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I should probably mention that I'm expecting to be very busy at WisCon.

Partly that's 'cause I signed up to be on four panels (it seemed like a good idea at the time, though I'm no longer sure why), and there are a whole bunch of other panels that look really interesting and have cool people as panelists. Then there's the usual SH tea party (Sunday from 3 to 5; I'm not sure where it'll be, though), and the usual must-see events (at least part of the Tiptree auction, etc). I'm hoping to see a non-sf-connected writer friend who's moving to Madison, and I'm hoping I'll get a chance to spirit Karen M. away for a little while 'cause it's the only time of year I'm likely to see her in person. And I'm arriving late Friday night and leaving early Monday afternoon; I'll be in town for a total of like 64 hours, including sleeping time. All of which adds up to expecting that I'm not gonna have as much time as I'd like for random socializing.

Which is particularly unfortunate because I think a bunch of people I know are going to be there for the first time, and I'd like to spend time with them, and meet various authors who've recently sold us stories but whom I haven't met in person, and chat with various people who I've been interacting with online lately, and hang out with old friends, and so on. So the real point of this entry is to say that if you're reading this and you're going to be at WisCon and we haven't met in person (or we've met in person but haven't talked much and I might not recognize you by sight), please don't be shy about coming up and introducing yourself (and even reminding me where I've seen your name, if I'm particularly distracted—I noted recently that I have a pretty good memory for names per se, but not for associating them with faces or contexts or anything else, which makes remembering the names themselves pretty useless); but also please don't be offended if I'm rushing from person to person and not getting a lot of individual-conversation time in.

Of course, now that I've said that, it probably won't be an issue at all; there may well end up being time for lots of lovely relaxed conversation. But I was talking with a friend tonight who's going to be going for the first time and doesn't know many people, and I was trying to balance the urge to say "Sure, just hang out with me and I'll introduce you to everyone I know" against the likely reality that I'll be running around a lot.

Or maybe it's just that I'm more comfortable being in an entourage, like Mary Anne's or Susan's, than having one of my own. :)

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Jed, I'm going to be at WisCon and hope to meet you there, even if it's just at the SH party. SarahP

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