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Amtrak train (by skyler miller)

Amtrak train (by skyler miller)

I leave this evening for Madison, Wisconsin. I’ll be taking Amtrak’s Empire Builder train to Chicago, after which they’ll bus me to Madison. I have a flurry of last minute preparations to accomplish. I’m not freaking out over stuff to get done at the last minute, I’m just not the type who packs and gets everything ready a week in advance. Clean the cat box. Do a couple loads of laundry. Change my reservation to drop me at the right station in Madison (actually just finished that). Get some snacks. Pack.

The one thing I have done is pick out my reading material for the trip. My MP3 player is loaded up with audiobooks. I have four physical books I’m bringing with. I won’t read them all, but since my reading choices generally go with my mood I want options. However, I brought small paperbacks for space. Since I’m going to a literary convention, I suspect I’ll pick up a book or two while there.

The convention is Wiscon, a feminist science fiction convention. Although I’m a feminist, I don’t study feminism. I have no idea what kind of feminist I am, and I have no idea what kind of feminism predominates at the convention. (How very privileged of me to not have to declare!) So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there’ll be enough that I find interesting.

I’m going because some of the most inventive science fiction and fantasy writers call themselves feminists, and I’m hoping to find undiscovered (by me) literature that doesn’t fit the mold. In particular, I’m looking forward to hearing Tiptree co-winner Nisi Shawl read.

Photo Amtrak train by skyler miller used under a Creative Commons By-Nc-Sa 2.0 license.

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bork From: bork Date: May 19th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've taken that train many times. I'd love to go by train again, but instead I'm flying in to Chicago, then busing up.
gkr From: gkr Date: May 19th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be busing to Madison from Chicago too, since Amtrak doesn't actually run trains to Madison.
bork From: bork Date: May 19th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, tell me about it. Us Madisonians have been peeved about that for decades.
bork From: bork Date: May 19th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah - if you want to be everybody's best friend on the train, bring a power strip. Seriously. Everybody charges up their devices in the Lounge Car, but it only has three outlets on the top. Bring a power strip, and more people can charge their phones and iPods.

Stanley, ND also has a cute little 'lending library', if you decide you need a bodice ripper or two.
amaranthyne From: amaranthyne Date: May 20th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, Madison!!!! Go get some ice cream at Memorial Union and enjoy the lake! And the fact that the students are mostly gone! And if you want some goth-club action, Inferno on Saturday night is good times!

*wonders if any of her friends will be at Wiscon*
burgunder From: burgunder Date: May 20th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I am hugely looking forward to your reports from the convention.

Ellen Klages is a riot act :)
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