Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I'm Officially a Twit /

Ohhhh dear. I have just discovered Twitter. It's perfect: low commitment, low stress, high fun, an absolute time-waster. JUST what my new Vancouver life needed. How ever will I fit it into my busy schedule?
Hmmmm. Let's have a look:

8a.m. Think about waking up. Listen to alarm for thirty guilt-ridden seconds before turning it off and going back to sleep.
10a.m. Wake up again because cats are angry and have started knocking things made of glass off random counter tops.
10:30a.m. Go for "long" walk, get distracted by coffee shop, drink coffee, cut walk short.
11a.m.-8:30p.m. Procrastinate, eat, check email every thirty seven seconds to see if anything exciting has happened. It hasn't. Reload page several times to make sure I'm not missing anything. I'm not.
8:30p.m. Wonder why Canadian Idol can't be on EVERY night.
8:31p.m. Feel guilty about watching reality television -- or thinking about watching reality television -- when it represents the downfall of my profession.
8:32pm Eat unnecessary snack involving salt.
9p.m. Think about writing, decide against it, surf the internet, e-stalk people, check email, drink water (because of the salt -- it's a vicious cycle), eventually go to bed.

How EVER will I find the time for Twitter?

The way I discovered it is a bit embarrassing: I was googling MY OWN BROTHER to find out about A Dog's Breakfast this weekend at Comicon. (ComiCon? Where do the capitals go?) and I found his Twitter page. I'm not totally sure what it is, but I've joined. Whenever I see a little box that says "Join" next to it, I just have to. (It's like when someone offers you a drink you've never heard of: just blindly accept. Would I like a "bellini"? Yes please. A "mojito"? Why the heck not.) I would give my right arm (that's not true) to go to ComiCon/comicon/CoMiCoN for the screening, especially since VERONICA FRICKIN' MARS is going to be there. I don't think it's going to happen, but I'm working on it...

...which leads me to my next topic for all you Stargoids (I've run out of names for you. That one sounds a bit like a disease.) Here is my question: I would love to go to some conventions over the summer/fall, but I don't know how to go about doing that. I didn't write that in the form of a question. Damn it. I'll try again: How do I shamelessly get myself invited to another convention? (Or is it like birthday parties in gr. 6, where there's just no hope unless I stop carrying all my belongings in Biway bags and listening to Heart.) I LOVE to travel. I LOVE to meet new people. I had a total blast in London (and in Burbank, even though I was only a pseudo-guest.) And I finally have a roommate who can catsit for me. (Martha likes him better than me. It's because he pretends to punch her. Who knew that cartoon punching noises would win her little furry heart?)

So that's it. I guess I'll go to bed now (or check my email or update my twitter page or eat salt straight from the shaker.)




Blogger iB said...

Good night Kate!
Wow, what a busy day =).. Do you enjoy Vancouver? Guess so..

Baba.. Ivana (damn it can't even write my name...)

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure if you are interested but there is a small SciFi convention in vancouver call Timeless Destinations runing the august long weekend.. i know the woman who is in charge and i have pass on the info about your blog in wanting to do another convention

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I wanted to suggest you come to DragonCon in Atlanta, Ga this year. I went to look up the guest application to link you to it and it said the deadline for new guests had passed! Oh no! It's the only convention I go to and I'd love to meet you! Perhaps you could think about attending next year? It's a hell of a lot of fun.


3:23 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Oh my god kate you had me gigglesnorting my fruit twist drink you are so funny. Cats are odd critters who would have thought my cat would like my sweaty sports shoes over catnip, strange but true!

As for conventions??? Not been to any. I must do that, maybe if I get the Job I just applied for (Prays for the bazillionth time, see its my dream company)

Glad you are liking Vancouver though, it is always good to enjoy your town!

3:24 AM  
Blogger Trialia said...

Hee! Well, you should definitely come to London Film and Comic Convention if you're free the first weekend in September. Torri's going to be there, so you won't be alone, and you could go see Wicked on the Saturday night as well! Doesn't that sound tempting? *g*

If you go to the site- http://londonfilmandcomiccon.com - there should be some information to let you know how to get in touch with the organisers. I'm pretty sure there is...

Also, oooh, Twitter... I think I'll check that out... damn... I really need to get on with some site work and not procrastinate like this... you're a bad influence, darlin'!

4:08 AM  
Blogger ZoniDuck said...

Yay! Another Hewlett on Twitter! Seriously, how did you not know about your brother's Twitter account? We've all been e-stalking him for months now (he makes it very easy, bless his geeky little heart).

Two things you should be aware of - 1. Double check how much you're charged for incoming text messages if you're having Twitter notifications sent to your cell phone. You could go broke just subscribing to David's updates, I swear. 2. Twitter can be addictive.

4:22 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

Ahh that's awesome! Wish I could go to comiccon! Good luck restraining from Twitter... I hear it's very addictive :P

5:48 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Oh, Kate. Don't give in to the reality show genre! ::sigh::

As for cons? I'm sure that David probably just gets invites out of the blue, but does he have someone besides his agent who manages those things for him? Maybe they could put the word out that you're interested.

And I don't mean this in an attempt to start a flame war, but avoid Julie Caitlin Brown; who does just this kind of thing for actors. She has caused some ugly feelings out there.

I could have Marcia Patterson, who runs the Stargate track at DragonCon, get in touch with you about next year. It's a really fun convention!

5:55 AM  
Blogger Neep said...

Argh! You are too funny...

At first I thought, "I want her life!" But when I think about it... apart from all the reading I have to do (and I'm sure you do your fair share of research) and the occasional lecture I have to drag myself along to it's actually very similar. Yay!

Although 4am baking did replace late night salty snacks for a while there.

If you came to New Zealand for the Armageddon con, I would ask lots of really well thought out and interesting questions. Promise. Apart from Ellen Muth from Dead Like Me, the guest lineup looks a bit sad this year... Wrestlers. Sigh. Why would geeks be interested in wrestlers? And after having a brilliant time with Don S Davis, John Rhys Davies and Aaron Douglas in Wellington.

Er... I mean, there are lots of awesome guests and I'm sure you would have tonnes of fun. I'm not selling it very well, am I? Oh look, trees. Trees and sheep.

6:03 AM  
Blogger omgwtfcori said...

I have nooo idea how you can get invited. Just show up there and say "Surpriiiise" ?

I'd try that.

Or you could write WolfEvents an email that you loved the Pegasus 2 Convention and would like to go to the CROSSROADS *cough* and other conventions, too. I think they'd be thrilled to have you again.


6:29 AM  
Anonymous Fia said...

We'd love to have you at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA (August 31-Sept 3!) I'm trying to get an official screening of the film but I don't know if it will work out. We've got Paul and Chris as guests already and you would be icing on the cake! (Did I mention the icing is the best part? And that I'm a huge suck-up?)

If you're interested, drop an email to the track coordinator at stargatefandom@yahoo.com (or me at fia@blue-jello.com) and I bet we could still get something set up, regardless of deadlines. I know they continue to add guests right up until the last minute.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Karei said...

Adding to the Dragon*Con info: If you wanted to email Desi at lyndasty@gmail.com, she's been doing a bunch of the Track organizing as well and I know I've discussed with her attempts at getting you to Atlanta.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Maria Lima said...

Ah, yes, Twitter - totally a time suck! (and fun...)

If you want to peek into other people's twits (or does that make *me* one?) - I'm chickwriter on Twitter.

RE: cons - tough call - I know mystery cons and fantasy cons but not so much the SF ones in particular. I think a lot of difference is in the invite - I get "invited" to some as an author - which basically means I don't have to pay the con fee, but still have to pay for my travel/hotel, etc. Other times it's just - feel free to come, we'll see if we can get you on something, but hey, pay up first.

It's probably different for you. ::g::

A great convention resource can be found here: http://www.locusmag.com/Conventions.html

Locus is an industry (SF/F) magazine and has a great online listing. I noticed it's a wee bit out of date, but still quite helpful.

Maria Lima

7:43 AM  
Blogger slodwick said...

And another one bites the Twitter dust.

If you're looking for a con to visit, might I suggest Chicago? It's a beautiful, friendly, reasonably-priced city, and sadly, there is a derth of interesting guests at most of our cons.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Hi Kate, another Stargate fan checking in.

check email every thirty seven seconds to see if anything exciting has happened. It hasn't. Reload page several times to make sure I'm not missing anything. I'm not.
Geeze, and I thought I was the only one!

And love to the Biway bags and Heart. What's your favourite Heart song?

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Nomi said...

Hi, Kate,

It really depends on the type of convention. The fan-run ones, the best way to be put on program is to contact the head of programming and ask. It's really that simple sometimes. There are area science fiction conventions all over the US, during all different times of the year.

The professionally run ones (by companies such as Creation) are harder to get onto programming with. I wouldn't even be able to tell you where to start with those, alas.

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, seriously, you and your brother are the coolest people ever. Never ever stop being awesome!

(can I point out that the green color on your twitter page is a little to bright for my eyes...)

9:53 AM  
Blogger Susan the Tartan Turtle said...

I have a brother who is the fountain of all knowledge. If I need to find out something I just ask him - saves me having to do any thinking.

I am sure your much older brother David will get you invited to a convention, of Mars' Uncle Paul.

I get on really well with my brother - he lives in England and I live in Scotland!

I am glad that you have a reliable cat-sitter. My two moronic felines (Frankie and Princess Merlin) spend most of their time beating the crap of each other - they are, of course, siblings.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

So Kate, where's your Twitter box??

Wanna go to conventions? Well, there's one in Richmond the first weekend of August. (Ok, Richmond isn't exactly "travelling"...) It's actually a fan gathering, but other guests will be coming and it will be fun. Other than that, just let people know. I know we all LOVED you in London and would LOVE you to come to another Wolf con!
Just let the fans know, and we'll work on it.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Becky S said...

Ah, another twitter-er. It is fun, but can suck time too. But if you're bored...

As for cons...as the others have said, there are several going on, but I haven't been to any of them so I haven't a clue on who to talk to about being invited. But if anyone can help you it would certainly be some of your commenters. :-)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Brian Taylor said...

Couple of Conventions in the UK:

Wolf: SG-12 (2nd - 4th Nov) - Theme: SG1
Wolf: P3 (Don't know dates) - Theme: Atlantis

Both are organised by Wolf Events (www.wolfevents.com) or e-mail: wolfevents@aol.com

As for twitter, it is very addictive. Have you tried FaceBook (www.facebook.com)? That's even worse - whole weeks can go by on there without you noticing!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Atlantis Jackson said...

Aww man! I was gonna ask you to come to Dragon Con too. Hey, maybe you could just go there like all the rest of us and sneak onto a stage when no one is looking and answer questions :)
Paul McGillion's gonna be there, maybe he'd share the stage with you :)
I wish I could go to ComicCon too
:( The last time I went to that one was in '02
Your day kind of sounds like mine, until the end of Aug when I start school. Then I'll be lucky to get time to LOOK at my computer!
I'm following you on twitter! My name is AtlantisJackson :)

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Atlantis Jackosn said...

OH shoot! I forgot something.... Every year on Thanksgiving weekend here in Indianapolis there is a convention. It's small but VERY friendly it's called Starbase Indy
you might look into that :) It's the most comfortable convention I've ever been to!

1:32 PM  
Blogger strivaria said...

omgwtfcori said...

I have nooo idea how you can get invited. Just show up there and say "Surpriiiise" ?

That actually seems to work for Aaron Douglass and the Pegasus conventions. If he doesn't "gate" crash P3, I'll be rather surprised. Anyway, I don't have much to add on the "how to get invited to a convention" front as I've no idea. As for suggested cons....

Dragon Con is fun, HUGE, but fun. If you're allowed to roam the halls, you're likely to come across squads of Stormtroopers, Klingons, Starfleet officers and so on.

I know we'd love to have you back at Pegasus 3. I'm fairly sure the guest list is still wide open as they've only announced McGillion as attending so far.

Shore Leave in Baltimore is already over. My friends tell me that's a good con. I wouldn't know personally since I haven't been, which is kind of inexcusable since I lived about 2 hours from it for 9 years. *face|palm"

Also, welcome to Twitter. :D

2:06 PM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

hee, sounds like your days are a bit like mine at the moment, at least while I'm still job hunting. Instead of being woken by my cats, my husband calls me every morning anywhere between 5:00 and 7:30. Then the cats think it's time to be fed and will walk all over me until I get up. Of course then I get back in bed. :D

Welcome to twitter! I don't post too much myself, but I love to read what everyone else is doing. There are a couple of people on there who are so funny they make my day. :)

I'll add in my 2 cents and say try to get in to Dragon*Con! I have tickets, but sadly am not going to be able to attend. :( I know a lot of other fans who will be there and would love to meet you!

3:06 PM  
Blogger Desi said...


OMG we would LOVE to have you be at DragonCon!!!! Who cares if the guest deadline has passed...Tahmoh Penikett of Battlestar Galactica fame just showed up last year so you could SO do it this year!!! We could EASILY find you crash space (I have 2 rooms at one of the con hotels this year) and I know we could find some fans who'd be willing to chip in for your airfare.

Kate, seriously, we would be thrilled and honored to have you attend DragonCon. I mean the convention itself is an absolute BLAST!! It's August 31-September 3rd down in Atlanta, GA and the website if you wanna check it out is http://www.dragoncon.org. If there is ANYTHING I can do to help out, please feel free to email me at lyndasty@gmail.com. I'm a staff member for the Stargate Offworld Fandom Track which is a fancy way of saying that I work with the Stargate programming track and am in charge of our track room at the convention.

And yes Twitter is ADDICTING! But it's so much fun!

Anyway, hope to hear from you and hoping even more to be able to meet you at DragonCon!!

Desiree Jackson (aka Desi)
SGOW track staffer

4:18 PM  
Blogger atlantica said...

I do the whole clicking-on-Join buttons too. I guess I'm a sheep as the things tend to be whatever it is your brother signs up for.

Although each one just gives me another opportunity to irritate him more *g*

Aaaaaaanyways. Conventions. I guess you could try just turning up, heh. And London loved you too and would dearly love you to come to Pegasus 3 next January (well I and my friends would).

Bug McGillion - he's attending. Maybe he could sneak you in.

4:22 PM  
Blogger abharding said...

Oh boy, another person to follow on Twitter. Just what I don't need. :-)

As for the cons...
Shore Leave- outside of Baltimore Maryland is a great con...the only "problem" is that in July so it will another year until the next one...But it a lot of fun. I don't know how much you have contact with the actors on Stargate but you could ask Amanda , Chris or Paul about Shore Leave . It looked like they had lots of fun. And then there is always Ten-Forward if you want to party.

Farpoint, also just outside of Baltimore (in fact in the same hotel) is also a good con. http://www.bcpl.net/~wilsonr/
The major concern with that con is the chance of getting stuck in the hotel if there is one occasional Maryland snow storms.

I am not sure how you would get in contact with them, but you could just email them and let them know you are interested.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Masterchica said...

You have a twitter??
I love that stuff is lovely, adorable and incredible time consuming.

Lots of kisses and good luck with the movie, I just saw couple of pictures and they are amazingly funny .

4:31 PM  
Blogger Arlessiar said...

Haven't left greetings and a comment in your blog forever, thought I could drop by again and say hello. :)

You're on twitter now, too! So cool! I just friended you there. I still don't really know how that site works, but it's addictive, that I learnt already...

Hehe, you googled your own brother? Geek. ;) You two might be more alike than you might want to admit. :D

Haven't seen ADB yet, I wait for the DVD that will come out in September. Will be the last human on Earth who hasn't seen that film by then, I think. :D

You want to go to another con? Call or write to WolfEvents and say that you're interested in attending the Crossroads con in Germany in November (David Nykl will be there)! *g*
I'd love to meet you again. In fact I already bought a little present for you already. Sounds weird, I know. But I just went past it one day, shortly after the Pegasus 2 con, and I just thought "this is perfect for Kate Hewlett". So I just bought it. Just in case I might meet you again one day. And then I asked myself if I'd gone nuts. Must have been the post-con-confusion. Normally I'm not that weird. ;)

I love the way you described a day in your life. Funny! And that's so me. During the week I have to go to work and in the evening I'm just beat, and on the weekend, when I finally have the chance to do something useful or just catch up with some things like writing emails to friends, I usually end up being to busy doing... nothing.
The days are too short, that's the problem. Although, knowing me, if the day had 6 more hours I'd probably waste these too. :S

Hope you have a lovely time in Vancouver! :)

All the best,

6:12 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

Hi Kate,

nice day. ;o) With cats it is such a thing. Our cat (Phil, ...you know) has decided that I am her personal "attendant".
For example it doesn't matter what time it is, I have to open her my door or window and let her go in our out.
But what should I make? I love her and she is only a human bei... pet. :o)

What You can make to be invited on Conventions?
Because I'm not a star I don't really know.
Maybe there is a solution to organize a little event in Germany for you.
Nevertheless, although the G7-Con is dead, we have a great Con-scenery in Germany. It's no problem to give you some addresses and links.

Mail to me or I will send you (to one of your mail addresses you don't often check) some informations, soon.

Greetings from Germany


6:24 PM  
Blogger Adna said...

Cool. Everybody is on twitter nowadays. Don't forget to add your brother David since he got his twitter set up long ago.


7:21 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

There's SFX in Toronto at the end of August. It runs from the 24th till the 26th and here's the link to the contact page --> http://www.hobbystar.com/hobbystar/ContactUs.html I know they're always looking for new guests, so you'd probably be very welcome. *nods* Also, twitter? It's very addicting cause unlike blogging it needs few words and you can be as random as you like, and that is just fun. *grins*

7:42 PM  
Blogger Alipeeps said...

Eeeeh! Heart! Ahhh.. the happy memories.. *warbles* "These dreeeeeams go on when I close my eyyeee-eees.." :D

*ahem* Anyhoooo... glad to hear you had a fab time in London, it was lovely to see you there. I'm something of a con newbie myself so don't know of any particular cons going on in the UK this summer but I'll certainly get posting on the Wolf Events forums and suggest they invite you back for Pegasus 3 next February... :D

8:12 PM  
Blogger Erinface said...

Twitter is highly addictive. You can embed it on blogger too so its on your blog all the time. I dont know how people get anything done. Try Last FM and you'll never do anything again. Its horrible.

But good too, obviously.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Elyse said...

Technically, it's Comic-Con, but google will find it nearly any old way. :)

Another victim to Twitter, I see :) I don't have anything to Twitter myself, but love reading David's and now, another one to check out.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

Hey, Kate!

If you are interested in next March's big official convention in Vancouver (or around the U.S., if you'd rather travel), you should e-mail Adam and/or Gary at Creation (adam@ and gary@ creationent.com). They can definitely tell you what it takes to get involved in the convention circuit ... just ask David for his opinion on the whole indu$$$try before you commit!

Darren from GateWorld

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

joining is bad- you have to remember passwords...

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Hope you can get in to the ComicCon (if not "their loss") give a hug to VM

And two words for Rufus: Kitty-Diet

2:18 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Redelle said...

Ooh, Comic Con! :D I hope to go to the screening, too! Didn't know there was one! Heroes and David are my reason for going, outside of volunteering and seeing friends I hardly see. I'm so excited about the whole event! The poster's coming with! :D

3:21 AM  
Blogger Shelley Templar said...

I wish I could discover twitter..... not sure where I would put it though, lol.

I would love it if you could come to a convention in the Uk.

I agree with trialia
The LFACC is in september, perhaps you could go to that one? Ive posted in the yahoo group about conventions to see if any of the members have any suggestions.

I do hope you can get to the LFACC as I might be able to go to at least a day of that one :)
You have my email if you want any help or suggestions with getting to a convention :)


By the way, the website is coming along pretty well. Im just trying to make a logo banner for it, but everytime I try to edit a picture of you to make it, it always seems to turn out wrong. Ive tried tons of different pics. I'll keep trying though!!!

3:40 AM  
Blogger Sal said...


I had to explain to my wife what BiWay is. (she's American). Welcome to the insanity that is twitter. It's addictive, and don't be surprised when people start replying to your 'twits'. I hope to see you at ComicCon, I'm heading all the way from London, ON, to be there. It'd be kick ass to see you again. =) And hope you wrangle your way into other cons, so you have ample opportunity to smack David in the forehead in front of hundreds of people. ;)

4:28 AM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

Yay! Come to the London film and comic fest. I'm going to meet Torri and lots of the Heroes cast. And you should definety come to P3! We'd love to see you again, P2 was a blast!

6:57 AM  
Blogger NZ_Jackie said...

Hey Kate, I have joined your Twitter! Yay for both of us, You get me and I get you..Hang on thats a little stalker like...oh well...

David has posted on his blog about you trying to get to ComicCon, but he says you don't know yet, well I can't go anyway so there is no point in you going...loljk.

About your question, I would think that if you implored enough fans, they would dothe rest for you...Emailing, writing, sending dead cats to the producers...oops there goes my idea!!
We will start it up for you, if you want. I know the geeks along with me on David's Site will help in any way we can...


8:51 AM  
Blogger vorador said...

Hello! Nice, another great twitter to follow. I hope you update more often than I do lol. It's not that difficult, since i update once a month or something like that.

I don't know much about conventions, and I believe there's none here, but I'll check it out..


9:55 AM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

You didn't know David was on Twitter? We've been privy to his twitterings for ages. It's like mini-blogging and a good way to note the little things that happen in your life. You can twitter from your computer, or twitter from your phone. Just be sure you know how much your text messaging costs, though.

Another vote for DragonCon here. Ask Paul McGillion about it. He's making his 2nd visit to this Atlanta fan run convention in Aug/Sept (Labor Day weekend here in the States). Brandy Ledford, from the show Andromeda (and who was in the movie Icemen with David, but that's beside the point), was a guest star on Atlantis and sat in on the Stargate panels. You've made more than one guest appearance on Atlantis, so you're more than qualified to join in.

Ask Paul about the fan run convention Shore Leave, too, He was just there, flying in on the red-eye after a day of filming on Friday and flying back home on Sunday to go back to work early Monday. What a guy! Shore Leave occurs the first weekend after the Fourth of July. A friend had A Dog's Breakfast there and you're great in the movie. Ha, you actually smacked David on the forehead! And you wore some great clothes. I can't wait for the DVD in Sept.

Those of us on the Mid-Atlantic are deprived of Hewletts. We never get convention visits from either of you. Can't wait for your NYC run in November.

1:23 PM  
Blogger ames said...

I would think you could crash the Chicago con at the end of August. Come! Hang out with McGillion and Shanks! And us!

3:47 PM  
Blogger M said...

Haha, twitter is addictive... especially for me coz I work in front of the computer the whole day.

Sadly my work twitterings are over as I'll be sitting next to the boss from next week onwards.

I find it incredibly amusing that you discovered it through Mr D Hewlett! It figures that he'd join it.


3:14 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Welcome to the Twitterside. Twitter is addictive and you will get the hang of it. I blame your brother for my addiction. He says "go here" and I go there.

But the places he sent me to I alwaays have fun.

Your cats are so cute. Glad they made the trek to Vancouver all right. Wait for it I am sure your cats will do a lot more funny things. Stuff thaat will make you shake your head.

Have fun.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Sofie said...

Hi Kate!!
I just love reading your blog, it's really amazing :D
My cat has never really broken anything (yet), but she does like to scratch my door in attempt to open it, and wake me up in the process. The funny thing is, it always works lol. Yes my cat is very determined :D

I wish I could go to Comic-Con, but I don't see it happening, since it's a little to far away...
I would love to meet Veronica Mars, I've seen every episode like a hundred times, and I just got my sister and mom addicted to Ms Mars. Kristen Bell is fantastic!

We have a cool con here in Gent (Belgium) called FACTS, this year it takes place in October. Richard Hatch (BSG) is one of the anounced guests.
Would love to see you here in Gent!!


11:13 AM  
Blogger Kaylee said...

Aaargh, darn you for being funny! I'm an internet cafe in Lake Louise wasting my precious two dollars worth of time laughing! My own fault....I knew checking your blog was a bad idea!
Hey, seeing as how you're living in Vancouver and all, any tips for a girl who will be visiting there sometime soon-ish? Places to go, things to do etc etc?
Kepp smiling!
Caitlyn (penniless aussie ski bum)

1:46 PM  
Blogger Jane Jordan said...

you've probably had the answer already...but in the UK I can think of 3 or 4 conventions that are on summer/fall

London film and comic con (http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com)
Collectormania GMEX Manchester
Collectormania 12
(er you can find all above at http://www.collectormania.com...I always get the gmex address wrong)

and there's SG12 by Wolf (as in the Peg 2 bunch...or there's p3 in january)

also Stargoids LMAO
and your days sound a lot like my days off work
1) get up
2) log into live journal
3) forget to eat
4) read more livejournal
5) check facebook
6) go back to live journal
7) fall asleep at keyboard

2:10 PM  
Anonymous crazy4dh said...

TWITTER HELP - When people follow you they get your updates.

When you follow them you get their updates.

When you follow each other you can carry conversation back and forth and send direct messages to each other.
None of that is explained very well on Twitter.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

Kate I am in Twitter as Fran AKA
(nanook 660)

I think you need to find someone to Friend/Follow and then Friend/Follow them and that should set you on the right path.

Come and Friend/Follow me. Or latch onto your brother Mr. 1000+ Friends already dhewlett. And eventually he will start following you. DH never told you about Twitter?

It takes a bit of getting used to.

3:44 PM  
Blogger equusentric said...

I wholeheartedly Nth your attempting to attend DragonCon in Atlanta! Mostly because it's an awesome Con (and no-small-partly because it's the only one I can attend :P), and Atlanta has a lot of stuff to do when you're not Conning.

I have also added you to my Twitter (I'm equuzombie there, not like it matters or anything) because I'm annoying like that. ;)

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your up for a decent travel Kate their is an Australian convention organizer that does some major events here. If your interested just email him at scottliston@bigpond.com or, info@firstcontactconventions.com.au

I'm sure he'd love to put you in a convention so dont be shy.

4:17 AM  
Anonymous FAB1 said...

A lot of people on the F.A.C.T.S. board


seem to be very fond of you.

Maybe it's a good idea contacting the F.A.C.T.S. managment



and get to spend some time in Belgium (yes, Europe) this october.

The crowd there is great - polite and very enthusiastic.

Never heard of the FACTS convention? Shame. Lots of people from all over Europe travel hundreds of miles because of it.

Extensive coverage of last year's edition:


6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are too, too amusing! I love occasionally wandering by and reading your musings.

And it's fabulous to find a cat person among all the dog-obsessive actors out there.

Big purrs to your cat from mine!

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, you should definitely come to Aus. I think there are a couple of conventions a year.

There's supposed to be one with Joe Flanigan coming up, but I think it's been rescheduled....

Definitely get yourself on the list! You need to come and see this great country! And make sure you get enough time to travel around a bit.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Lady Niko said...

Hey Kate -

There's WindyCon in Chicago at the Wyndham O'Hare. That's Nov. 9-11, this year. You can contact them at: http://windycon.org/contact.html

It's a fun show, even if the hotel desk staff is just downright rude these days. Too bad that the Creation SG Con is going to be there w/ Paul in August, otherwise, I'd be there in a heartbeat. :)

Besides, if you go to Windy, you can get a free 10 min massage from one of the students of the massage school there in Chicago, or like an hour long one from one of the licensed therapists (myself included!) that will be there. :)

You can contact the Windy Con folks at: http://windycon.org/contact.html

There are more shows in the southern US in the winter, mostly because of the nicer weather. But, seeing as how I haven't done much road tripping the last few years, I can't name them. :)

Next spring there is Mid South Con in Memphis - http://www.midsouthcon.org/pages/contact.html. I know like most of the folks on Con Com and I like live in con Suite hustling beverages and food out for the Starving Masses that attend the show. Absolutely awesome con suite and we take care of our guests! If there's a special beverage you want, we'll have it in stock for you!

Then, back in my hometown, there's Show-Me-Con/anime St. Louis like next April.... the website sucks, but you can email the con chair, Mike Hatley - Kingpn1@aol.com and tell him you want to come and I bet he'd be tripping over his feet to have you come. :)

Archon, which is normally a fall event is this weekend for NASFIC (the wanna-be world con), so skip it this year. Next year would be totally awesome for you to come, since the current GoH is Laurell K. Hamilton and I have no interest in seeing her at Archon! :p (Crappy writer - really, crappy local writer who's turned St. Louis into a "Sex haven of fic" as one friend said, and she is such a huge drahma llama - just go read her blog. :p)

http://www.archonstl.org/32/index.html - the con chair is like Rich Zellich, and you can email him at rich@zellich.net and tell him you want to come.

And, if you come to Archon next fall, it won't be so damn hot to do the hike between the Holiday Inn, down to the Collinsville convention center, over to any of the restaurants that are in walking distance on the main strip there in front of the center.

Besides, there's lots of awesome stuff to come see in St. Louis! :)

3:28 PM  
Blogger Wolfen said...

*waves* Another vote for Dragon*Con here! Just look and see what fun we've had in the past! Chris Judge will bet there this year too!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Lady Niko said...

You must be obsessed with moving to look at moving almost all the way back across the country.

See, you should stay in Vancouver to continue to harass Brother Dearest and help your sisters plot revenge on him for all the times he's wound their kids up at bedtime now that he's going to be a parent himself. *eg* (Quite scary, isn't it? :-p)

5:20 PM  
Blogger Keith W. Cunningham said...

You should see about talking to the organizers for Mid-Ohio Con in Columbus. It's a small show in late November, but I'm sure they'd love to have you.

12:03 AM  
Blogger Shaddyr said...

Hey Kate

I am late to the party and have only just seen your query about getting an invite to a convention.

I don't know if you are really interested or not, but if you are?

VCon ( http://www.vcon.ca/ )takes place here, in Vancouver, on October 19-21. I am quite certain that the concom would be most happy to extend you an official invitation to attend if you were so inclined.

I run the filking at VCon, and have been involved with the convention for a number of years. If you truly would like to attend, please let me know.

Feel free to send any queries to filkchair.vcon@gmail.com

8:52 PM  
Blogger Kirstin said...

I can second the recommendation to do VCon. They have a great convention, with lots of excellent people, and you'll have a great time.

Also, I was chair of Calgary's convention this past year, so if coming to a 400-person convention in Calgary interests you, would you send me a note at kirstin.morrell@csffs.org and let me know if you've got an appearance fee? Thanks.

3:57 AM  
Blogger Sarahzilla said...

I'll see if I can get you invited to StarFest. That's in Denver in April. It would be AWESOME if you'd come.

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