I think I’m back to relative-normal, or what passes for normal for me. So I’m going to try to hit some of the high points, or more memorable things, from WorldCon. LoneStarCon 3. Whatever you want to call it.
I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but it just seems a bit odd to call it anything other than WorldCon, though I can understand wanting to set it apart when it’s in a new/different place.
Anyway. It was fun. Like I said in my previous post, I didn’t notice much in the way of elitist attitudes, or anything like that, but I can be pretty oblivious until it’s pointed out. (I didn’t know the Narnia books were Christian allegory until someone pointed it out when I was in college.) Also, the majority of the people I gravitate toward don’t have those views.
Rob and I went to several panels, pretty much all centered on writing, and we hung out in the bar for a time with some authors. We got recognized and waved at by Seanan McGuire, Mur Lafferty, and Chuck Wendig. Chuck waved at me from about 3 feet away as he walked by. Michael Underwood (if you haven’t read his books–Geekomancy and Celebromancy–do so. They’re good.) waved at us to sit beside him for the Hugo awards. Those were all moments of “Is s/he waving at us? Waving at someone behind us? No, us? Really? Really?”
It was surreal.
We went to Drinks with Authors that Myke Cole and a couple other guys put together. It was fun, although I don’t drink much, if at all, and the rooms were a bit too hot for me to be comfortable. I mostly stood in the doorway between the two rooms, taking pictures, until I just had to sit down. Myke stopped by a couple times to ask me if I was okay, and Michael Underwood introduced me and Rob to Madeline Ashby (she wrote vN and iD).
Monday, after most everyone left and the con was mostly finished, we went to the Alamo. It was partly research for me, and I hadn’t been there since third grade.
I had much less anxiety on the flight back. Either the week before WorldCon overloaded me to the point where it’s only slightly stressful, or I was so tired that I didn’t have the energy to be anxious. Possibly both.
Oh yeah, there was also the writing workshop in there. Got some decent comments, and I’m working on a revision right now.