The paper today went well, I think. I had a whole crew of friends show up (plus my sister!!), and the academic turnout was quite nice as well. (I was hoping for more - there were only about twenty-five people there - but then again I was up against a Henry Jenkins talk . . . ) I spoke almost exactly to the time limit, got across most of what I wanted to say, and, most importantly, sparked a lot of discussion afterwards. I've already gotten a couple of emails from people who heard the talk wanting to discuss more, which is a good thing. Contacts contacts contacts!! Also, I finally figured out, smack in the middle of my talk, a good way to articulate why all this matters. So, for those who were there, all that stuff about "this gives us insight into how people make stories" was pretty much done on the fly - but no one called me on it, so it seems like a pretty convincing description of why my work is important. I did have to do a quick back-and-fill when asked for a copy of the paper - I'm submitting it elsewhere for publication so I don't want to post it on the conference site - but I think I'll try to put together an excerpt.
Not now, though. Now I edit my cognition paper until MY EYES FALL OUT OF MY HEAD.
(Special love to maastrictian who got up at 7:30 to come to the talk with his family, and to chaiya and hakamadare who got up less early but still get major props for hauling themselves to MIT on a Sunday morning. You guys are the best!)