Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all got a chance to celebrate with people you love (or at least like really well.) We’re only a couple of days in, but so far 2012 has been a very good year indeed. I’m working on a character series for my next few posts, but today’s post is actually a call for assistance from you, my dear MW readers.
You see, it’s nearly con season. Con! That shocking time of year when tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear! It’s mad! It’s gay! A libelous display!* There’s so much to do to get ready for the fun. Outfits have to be planned (especially if there’s any costuming to be done.) Travel has to be arranged. Bookmarks, business cards and freebies have to be printed, and books have to be ordered. And of course, there are the panels to prep for. Now you might not realize this, but those entertaining and thought-provoking panels you’ve come to listen to are, more often than not, thought up by we poor writers. The con’s programming directors send out emails a few months ahead, asking for our brilliant ideas for panels to offer the congoers. Which means that in addition to having half a million fictional people in our heads all clamoring for our attention, we’re also searching around in the dusty attics of our brains for good panel topics that haven’t been done too much already and that might draw in so many people we run out of chairs and attendees have to sit on each others’ laps.
Which is where you come in.
You see, I have one of those emails in my inbox as we speak. It’s staring at me from halfway down the page, scowling a little because the due date is drawing nigh and I haven’t answered yet. The trouble is I keep coming up with panel ideas that I’m afraid are too ordinary, too done-to-death. The last thing we want is four or five writers sitting at a table with no one to talk to. The trouble we can get into is just too dangerous to consider. So I’m turning to you. Is there a panel you’ve never seen that you’d like to see happen? Some topic you’ve been wishing for? Or maybe a subject you can’t get enough of? In the comments, tell me the panels you’d love to attend at a con. Don’t stress about how broad or narrow a topic is, just toss it out there. And who knows…you may see your topic turn up at StellarCon or ConCarolinas!
* I grew up listening to my mother’s Camelot soundtrack, which means that not only do I know every word, I also have a habit of tossing lines into conversation. Buy me a drink or three and I’ll sing The Simple Joys of Maidenhood. ;D