I’m back from Arisia, grateful that I made the trip between storms: snow last week, ice this week–and yes, I do love living in the northeast, why do you ask? 🙂
It was a great time. All of the panels I participated in were fun and informative. I also got to walk around the part of Boston I imagine as Deadtown and scope out a few sites from the book I’m working on now. I would’ve liked more time to do that, but it was COLD–especially walking along Summer Street from the hotel (in the Seaport area) to South Station–so I’m pleased that I got to look at some sites and avoid pneumonia. Good compromise.
My favorite part of the con were the demonstrations put on by folks from the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA. The photos below are from a demonstration of Renaissance swordplay techniques. For each style of fighting, the demonstrators would go through the attack/defense at speed, and then slow down, stopping at each step to explain what they were doing. They’d finish by showing the maneuvers at speed again. It was fascinating, especially to someone whose protagonist uses a flaming sword. (Note: None of the swords in the demonstrations were actually aflame. 🙂 )
The Higgins Armory Museum offers classes in swordplay, making me wish I lived closer to Worcester. Even so, I might plan a trip in the spring to check out one of their drop-in workshops.