Still going through the Philcon photos. Today I'll share Saturday's best. In case you missed them, here are the Friday photos. I'll share the Sunday photos sometime soon.
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On Saturday, The Gryphon and I attended two Halloween parties. I went as Astrid Moon, a "spiritual advisor," a costume created from items I already had in my clost, featuring a floor-length blue caftan I bought in my hippie days.
Any other year, I would have had fun staying in character offering half-baked advice or telling people their auras were really pretty but this year, as soon as I walked in the door, people were congratulating me on my pregnancy and wanting to talk about it. Therefore, Astrid fell by the wayside.
This weekend was Philcon, and my husband, The Gryphon, and I were panelists. The Gryphon also volunteered to take over the Gaming section, because the person who had been in charge had stepped down. In this job, The Gryphon faced a steep challenge, because nothing had been planned ahead of time. He would have to wing it, setting up games and announcing them through the Philcon rocket, which is the twice daily convention update, printed and available at several places around the convention.
D.J. Rock, who will be heading the convention next year, had invited us to the guest dinner, for the keynote speakers and Philcon staff. It was being held in the hotel restaurant. This year the convention was held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. According to Mapquest, it would take about a half hour to get there (not including, of course, rush hour traffic). Unfortunately, The Gryphon had to stay later than planned at work, so we didn't start out until about 4:30. The dinner started at 5.
I must confess, I usually plan my Halloween costume months in advance, but this time I simply didn't have the opportunity. So a couple weeks before the event, I went to the Salvation Army, on an unseasonably stuffy day, and browsed the racks until I found something that sparked an idea. The process was sort of like this: "Hmm, with the right accessories, this dress could look Mod."
I've always been jealous of my friends who have LJ blogs, because of the interactivity it allows. So, on the advice of a fellow writer I met at Philcon, I'm going to start mirroring my blog entries from Musings: An Online Journal of Sorts.
Once again, The Gryphon and I were invited to be panelists at Philcon, held this year in the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel at 17th and Race Streets.