Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Very Slight and Slightly Bawdy

I'm still in Seattle, but being tended to by my extended network of sisters. The three who deserve shout-outs in particular are Leslie Howle, who is a big mahoff at Clarion West and put me up on Thursday before the con; Nisi Shawl, writer (and another big mahoff at Clarion West), who showed me around Seattle at a great outlay of her time; and Eileen Gunn, the cult author of "Stable Strategies for Middle Management." I'm currently staying at Eileen's and John Berry's house, even though they were at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts last weekend and aren't due back here for another three hours. I'm extremely grateful to all three women.

I was particularly grateful when Leslie arranged for me to have a front-row seat at the Philip K. Dick Award ceremony. But I really wish she hadn't repeatedly referred to the event as "going to see the Dicks."

It just put the wrong images into my head.



Simeon said...

I really hope you'll find the time to write a few words about the... erm... Dicks... I've never seen the ceremony myself and I'm curious what it's like.

Eileen Gunn said...

Nisi told me about this, and wanted to know why you did not refer to me also as "a big mahoff at Clarion West."

Me, I'm not going to make a fuss about it until I find out what a mahoff is.

Michael Swanwick said...

Only Philadelphians know what a mahoff is, Eileen. For all the rest of the world, it's like Mr. Natural says, "If you don't know by now, don't MESS with it!"