The dust has settled a bit after a very busy and fun-filled weekend at Chicon 7, home of the 2012 Worldcon.

All I can say is…wow. What a spectacularly fun time it was. From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, it was a stream of seeing good people and having good times. It was great to see old friends — meeting some of them face-to-face for the first time — and making new friends as well. If I try to start naming names then I will want to be comprehensive and will undoubtedly leave someone off, so I won’t even try. Suffice it to say that they know who they are. Thanks to them for making my first Worldcon so memorable.

The SF Signal meetup on Saturday was wonderful. Lots of folks came out to sit, relax, and talk shop. It actually ran about an hour longer than scheduled. Time flies when you’re having fun.

As to the con itself, I only attended a couple of panels — too much schmoozing! — but the ones I saw were excellent.

The big event, the Hugo Award ceremony, was prefaced by an “if you should win” practice. That was the point at which the nomination became very, very real for me. And that’s also when the nerves started. As for the ceremony itself, John Scalzi did a fantastic job as the emcee. When I was announced as the winner…let’s just say that all I remember is the weak knees and the buzzing that suddenly appeared inside my head. Those who recall Chris Garcia’s acceptance from last year may not realize this, but he was reeling it in. It was that overwhelming. After the win and a brief respite to catch my breath, it was back to my seat to see the rest of the ceremony. It’s unfortunate that the UStream was cut off during Neil Gaiman’s acceptance and before any of the literary awards; folks watching online missed many heartfelt and wonderful speeches.

Chicon 7 may be gone, but it was the experience of a lifetime. Not just because it was where I won the Hugo (something I internalize as “OMG, I WON A HUGO!!!”), but also because of the personal memories.

As for the win, I cannot thank enough the voters, contributors, family and friends who have supported me over the years. I’m still riding on air and will be for a long time.

How does it feel to win the Hugo? It feels like flying.

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