I have returned from Readercon with a head buzzing with conversation and general glee. I am wary of writing a blow-by-blow sort of convention report post, but I do want to say several things.
1. The fantasy/science fiction community is amazing. I met some of the kindest, most intelligent, talented, and generally lovely people this weekend. One of the reasons I am not writing a blow-by-blow report about the con is that the most amazing part of it for me was meeting so many truly splendid people, and I feel awkward gushing. The point is that I feel like I am now a part of a writing community in a way I did not feel before, and it means the world to me.
2. On a similar note, I was so nervous to speak to authors whom I admire that I kept chickening out, but when I gathered up my petticoats and marched into the fray, every single one of them was kind and generous.
3. Best text message exchange with Gill while waiting for goblin girls and sundry poetesses to get ready to go out:
Me: We are all putting on so much bpal that when we walk together we will smell like a brothel having a bake sale.
Gill: Naughty cakes!
4. I want to say something about writing and spirituality that is a product of several panels I attended, but it hasn’t quite come together in my head yet.
So, a fond hello to all of you whom I met this weekend! I feel rich in friends both actual and virtual.