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Where am I going, where have I been?

It's been a busy two weeks. World Fantasy was... well, World Fantasy. We caught up with a lot of overseas friends, and had some good conversations and so forth (though many of them were shouted, due to the noise level in the bar). We took suricattus to the Lanes' Armoury (the marquis' favourite place to shop) and she *may* have forgiven us. After WFC, we had two sets of visitors -- first of all the lovely calendula_witch and the equally lovely Mark Ferrari, and then Mr and Mrs Chaz -- desperance and klwilliams. We did touristy things, and hung out with passing friends and drank thing and ate things, and I made scones(and disagreed with Chaz on how to pronounce them) and altogether had a splendid time and Serious Fun. (Apart from the washing machine breaking down and Horus getting into a fight and needing stitches -- he's doing well and is very smug because he is getting tuna [containing his antibiotic] twice a day. But these were blips in the Fun.)

And tomorrow, the marquis and I are off to Japan. I'm looking forward to it, and will try and to update here on what we do. I'm packed (with considerable help from Ish) and now wondering what I've forgotten (last time, it was handcream).

Finally -- and this is the embarrassing bit, I have been invited to be guest of honour at next year's Novacon. It's a huge honour and I am both delighted and astonished to have been asked.
How is everyone in lj land?

Skirt of the day: long blue batik cotton


Nov. 14th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm very glad that Ish is being helpful. I'm far more glad, however, that you are GoH at Novacon - they are obviously wise people.

Have you been to Japan before? Do you need my amazingly strange tips? It's a long time since I've visited Japan, to be honest, and my Japanese was ever small and is now almost non-existent, but I visited a bunch of friends there and they showed me a bunch of less-overseas-tourist places, some of which might be of interest to you (the medieval town that specialises in fine carved lacquer, for instance, and has an amazing temple complex). Hoy me if you want my rather dated suggestions or my very odd food advice.

And, in Japan, you are a mere 8 hours from me. If you get bored...

I hope your flight to Japan takes you over the North Pole. I did that once, when dawn was breaking over the ice and the pilot took us down low, so we could see the blue veins of water. If it does, make sure you get a window seat, for it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
... and previous reply now held for moderation since my cookie got lost on the way to Hong Kong.

Or it's gawping at the view. That's a seriously tall building opposite us. Nearly half a km.

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