Sunday, February 25, 2007

Camera Envy and Why I Love Cons/

First of all, for the 3 people out there who AREN'T reading this blog because of Stargate, I just want to clarify that ‘cons’ means ‘conventions’, not ‘convicts’. I do not love convicts, although I am sure there are some very nice ones out there -- maybe even ones who were wrongly convicted or who feel really bad about what they did and wish they hadn’t done it. Even so, I don’t love them. I love conventions.

So…I haven’t posted in a VERY LONG TIME and I thought it would be great to do a little photo journal thingy of the sci-fi convention in London, my trip to Italy, my cats’ excitement at my return, etc. The only problem is...I don’t have a camera.

To hell with it.

I’m doin’ it anyway. So here it is:

A Virtual Photo Journal, by Someone Who Spent All Her Money on an Expensive Haircut Instead of a Camera:

1/ If I had a camera, this would be a photograph of me going through security at the airport. I would no doubt be setting off the alarm, which happens 9 out of 10 times I travel, whether I am wearing a belt or not. Of course, this photograph is illegal, but luckily it’s not a real photograph, so I can get away with it. I could even have me wearing a metal suit in the photograph, with Martha under one arm and Rufus under the other very tired arm, setting off every alarm in the building, and that would still be okay. See? Who needs a camera? THIS PHOTO IS AWESOME.

2/ The next photo would be of the other guests at the con. It would include the delightful Erin Chambers (who was on Veronica Mars, so is kind of like royalty in my books. She is also a lovely, kind person with a beautiful singing voice. And she was on Veronica Mars. Oh! Hey! She was also on Veronica Mars. I love Veronica Mars.) This photo would also include the very handsome Dan Payne, who for some bizarre reason plays a wraith on Stargate, which means that some person out there decided to put uglifying makeup and a wig on Dan Payne. I think this person should be arrested for crimes against hotmanity. Also in this photograph would be the charming Aaron Douglas (from Battlestar Galactica! Holy crap!), the hilarious David Nykl (the only ‘David’ on SGA I get along with), the lovely and talented Chuck Campbell (who should be congratulated on his stamina with cons – again, I mean stamina with conventions, not stamina with convicts...ew...), the intelligent and witty Ryan Robbins, the wild, wacky and inspiring Ivy Isenberg...and some David Hewlitt guy.

I spelled that wrong on purpose. In my first TV gig ever, my name was spelled Kate "Hewlitt" in the credits. So sad.

The photo might also possibly include me staying out until 5am with these people. Twice.

3/ This photo is a real beauty. It is a picture of all the other people I met in London: the costumed wonders, the Jedi Chefs, the “Wicked” Addict (like me), the people I chatted with at the bar, the crazy con dancers, the teddy bear and chocolate and booze and card and Cd and unicorn prism and other gift-givers who went to so much trouble to bring me nice things (although cards are easier to take home on the plane!!), the people who waited in line FOREVER for autographs and photo ops, the brave folks who asked questions at the Q&A (Q&As are still terrifying for me, by the way, unless I’m up there with my brother), my lovely assistant Sandra, all the people who volunteered their time, Bryan Superman Coney, Erin and Chuck and Ryan’s delightful significant others (Carson and Jennifer and Rebecca), etc. etc. etc. This photo would suck if it actually existed, because everyone’s head would be the size of a dust mote. See? No need for a camera when you have imaginaaaaaaation.

4/ This non-existent photo is of my mother’s appendix, which burst while David and Jane and I were in Italy. This is a gross photo. Be glad that I don’t have a camera.

(She is a million times better now, which is why I’m allowed to make appendix jokes.)

My mum is the coolest woman on the planet, by the way. She is beautiful and smart and funny and living in Italy all by herself (thus brave) and a wonderful, sisterlike mum. (Sister as in ‘sister’, not as in ‘nun’. My mother is not a nun.) I miss her. Mum, if you’re reading this…can I borrow some money to buy a camera?

5/ This is a photo of a camera. I want one.

6/ This is a photo of 'M', catsitter extraordinaire, drowning in cat hair while I was away. It WOULD also be a photo of my cats, Rufus and Martha, in which they look incredibly adorable (though 50% obese – I’m not saying which 50%). However, I am not allowed to talk about my cats anymore because my friend Chris (the one who can’t pack – yes, I mean you, Chris) thinks I talk about cats too much in this blog. My other friend Chris thinks that I have toxoplasmosis from cat litter and that it's affecting my brain. I figure that the only way to prove to the Chrises that I do not have toxoplasmosis is to stop reminding them that I have cats. (Cats? What cats?) I'm also going to stop being neurotic, negative and reckless (all signs of toxoplasmosis. I just looked it up on Wikipedia.)

7/ This is a photo of me NOT having toxoplasmosis. Notice how happy and optimistic and restrained I am. And no cats in sight...

Okay. I am done with the fake photos.

To summarize: the convention was so much fun and I hope I can go to lots more (like the one in Germany? Australia?); I met cool actors (some of whom were in Veronica Mars and Battlestar Awesomelactica); I met fantastic fans; I went to Italy and got to know the Lucchese hospital intimately; I came home and saw my cats who I won’t talk about anymore so that my “friends” stop thinking I have “toxoplasmosis”.

Have a happy Sunday, everybody!



Blogger celisnebula said...

It sounds as though you have a lovely, exhausting, but lovely time abroad.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Space Oddity said...

If it makes you feel any better, they spelt your brother's name wrong on the Season 1 dvds of atlantis.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Elandria Lore said...

That's probably the best slide show I've ever seen! *g*

It was great seeing you there and I'm glad you had fun (hopefully enought to do it again:)

Glad you're back home safe and sound and that your mom's doing all right as well.

And also, your friends obviously don't realize that we are cat people out here, and if David can talk about Mars as much as he does (which is okay because we're dog people too) then you can certainly talk about your cats.

12:43 PM  
Blogger salivia_baker said...

who is this Chris? he can't just say you talking too much about cats! not if the cat is Rufus, then you can't talk too much about cats. *hmpf*

Anyway, Cons are so cool!
And hey maybe you can go to a con one day where Jaime Ray Newman is on, so you meet another Stargate/Veronica Mars actress ;) She is so great in there.. and why aren't you in Veronica Mars?

And I love you pictures! about the bleeping.. well at least you don't take a miniture swiss army knive with you when you KNOW that it will bleep and you can't take it with you ... twice!
See you can't beat my mother ;)

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh i love your pictures! they're so pretty *big grin*

did ya know your dork brother is on MySpace now? *shakes head*

anyway, don't mind me. just lonely lurker girl that always forgets to sign up for a blogger account :)

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What fantastic photos! It sounds like you had a great time at the con, and I'm glad your mom is better!

Toxoplasmosis can be used to your benefit. They (being "medical-type people") do not recommend that women of childbearing age clean out catboxes due to toxoplasmosis concerns, so I make my husband do it. Maybe you could get M to do it for you under the same auspices... ;-)

Hysterical post - I agree that the picture of you in the metal suit, cat under each arm, setting off every alarm in the airport, is the best picture ever.

1:03 PM  
Blogger kholmes said...

Great photojournalism! You should consider a career change or a part time job.

Seriously though, I especially enjoyed the first one. I got this great mental image of a cyberman carting Martha over a shoulder through security in my local airport. You were never in my local airport, but then there was no real photo so I can pretty much picture whatever I want to.

Oh, and thanks for clarifying the "con". I do watch Stargate, however I live within 10 miles of a maximum security facility so whenever someone says "con" I instantly picture The State Penn . So have fun with cons!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey kate - love your pics *grin*! Here are some actual pictures tho, none of airport security, or of English customs agents grilling us as to why my friend and I were returning on different days.

Your haircut was gorgeous - you can get a camera next time. Or borrow David N's!

:)Steph (who didn't go to school with you...)

2:37 PM  
Blogger vorador said...

Wow, Great photos. You're a natural on photography. Great light, no chopped heads, all perfectly centered, really, you have the best photos I've ever seen :p

Anyway, It seems like you really enjoyed every bit of your time out. It's nice to have you back too, and about the cats, there's no such thing as "talking too much" about them.


P.S:Really, even the appendix one is awesome in an artistic way. You should get some award for all those photos!!!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

Hi Kate!

I am glad to read that you had a nice time in London.
I must take a little bit more time to read more exactly your new blog-entry.
Then I maybe write a new comment.

You’ve my apologies... You should already have a new E-Mail from me in your inbox. Okay, you also owe me an E-Mail(answer).
Fell free to visit Germany. (but let me know)
I came forward with the proposal
(the galileo 7 con) in my last E-Mail to you, too.

Have a nice week


=====in German:=====

Hi Kate!

Ich freue mich zu lesen, dass Du eine schöne Zeit in London hattest. Ich muss mir etwas Zeit nehmen Deinen neuen Blog-Eintrag etwas genauer zu lesen.
Danach schreibe ich vielleicht einen neuen Kommentar.

Entschuldige bitte... Du solltest schon längst eine neue E-Mail von mir in Deinem Posteingang haben. Okay, Du bist mir auch eine E-Mail
(Antwort) schuldig. Komm doch einfach Deutschland besuchen. (aber gib mir bescheid)
Ich habe Dir ja in meiner letzten E-Mail an Dich auch den Vorschlag (die Galileo 7 Con) gemacht.

Hab eine schöne Woche


searched and found (pictures of your con visit) (you have to register / please ask for translation)
or (no registration necessary)

2:41 PM  
Blogger Sofie said...

omg, that was hilarious!!
I think from now on we should all take virtual photos. :D
Great that you had such a fantastic time at Pegasus 2, I feel so sad that I couldn't be there. I find it really cool that you're thinking about doing other conventions!! We have one here in Ghent (Belgium) called FACTS *HINT HINT*!! All scifi :D
What's wrong with talking about cats?? I have one called 'Poessie' and I talk about her all the time *giving Kate moral support to stand up and defend 'the cats'*!!
To end this comment * which has become longer than I expected*, I LOVE Veronica Mars!! I've seen every episode like 3/4 times. Veronica rocks!! So do you btw :D
Thanks for posting again, and maybe I'll meet you at an other convention!!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Flo said...

excellent as usual!!! your post are a real delight!! thanks a lot for the laugh i had reading!

2:52 PM  
Blogger s said...

Glad you enjoyed Pegasus 2 as much was we did!

Thank you for the very amusing 'A Dogs Breakfast' autograph!! I absolutely loved the film!!!!!

Fantastic photos!!! They turned out much better than most of my Pegasus 2 pics!

And glad to hear that your mum's feeling much better :)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Meesh said...

Hee. Glad that you had so much fun at the convention! It was an absolute blast for us too, even though I spent most of the time running around working!!

Or... waiting for my food to arrive ;)

Your virtual photos are awesome and at least you never have the dissapointment of those photos you thought were brilliant but didn't turn out to be in focus after all!!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Kate, your photography is made of awesome. ;)

3:25 PM  
Blogger abharding said...

Sounds like you had lots of fun at the con - but then that is what they are for. To have fun. It's good that the actors seem to have as much fun as the fans.

It was great seeing you and hearing some of the stories on set (of both SGA and ADB) and growing up with your brother...

And you can talk about whatever you want...This is your blog after all...

4:00 PM  
Blogger Independent Film News said...

Thanx for the *virtual* pics Kate!!

Im glad you had fun!!

I dont understand why they keep putting make-up and ocvering up Dan either:Plol


4:20 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

As one of the people at the con (convention cause I'm not a convict), please can I say many thanks for going and being a great guest. I had a blast seeing everyone who went to it, and bidding against my mate Mel in the auction was the high point even though I still can't believe I spent £435 for a piccie of you and David! Granted you'd both signed it but still!

Love the photos, some of the best I've seen for the con. :D

Sorry to hear your mum wasn't well but happy to hear she's better.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Jane Jordan said...

I can honestly say yes I am not a convict! (con-addict maybe)
Glad you enjoyed the con (you weren't the only one who stayed out late...I'm still catching up on the sleep)
Ah those pictures made me grin (I think I see me pulling a stupid face in the background of one of them!)
Take care and come back sometime!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Hope you come back to the UK to visit again soon. The whole con thing was a first for me (and my poor, slightly bemused father) and a little bit....whoa, but it was fun.

Thanks for being a funny and entertaining guest.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you had as much fun as we did!! And I love the pics! :D
It was so nice to meet you, thank you for being there!
Glad your mum is feeling better!

Hope to see you at another con(vention!) soon :)

6:29 PM  
Blogger Becky L said...

Hi Kate.

I'm so glad you had fun at the con. Definately like your virtual pics, the best things is that they are always clear images with no lighting or focus problems.

Glad to hear your mom is better! That is good to hear.

I have to agree with Paula, Dragon*Con isgoing to have several people who post regularly (both here and on David's site) going this year and I think you would enjoy it. There are requests to bring "A Dog's Breakfast" there as they have an indie film festival too. And Chris Judge is a guest of the con already. If it's possible, you really should join us there.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Cindee said...

It sounds like you had a blast in London! Pictures were great too. I just bought a new camera and don't know what to do with the old one. You should have it. It's a digital "Hewlett"-Packard photosmart 318. Anyway, I hope you get to go to many more cons. Maybe someday one in the midwestern U.S.?

9:32 PM  
Blogger ZoniDuck said...

I absolutely adore your blog posts. You make me laugh every single time. I dearly hope to meet you at a con some day.

And I'm very happy to hear that your Mom is feeling better. Good luck on the camera thing!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

Here's hoping you get a camera soon cause it seems you would take some quite interesting pictures.

Glad you had a great time at the convention! sounds like a blast! And glad your Mum is ok after the appendix emergency! (been through that!)

And Rufus and Martha are not typical cats, thus they deserve to be talked about in this blog ;)

11:33 PM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

Thanks for the wonderful picture account of your trip to the con. It looks like you had a wonderful time. :)
If you're wanting to attend more conventions there's a great one coming up August 31-September 3 in Atlanta, Georgia, US! :D It's called Dragon*Con.
Glad your mom is doing well. Appendicitis can be very bad. I had mine burst when I was eight. Definitely one of the most painful experiences of my life.

I hope that you are able to get a "real" camera soon so you can show us pictures from some of your other great adventures!p

11:38 PM  
Blogger dead-blog said...

I don't think I stopped laughing at all throughout this post. You, are a very funny woman.

it does sound as though you had a blast, and I wish I could have been there. (wrong side of the pond... but one of these days I'll scoot a couple provinces over and hopefully see you perform on stage)

I'm glad your mother is okay now!

also, this toxoplasmosis thingy sounds icky... [looks it up on wikipedia] oooh, a parasite. a friend of mine researchers parasites. i'm sure he'll tell me all about this when i let him know you don't have it and have the fake photos to prove it.

talk about your cats all you want, dear. I talk about mine and my dog all the time. it's perfectly normal. :D

it was wonderful to see you posted! Now I'm off to bed because it's after 1am and I have to be up at a ridiculous hour to get to class on time (oh, two hour commutes...)

Take care!

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, but who doesn't love their cat(s)? Fuzzy, fat, snuggly but sometimes vicious...

12:31 AM  
Blogger Chrystalline said...

Oh, yes, let me add my voice to the "Dragon*Con, PLEASE!" chorus;) It's close enough, so I'm planning to go this year, barring unforseen obstacles, and I'd love to see you there!

Gah - for some reason, it kept refusing to let me see the word verification image. Stupid Blogspot, not letting me talk... (eventual image: SCVRP - South Carolina Virtual Role Play?)

And tell those Chrises that THIS Chrys thinks it's just fine for you to keep talking about your cats!

1:14 AM  
Blogger LilFerret said...

Kate...have I ever told you exactly how hysterically humorous you are?


Well, now I have. *grin*

1:40 AM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

Thanks for your always amusing observations. You should really be a writer. Oh, wait, you *are* a writer!

Love your photos. Amazing how clear and well lit they are. It's always hard for us little people (the ones who are general admission) to get decent photos from the back of the room. Thanks for sharing yours. Wish I was there.

I'm sure if you had mentioned at Peg2 your lack of a camera, someone would have popped out and bought you one of those disposable ones for you. Nothing like having your own personal photos to bring back a memory. This cons are so jam packed and we all tend to stay up way too late to remember it all.

David Nykl wrote about the convention, you've written about the convention, but your brother has yet to tell us anything from his side, probably because he's busy geeking out coding his site and his new myspace page. I want to see some videos from that new HD camcorder.

Sorry to hear about your mum and glad she's ok.

And continue writing about your cats, as much as you want. It's *your* blog.

1:48 AM  
Blogger Rachael/Thaddia said...

Thanks for the 'pictures'. Seriously they're awesome, you're too funny! And I had the same thought when I saw Dan Payne for the first time, I love your phraseology about how covering him with makeup = "a crime against hotmanity". Love it! ; )

1:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great photos! Definitely better than mine came out! :lol:

Sorry to hear about your mum and I'm glad she's all better now. Just wanted to say a huuuge thank you for coming to P2 - it was my first con and I had a brilliant time and it was lovely to meet you and Dan and Ryan and Chuck... oh and that David guy too... :)

3:15 AM  
Blogger Francy said...

Hey Kate, thanks for posting again!!! I've been needing a laugh, and it's always nice to be laughing out loud in front of other people who think you're going nuts!!!
I love your photo... can I have a copy of the first one, please?
I'm glad you enjoyed the convention, we (fans) loved you!!! So please come back! Just tell Bryan you want to come back. That's what Aaron Douglas does: he just tells Bryan he'll be at the next convention.
5 AM... remember that your brother is everywhere on the internet, and at the con it seemed he loved to make fun of the "5 AM"! :-P
Oh, I have to tell you I loved the pin you had at the con the "Sleep? No thanks!". Hilarious. I have to make a t-shirt out of that.
Finally, don't listen to your friends: we LOOOOOVE Rufus and Martha. So more cat stories and more cat photos!!!
Lots of love!

4:11 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

Wow.. those pictures are amazing :P Glad you had a great time at the cons... As for Hewlitt... I think David was once credited as Hewlitt too.. must run in the family! No wonder they say you guys have so many hewlettisms!

Oh and as for people knowing your from Stargate, just remeber we discovered you on SGA but gre to love ya via this blog. You're someone who's cool, pretty and also saractuically funny and a thinker.. Just like Veronica Mars ;)

condolences for your mum, gld she's okay now though.


6:09 AM  
Blogger criz said...

*thehe* imaginary photos

on the second one I noticed something about the light, but didn't want to say anything ... I get very teachery - in extreme cases McKay-ish - once let loose giving critique ... ;)

well, to balance things a bit
<- this Criz/Chris thinks there should be more mention of cats in your blog and more photos ... imaginary or digital :D

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved seeing your pictures, Kate! Whadya mean, you need a camera? :D I am so glad you enjoyed the convention. You were such a great guest, we were glad you came! 'crimes against hotmanity' hahaha that was so funny! I wonder why my mum made me mail her my photo of me and Dan...?

6:43 AM  
Blogger [J]oe said...

"We are cat people" - Just quoting an earlier comment, i think it pretty much nails what this blog is :P

However Rufus and Martha are [i]soooooo[/i] much cooler than Mars, and i think the next film should feature them instead =D

You should really consider a career in photography you really captured the moment there! Hey...wait...i'm sure you had a cammera you've had pictures on here before!

Anyways, are you sure you don't love convicts? no? just checking. I missed both adb screening and con down in london just because of my crappy college not letting me buy tickets on their computers! so come to england again hint hint =D

Lotsa love

[J]oe xx

ps. we still need a good pic of martha! (i think? maybe not but hey!)

11:45 AM  
Blogger Loft In Music said...

Just in case you got this CD (I posted it to the Cinema because I couldn't make it to the Film). I apologize for mucking up the song list. 'Open Your Eyes' is Snow Patrol not Keane. Glad you enjoyed your trip apart from the whole mum getting sick thing. Glad she's feeling better though! You should visit Scotland next time you fly over the Atlantic. Its really sunny today and it hasn't rained once!

12:34 PM  
Blogger irishfaery said...

Glad you had fun in London! I was there and you were fantastic! (So was everyone else... Aaron *was* very charming and drool worthy wasn't he *giggles*)

The photo's were excellent, I just imagine how great they could be if you actually had a camera... you should insist David buy you a camera for your next birthday. He's your big brother, I'm sure there is a rule somewhere about buying your baby sister everything she wants... and if there isn't, there should be!

Chris *LIES* you can never talk to much about your cats. I talked to you on the Saturday night at the con and had to ask about the cats... cats are goodness... we love to hear about the cats. Any luck with pics of Martha?

Kerry Louise

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eww, appendicitis, my cousin just had that, it's no fun for anybody! I hope your Mum gets loads better!

Also, I would be absolutely ecstatic if you attended the Chicago con this year! It's my first con and they've only got Paul McGillion booked, which is all fine and well, but we need more Hewlett's going!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Independent Film News said...

Hey Kate!!

Just wanted to say thanx so much for putting a link to the fundraiser gift for David and Kates Wedding on your Blog Page!!


4:54 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Hi Kate! So glad you had fun. Nice to see you blogging again. And I have no idea what your Chrises mean about talking about cats. I barely remember a word about cats in this blog. Though that may have more to do with my alcohol intake than the content of your blogs.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Thanks for linking to the wedding fundraiser for your brother and The Lovely Jane (TM).

This, of course, got me actually looking at your links again to see that you're in a play in April?

Details, please. :)

5:55 PM  
Blogger Hans said...

Mmmm, cons. :D I'm happy you had such a good time, it was very fun to experience as a normal person, standing in line still included as there are plenty of people around to talk to.

I just wanted to say thank you for attending and sitting signing photos/hugging people for photo ops for hours on end, as well as generally being an entertaining and kind person - except when you gave us dirt on your brother hehe.

I didn't get any photos either, having a camera but a distinctly bad one only used to take closeups of my costume (Ronon, looking very like a cavalier - man I feel silly looking at them but twas fun at the time). But yeah, virtual photos, lol, nice creative touch and more amusing to read. :D

Your mum does indeed sound very cool, and eek to appendicitus - a secret fear of mine because it's just so random! - but very glad she's okay now.

And can you really talk too much about cats? I enjoy hearing about other people's since I'm not allowed any in my flat. Having cats vicariously through friends and bloggers is all I got so don't stop talking about them entirely. ;)

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I didn't already find your blog ridiculously funny, this:

"I think this person should be arrested for crimes against hotmanity."

would be enough to make me an addict.

So sorry about your mum, but I'm glad you guys were there for her. And I thought only pregnant women had to worry about toxoplasmosis? That's how my friend Amy got her husband to clean the litterbox, anyway.

Finally, come to Dragon*Con! And ComicCon!

6:56 PM  
Blogger M said...

Hi Kate!

Great to read that you are back in Canada. We met briefly at a "con" in London and I was the odd "gay man" that you spoke to... well, kind of!

I'm still on holiday, having made my way through Europe after visiting London and hanging out there with my sister and other friends. I am currently in Asia, enjoying the last week of my holiday and spending a lot of money on a lot of stuff that I suddenly need.

Take care and have fun!

Keep us entertained, Hewlett!!!

4:37 AM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

glad you had a good time! P3!!!!!!!^^

It was brilliant meeting you and everyone else, made lots of new friends and had a fantastic time. Lost my new leather coat somewhere though *cough hotel room* :(

I was so tired driving home, i nearly feel asleep at the wheel, i couldn't imagation going on holiday as well.

Thanks for a brilliant con (vention) and remembering my picture :D

Sarah, Red Phoniex

6:16 AM  
Blogger Francy said...

Thanks for adding the link to the "Wedding Project" fundraiser, Kate!!!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Teknikal said...

WOW!! those photos came out soo good!! so vivid and clear!!!!!

i only got to go to the screenings and the first partay!! boy were you miss pop-u-lar!!!!!.

glad you enjoyed yourself!!!!!!

(i asked the martial arts Q at the 4pm adb screening)

12:02 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

Hey Kate, we're trying to drive your brother mad in his forum, by creating a "Rufus and Martha appreciation shrine" thread! *LOL*
That'll show him he's not the only one to have a fan-acclaimed pet! *ROFL*

12:16 PM  
Blogger TheDancingArchaeologist said...

Your photos are awesome, much better than mine. The only one that came out well is of me being strangled by a robot (ok, that's not a normal thing to be writing about. Not for me anyway.)

Also in the category of awesome: your blog. Thanks muchly for comming to the con and being... awesome. (I need a new word - stat!.. Nope, sorry. It's too late for synonyms, that'll have to do for now)

"hotmanity" hehehe - true.

7:08 PM  
Blogger BethyNYC said...

So glad you had a wonderful time--tell us more about Noble Parasites! I'd love to see it here in New York! (hint hint)

9:16 PM  
Blogger Lady Niko said...

Hey Kate -

If you want to come to St. Louis for NASFIC ( this year, you're more than welcome to! :) Just a word of warning - it will be hot and humid here that weekend, since it will be August and August in St. Louis is always hot. :-p

Next year, Archon's supposed to move back to end of September/beginning of October and the weather tends to be much milder here that time of year.

Or, go to San Diego Comic Con in July - that's usually a fun show. I finally made it out this past year and had a blast. (

I will gladly buy you a dinner or two if you make it to one of those events. :)

Now, coming up in April will be Midsouth Con at the Memphis Holiday Inn at the Airport on Democrat & International Airways Blvd. It's a smallish con, but we have a great con suite and I tend to rule as the Beer Wench, so if you want a specific brand of beer, I can pass word along to the PTBs and make sure we have it in stock. (The Con Com takes very good care of their guests! Go take a look at their site at: - Terry Pratchett is the author Guest of Honor and he's a fun person!)

I won't recommend the Creation Chicago con in August because the hotel just sucks really, really badly. The Wyndham O'Hare is no longer friendly to folks if you're not Arabic or Isreali. Bad, bad hotel! (It's really too bad that another convention I attend - WindyCon will be returning there in November.)

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kate,

'Tis Vicky, Dan's mate from the convention. There were indeed some very late nights. I finally said goodbye to Aaron and Dan at around 3am on that Sunday night/Monday morning and went back to my hotel, only to get up again at 6am to get back to Bristol. Heheh. :)

Glad you had a good time, nice to meet you even if it was all too briefly.

And darn-it that we didn't get onto the subject of 'Wicked' while we were there - I love that musical. I find it impossible to listen to 'Defying Gravity' without singing very loudly (and badly) and crying. Heheh.


4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about being late to the party. It's probably not worth posting anymore except I just had to say that was hysterical. I believe liquids actually shot out of my nose from laughing too hard.
Damn! There goes another keyboard!

Loved the virtual photos. Waaaay better than the real thing.

Thanks for the laugh!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Hello! I'm new to your blog--one of those crazed Stargate fans, actually. I just wanted to say that I loved your virtual pics! They were beautiful. Also, a cat owner can never talk too much about their pets. I love cats. Sadly, I don't own one right now, but someday...

Much success to you and I look forward to future posts!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Layne Sheppard said...

I'm so glad you went to a con, and I hope you do more! I just came back from the Stargate Con in Vancouver, which featured your brother and Jane, but unfortunately not you. *sniff*

At one point on stage when he mentioned your name, the audience went wild. And David said (sounding *more* than a little jealous) "What!? You're KATE fans?" And we all cheered like a bunch of crazies.

I also went to the screening of "A Dog's Breakfast" and you were fantastic! Hope to see a lot more of you in the future.

4:12 PM  

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