Home from Banff!

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I have safely arrived home from Banff – didn’t miss the bus, despite arriving back from a shopping trip ten minutes before I was supposed to leave for Calgary. Whoops! Things learned while at Banff:

Flex meal plans can run in the negative.

Elk are scary.

It will always be colder than you thought.

Usable wireless signals in Lloyd Hall don’t extend past the first floor.

The staff at the Banff Centre are fabulous.

The artists are equally fabulous.

And you will never bring warm enough clothes.

Have dinner at the musicians’ table.

Overall, it was a good, productive trip. I got a pretty decent start on the story, and had a chance to relax and unwind. The story was supposed to be a separate entity – a way to get acquainted with the characters and the setting. I figured I would do the story first, and then get going on a novel. But the more I’ve been working on this story, the more I’m thinking that it’s something more like a preface to a novel.

Seems to be a good thing. It’s always interesting to see the evolution of an idea, and a story.

On a different note, I wanted to mention Subtle Technologies. It’s a conference held in Toronto. Here’s their blurb:

Subtle Technologies is an annual, four-day multidisciplinary event exploring the complex and subtle relationships between art and science.

Subtle Technologies’ mandate is to blur the boundaries between art and science, presenting symposia, exhibitions and performances that juxtapose cutting-edge artistic endeavours and scientific exploration.

The next event is from May 26-29, 2005. Anybody going? I’m seriously thinking that I may want to go and see the conference. Toronto in May is nice – warm – and last year’s topics looked quite interesting. I added myself to their mailing list…will post about it as more information becomes available.