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Con is now in full swing and officially opened at 9pm yesterday 
19th-Aug-2006 12:57 pm
knitting sketch

Didn't sleep very well last night. The newly refurbished guest rooms along my corridor have fire doors that are impossible to close quietly. Everytime I was just about to drop off BANG! - another door closed. This went on way into the wee small hours (past 2am). If I'd had my Lawyers' Guild briefing notes to hand I would've slapped a few restraining orders and disturbance of the peace notices.

Terry entertained us with a bedtime story at 10pm, from his forthcoming publication Wintersmith. A 'Newbie' Conventioner with whom breakfast was amazed to see him sitting at the next table, chatting to some young fans. bendy1, sorry there's no kerfuffles to report, DWCon Fen tend to have them behind closed doors, in the bar, or during an everything you wanted to know about swordplay workshop. My breakfast companion (a Lecturer in English from Essex) was so civilised that she took to heart my complaints about the lack of fresh fruit (apart from breakfast), she came and found me as I queued for the Kaffee Klatch and handed me a satsuma.

Terry is attending the Con wearing two different hats - metaphorical of course. He's Terry the author, but he's also Silas T Firefly, member number 666. There's not a lot of difference between the two, except don't ask Silas T for his autograph, unless you're a masochist, buy him a pint instead.

This morning I went to
A brief look at two victims Kaffee Klatch guests.

Peter Moorwood - mini profile
From Customs and Excise VAT to Sci-Fi writer, to Head of the Lawyers' Guild - not a lot of difference really. ;-)

On how two workaholics first met

At a Convention - EasterCon, 21 years ago, through Anne McCaffrey. They got engaged at the following WorldCon in Atlanta, and were even married at a Convention to allow their wedding guests to claim against their tax - how Romantic. (See, told you - see mini profile)

Diane Duane

On working from home.
I think I'll have to start going away to get some work done and have holidays at home.

On working at home and staying married.
We have separate offices and I pretend he isn't here.

On the Republic of Ireland's proposed changes to tax paid by 'artists'
We're working on it.

Peter and Diane

On the latest publication

'Die Nibelungen' (English version 'Sword of Xanten') is now out on DVD, copy of which will be entered in the Charity Auction (15.00 - 16.00, Sunday in The Dysk.)

On the Director who wanted to be a writer.

Peter to the Director of 'Die Nibelungen'. "We are the experts in Sci-Fi and that's why we're writing the screenplay. You're the expert in pointing a camera at actors and getting them to do things. Get behind the camera and put that keyboard down."
19th-Aug-2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Terry seems to have a great relationship with his fans, it funny to see him as one of the people. I think that's marvellous.
19th-Aug-2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
I've just started processing up his interview. My admniration of the man increases with every DWCon.
19th-Aug-2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Did I ever tell you my Diane Duane story?
19th-Aug-2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
No - spill!
19th-Aug-2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
WAY back when I first was online, on Compuserve's SciFi forums, I used to chat/message board with Diane and her old roommate, Wilma Mieirs. Diane was a rather new author at the time, and had just recently gotten together with Peter. (I'm not sure if this is about when she moved to Ireland, or right before).

The "celebs" were much closer to us rank and file fans back then, due to how few people total were online!

Well, we'd all talk and all, and I told them where I lived - and it turned out, that they had lived in the same place years before. Not only the town, not only the same Victorian building, but the same apartment :D (The building only had 3 apartments!)

And as time went on, it seemed that everyone who'd lived in that apartment lived a gypsy life :D
20th-Aug-2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Good grief that was a long time ago - they've been married for 20 years!

Ain't the world a small place?

That's a little like my daughter chatting to JK Rowling before the publication of the first Potter book - it took her a little while to twig who it was when all the hype started. I don't know what Rowling's screen name was at the time, but it was when Totkat was still at Uni back in the Dim Ages '90s.
20th-Aug-2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
It was in the mid 80s that I first got online, so that fits :D Me and my 300 baud modem - I could read the text as it came through the phone line, it was so slow ! :D

hehe - dim ages ;)
19th-Aug-2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so envious. Except for the firedoors thing--I've been through that. Amazing how many hotels don't bother to worry about acoustics.

I'll have to check out 'Die Nibelungen' since I'll be using pieces of that saga in my story.
19th-Aug-2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
It's amazing to think that though DWCon isn't for writers, there are so many people here who have so much to teach one another. I'm processing the Guest of Honour Interview for tomorrow's entry here and there are so many things Terry said that have resonance with what we're all trying to do.

I put a link to the DWCon Chronicle reports up on WriterCon UK because it has so much relevance for us.

I don't think you can get Sword of Xanten in the US. I could order one and send it to you if you have a region free DVD player.
24th-Aug-2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
On working at home and staying married.
We have separate offices and I pretend he isn't here.

Last time I heard them talk about that the offices were at separate ends of the house with sufficient sound proofing so their clashing choices of background noise wouldn't overlap. :)

Oh and Boo! :)
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