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My first LJ post

Yes this is my first post despite signing up for LJ almost a year ago, terrible I know. But I have a good reason for actually formatting my page and making this first post - in just 2 short weeks time I will be going to Australia for Worldcon 2010.

I know Worldcon is taking place in Melbourne and the artwork above is for Sydney but I will be spending a few days in Sydney before travelling down to Melbourne and so I will be posting here about my time in both cities. Fair enough?

I really should explain what this LJ is about for those that have stumbled upon it randomly. I have been a fan of sci-fi and fantasy books and movies my whole life, or the parts of it I remember at least. Over the last decade or so my favourite author has been George RR Martin and in particular his fantasy series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' which lead me to the Westeros forum. At first I visited the forum for discussion and news about the book series but then gradually I came to realise that this forum was more than book discussion, the people there more than just random Internet weirdos. Westeros became my home on the Internet and the people I met there are now some of my dearest friends.

At the end of 2007 I was made redundant from the local newspaper that I worked at. I was so happy to get out of that dump and having been there nearly 12 years I got a substantial pay off too. I spent 5 blissful months out of work, playing computer games and doing some work on a website I was building until I managed to land an awesome job working at Macmillan Publishers for Nature Magazine doing web production work. Its a great job, I'm still here and things are going really well, thanks for asking. When I got the job I still had some money and so I decided to take a well deserved holiday, but I did not go to some beach somewhere or on a skiing trip, no I choose to go to a Science Fiction Convention where I could meet some of my Internet friends in person for the first time.

That convention was Worldcon 2008 in Denver and my trip included a few days in New York. It was my first time in America and it was awesome to be there. After I got back I started writing up a report of where I went, what I got up to and everything that happened. As you have probably deduced from this rambling long post I tend to be long winded in my writing style. Overly long and tediously detailed is how I would put it. My report took a few weeks to write and was so long I did not post it directly on the forum instead linking to a Word document I was hosting on my webspace instead.

I was back in New York again last year before heading on to Montreal for Worldcon 2009. My report this time was considerably longer. A 98 page Word document to be precise and it took me a full 4 months to write it. I'm not entirely sure why, maybe there was just more to write about or I am getting more opinionated (or even more long winded), whatever. If you want to read either of my previous Worldcon reports please visit my website www.sermountaingoat.co.uk and click on the reports section. Observant folks will notice my 'A Song of Ice and Fire Animated Timeline Map' which is a Flash based project I am currently working on, but I will talk more about that some other time.

So, for whatever reason, the Montreal 2009 report took far too long and far too much of my time to write which is why I have now bought myself a Netbook so that I can start writing about the convention while I am actually there and may even find the time to post it here to this LJ on the very day this stuff happens. Perhaps even real time updates using my phone, the wonders of modern technology 'eh. Since a lot of my friends from Westeros cannot make the trip to Australia I hope they will find my updates and reports useful, informative and interesting.

My plans are starting to come together for Worldcon now and I will post some more about that soon including details of the Brotherhood Without Banners Awesome Charity Book Raffle Prize Draw Thing.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 11th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Welcome to LJ, Phil!
Aug. 11th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome to LJ! Looking forward to your reports from down under.
Aug. 11th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
lazy goat! you should have posted long, long before this...

I look forward to hearing about WorldCon!
Aug. 11th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Your Fourth LJ Response
Hi there!

Also looking forward to your reports, as they are truly epic and detailed. And I thought that I was occasionally verbose....
Aug. 11th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Hello. :) Verbosity is something about which I'd make a really annoying pun if I weren't very tired...
Aug. 12th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
Welcome to LJ! I look forward to your reports from Worldcon and from Octocon later on. So sorry we won't get to meet this time around. Some other day for sure...
Aug. 12th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)

I'm looking forward to your reports! A report by SMG isn't the same as being there in person, but it's close.
Aug. 13th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Welcome to LiveJournal!

I have now bought myself a Netbook so that I can start writing about the convention while I am actually there and may even find the time to post it here to this LJ on the very day this stuff happens.

Thanks to my years of experience in writing con reports for fanzines, I can assure you that this will make a big difference. First of all, it means that you'll recall small anecdotes that you might forget in the overload of 3 - 4 days of convention-going. Also, it means you're less likely to put off writing the whole report because it's so daunting if you have bits that you can string together.

Hope you have a great time at Aussiecon 4!
Aug. 16th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Hiya! Welcome to LJ!

Can't wait to meet ya'll in Melbourne.
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