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When I got down to Seattle Center today, I swooped in and snagged [livejournal.com profile] nancyblue for lunch. We found ourselves at a Brazillian restaurant at the place that used to be Cafe Minnie at 1st and Denny, and I showed her the photos I'd taken last night of the Golden Section Order papers that I had. She'd seen newsletters from Ithel Colquhoun's collection in the UK last time she was there, but hadn't seen any of the documents I have, so we talked about that for a while.

When we got back to the conference, I found [livejournal.com profile] meddevi, who was there to look at the art and the books. I picked up a few more books that I'd been interested in, including a catalogue of an Austin Osman Spare exhibition from 2010, along with a dvd of his work and life that comes with the volume. I'm very much looking forward to looking through it and watching the dvd. While perusing the books section, I spoke for a while with the folks from the School of Spagyric & Alchemical Arts, who were offering tiny samples of some of their spagyric work with rose, gold, amber, and gold/frankincense/myrrh, all of which were very nice stuff. By the end of the day, Taylor had sold all the copies of both of my books that he'd brought with him, which pleased all of us. He said he would probably have been able to sell a few more of them pretty easily.

I talked to Taylor about the essays and articles I have in the various Immanion anthologies and he said that yes, the contracts have all specified that all authors maintain all rights over their work, and that if I wanted to publish them in an anthology of my own work, they were fine with that. So I need to check with a couple of other publishers to make sure that it would be okay to reprint those, as well, and I might be able to get a collection published of the material I have scattered in a dozen books so that folks can get everything in one volume. That, I might take to Immanion for publication as well -- I haven't thought too much about a publisher yet.

I got the new grimoire from [livejournal.com profile] aion131 today and am looking at getting one of the ceramics pieces he exhibited at the conference this year. He's taking them over to Gargoyles next. While I was talking with Craig I realized that I might be able to get some of my photos from Prague and Kuntá Hora into Gargoyles as an exhibit and maybe sell some prints of them if any of them are good enough. I was given an old photograph/art printer a few years back and a bunch of photographic print paper, so all I need is someone to help me get things set up and make sure I have the proper ink cartridges for things, and to make sure that some of these things are of good enough quality to actually do this. A few of the photos from the Sedlec Ossuary would need to be slightly cropped to get bits of living people out of them, but I do have some pretty cool stuff and it would be right up Gargoyles' gothy alley. As would the gargoyle photos from St Vitus's Cathedral at Prague Castle.

The after-party was fun, and the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge was decked out like a swanky goth club for the evening with a pretty spiffy open bar. There were some excellent conversations at the party before I headed home again with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, who will be heading back to Anacortes tomorrow morning.

For me, the next few days are going to be trying to catch up on a little sleep and poking at the fic I'm writing. Once that's done, I'll take a breath and start outlining some of the Brigid book.
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Hung out with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht today and talked with him about possible PCon proposals. I've decided that one of them will be a session on Airmed, Miach, and Dian Cécht, regarding Irish healing deities beyond Brigid, but also dealing with their whole story and why I think most folks misinterpret Dian Cécht's motivations. Anyway, I need to come up with a halfway decent blurb for it.

I've been too aching and brain-dead today to do much of anything requiring actual focus, but I did speak to my neighbor who is on the condo board about the whole few months out of the country and temporarily renting out my condo thing. She said a few months would be more like a house-sitting situation and shouldn't be a problem with the board at all. It's not like I'm wanting to permanently rent the place out. I told her if I were going to do that, I'd be trying to sell the place, so no worries there. That said, now I need to find a "short term" (3 or 4 month) renter for next fall/winter. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht had a couple of interesting ideas on that might or might not work out, but I've given him leave to check into the possibilities. I'm also looking at a house exchange website, though that would require somewhat more flexibility than I might be comfortable with. I'm just not sure. Anyway, that's one large potential obstacle to my possible Venice plans out of the way.

I ran the outline of the EBC presentation past [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht and he said it looked good, then suggested one possible addition to the outline, so I had him make a note of it. Always good to have reasonably complete coverage.

Email arrived today from Hiraeth Press with some possible cover art bases and I commented on the ones I liked best and sent the note back. I told Jason I'd try to have the edited manuscript back to him by Monday, considering how crappy I was feeling today. He's said no rush, but I'd like to get it out of the way as soon as I can so I can focus on the EBC presentation without distraction. The PCon proposals are also due the same weekend as the EBC is occurring.

As usual, I'm asking for suggestions -- what would you folks like to see from me at next year's PCon? I'm willing to entertain proposals from you all, as you often have some pretty good suggestions. When my own brain is not functioning at its best, I am especially grateful for your thoughts.

And, finally, seven photos from my travels behind the cut )

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