...I was thinking about this story today: "Swan Song" by Joanne Merriam. I read it quite a while ago, and the fact that I'm still thinking about it is a testament to its power. So: go read it. (Except for you, Mom, because it's sad.)
I'm going to post tons about Readercon, really, I just haven't got my head around it yet. It was one of those things where each day felt like a week. At one point I laughed so hard that my face twitched uncontrollably for a half-hour afterward; at another point Andrea Hairston made me cry. I met so many people I'd only encountered in print or online before; I reconnected with some of my awesome Viable Paradise classmates and instructors; and I came away with a reading list many pages long.
Definitely going back.