Hold my hat and sit me down, y'all. I think I may pass clean out.
Partly cuz it's 2AM and I'm watching the floor-wax zamboni at LaGuardia (and have been awake for pretty close to 24 hours), but mostly because it's been five time zones and 3,000 miles and I am STILL just over the moon about GIFcon (Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations) 2018. Will fill you in after I am sleep!
But before I have to shower and wash the rest of the magic off, here for posterity is baby's first keynote speech: "Once Upon a Time in the West - Fantasy and Identity on the Fictional Frontier"
(and I'm going to break this up into multiple posts, cuz it's long as hell)
Part 1: the part about building Droughtworld
Part 2: the part about Westerns in general, and fantasy and Westerns in particular
Part 3: the part about fictional identities and cultivating real-world 'protagonism'