Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Home Again, Home Again

Fresh when it gets here from Julie Barrett
Monday, September 24, 2007

Well. FenCon is over, and I am completely beat. Yet, I am happy. The event went over well with just a few glitches. Even the meltdown at registration on Friday wasn't too bad, thanks to the backup system in place. Things slowed down for a bit, but not for long.

FenCon has a really great team working behind the scenes. I'm not just saying that because I'm part of that group. I've agreed to take on programming for another year mainly because of the people involved. I've been with so many non-profit groups that have imploded over egos or misguided attempts to do the right thing, that it's refreshing to be with a group of people who know what the heck they're doing. And in the very rare case when they don't know what they're doing, they're not afraid to admit it and seek out advice.

We stayed up late last night and were up early this morning to clear out of the hotel. I was too dead to take my sister home, so she's here with me. We stopped at Central Market and got some goodies for lunch and dinner. After spending some time staring at the computer I drank three cups of coffee so I could wake up and get to work on some stuff for a client.

Cooked some burgers outdoors and then settled in to watch Heroes and Journeyman. Well. I'd never seen Heroes, but I fully intend to watch more. I really, really wanted to like Journeyman, and perhaps I will. The pilot, however, dropped the ball. It felt like it should have run at least half an hour longer. I just kept asking myself why in the heck no one figured out that this guy looked twenty years older all of a sudden. Sure, I can buy that he's going to have to figure a lot of this out and perhaps we'll learn some of the secrets along with him. Yeah, and I didn't particularly like the Quantum Leap pilot the first time I saw it. I had an excellent excuse at the time: I was eight months pregnant and running down the hall every five minutes. Hard to get into anything in that state. I will say that the ending to Journeyman almost redeemed the WTF storyline.

Also cleaned off part of the desk tonight. Felt good to put some of the physical bits of FenCon behind me. Not that FenCon was a bad experience. Oh, no. I just need to move on to other things, and quickly.

I have two big deadlines next Monday. One is a short story. Yes, yes: I'm working on it. The other is a radio script. And yes, yes: I'm working on it. But first, I must get some rest.

More when I feel up to it. Or have the time.

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