Long have I owed a Balticon update, and here it is.
Balticon went really very well. I don't think I did a thing the whole time that wasn't in some way related to being a guest (mostly ran the Dealer's Room table, was on a few panels, rehearsed, and, of course, concerted), but those things went quite smoothly. I mean, we had a terrible dress rehearsal Sunday morning, which I found relieving, as a sign of a good concert to come. And the concert went, in my opinion, so well.
But you don't have to take my word for it. There's a video made by the excellent Brian Chin from footage he took of the concert-- not what the film crew will use to make the DVD (which we vaguely hope to have by July), but definitely enough to give you a sense of the costuming and the sound and how it all came together. It was fun while we were doing it, and I remember when concerts used to be so full of nerves that I didn't have a chance to notice what was happening until it was over. But this was different-- there, on the stage, looking out at the audience, watching them react to what we were doing, and it was great. Especially when we finished, and got called back for an encore, and it was all of us onstage, and I stood next to seishonagon, and looked at her on the line "I'll teach the student..." and that was a very good way to go.
So we were enthused. And want to do it again. And... well, we've gotten invitations from other cons around the country to do it again elsewhere, and we'd like to, but dear gods, it's expensive. We're really, really hoping that even though our Kickstarter is fully funded now, people will keep donating, because we estimated that it would take about $8000 to get us all to the next con we'd like to go to to perform it. That amount is only about $2700 away from where we are now, but the Kickstarter ends in ten days. So... if you haven't donated, and like what you hear, this would be a great time to do so!
Because yay Sassafrass. It's a lot of hard work and aggravation, but that was awesome.
Reading: American Savage, Dan Savage.