World Fantasy Con has one of the largest gatherings of writers and various industry professionals that I know of in a convention. It’s like, almost everyone I know or have known over the last ten years of writing shows up in one concentrated location and I get to hang out with them all!
I told a friend of mine you come here and you’re “mainlining the science fiction field.”
Many people asked me what my schedule was, and I explained that I was going to basically hang out in the hotel bar, unless I was sleeping, eating, or helping Emily with the twins (and she was amazing enough to wrangle them a bunch by herself so I could see friends).
You never get to meet everyone you hoped to, or get as long a conversation as you want.
But for someone with ADD and who’s extroverted, it’s my Shangri La and my worst weakness (hardly sitting still and jumping from conversation to conversation) and packed with all my favorite people in the world, all in one.
Here are some snapshots from the event:
Daryl Gregory, Paolo Bacigalupi, Liza Groen Trombi and Blake Charlton mug for the camera.
Me and Mary Robinette Kowal
My editor, Paul Stevens, took a number of his writers out to dinner. The twins have glowing eyes at the back of the table. Should I be worried?
Brad Beaulieu, Barry Goldblatt, Rae Carson, and Charlie Finlay
Paolo Bacigalupi, with Ian Tregellis listening on, and others I didn’t catch the names of
Two of my favorite friends, Paolo and Sarah Prineas.
This shot is by Al Bogdan, of me and Scott Edelman
Bill Shunn, me, and Daryl Gregory up to no good
Doselle Young and Thalia share a fistbump in the hall