Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Back From the Convention....

Despite all my careful preparations, airport security flagged me down and tossed my bags the same as they always do. This time the dangerous materials were.

1. A half-full container of vanilla extract.
2. Two of those little Vaseline lip balm things. (Cherry flavor.)
3. And a small container of superglue.

They graciously left me the lip balm, but made me put it in a little baggie first. Apparently putting something in a little baggie prevents it from being used for terrorism. The vanilla they made me throw away, which was a pisser because it was really good vanilla.

But apparently the possession of superglue was such an egregious offense that they not only confiscated it, but took down all my personal information from my driver's license. Lovely, as if my government file needed more material.

So I pretty much give up trying to make them happy. Next time I'm going to go through security with a fucking chainsaw and jar of live wasps just so they have a legitimate reason to put my name in the book.

The convention itself was pretty fun. If you've been to these sort of cons before, you can probably imagine it pretty well. Lots of geeks of various creeds and nations, all free to be themselves for the weekend. I myself register at 50% writer geek, 20% gamer geek, 10 % comic geek, 5% anime geek.

A good time was had by all. There were girls in cat-ears and corsets, guys wearing cloaks and swords. There were also guys in corsets and girls with swords. It was a pretty non-judgmental atmosphere, which, honestly, I think is the thing that I like best about cons. Everyone is pretty much free to do their own thing and nobody's going to raise too much of an eyebrow at you. In fact, the farther away from the norm you go, the more likely people are to be impressed.

But by far the coolest costume I saw was this....

When I first saw them walking down the hall, I started laughing and couldn't stop. They're the yipyip aliens from Sesame Street. For those of you whose childhood was lacking, here's something to bring you up to speed:

I also discovered that I love speaking on panels. I love it. Hopefully I'll get the chance to do more of that in the future.

I returned home on Monday to over 600 emails. So if you've written me and I haven't replied yet, I plead for patience.



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Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Wow!! You're gonna be a busy busy boy.

I love the yip yips!

April 11, 2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger Emerald said...

I'm strangely honored that you've gotten around to replying to me in such a timely fashion in light of the buttload of emails you're facing.

And cons are wonderful, I make it a habit to be the girl in a corset and cat ears.. people keep taking my sword away telling me I'm going to kill somebody with it, though :(

April 11, 2007 10:02 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Honestly, I don't really feel like the convention has truly started until I see a girl with cat ears.

April 12, 2007 1:43 AM  
Anonymous Miriam said...

Yip yip! Ohmygod, I need that costume. I love those guys.

Anyway, 600 EMAILS! Good luck dealing with that. Amazing. :)

April 12, 2007 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Sengei said...

Only 600?
See. I told you so.
Loved the yip yip aliens.

April 12, 2007 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

What in the hell? Airport security confiscated MY lip balm! On top of that, my mascara and tweezers were taken from my purse. I have a feeling the security officer only took the tweezers when he realized that I might use them to pluck out his eyeball for yoinking my $10.00 tube of mascara, though.

April 12, 2007 11:44 PM  
Blogger resurrectedwarrior said...

Hmmm. My old youth pastor always gets stopped by security, too. Of course, he looks like a pleasantly plump version of Stone Cold, but still . . .

And from what you Amanda said, it sounds like security is still all uber cautious about liquids and stuff. (Remember the terrorist thing back in August?) I thought they had relaxed about that. Guess not.

April 13, 2007 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Hey Pat,
I got your book in the mail today and am super excited to start it. Too bad I'll be driving all day tomorrow. :( I didn't realize you had alternate cover art till mine arrived; I'm just curious why the decision to have two US covers?

April 13, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger resurrectedwarrior said...

I'm going to ditto Katy's question. Why two covers??

April 15, 2007 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only 5% anime fan eh? Ah well, I guess not all of us can be enlightened in the glory that is the japanese cultivation of animation perfection. I just came by your blog because I had just finished your book, and to be quite honest I wanted to say it was fan-fucking-tastic. I hope you won't think me rude to post this on your blog, Next time I'll e-mail you my thoughts. You can know me as QuestionMarc. You'll know when I next signal your attention.

Also, not to make your blog sound like a broken record, but what is up with the alternate covers? I saw both of them when I picked up the book and I decided on the original cover, but I was tempted to get both.

PS Any chance you'll be near Florida to sign some books?

April 15, 2007 5:24 PM  
Blogger Jivan said...

I'm sure there was two covers so that You could collect both copies, it says so on the hidden instructions on the jacket flap... :P

No seriously, i'm sure it's just for aesthetic appeal or a marketing strategy, or it could just be that they wanted two different pretty pictures to sell the book under instead of one, in the end it dosn't matter, cover art is beautiful indeed but it's the book that matters people.

I doubt there's a much different reason, but it's probably something to the degree.

And in relation to cons, after being to countless of them, I will never feel home again until I see My favorite sith lord in pastel again:

April 17, 2007 3:32 AM  
Blogger fairyfree said...

I love the Yip Yip costumes! I remember them well. Thanks for posting the video. My 3 year old son had never seen them until now, and they just made him laugh and laugh and laugh. I've just ordered a copy of the book for my husband's bday present. I'm loving the reviews, especially Robin Hobb's; my favorite writer currently. I can't wait until hubby finishes the book so I can start it.

April 25, 2007 6:53 AM  
Blogger Jess said...


I know this is much later than your original post, but I stumbled upon your site when I was looking for a tutorial for Yip-Yip costumes.

Since I couldn't find one online (how is that possible in this day and age?) I made my own. Thought it might help others who stumble upon your site?

Feel free to delete if you prefer.

Yip Yip Costume Tutorial

October 29, 2007 3:18 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Yip Yips my room mate made 3 years ago.

They even had dowel rods to move the mouths, it was awesome.

October 26, 2009 9:37 PM  

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