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Skinny Dipping

Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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Okay, I give in. TEN IMPRESSIONSTIC HIGHLIGHTS (in no particular order, with leaving out highlights as well)

+Talking to Rick Bowes with his couple of encounters with Basquiat back in the day.

+Every year, just like American Idol, a newcomer comes out of nowhere and seizes the crown of, uh, best karaoke newcomer. My nomination would have to be to Niall‘s rendition of “Rocking the Suburbs.” Also I want to thank whoever sang Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance with Somebody” so wonderfully (I was working the machine, I think, and wasn’t paying attention to minutiae at that point), especially since it at last exorcised the version that Matt and I butchered of that song during the first ever karaoke party.

+Running into and hanging out with Amy Beth Forbes after a long long absence.

+Meeting Marguerite, who was demurring on karaoke at that time. 20 minutes later she was belting out “Fight for Your Right to Party”, with intermittent shouts of “Louder! Louder!”

+Michaelangelo’s. Just in general. I swear I would have died at the con without that constant supply of caffeine and sandwiches.

+Going to Ragstock with Chris and Rick and seeing a guy buy a doctor’s outfit. Party’s on.

+Talking gaming and online worlds and SF with Alice.

+The semi-secret dance party which took place in the room where we had always held the old dance/karaoke parties. So that’s like, full circle or something?

+Watching Kristin just rock out as volunteer coordinator.

+Standing with the smokers at 2am-ish on Sunday, chatting with Doug Lain and a woman (can’t remember here name, argh) who tried to convince Haddayr to take up roller-derby. (HADDAYR WAS NOT SMOKING THOUGH, I WANT TO BE PERFECTLY CLEAR. FOR REALS.)

Wed, May 30 2007 » Fiction, Life Studies

2 Responses

  1. Rick Bowes May 30 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    I thought maybe he was just a doctor buying a new outfit. I mean they must get their clothes somewhere!

  2. Amy F. June 5 2007 @ 11:55 pm

    It was awesome to see you too, and blather about writerly things, and drink beers. I am loving the hell out of Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, glad I finally got my grotty mitts on it.

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