royalmarriage: (Shiny Liberator) the Blake's 7 panel yesterday, Jim Swallow confirmed that there are moves afoot for a new TV series - a retooling/reboot rather than a continuation (a la BSG, but with a footnote to the effect that you can't really get much darker than the original B7; I disagree with that somewhat, but hey ho), possibly - depending on availability - involving some of the cast from the recent audio reworking (which I must check out).

Sounds exciting.

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...I hope to have a laptop (ideally an Eee PC - I've seen a couple around this weekend, and boy they're *lovely*), to hook up to hotel wireless instead of accessing at the internet lobby, and ideally to be liveblogging some of the panels.

However, in the meantime, a couple of choice Neil Gaiman comments.

On the H2G2 TV series: "There were moments where Hitch-Hiker's fans were thinking, 'she's horribly miscast...'" *

On Mostly Harmless: "On a sentence by sentence basis, it was wonderful; on a paragraph by paragraph basis, it was good; on a page by page basis, it was okay; reading it as a whole, and expecting to get a great novelistic experience and a great Hitch-Hiker's experience, it was a complete waste of time." **

I've just bought a convention T-shirt (my last visit to the dealer's room this weekend) and am off to McDonald's for lunch before the last panel ("Darker than Potter") and the closing ceremony.


* Oh, I think Sandra Dickinson is horribly underrated. But even so, I thought this was funny.

** I think Mostly Harmless is justifiably underrated.
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Well, thanks to [ profile] cu_sith I have a number of fun and geeky badges, which shall now be weighing my shirt down quite considerably. *g* And thanks to [ profile] entorien I have what looks like rather an interesting (first in a trilogy of) novel(s) to read when I get back home, as well as some thoughts about the possibility of self-publishing when/if I eventually finish one of my own novels.

And about half an hour until the next panel I'm going to, so that's half an hour I can spend writing. :o)

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Was going to go a midnight panel, but seem to have ended up not bothering, not least because the preceding panel (a rather hysterical discussion about discussing about Doctor Who companions featuring Paul Cornell and [ profile] calapine amongst others) overran a tad.

Now in two minds - go up to the disco, or head to my hotel and bed?

Fortunately, Sarah's going to give me a lift home tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing her. I'm less looking forward to the convention ending.

Anyway, idle musings. Future conventions to which I hope to go:

Bad Wolf: 12th - 13th July
DiscWorld: 22nd - 25th August
BiCon: 28th - 31st August
Connotations: 3rd - 5th October
ArmadaCon: 7th - 9th November
Dimensions: 15th - 16th November
Redemption: 20th - 22nd February 2009
EasterCon LX: 10th - 13th April 2009
ECG: 14th - 19th April 2009

Realistically, I doubt I'll make it to all of them, but whatever happens I'd like to be able to make it to at least half of them, with Sarah for one or two. But we shall see what happens...

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...I seem to have managed to acquire a Beeblebear. *aw* *iscute*

I've also booked in for next year's EasterCon already. *ahem*

Just off for an evening meal, and then coming back here for Mitch Benn.

It's been a terrific (if expensive) weekend, and I recommend it to anyone who likes sci fi/fantasy and fandom. I'm not looking forward to having to go home tomorrow. :o(

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Whether you celebrate Easter as a Christian festival, a Pagan festival, a chance to eat lots of chocolate eggs, something else, or a combination of the above, Happy Easter!

EasterCon continues to be enjoyable - this morning I went to the Easter morning service, followed by the Bad Blake's 7 Slash panel (huge fun and much laughter all round) and a discussion that started off as "Is Sam Tyler really the Master" but ended up being a pretty general discussion on Doctor Who, Life on Mars, Torchwood, and some random Primeval (which I must watch 'cos I get the impression I'd really enjoy it).

Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes thought - Possibly a bit spoilery )

Debating whether to buy a Beeblebear.

Next weekend Sarah and I will be visiting her family (and of course our new nephew). Weekend after that the new Doctor Who starts - much yayness. Sadly the househunting has stalled a bit, as we still need to someone to put down an offer on Sarah's house before we can put down an offer on anywhere in Letchworth.

Is it me or has Google's front page changed?

Oh well - off for K-9 agility. Should be fun!



Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:14 pm
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Well, I'm having a seriously cheerful time at EasterCon so far, although (like Easter People) there's the rather ridiculous scenario of having a couple of hours when there's nothing I fancy doing, followed by one slot where there are three really interesting panels that clash.

[ profile] blazingskies, [ profile] multiclassgeek, and [ profile] wildfyre are all around, as are several other folks who I recognise but don't know their LJ names. As for that matter is [ profile] manmela, a friend of Tim's. And [ profile] entorien who was selling her books. Oh, and [ profile] elfinessy, whose Knight Rider fic Sarah likes, and who has been running a few panels/events (including last night's Slash panel, followed by the Blake's 7 drinking game, which was huge fun - I don't know exactly what being inebriated feels like, but there comes a point when I'm so physically and emotionally drained but high on life that I'm sure it must be close...certainly surrounded by that many drunken Blake's 7 fans last night was a great feeling). Staying up until the wee small hours chatting with Becky and Misha was also enjoyable, although getting back to my hotel at 3:00am wasn't. Although it wasn't far to walk (five minutes) I decided I was so tired that I'd get a cab. £9:00. Not making that mistake again...

I've spent rather more money on books than I ought, including Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys on the very good grounds that he recommended it as a good book of his to start on. Also he signed my copy of Good Omens and Don't Panic, and Richard (bruv-in-law)'s copy of Good Omens.

Just been in a "religion and SF" panel. One panellist made the rather interesting remark that religion occurs because people are a.) afraid of what happens when they die and b.) want answers to questions - reference was made to the God of the gaps notion, and how fewer and smaller gaps has led to a decline in religion. Trouble is...I don't see either of those really applying to my own Christian-ish beliefs, and I'm not sure they apply to the beliefs of the people I know, and I sort of wonder how much truth there is in them.

Although as it is, I don't really like the word "religion" because it seems too much like a pejorative even when it's not meant as one, and I don't like to describe myself as religious, just as Christian. And not always that - these days I think I'd just say that I'm someone trying to find out what it means, in the 21st century, to be a disciple of Jesus and how to apply that to my 24/7 life.

Anyway, all things considered, I'm enjoying this convention immensely, and am planning on making it to next year's EasterCon in Bradford.

Also feeling a bit mithered by the absence of Easter People this year, and hoping to make it to ECG next year.

Food last night included a bus ride to Hounslow where I ate at Nando's. There's also a KFC and a McDonald's there which I might go to tomorrow and/or Monday. Not sure what I'll do today, as I'm not desperately hungry yet and I had a chicken burger at the Radisson for lunch. But I probably ought to have some kind of evening meal. I might go next door to the McDonald's. Sorry, Sarah...

I'm definitely definitely going to write. I want to finish a novel-length book by my 40th birthday. My main project is the NoNaNoWriMo project that started out as A Spaceman Came Travelling and stalled a bit when I came back from Thailand. Right now, I'm taking the characters I was using from that, and working on a set of short stories featuring them but set before ASCT. It's sort of Young Adults general sci-fi fantasy. I may end up using my Insanejournal as a writing journal and setting up a filter on that for anyone who'd like to a.) read what I write and b.) offer me intelligent critiques. If anyone's interested, let me know.

This entry has been rather longer than intended, and I still haven't done all the diary-ish stuff I've been meaning to lately. Just to point out (see gratuitous userpic) that Sarah was v v happy with the rugby result last Saturday. Is this stating the blindingly obvious??!

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...he has a new single out.

Happy Birthday War by Mitch Benn

And will be entertaining us folks at Orbital over the weekend as well.

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A bit late in the day, but I booked the hotel room for Orbital weekend yesterday (I'm at the Ibis).

Looking forward to it hugely.



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