Milford has come and gone for another year.
Fifteen science fiction and fantasy writers submitted close to 200,000 words between them – a total of twenty pieces, which we critiqued at the rate of four pieces per day.
We will soon be posting the official 2019 Milford Report, always written by someone new to Milford. Russell Smith has volunteered and you should be able to read that on next Tuesday’s blog.
This year we had fabulous weather. After a little rain on the Sunday, the sun came out and bathed us in warmth for five days. Those of us who had attended Milford before wondered what this ball of brightness in the sky could possibly be. “For this is North Wales,” we said. “Land of clouds.”
Those new to both Milford and North Wales said, “Lo, it is the sun in the heavens, and will not harm you. Here, have this Factor 30 and walk forth in sunlight!”
Take fifteen writers, stick them in a remote location for a week and, no, you don’t get them disappearing one by one in suspicious circumstances, you get them bonding into family. There were ten writers who’d been to Milford before, though not necessarily at the same time as each other, and five Milford virgins, some of them who had passing acquaintance via conventions, and others completely new. By the end of the first day new friendships had begun and everyone gelled over writerly conversation and bad jokes.
I’m not quite sure who started the dick jokes, but there were many, as you can see from some of the quotable quotes below, taken out of context – just because we can. I think it might have been Powder who started it with his comment on someone’s attempt to write somewhat delicately about… well, you’ll see…
“I don’t think you should pussyfoot about the fleshy object. I just think you’re going to call a penis a tallywhacker and have done with it.” Powder Thompson.
“In outer space: doggy style and reverse cowgirl.” – Victor Ocampo
“I absolutely love lizard-boning. It’s one of the nicest insults I’ve come across.” – Terry Jackman
“I was a bit worried about jizz. Did they find some in the soup or what?” – Sam Tovey
Dick jokes aside, here are some random images from Milford 2019.