Yesterday was the final on-site meeting of the Loscon 49 committee. This is where we make the final preparations and make sure everything is running smoothly. Most of the department heads were in attendance. There was also a Zoom link for those who could not attend in person.
Kris and I are in charge of the blood drive, this year entitled, “Some Enchanted Bood Drive (you will help a stranger).” My report included that we will have the on-line signups for the blood drive on the website within a week. I will also have the artwork for the blood drive flyers up around the same time. The blood drive will be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, which is a Red Cross standard, on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
The masquerade is returning this year, but it will be different. The costumes will be judged beforehand with the masquerade being more of a runway for participants to show off their costumes. There will be no half-time, which is where we usually hold the raffle. So, the raffle will be held at closing ceremonies, like last year. We have two prizes, each a membership to next year’s Loscon.
You don’t have to be an attendee of Loscon to give blood. Now that all Red Cross blood drives are on their website, we do get donors that are not part of the con. And the Marriott has been gracious enough to let those blood donors park for free, which is generous because parking without a con discount is $30.00 for the first hour and $10.00 for every additional hour.
Since last year, Kris and I are also in charge of the Ice Cream Social on Friday night. That job we’re still learning and hospitality is still telling us what we need to purchase and have ready – mostly toppings, scoops and the plastic covers for the floors. We will have four flavors of ice cream and a myriad of toppings, even a sugar free option.
By the way, Loscon will be moving next year. It will be at the Hilton right next door.
188th blog completed.
First Steampunk novel: 75,451 words. ß Past 75,000. Goal: 80,000.
Second Steampunk novel: 783 words.
Second Steampunk screenplay: 157 pages.
First Steampunk screenplay: Need to update with notes from the novelization.
Third Steampunk screenplay: 38 pages.
DENNIS AMADOR CHERRY and his wife, Kristine, have been running the Loscon blood drive and several other convention blood drives for 33ree years. He is a long-time science fiction fan starting wayyyy back with Astro Boy, Fireball XL5 and the original Thunderbirds and continuing recently with Star Trek: Picard and Star Wars: Ahsoka. Dennis is also a writer, long-time member and former Vice President of The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society. He is currently working on a Steampunk trilogy for publication.