I’ve just got back from having lunch with Guy Gavriel Kay and Scott Bakker (and also Scott’s wife and Deanna Hoak). The boys were talking about novel creation, and specifically about the tension between writing a challenging and complex book, a book that will be more accessible to a traditional genre audience, and a book that will be accessible to a much wider general audience that doesn’t have a background of genre reading to inform their understanding of the narrative. This is the sort of thing that happens at ICFA.
I also had a long conversation with Donald Morse about the hotel, which will help me draft a much better con report than might otherwise have been the case. The oddest hotel behavior can make sense once you know the background.