Greetings from Calgary, Alberta! I am writing this Sunday afternoon, after a wonderful week of work at WhenWordsCollide and the pre-convention writer’s workshop.
Yes, that’s right: I said “work.” John’s post from the other day, on which I didn’t comment, but which I have read, is spot on. Conventions are work. They are super fun — I love meeting fans, working with other professionals, renewing old friendships and beginning new ones. And after 16 years as a published author I am nowhere close to being tired of having people ask if I’ll sign their copies of my books. To be honest, I’m always shocked when people apologize for approaching me, as if it’s an imposition.
But right now, after leading the workshop for two days and being one of the con’s guests of honor, I’m exhausted. It’s not that talking about writing or doing readings is that tiring. But I’ve been “on” for days now, greeting people, being friendly, making conversation, thinking on my feet when people ask me questions. That probably doesn’t sound all that tiring either, but it is. Trust me.
It’s also energizing. I’ve met fantastic people this week. Some are aspiring writers; some are professionals; some are devoted readers. But all of us have one thing in common: We are passionate about the written word. And for me, that is really the attraction of attending conventions. Not only do conventions offer me the chance to hang out with people I like (I can’t wait for Dragon Con, where I will get to see Faith, John, James, Lucienne, A.J., and so many other friends), they also allow me to talk shop. I have spent the last several days talking about craft, about research, about the business, and while I have little energy left, I’m not even close to sick of those conversations.
I love my family and our friends at home. But I would never dream of talking about my work for hours on end with them. They’d be bored, and I’d feel like a jerk for monopolizing the conversations. But here — and at Dragon Con or ConCarolinas — everyone wants to talk about that stuff. I LOVE that.
So, I’m about to go out to dinner with Patricia Briggs and her husband and friends. And then tonight I’ll be hanging out with the con organizers, all of whom are also writers. I can’t wait.
Tomorrow, I will go going to Royal Tyrell Museum, one of the finest museums of palaeontology in the world. So if I don’t respond to comments during the day, that’s why. I’ll try to check in tomorrow night.David B. Coe http://www.DavidBCoe.com http://www.dbjackson-author.com http://magicalwords.net