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Personal archeology

Creating yourself
While cleaning up in preparation for the arrival of davidlevine and kateyule, I came across my datebook from 1994. Twenty years ago. It was the year I moved to Seattle.

As I page through the weeks, I see names of people with whom I'm still friends. I see the names of people I've lost touch with but remember fondly. I see the names of people whom I do not remember, no matter how hard I try. And I see the names of people who have since passed away (Jo Sherman, dochyel--we didn't see that coming--Phil Gellis, Ian Ballantine, among others). I see engagements (for example, seeing "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" with Adam-Troy Castro) and conventions (Stoker Awards Weekend in Vegas, where I first met Michael Marano) that I still remember fondly. It was a time of expense account lunches, author meetings, and banquets. That life certainly had its glamor. I look at my notes for that year's World Fantasy Convention and I see that I have an appointment every 90 minutes, and that every meal is engaged. The weekend started off with an RPG session with Mike Stackpole, Dennis McKeirnan, Liz Danforth, and a number of others. I remember that Roger Zelazny made a surprise appearance toward the end of that evening. It was a very different life.

The year ends with a moving truck, a visit by dochyel, and a Christmas dinner with people I barely knew. Everything changed.

When I first found this book this morning, I was just going to recycle it. Then I started paging through it and realized that I had to keep it. It is an artifact of a pivotal year for me. Surprisingly, it evokes powerful memories and sensations. I'm sort of shocked by what a wave of emotion it's provoked.


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Dec. 7th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
You totally have to keep it. A great memento.
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
You're in there too, girlfriend. :-)
Dec. 9th, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
Twenty years ago... I guess you came to Seattle when you were 9 then, huh? ^_~
Dec. 17th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
And this, my darling shadow_and_veil is among the many reasons that we're friends. :-)
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