This week, Ian and I are paying a visit to RENOvation. It’s Worldcon, a very large fan convention that hosts many authors, editors, agents, artists, costume makers, game designers, cartoonists, and much more. To give you an idea of what to expect, George R. R. Martin, Dr. Demento, and Brandon Sanderson are here, to name a very few.
This is the first time we’ve attended something so large, and I’ve got to say I’m a bit nervous. I was able to formulate a kind of itinerary of my own. It goes something like this;
Keep Eyes Open
This also includes “Pen ready” and “camera on”. I might be so busy that I won’t have the time to really internalize everything I take in until later… but I can sure be ready to absorb. Information, good vibe, awesome art; I’m open to Zing of all kinds.
Turn Smile On
Elana Johnson offered me this tidbit of advice; “Put aside all your insecurities and talk to everyone.” That’s pretty much become my creed for this entire event. The most important thing I can do at this con isn’t get inspiration for a story (I’ve got enough of those unwritten!) or sell a book (which isn’t ready yet). No, the best thing I can do is involve myself in the community. To get to know other people that are as serious about this as I am? Heavuuuuuun…
Have a Blast
I don’t know if I can avoid this part, but specifically I mean taking the time to really enjoy every minute. Even during rest moments I can be soaking it up in the dealer’s room, admiring people’s art or visiting the gaming area. Heck, standing around talking will probably be a blast here. I intend to soak it up.