Tulkon: great con. Small enough to be relaxed and get to talk with authors and other guests, but large enough to have an interesting programming track and overflow from the dealer’s room with lots of interesting things to catch your eye and your wallet.
Theoretically this should be an AAR (After Action Review), except I still have the book launch party for friends to attend tonight, a panel I’m on Sunday as well as two more I really want to catch… so this is written partially through Saturday.
For one of the North Texas Troublemakers, Alyssa Casto, this is her first convention. She’s having a lot of fun at the panels, and seeing everything in the dealer rooms, as well as helping man our booth. Yay!
I, on the other end, have been spending most of the con in the bar and the halls between panels… because that’s where I can find people and collect hugs, and get into conversations that involve everything from flying into a hurricane on a SAR mission (not me!) to wildlife that officially doesn’t exist deciding it wants to be present anyway, to the existence of things I didn’t even know had been written by authors I really like, and whether genre is more of a hindrance than a help as a tool.
I did make it through the dealer’s room, picking up a set of dice carved from sodalite, and some art. And along the author tables, discovering that other authors I hadn’t met had heard of me. (Insert startled introvert noises here!) But that they also have nigh-identical rants about the need for competent protagonists, healthy adult relationships (including friendships between members of the opposite sex being possible!), and sometimes, you just want clear-cut good guys and bad guys and a happy ending…
Why yes, I do have a larger TBR stack now!
C.V. Walter has passed me by at a fair fast clip at least ten times today. (I hauled a box from Point A to Point B as a chance to catch up with her, as she’s volunteering and doing logistics and lots more panels.) She’s having fun, too!
While the three of us are having almost completely opposite experiences of the same con, it’s not a matter of better nor worse – it is what you make of it. It’s good to get out and hug people again, and chat face to face, and meet new people, find new books to read, and spread compliments on costumes and sartorial choices people made to show off.
Going to do this again at FenCon later this year – if you’re anywhere nearby, maybe see you there? Do you have any cons this year you’re planning on?