Columbus, Ohio in early October.

Nice! You might be overran by a bunch of hillbilly fans from Kentucky (like me!) at ConText.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 03:41 pm:   

Is Kentucky close by? Maybe you could get Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe to drop by too :-)
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 06:18 pm:   

Oh wonderful! I'll see you at Orycon then.

While you are in Prague, if you get a chance, check out the Black Light Theater of Prague. It looks like they've got a couple of shows while you'll be there. It's not black light, as in UV, it's a style of puppet theater that we call Czech black in the U.S. Anyway, they are known for outstanding and really innovative work.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 09:51 am:   

Hi Mary,
thanks for the suggestion. that sounds great. I'll see if I can persuade my friends to do it.
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Jason Sizemore
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 12:42 pm:   

Hi Ellen:
Columbus is about 3 hours from Lexington, KY where Christopher, Gwenda, and myself live. I'll mention that you'll be GoH at ConText and see if they're interested.

Mary: That sounds damn cool.
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 03:36 pm:   

Jason: I know all the puppet hotspots.

Ellen: Don't let anyone convince you to go to the Marionette Theater of Prague instead. It's much better known, and very good, but it's just marionettes moving to a recorded opera. I mean, their manipulation is outstanding and I love opera, but...um, why not just go see opera? The black light theater is good and frequently covers dark subject matter.
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Jason Sizemore
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 10:34 am:   

And the remarkable Mary Robinette Kowal continues to amaze me. :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, February 04, 2006 - 07:46 am:   

Mary, thank you....
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006 - 09:21 am:   

I'm home after traveling all day yesterday.

Mary, Pat and I went to one of the black light theater performances and liked it a lot. Synchronistically, the framing device was (very corny) science fiction. Very cool. Thanks for the rec rather than the opera marionettes (I hate opera).

So what we found were beautiful old buildings all over the place, cobble stoned streest, excellent pizza, some good shopping (cheap Czech glass jewelry all over the place, very depressing over- commercialization all over the city, and a few cheats--the cab driver who took us home from the theater after the show. We were warned that cabs will rip you off if you're not very careful and arrange for the price in advance--because they're meters are mostly rigged. But we were too tired to walk part of the way home and too mentally tired to argue with the driver.

Also, ended up by accident in a very over-priced sushi restaurance because the Brazilian place we were hoping to go had no non-smoking area.

Met a few natives or dwellers such as Martin Sust, who works for Laser Books, Brian Callaghan, who used to work at Tor and has lived in Prague for three years, my agent's rep, and Cyril Simsa, writer-friend of Eileen Gunn, who we liked a lot.

A little snow then unexpected and unwelcome rain that soaked my boots through one day.

Went to the Mucha Museum and Prague Castle, where we saw the Cathedral.
Saw the cubist building (had tea there) with the Black Madonna in front. Very cool decor inside and out.

Saw the Dancing house in the distance by tram and never got a chance to actually track it down and get close. It looked gorgeous--Frank Gehry was one of the architects of it.

Glad to be home. Next year we may go to Berlin or back to Rome.
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 04:12 pm:   

Sounds wonderful! I'm glad you enjoyed the theater--hope the sci-fi wasn't too corny to be fun.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 04:37 pm:   

No no. We both enjoyed the sf frame--it WAS fun.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 09:45 pm:   

I'm off to Florida tomorrow for ten days of a bit of warm weather. Visiting my folks and then attending the Conference of the Fantastic, where thanks to Adam-Troy Castro, I'll be interviewed by the South Florida SF Society.

I expect to be online a lot for the first six days while visiting my parents as they're both getting over illnesses so I'm not sure how much we'll be going out. I brought lots of reading too.

Keep the home fires burning.
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paulw
Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 04:57 am:   

Have fun, Ellen!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 05:10 am:   

thanks. And I'm off!
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 07:11 am:   

Ellen, please give Adam and Judi Castro big hugs from me and my family. And I hope your folks get to feeling better soon.
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 12:18 pm:   

Have a good time!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 01:50 pm:   

Andrew --just got down here and should be seeing Adam (if not Judy) next week. Will do.

The parents are both weakish and I have to go with my dad tomorrow to the VA hospital for one of those unpleasant test procedures for men ;-) I'll bring lots of reading while waiting.

But it's sunny and warm!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 09:59 am:   

Big Apple Con: The oldest and longest running comic, art and toy show in New York City.
http://www.bigapplecon.com/

I'll be on a panel Friday, March 31 at 4pm - 5pm: Special Sci-Fi and Horror Author Discussion Panel with: Jack Ketchum, C.J. Henderson, Paul Witcover, Gary Frank, and Amy Grech and in the dealers room selling my books on Saturday, April 1, 2006
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 07:29 am:   

Sounds great! Wish the family and I could join you there! Have fun.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 07:31 am:   

Hi Andrew,
Me too.
Btw,I'm going to email you about something.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:30 am:   

I’m attending
Mt. Airy Kids' Literary Festival
Saturday April 14, 2007
http://www.bigbluemarblebooks.com/kidslit07.html

On Saturday April 14th:

4:00pm - Reading with editor Ellen Datlow, and contributors Gregory Frost, Steve Berman, and Delia Sherman, from the anthology The Faery Reel.
Location: Big Blue Marble Cafe
Following the reading there will be a trivia contest with giveaways from the authors.



The Event takes place at the Big Blue Marble Books cafe

551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 06:17 pm:   

Photos from my visit with my parents in Boynton Beach are up at:
http://tinyurl.com/2ulhak

I hope to get to the photos taken at ICFA tonight or tomorrow.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 08:33 pm:   

And here are the photos of ICFA:
http://tinyurl.com/2m77yt
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 08:46 pm:   

I should know better than to mess with an editor :-)
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 08:50 pm:   

Did you enjoy the panels?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 08:30 am:   

ICFA is an odd duck: mostly academic papers and a smattering of panels, some more academic than others. I was on the Fairy tale panel led by Helen Pilinovsky--about "Good Girls and Wicked Women." It only got started when we had to wrap it up (an hour). Several years ago I went to one of the academic sessions where about 3-4 people read their papers. The material and delivery was SO inconsistent--from brilliant exegesis to HS term paperish--that I've never gone again.

I go to hang out with all my writer friends.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 09:49 am:   

Not everyone can yak like an Ellison.

Most aren't so good off-the-cuff. Especially if it's an unknown Q&A.

Uneven academic presentations? So much for rigor...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 10:45 am:   

The only q&as was a terrific discussion between Peter Straub and John Clute, moderated by Gary Wolfe. Now THAT was good.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 01:57 pm:   

See there's some hope for Q&A.

Wish that events were more frequently recorded.

That was a good snap you took of Crowley and Hand talking. (conversing :-))
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:05 am:   

Q&A's aren't the usual format for academic conferences. Or in fact most conventions. When I'm GOH I insist on it only because giving speeches terrifies me.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 05:41 pm:   

I'll be gone beginning tomorrow morning for the weekend attending World Horror and the Stokers in Toronto.

Won't be online. Back Sunday.
Be Good ;-)
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 07:56 am:   

we're all bunnies compared to the nonsense that takes place at some other boards...

Have fun!

Don't forget to tell folk what an editor does :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 08:33 pm:   

I'm back and I did indeed say what editors do (especially those who edit year's best anthos) on a panel called
"What do you mean Edit? How hard can it be to put together a year's best?"

I was on it with Steve Jones, Tom Monteleone, Ramsey Campbell, and F. Paul Wilson, whose question to Steve prompted the panel idea.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 04:46 pm:   

How I spent last weekend. Here are my photos from Eugene, Oregon, where I taught a two day workshop and visited Kate Wilhelm.
http://tinyurl.com/29jp23

http://tinyurl.com/2xhmzy
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 12:19 am:   

Oh fun! It looks like the weather cooperated when you were here.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 08:12 am:   

It was sunny and warmish the whole time. I forgot how unusual that is for Oregon only after emjoying it for a day :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 09:35 am:   

First photos from the Nebulas:
http://tinyurl.com/2tsmgr
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PM
Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 11:19 am:   

Joe brings the gravitas...won't ask Tempest what's she's doing with all the booty :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 12:24 pm:   

here are the rest of the photos, from May 12th.
http://tinyurl.com/2axzzc
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PM
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 02:39 pm:   

All that robot abuse! We're going to have to get Asimov to write some new laws :-)

Did Dozois flip someone off?

And Zoe is a show stealer.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 03:38 pm:   

Most of it is not on flickr. One poor robot was shoved into a coffee cup but I couldn't get a good picture because of the robot's silver color...it kept coming out all white.

I heard that at another table, a robot was torn to shreds. I have no idea if someone too a picture of the poor dear.

Gardner might have but I never saw it--probably just gesturing...
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PM
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 04:46 pm:   

Well, maybe the new SFWA president will crackdown on the heartless abuse of robots :-)


Paul Witcover took a nice shot of you and others too!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 04:58 pm:   

It IS nice!
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PM
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 05:03 pm:   

Now if we can just get your Del Rey posse to name your antho :-)

Hope everyone had lots of fun!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 03:52 pm:   

I'm off to Tanglewood early tomorrow for the weekend with my family.
We're going to see the Mark Morris Dance Troupe tomorrow evening and Prairie Home Companion Saturday evening. Back Sunday night.
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 03:11 pm:   

Have fun!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 06:35 pm:   

My Readercon schedule:
I'm only going to be there Friday and Saturday (leaving noonish Sunday) and I'll be bringing a bunch of OP books to sell. Any requests, let me know and I'll make sure I bring them, if they're around the apt.:
(L) means "leader of the discussion"

Friday 3:00 PM. Panel
The Retold Fairy or Folk Tale.
Holly Black, Ellen Datlow, Theodora Goss (L), Gavin J. Grant, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente

It's become a thriving and very interesting sub-genre, highlighted by Angela Carter's _The Bloody Chamber_, Tanith Lee's _Red As Blood_, the Fairy Tales Series of novels edited by Terri Windling, and the _Snow White, Blood Red_ series of anthologies edited by Windling and Ellen Datlow (there are doubtless many other examples). We'll discuss the appeal of these works and the myriad evident approaches. What are the separate advantages to hewing close to the original and to taking great liberties?


Friday 5:00 PM. Panel
Awe, Horror!
John Clute, Ellen Datlow, Nick Mamatas, Kim Paffenroth, Gary K. Wolfe (L)

The May 2007 issue of _Locus_ featured a roundtable discussion of horror, focusing on John Clute's model of horror story structure as presented in his recent book _The Darkening Garden_. Gary K. Wolf beautifully summed up Clute's most important idea: the best horror tales don't "need to set out to scare us-they reveal to us that we're _already_ scared." Clute calls the feeling evoked at the end of a horror tale when the true and inimical nature of the world is revealed "vastation," which Peter Straub argued was in fact a form of transcendence. Elsewhere in the issue, authors Ramsey Campbell (admitting to being a horror writer) and Caitlin R. Kiernan (denying the same) both argue that the best horror evokes the emotion of _awe_ rather than fear. We think they're talking about the same feeling as Clute and Straub, and that this insight is the key to relating Clute's ideas to the more conventional view in which horror is defined not by its characteristic story structure but by the effect it produces on the reader. We'll review Clute's model and then focus on its (arguably awesome or awful) final stage.


Friday 8:00 PM. Kaffeeklatsch


Saturday 10:00 AM. Panel
The Year in Short Fiction.
Kathryn Cramer, Ellen Datlow, David G. Hartwell (L), Gordon Van Gelder, Sean Wallace


Saturday 11:00 AM. Panel
Short Fiction Outlets You've Never Heard Of.
Ellen Datlow, Adam Golaski (L), Matthew Kressel, Jennifer Pelland, Paul Tremblay

A survey of the obscure places that short speculative fiction appears today, for both writers and readers.


Saturday 2:00 PM. _Coyote Road_ Group Reading (60 min.) Ellen Datlow (host), Steve Berman, Holly Black, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kelly Link, and Elizabeth Wein


Sunday 10:00 AM. Autographing
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PM
Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2007 - 08:13 pm:   

Don't forget the Clute action shots!

Sounds like it's going to be lots of fun!
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 07:30 am:   

See you there, Ellen!
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 08:55 am:   

Hi Nathan,
When do you get there?
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steveberman
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 11:43 am:   

Remember, you owe me a drink. I expect something sizeable and decadent.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 01:53 pm:   

Oh yes, I do! And I will remember this time :-)
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 03:28 am:   

Ellen, I'll be getting there Thursday. I'm staying, along with Dale Bailey, at Kelly and Gavin's for two nights beforehand.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 09:47 am:   

I'll see you Friday then.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 05:46 pm:   

Off to Readercon early tomorrow morning. I'm driving up with Paul Witcover and Konrad Walewski, my Polish friend who is in town for the summer and we're stopping at Kit Reed's for breakfast. I think Paul has a panel around 2pm and I've got a panel at 3pm.

This is going to be a really fun Readercon, with Lucius in attendance. Rob Killheffer called me today to say he's coming up-I hope I can organize a quick dinner tomorrow evening (I know Lucius has a panel at 6 and I've got my kaffeeklatsch at 8pm so we'll have to squeeze in dinner 7-8).

Sharyn November has ordered a few copies of The Coyote Road for all the attending contributors to sign so that they can be given away (or auctioned) at the WBAI fund drive that Jim Freund is helping to organize. He said that he would also get WBAI to order copies to give away as premiums--it could generate some nice publicity for the book.

And I'm still hoping that at least one of the new book dealers will have the antho to sell.

I'm not taking my laptop so won't be online at all.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 08:33 pm:   

Here's a little taste of the crowd that attended Readercon:
http://tinyurl.com/3dnjxw
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 08:45 am:   

Off to Finland today until the 17th. Will be online to check mail but that's about it.
Have fun while I'm away.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 12:24 am:   

I return later today (flight willing) and am writing this from my hotel in Helsinki. Free wireless--yay!

I've had a ball, enjoying two saunas and dips into lakes, eating great food --nouvelle Finn, I'd call at least one restaurant--meeting some wonderful Finns, who really know how to make their guests feel welcome. The convention consisted of the literary side and an anime sub-convention at which there were hundreds of young girls (some boys, some not so young) dressing up in costume. The cat ears were uncountable. I'll be posting a lot of photos some time later in the week so you'll get a feel for what everyone looked like.

I'm ready to come home though. I miss NY (despite the cool weather in Finland), my friends, my cats, my apt., and the rest of my life.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 04:33 pm:   

The trip to Finland was wonderful. I loved hanging around with fellow guests, Joe and Gay Haldeman, John Clute, Judith Clute, Liz Hand, Jonathan Clements, and Cheryl Morgan.

We were treated extremely well--partly compliments of the Finnish government, which I think sponsored the arts festival of which Finncon is a part.
My flight was two hours late, which means I got in about 11am on the 12th. Tino, my appointed guide, picked me up. We waited another hour for Joe's flight to show up-it did, he didn't. Eventually we went to the center of town so Tino could drop me off at the hotel and I could relax (too late to take a nap) until Liz and John showed up a few hours later. We met at the bar at the top of the hotel--view was grand, even though it was raining so we couldn't sit outside. We walked around the city a bit and Tino took us to a great restaurant name Juuri, which was kind of nouvelle Finnish cuisine. We ordered a lot of appetizers and then I had a main course of duck. We shared all the desserts. It was yummy. Then back to the hotel to crash. Gay Haldeman arrived too late to eat with us but we met her in the lobby--she and Joe were traveling separately and we didn't know where Joe was.

Next morning we had a press conference in a gorgeous press room in a restaurant. Not much press showed up (we were warned that because the convention was in Jyväskylä and not Helsinki this year, the Helsinki Press might not be as interested).

We then took the train to Jyväskylä and settled into our hotel, across from the train station (and the river Jyväskylä is on). I always forget how small European hotel rooms are compared to US. The single room has a very small single bed that I was afraid of falling out of every night. But free wireless so I could easily check email regularly.

There was an opening reception in Jyväskylä in the afternoon--with various local officials, lots of food and champagne, and a street band performing (you can see them in the photos).
continued on the next rock
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 05:07 pm:   

After the reception, the bunch of us were taken to a sauna and lake where we took the sauna, yakked (girls only), were shown how to beat each other with birch leaves, and jumped into the lake. Then we ate sausages.

The convention began on Friday--it was another dreary looking day--drizzle and cool (the cool was great after NYC). The poor anime contingent was unhappy as they congregated outside in the rain and inside at panels. My first panel was with John Clute, Cheryl Morgan, and Jukka Halme about publishing. It was well attended and when Cheryl, who was moderator, took questions, they were intelligent ones.

After the panel we got ready to go to the reception for Judith Clute's art exhibit opening. it was held at the Galleria Becker. In addition to the two galleries: one with Judith's work and the other with Timo Salekivi's, work, there werea a couple of artist's studios. Judith had some wonderful new work up (you can see it during the reception) and Timo's work was of bird-like creatures: dark and brooding. I only got one photo with someone else in the shot and can't really just post my photos of his work separately. I already own a number of Judith's pieces and I sure would love a piece by Timo.

Saturday I went to Liz's reading of her story "Winter's Wife" From the antholgy Wizards--I forgot how GOOD it is until I heard her read part of it.

I was on an editor panel with Ben Roimola, Toni Jerrman, and Cheryl Morgan and then had a kaffeeklatsch in a nearby bar. Unfortunately, we were supposed to be able to order lunch but it was so crowded (the bar--we had our own separate little room) that they could only order lunch for me as a GOH but I declined. After the kaffeeklatsch though, the whole bar cleared out (was it something we did?) and so Cheryl and I had a late lunch. I had a very large hamburger. The afternoon before we'd all been taken to the bar and had delicious reindeer carpaccio.

Later in the evening, we guests (oh by the way, Joe finally did show up after being delayed on Norton Island off Maine for a day) were taken to a bar where we judged the masquerade. There were only five entries so we gave everyone a treat. Afterward was the "chaos masquerade" --anyone who wants to enter just has to create their costume with stuff brought to the bar. Some of the costumes were damned good. We didn't judge that. I tasted pear cider, which was very good.

I slept well every night (can't imagine why!)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 - 08:52 pm:   

Sunday was my day for the James Lipton interview --ie an interview "based" on the Actor's Studio tv interviews. Jukka did the honors and was a very good questioner and the 45 minutes went far too quickly (hey, I enjoy talking about myself!).

The last panel of the convention was about Heinlein's influence on sf--for better or ill. All the guest were on it. I don't have a heck of a lot to say about Heinlein. I love the story "All you Zombies," I read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land (liked the former, hated the latter-- I despise Messianic novels).

Had reindeer fillet in between the above two events and it was yummy. Not as gamey as venison can be and tender.

The Dead Dog party was a sauna at a different venue and different lake--heavenly. And a masseur was hired for a few hours. He was very good...barely touching he somehow did magic on my shoulders, neck, and back. Finnish meatballs, sausages, bread, cloudberry liquor and single malt.

John and Liz had to miss that because the person in the Finnish embassy who booked our trips totally screwed up theirs-they had to take a train to Helsinki that night and fly to the UK something like 5am.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 07:42 pm:   

Monday morning Joe and Gay and Tino and Cheryl and I took the train back to Helsinki. Tino took Joe and Gay sightseeing while a couple of young fans took me and Cheryl shopping. We walked a lot and I took lots more photos and we ended up exhausted (yes, even me) at the Juuri restaurant again.

Slept like a baby and was picked up by a friend of Cheryl's next morning and both of us went to the airport (her flight was a bit before mine).
I bought a bottle of cloudberry liquer in the duty free and found it broken when I got home. A bit of sticky all through my carry on but at least the glass stayed in the plastic bag.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 09:19 am:   

Off to Japan tomorrow morning for 2 1/2 weeks. I'll only be online checking email. Back September 5th.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 02:15 am:   

I'm in Tokyo with Eileen Gunn and John Berry and having a great time! Weather is way too warm for running around in, yet that's what we've been doing. Great sushi, went to the folk art museum today. Missed the very early fish market but hope to get there when we get back to Tokyo next week. The Hotel Asia Center is wonderful. Nice people at the front desk--very helpful. Nice enough rooms, air-conditioning, good mixture of western and eastern breakfast at a reasonable price. Free bottled water.

On to Kyoto tomorrow afternoon.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:52 am:   

I'm in Yokohama, ensconced at the Intercontinental Hotel for the next few days--World SF con officially begins this evening. It's the first ever in Asia and the Japanese seem very proud to host it. Everyone I have met has been unfailingly polite. I almost kissed the engineer who came to our room last night at 11pm to fix my internet--the wifi signal was too low to work. He took my laptop around the hotel to see if it was the hotel's fault--I have no idea what he found out, but he came back and gave me a dsl thingie and now it works like a dream. Pat Cadigan was asleep from major jetlag while all this was happening.

THis morning we were bussed to the Hayakawa offices with a lot of other sf folk and given a tour. Then walked a few blocks to a restaurant where we had an incredible buffet lunch with everflowing wine and champagne. We were brought back by bus around 3pm.

I registered for the convention then went with Delia SHerman to check out the dealer's room, which is in a different building from where the convention center...they weren't yet set up...I decided to come back and relax until dinner at6pm. I'm meeting Pat, Delia, Ellen Kushner, and a former CLarion student of Ellen and Delia's for dinner in the mall attached to the Pan Yokohama and subway station...not like our malls at all.Kelly and Gavin were supposed to join us but Kelly realized she had to attend the opening ceremony, as her publishers requested her to.

Luckily it's overcast and much cooler than it has been.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 12:58 am:   

Here's my schedule for anyone attending:
Fri 1000 Sprawl Fiction "Sprawl fiction" was coined to show how new writers, most in their thirties, are trying to expand our genre yet still loving its very core, straight SF. Terms like "new Weird", "interstitial", "strange fiction" or "new fabulist" don't cover the trend fully. It is a natural reflection of our urban society and probably heralds the new stage of our evolution; to the stars. We talk about why the new generation slipstream is not the fusion of literary fiction and SF/F.
Ellen DATLOW, Gavin J. GRANT, Lou ANDERS, Yoshio KOBAYASHI

Fri 1200 How Healthy is the Short Story For decades, there has been talk of the death of short fiction in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Are markets shrinking? Is the quality less than it was thirty years ago?
Ellen DATLOW, Gavin J. GRANT, Joe HALDEMAN, Larry NIVEN

Sat 1000 Kaffeeklatsche Ellen DATLOW

Sat 1200 We Love Cyberpunk! Takayuki TATSUMI, Makoto KIKUCHI, Mari KOTANI, Eileen GUNN, Trinity, Ellen DATLOW

Sun 1200 Autographs Ellen DATLOW

Sun 1400 The Short Story's Role in Fantastic Fiction Short fiction rarely gets the attention that novels do by reviewers. It is harder to sell collections and anthologies than novels. The panelists, writers and editors of short fiction discuss their thoughts about the shorter forms (short story, novelette, novella) of fantastic fiction.
Ellen DATLOW, Gavin J. GRANT, Larry NIVEN, Pat CADIGAN
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Tim Akers
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 07:46 am:   

Wow. I'd really like to be at the Sprawl and Cyberpunk panels. Bloody Pacific Ocean...
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PM
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 07:48 am:   

Maybe one day these events will be podcast/webcast.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, August 31, 2007 - 07:17 am:   

Weirdly, the "sprawl" panel is about the cross genre movements that have created various smaller niches of mags (or have been created by)--nothing to do with cyberpunk. The cyberpunk panel tomorrow is supposed to be some weird performance...I'll try to report on that later.

Attended the SFJA reception this evening and the food was incredible! Lobster, huge fish en croute, shrimp, and peking duck. (more than that) I tried not to eat too much as dinner had been planned for months with the Silverbergs, Eileen Gunn, John Berry, and Pat Cadigan...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 02:39 am:   

I've been having a great time --Pat and I have been hanging out in Tokyo for the past two days. Yesterday we travelled from Yokohama to Tokyo in the afternoon and checked into our Asia Center hotel room. It's much smaller than the one I shared with Eileen and John two times earlier in the trip and we're in the older section called the annex. I think it's because we made this reservation late and they're pretty booked up around now. We went to Harijuka (sp), the area where kids shop and stopped in Kiddyland, where we bought some truly silly stuff and then the Oriental Bazaar where we bought some very nice stuff. But first we went to the top of a very fancy dept store called La Foret where they were having a Svankjamar exhibit...more on the next rock
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 02:42 am:   

There were paintings, sketches, prints, and a LOT of three dimensional representations of Jan and his wife Anna's work. Plus some of the pieces used in his various movies such as Alice (In Wonderland) and LIttle Otek--there was even a wooden rendition (anatomically correct) of LIttle Otek. It was a marvelous exhibit--in Japanese and Czech, alas. I bought a catalog.

Then we met John and Eileen and Takayuki and Mari at our hotel and took a cab to dinner at the place where there's a big fight at the climax of Kill Bill I--Compache (or something like that)--also George Bush had drinks there apparently. ANyway, the we drank sake and ate sushi, and other delights. A lovely farewell dinner.
tbc
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 02:50 am:   

We persuaded Takayuki and Mari to meet us for lunch at noon today at the big lantern at the shrine at Asakusa--I wanted to take Pat shopping there in the morning as there are all these stalls (that I was rushed through) a couple of weeks ago when I was there with JOhn and Eileen). We found lovely kimonas for about $10--yes $10!--vintage ones that were lovely. And we bought some short jackets (we both forget what they're called) for gifts at a different place. Also less than $10 each.

Then we waited at the gate of the shrine and waited. At around 12:30 I went to look for a pay phone--I had to go out of the market area and found one that didn't work. Pat and I decided to wait till 1pm. Around 12:45 a bunch of Americans we know who were touring (including Lawrence Person) just happened to show up. I borrowed someone's cell phone and called each of them but got no response. But about ten minutes later Mari comes running up to say that they were at the other end of the market (the front apparently ) where there is another giant lantern--where we were supposed to meet them (but missed because we entered from a side street)--tbc
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 02:57 am:   

She got a phone call with no message but returned the call and got the guy who lent us the phone--Jack Bell --who explained where we were--very lucky that we connected. ANyway, we went to a local eel rice restaurant, that specialized on eel on top of rice. We had another fantastic meal with some sushi, grapefruit ice, etc etc. and went to meet their friend Segiguchi (his last name)--I can't remember his first name--who has the largest Barbie doll collection in Asia (and maybe the world). He took us upstairs in the building in which he works (he owns the company) and showed us his collection. It's only open by appt. NOt only does he have thousands of barbies, but he collects Twiggy dolls and ephemera, stewardess uniforms, astro boy dolls, and tons of other stuff. If anyone ever criticizes my various collections I will show them photos of this guys' collections. Amazing.

THen we went to Tokyo Station to buy our train tix to Narita tomorrow. Pat leaves at 11am and I at 3:30 so we'll be traveling there separately.

Ate in the room--take out sushi box from the local AM/PM, one of the ubiquitous 7/11 type stores all around -there are 7/11s too.
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Mary Robinette Kowal
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 07:19 am:   

Man. I cannot wait until you come back and upload photos. I won't even try to describe how jealous I am of the Svankmajer exhibit.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 07:28 am:   

Yep. I don't want to downplay the Hugos but sounds like you've certainly had some once in a lifetime adventures there.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 04:39 pm:   

Unfortunately I couldn't take any photos of the Svankmajer work, Mary--but I thought of you as I wandered through the exhibit and coveted many pieces!

PM:I'm very glad I decided to attend, even though it plays havoc with any budget I may have had.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 05:00 pm:   

I was excited about the Ultraman statue but Svankmajer, wow!

Ellen, not that it's any of my business but I was sort of wondering just how you pull it off with all the constant travel.

Just another day in the life of the world traveler :-)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 05:49 pm:   

Frequent flyer mileage helps a lot. It paid for my airfare--without that I would never have come.

So does making arrangements to stay at ryokans (traditional inns)in Kyoto and Kanazawa and at the Asia Center Hotel through orbitz for Tokyo-- it's quite cheap--about $40 a night or so. Lunches in Japan are under $10 if you eat downstairs in any of the many restaurants under subway and train stations. The only big expenses were the JR Rail ticket for a week (paid for before I left the US) and the hotel during the convention.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 05:53 pm:   

Other trips are paid for (at Capclave I'm GOH) or, when I visit friends, the traveling is usually the biggest expense.

I don't have very many expenses living in the city, other than rent and utilities and food, of course.

Oh yeah...medical and dental insurance are my other major expense.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 05:54 pm:   

It would have been nice to have received some financial support for participation.

Sounds like you made this a cheap trip nonetheless.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 06:20 pm:   

I did get paid for speaking at Keio University--an unexpected surprise. (the payment)

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