Balticon 46 Wrap-up – Part 8, The Galley Table, Live!

by Doc Coleman on March 11, 2013 · 0 comments

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Good morning! It’s time to continue our Balticon 46 wrap up with a new episode. This time we’ve got the Balticon 46 episode of Galley Table, Live! This is a bit of a small panel, with just regular Galley Table members, Scott Roche, Laura Nicole, and myself on the panel.

In this episode, we talk about… Science Fiction Conventions, best and worst experiences.

Show notes below the cut.

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Show notes:

  • Welcome
  • What is Galley Table?
  • Introductions
    • Scott Roche
    • Laura Nicole
    • Doc Coleman, the Stowaway
  • Tesla Sniper Rifle.
    • Do you want to touch it?
  • Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention Experiences, Best and Worst
    • Scott
      • JC Hutchins recognized me!
      • And then Laura squeed over me.
    • Laura
      • Met Scott Roche, and then I was in heaven
      • And then the mojitos started.
      • Met Pip Ballantine and she said “You’re the one that commented on Weather Child!”
      • Met PG Holyfield and said “I have no idea who you are, I’m looking for Patrick McLean.”
      • Pip helped me overcome nervousness before my reading.
    • Doc
      • First person I met at Balticon, Howard Taylor, artist guest of honor says “Hi, Doc, how’s it going?”
        • Ended up going out to dinner.
      • Galley Table with Ben Bova.
        • First time on New Media Panel.
        • Got to host a panel with Ben Bova as the guest.
  • They’re people, just like you.
  • Balticon inspired me to write.
  • Community promotes their own stuff, but encourages new people to get their stuff out.
    • You don’t know who is going to be the new talent.
    • You have to follow through to keep getting that helping hand.
  • Galley Table Bingo!
  • Nathan Lowell’s advice
    • Just keep putting things out there
    • And make sure it is good.
    • Doc’s version: Nothing sells like a back catalog.
      • If people see a body of work, they are more likely to buy any or all of your stuff.
      • If you have six books out, someone must say “this is a good book!” six times.
  • Audience Con experiences
    • Talked to Norm Sherman, and ended up in a room with Norm and Veronica Giguere talking deep into the night.
    • Have you met so and so? Let me introduce you!
  • Doc revisits The Shrinking Man Project from last year.
    • Handful of people.
    • All these people are here, and they have no clue what they are in for.
    • People kept trickling in.
      • Standing room by the end.
    • Great show…
      • … and the damn batteries died on the recorder!
  • Laura from last year
    • Somebody knows who I am?
    • Pushed for live audio drama event.
  • Nutty’s first Balticon
    • Arrived three days before Balticon.
    • People you’ve only known on-line.
      • I know who they are, but they don’t know who I am.
    • Steve Eley walks by and recognizes me.
  • Post Balticon…
    • Tee has a tweet-up and a Nifty Tech Blog recording
    • “Laura, are you still in Virginia? Stop by!”
    • Great recording, but it never say the light of day…
      • Yet another casualty of Bird House Rules.
  • Level of Talent
    • Walking in the halls and hear the piano.
      • Kim the Comic Book Goddess is playing piano, and Marnen pulls out his violin…
        • Fifteen minutes later, there is an impromptu concert.
  • Launched Flying Island Press at Balticon two years ago.
  • Convention Nightmares
    • Five, Two, One rules
      • Five hours of sleep
      • Two Healthy Meals
      • One shower
    • Go into a beer tasting…
      • one meal short on the day… end up sleeping for twelve hours.
      • Imbibe responsibly on a full stomach.
    • Going to Ditched by Kate concert…
      • Couldn’t breathe.
      • Tee comes outside… “You, OK?”
      • Most miserable hour and a half of my life.
    • I have to go from where to where in five minutes?
    • Panels in Derby without portable air conditioning units…
      • Roasting in there…
      • New Media Prom in Derby
        • Lost three pounds just by sweating.
      • People clustered around the AC like limpet mines.
      • Laura was fine.
        • Yes, she was!
    • People sleeping and eating in the breezeway between two hotels.
      • More of a hobo way
      • Poison funk!
      • Gamer funk!
  • Scavenger Hunt
    • Why aren’t you taking pictures?
    • Need a ruling… Couldn’t find a tribble, but found Syphilis.
      • She’s about to show you her tribble.
      • Kiss the tribble!
      • Where does the beard begin and the tribble end?
    • Cool boots!
    • Now I can tell people that I put my lips on your tribble.
      • Actually, it’s my brother’s.
        • I like my version better.
  • Con Crud
    • Two weeks of strep throat that I got from some sick bastard
      • His name was Chris Lester
      • That’s what you get from tongue kissing Chris Lester.
    • Read Dirty Mad libs with Barry White Voice.
      • And had Laura crawl into my lap.
      • I need a drink!
        • Ten minutes later, one appeared!
    • Was out for another week and a half.
  • Con Crash
    • Lose energy after the con.
    • Monday she goes home, Tuesday, she’s by herself.
  • Dogs are not darking.
  • How to deal with Con Crash?
    • Go on Twitter
    • Go to Flicker and start tagging!
  • Is this your first Balticon?
  • Are you coming back next year?
    • He has no choice, I will tie him to the top of the car.
  • Highlight of the weekend?
    • Everyone is so welcoming.
    • No one has said “Why are you here?”
    • Dark and Stormy party
      • It’s not a Balticon Party until you get a call.
    • How friendly everyone is.
      • You don’t get that kind of personal experience in a bigger con.
      • He actually remembered me!
      • It’s nice to know that you guys care.
      • Our audience is very important to us.
      • It’s the family reunion of the family you wish you had.
  • I am afraid of Dragon Con because it is too big.
    • I want to go once.
    • I might go if I become a finalist for a Parsec Award.
  • Random Question of the Week:
    • If you could be any character from the only Star Wars Trilogy who would you be?
      • Doc – Hands down, Han Solo.
        • He either knows what he’s doing, or he knows what his goal is.
        • At the end of the trilogy he ends up with the girl.
        • He’s not afraid to shoot first.
      • Laura – R2D2
        • Sassiest little bot in the galaxy.
        • Everything he said was bleeped!
        • He keeps probing those other computers.
        • He just sticks something in.
      • We have killed the clean tag…
      • Scott – Landau Calrissian
        • Coolest man in the whole trilogy.
    • Have you seen Robot Chicken?
      • Tashi Station is a strip club, and the power converters are a headling act.
  • Pimp your stuff.
  • Justin Macumber, please stand up!
  • Nuchtchas
  • Hugh O’Donnell
  • See you next time!

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