Tail end of trip in Adelaide.
NOVEMBER 16, 2012 – FRIDAY – Breakfast with Rox in the hotel. Food was mediocre, her phone call regarding a family issue blew her day out of the water, so I was on my own.
Talked with the lovely Felicity Blake who showed me stuff to see on a map and I was off. But didn’t get too far, as there was an Antique Mall right across from the hotel and that sucked me in for a while. Found an awesome birthday gift for my Dad and Christmas gift for boyfriend. Then walked around the Central Market and decided on a few things from different stalls to have for a simple lunch of meat and bread and multiple desserts (only one dessert for lunch, the other was for after dinner). Hauled everything back to my room and had a fabulous meal.
Headed out again and the intent was to walk up through Rundall Mall to the botanic gardens. Detour into an anime store where I resisted the adorable (but large) Totoro foot warmer/single-oversized-slipper and got out with only buying an Ouran High School Host Club, Prince of Tennis, and Natsume Yuujinsho decks of playing cards (the real Japanese ones compared to the Chinese knock-offs) so the 52 different images per deck were very nice, and smaller and lighter than buying art books ;). Looked at some duffel bags and rolling luggage but didn’t make any purchases yet, still might have to as there are two convention days coming up with new authors and I will purchase books, I know I will.
Weather is hot, much more so than the other cities. I was getting tired when I found a sign that showed me how much farther the gardens really were. Then I saw Brunelli’s and that was as good a reason as any to cross the street and take a chai break. Bought a Death By Chocolate for Rox (figured I couldn’t really go wrong with that title), and headed back to the hotel. Stopped off at a souvenier shop and it was a bit of a search to find stuff actually made in Australia, compared to China. Ended up with some magnets and a small boomerang for the boyfriend.
Back at hotel, catch up with Rox, try and call boyfriend from burner phone and am kinda surprised it went through (turns out he couldn’t call me back on it, but most of our communications were via email anyway). Went through my goodies and tried to get more video clips off the camera (still don’t understand why it hates me so). Since the hotel breakfast had been disappointing, and their dinner menu was fancy, Rox and I split a club sandwich in the bar – now that was good food, although the added layer of hard boiled egg was an interesting touch. The tin of mints with Edward Monkton‘s The Madness Hamsters print on it went over well, and we both turned in early-ish as the next two days were going to be full of the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
NOVEMBER 17, 2012 – SATURDAY – This time the Penguin booth and the Dymocks/author signing tables are near a main entrance, so we had steady traffic most of the day. My understanding is this is the first time Supanova has been in Adelaide, so it’ll be interesting to see what the attendance numbers turn out to be.
Authors this time include the return of Trudi Canavan and The Joe Ambercrombie, and the addition of Sean Williams, D. M. Cornish, Juliet Marillier and Fiona McIntosh. The comic guys (Tristan Jones, David Yardin, Shane Davis and Howard Chaykin) are over by the wrestling ring and as loud as *we* can hear the smackdowns, they must be loving it (okay, probably not so much).
The FilmInk magazine booth is on the backside of the Penguin booth and I succumb to buying an issue for the Jeremy Renner article (the free Bourne Legacy poster *might* have been the deciding factor on that purchase, I admit). Other than that, I did well in not adding to my luggage. Because the Makona plush doesn’t really count because he’s small and squishable and I can wear the porcelain clock face necklace.
Awesome as always Supanova staff, and in this case, we were aided all weekend by Harmony. Lunch and tea breaks that I would take advantage of and Harmony would fetch for Rox as she stayed at the booth and kept writing. She even hung a sign on the back of her laptop facing the crowds that said “Writer at Work”.The evening cocktail party for con guests and some fans was at a place across from the hotel and a bit down the street. I walked over with the guest group, got my bracelet and made it about seven steps inside before I had to stop. Because the place was already packed with people. And loud. And waaay to much for me to handle, as there was no place to go or be without being about three inches from someone else. So I left. No one was paying to see me and one less body in that place would be a good thing. Nelsan Ellis was outside so we had a nice little chat before he went into the club and I walked back to the hotel to put on my Qantas pajamas, play a computer game, and reduce my freakout. I’m an introvert and (thanks to years of practice) can handle overly social situations, if 1) I have to or 2) I want to. Neither of those motives applied tonight. Sent an apology email to Rox and she said she understood. My friends are awesome.
NOVEMBER 18, 2012 – SUNDAY – Another Supanova day, although less people. Still, a lot more people than I saw elsewhere as it seems like everything is closed here on Sundays. Got some nice pics of me with famous authors during slow times and yes, I bought more books. Really thinking I’m going to need another piece of luggage to get all my stuff back to the other side of the planet.
There was an end-of-day photo op for the authors, then bus back to the hotel for a quick turnaround to dinner with Ineke, Felicia Day, Brit, the authors, and Vic Mignogna. Started out following a phone GPS to the restaurant, then realized we’re walking the wrong way so let a local lead and waved to another group of con guests who we’d already past once when walking the other/wrong way. Found restaurant and were seated at a long, thin table. Being down at one far end, I had a fabulous time looking through David Cornish’s sketchbooks and talking with him and his wife. It’ll also be fun to see Vic again at Phoenix Comicon next year, as well as Project A-Kon in Dallas.
Walked back to the hotel to catch three taxis worth to take us to a dessert bar Felicia had found online. As one of the few places open on a Sunday evening, it was packed. We didn’t have to wait long, however, which was great because as hot as the day had been, I was seriously cold now that the sun was gone. Had tea in a tonbo-decorated pot and shared three desserts with Joe and David. Had to wait a while for the taxis to show back up, but thankfully the restaurant had a heater set up, so I huddled over there with Trudi and Brit while the more hardy folk waiting out on the curb. Back to the hotel and to bed.
Our one free day and flock of flights to get home, next time/post – Adelaide Zoo & Homeward Bound.