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Back from ConFusion

Despite the fog that descended upon Michigan some time on Saturday, I made it home from ConFusion 43: Friendship is ConFusion. It was an amazing and wonderful weekend, as always. And as always, my biggest frustration is that there just wasn’t enough time to talk to and catch up with so many cool people.

A few random highlights…

  • Doing the Steven Universe Discussion Squee panel with Amal El-Mohtar
  • Nabbing copies of books by Kameron Hurley and Mishell Baker
  • Reading a bit of Terminal Alliance and having the audience laugh in the right places. (And not laugh at the other parts.)
  • Lots of hugs!

The hardest part of the weekend was the loss of Larry Smith, a convention book dealer who passed away unexpectedly on Friday. I met Larry and his wife Sally when I was first starting out as a writer, more than ten years ago now. He was a great bookseller, always doing his best to make sure he stocked up on titles by guests and attendees, and very knowledgeable about the field. Midwest conventions aren’t going to be the same without him.


I also put the new Canon 6D through its paces. I had a little bit of focus trouble with the new lens, but the camera did much better in the low-light environment, which is what I was hoping for. I could take higher ISO shots that would have been far too noisy on the old camera. And I got to do author photo shoots for two friends, which was fun.

Pics are up on Flickr. Here are a few of my favorites…

Mishell Baker Cherie Priest Navah Wolve and Amal El-Mohtar Vacation Santa and Hellboy Delilah Dawson


My thanks as always to everyone who works to make such a fun, welcoming, well-organized convention happen year after year.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:13 pm (UTC)
Love the pictures!
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:15 pm (UTC)
I got my 6D about three years ago and absolutely love it. In fact, I was out trying to shoot icicles with it last night about 10pm, they were backlit by a street light but I wasn't enjoying too much success. I started shooting these icicles Sunday night, they aren't going to last forever as we're coming out of a cold snap. It's possible that the lens that I was using, which is a Canon lens, just isn't doing the job under that condition. I'm going to do some day shooting of the crystals this afternoon and see if it'll focus under ideal lighting.

One thing that you might want to look at is DxO's Film Pack. I've been using the TriX 400 effect to convert to B&W with grain, and I REALLY like it! I posted some photos showing the TX result here a couple of days ago. Also, you might want to look at the Google Nik collection:

Jan. 24th, 2017 10:42 pm (UTC)
So glad you had a good time. We have such a wonderful community. Well, er, most of the time.
Jan. 24th, 2017 10:54 pm (UTC)
Most of the time, yes :-)
Jan. 25th, 2017 01:16 am (UTC)
OHMY GOD!!!!! LARRY DIED?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Jan. 25th, 2017 01:37 am (UTC)
Sadly, yes. Locus has a brief obituary at http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/01/larry-smith-1946-2017/
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