Yes, there’s video. No, I won’t link to it.

August 11, 2009 at 8:20 pm (Cons)

Let me get this out of the way first: I have no sense of rhythm.  None.  I can lose the beat even when the really big drum what goes “boom” is right behind me, and I should not be allowed near cymbals.  I can even manage to fumble maracas.

So when John Scalzi describes that one session of Rock Band as “[Scalzi] on vocals, Annalee Newitz on guitar, Pablo Defendini on bass, and Margaret Ronald on drums”, keep in mind that “on drums” is really an overstatement.  “Flailing gleefully” might be closer.

Got it?  Okay.  On to other matters.

Montreal was absolutely beautiful.  In fact, if it weren’t for the massive amounts of snow they get come winter, I’d move up there right now.  My husband and I stayed in a fantastic little bed and breakfast and wandered around the city until our feet were worn out, and though I spent most of the following weekend at Worldcon, I did manage to continue the wandering.  It’s a gorgeous city, and I’m already trying to think of excuses to go back.

I had an up-and-down reaction to Worldcon itself.  I think it was just a matter of finding the middle ground between loving everyone I saw and wanting to stab everyone I saw; a few petty annoyances fed into my usual con neuroses.  However, it was a lot of fun, all told.  Highlights of the weekend included:

  • Rock Band, as mentioned above.  Later on in the evening I managed a Mighty Mighty Bosstones song, and my throat was sore for days.  Totally worth it.
  • The fireworks Saturday night.  The resident organist and I had caught them when we arrived in town, and I’d hoped to see them again — and just after the “Love Bites” panel, they started up.  We got to see them from the terrace on the Palais (with many other congoers), and I realized again just how directly fireworks tap into my personal sense of wonder.
  • The “Legitimizing the Woo” panel was awesome, mostly due to Peter Watts.  We meandered all over the original topic, and I wish I’d been in the audience so I could have taken notes on some of it (the study on incomprehensible scientific papers in particular).  I also got to describe how I approach some of the fantastic element as a “woo katamari.”
  • At one point Seanan McGuire and I were accidentally stalking each other, which ultimately resulted in a fantastic conversation about The Middleman, Narbonic, and the already-sanitized versions of fairy tales that Disney drew on.  I want a copy of her book now — unfortunately, it’s not out till September.
  • I got to actually sit down and talk with friends from near and far.  Much of the con experience is about reconnecting with people you see rarely, which can be a little disorienting for the first couple cons if, like me, you’re skittish about meeting new people. But that’s also part of the joy — finding people who share your interests, who are funny and fascinating and bizarre in all the right ways, and then looking forward to seeing them again.

Best of all, though, was coming home to the resident organist and a quiet evening in my own home.  Tomorrow, I revise.  Tonight, rest.

And no drums.


  1. auntielou said,

    Welcome home, Ringo.

  2. Cecilia Tan said,

    Sounds like fun! I was a bit of a hermit when it came to parties this year other than my own. I kept feeling like I should stay in and write instead of schmooze and have fun. Note to self: don’t set next big deadline for right after Worldcon.

    In other news, corwin devoured Spiral Hunt. He found himself bookless on Saturday night; I handed him the copy you’d just given me, and he finished it before we reached Burlington, VT on the drive back on Monday! There was much chortling as he read it and exclaiming of “This is really good! Which intern was she?” (I finally pointed out that there is a picture of you in the back of the book which set him to rights.)

    I might need to buy the ebook so I can read it on my phone! That’ll increase the chances of me getting to it greatly! Oh the to-read pile is tall right now…

  3. 2.0 said,

    Yes, I found the video. Yes, I watched it.

    You reminded me of Animal.

  4. mlronald said,

    Auntielou, thanks. I make a pretty poor Ringo, though.

    Cecelia, I’m so glad he liked it! (And yay for “which intern?”) My own to-read pile has taken over far too much room, and I can’t bear to take anything out of it.


  5. Seanan said,

    Yes, but now I’m stalking you FOR REALS, because I had to do a search to find your website. FEAR THE PERKY BLONDE DEATH!


    Anyway, it was lovely meeting you, and you should drop me a line (the “contact us” link at my website will get you straight to me) so we can continue stalking in peace.

  6. James said,

    GReat to see you Margeret, although I missed that Rock Band moment, thank god.

    Flying through the book, nearly done, was a great weekend.


  7. mlronald said,

    Perky blonde death! Noooo! There is no escape — actually, come to think of it, I’ve tried to elude perky blonde death in the past and totally failed. FAILED, I say. It was fantastic to stalk meet you, and I’m looking forward to the book!

    James, it was great to see you too! Hope all’s well with you.

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