Ah, Con!


Well, another successful ConCarolinas has come and gone.  I’m a little sad this morning, since for the last three days I’ve been surrounded by a thousand of my closest friends, so it’s a little quiet around here now that we’ve all gone home. *laughs*

But one of the nice things about going to cons, either as a writing professional or as a fan, is all the great ideas you come home with.  During breakfast Sunday morning, I was asked if I’d had any new projects come my way, and at that moment, I hadn’t.  An hour later, I had.  It can happen just that quickly.  (Before you ask, the new project is still in its birth throes, so as soon as I have solid information to share, I promise I will.  It’ll involve some of you, after all, so feel free to be excited!)  One writer I talked to received an anthology invitation at the con and another writer accepted two.  And Faith Hunter left straight from the con to hold a writing retreat with several of the con attendees over the next four days.  Business got done, y’all!

Over the next few Mondays, I’ll share some of the highlights of panels you missed.  For the moment, we’ve all come home to breathe and get started on these new plots and projects, and the con staff is breathing a sigh of relief that no one set the hotel on fire.  Planning for next year is already started, because it takes that long to get things arranged.  And we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  If you were an attendee this year, drop me a comment and let me know what you loved (and didn’t) about this year’s event.  We can’t do everything, of course, but you never know what good idea we might be able to run with.  And we’d love to hear what you have to say.

And now, I have to go put on shoes.  It’s back to the day job.



1 comment to Ah, Con!

  • Cons make me happy. ConCarolinas is my favorite.
    I haven’t had coffee yet, so I may have to add to this list later, but here are a few of my initial reactions.

    The Good
    -The hotel was not sweltering! I’d rather have to bring a sweater than sweat.
    -It was great to have the panel rooms near the author tables.
    -Sched.org was pretty cool.
    -Having a 30 minute gap between panels in the rooms was great. We weren’t rushed to get out!
    -Breakfast being included in the hotel rate was a totally worth the added expense. Having suites was great too.
    -Check in was seamless.
    -Good variety of panels to attend.
    -Parking wasn’t bad!

    The Bad (none of these things are really bad, but you know what I mean!)
    -Panels I wanted to attend often overlapped by 30 minutes.
    -No food options other than hotel food (within walking distance).

    The Awkward
    -There was stuff on the second floor! It took a while to figure that out…yeah, maps.
    -Bar wasn’t conducive to having several people get together for meals/drinks.

    As you can see, the good far outweighs the bad and awkward. Thanks for all your hard work, Misty, and the others who put in so much time. I can’t wait to come back next year.