My First Con

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This weekend I attended LepreCon 36, a SciFi/Fantasy convention held in Mesa.

Confession: I’d never been to a Con before. I didn’t really know what to expect. I did have my writing fellows with me (Amy McLane and S.C. Green), who are seasoned pros when it comes to Cons.

I went to the con to hear Charles Vess, James A. Owen and George R. R. Martin.

OK, and to see people dressed up as Klingons and pirates and steampunk dirigible captains.

While there, I bought books and artwork and had them signed by the authors and illustrators. (Squee!) I networked a bit, too, which is always good. I learned to never engage in a duel of nerdiness with someone dressed as their favorite SciFi character. They will out-nerd you every time. They got the mad nerd skills. My kung fu is weak. And, of course, while there I took notes. Old college habits die hard. Here are some tidbits I jotted down.

James A. Owen

“The calendar pages are flipping by. I don’t want to spend my time doing things I don’t want to do.”
~ James A. Owen

“It takes work. I can’t just toss this stuff off.”
~ George R. R. Martin (on why he takes so long to finish his books)

“Dealing with writers is like herding cats.”
~ George R. R. Martin (on working with a team of writers for
the Wild Cards books)

“Every generation of writers face their own set of challenges.”

George R. R. Martin

~ George R. R. Martin (on the changes in the publishing industry)

“Never sacrifice what you want the most for what you want the most at that moment.”
~ James A. Owen

Good stuff. I returned from the con inspired to finish my WIP and get it out the door. I also returned a little more aware of the greater world of fandom out there. While I may not be the kind of girl who dresses up like a Klingon, as an author, I can think of few things more flattering than fans dressing up as the characters in my books. Heck, I’d even let them out-nerd me.


12 thoughts on “My First Con

    Suzanne said:
    May 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    In Second Life recently, I came across an avatar looking like Avatar and dressed in a Star Trek uniform. I’ve no idea what level of nerdiness that requires but at least you can just teleport out of there, you don’t have to spend an hour reversing round the room listening to a detailed account of the supposed hidden references to the Na’vi in Captain Kirk’s encounter with the green sirens!
    Oh, it’s just me then..

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      May 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

      Oh Suzanne, we would have so much fun hanging out at a con together! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Suzanne said:
        May 18, 2010 at 12:06 pm

        I warn you. I have a pair of Spock ears…!

        Amy K. Nichols said:
        May 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm

        I have elf ears! Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Suzanne said:
    May 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm


    Lisa Nowak said:
    May 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

    When I was in high school I wanted desperately to go to a local sci-fi con, and my mom refused to let me. By the time I was old enough to make my own choices, I wasn’t into sci-fi anymore. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I still understand the allure, though, for those who are. What a vibrant, interesting community.

      Suzanne said:
      May 20, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      Come with us, we’ll look after you…!

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      May 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

      Suzanne’s right. We’d keep an eye on you. Or you can just put on some dark shades and stand to the side, aloof. Pretend you’re there merely as an observer, or maybe even a member of the press. OOOH, or better yet, you could dress up to the nines — maybe full-on zombie or steampunk pirate princess — and no one would recognize you and just blend in and be part of the community. I bet you’d be back into SciFi in no time at all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Suzanne said:
        May 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

        Yep. Throw yourself in, get into the mood, abandon sense and reason. I mean, just look at us, what could possibly go wrong…?

      Lisa Nowak said:
      May 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      Well, I could wind up writing entire blog posts about Dr. Who…

    Suzanne said:
    May 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    And the mad thing you might find yourself doing…?

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