I don't mean to frighten people away, but the speech is 35 pages long. Don't panic! That's 35 pages of Courier 12 point, double-spaced typed, like a script for a play or something like that. Printing this way (a) makes it much easier for me to read and (b) gives me a better idea how long it should take to deliver. Rule of thumb for such documents is about one page per minute, whereas when printed in proportional fonts, it's much more difficult to judge length. MS Word says it is about 7,700 words. I'm not sure I should post something that long on this LiveJournal, but if I do, I'll be sure to put it behind a cut so (most) of you reading this can avoid it if you want to do so.
Now to see if anyone shows up to listen to me. More news later. But first, breakfast. No way I want to face something like this, which could on one level be described as the high point of my life in fandom, on an empty stomach.