This is the third time I’ve tried to write this post. There’s so much to say, so many people and panels and events and, and, and-brillinatexperiencessomeofwhichI’vealreadyforgottenandgreatbooksandexcitingnewsand- *EXPLODES*
But I really want to write this post because both Nine Worlds 2014 and Loncon3 were excellent and even though others have already said much of what I’m going to write here, some things are worth repeating.
So first off I want to say a massive thank you to the organisers and volunteers who gave so much of their time and energy to make the events possible.
*takes a deep breath*
I honestly have no idea why somebody would want to run a convention. I can only imagine the stress involved but I’m so glad that people do. There was a wonderful blog post I read recently by Sarah Pinborough about kindness and I think that for me sums up the best bits of being at the convention.
People being kind to each other, giving creatively, giving enthusiasm and just sharing in mutual love for all things fun and fantastical.
For example, at Nine Worlds, I was helping Em with the Newbie Meetups and just before the first one started I was approached by somebody who quietly said:
“Is this the newbie meetups?”
“Yes.” I replied.
She passed me a bag and said: “I just thought you might like some badges.”
She’d made us a whole batch of badges to pass out to newcomers because it seemed like a nice thing to do. How amazing was that! And then, like a ninja, she slipped away into the shadows.
I’m all for a world that features badge giving ninja called Laura*.
Another act of kindness came from Ron Davis, who’d created a crest for The Order of the Sacred Teacup** because he thought it would be cool for us to have one.
These are just two examples but so much was given in order to make the conventions such a success. From the enthusiastic conversations in the bar (of which there were many), to the incredible costumes people had made, to the brilliant game shows, panels, lectures and demonstrations that went on throughout.
To be honest I didn’t want it to end***. Maybe that’s another reason why I’m writing this, to hold on to the feeling of the conventions a little longer.****
*@LbeBeard on twitter
**Was also a delight to meet some of the Order in the flesh. You know who you are…
***My body was pretty happy about it however.
****To get me through the long dark two weeks till FantasyCon
*****And by 'tomorrow', I mean the other thing.