With WorldCon disappearing in the distance it’s time to take a moment to reminisce, Wonder Year’s style. Cue the music. Roll tape.
This was my second time at the Con of Cons, and while I enjoyed my time last year in Chicago, San Antonio just floored me. The panels were lively, the authors lovely—in addition to well-oiled, vis-a-vis some stupendous parties—and the Hugo Awards engaging and inspirational.
You learn a lot at a con, be it World Science Fiction or otherwise. You get more advice than you can possibly carry back. Sometimes it conflicts, which doesn’t help the headache, but there’s a certain poetry in the discordance.
Here’s a snippet of what’s been jabbering in my head the drive back:
- Describe two things in a room and move the fuck on. (Thank you Jack McDevitt.)
- From the panel on Scaring Your Reader—it’s impossible to write a jump-scare. Unless you do, and then you win all the twinkies.
- When eating bugs for free books, don’t start with the dung beetle.
- If you’re thinking about banning Judy Bloom, stop and ask why.
- Magic doesn’t require physics, but it does require internal logic. And airships.
- Brandon Sanderson will let you touch his Hugo if you dress in a suit.
- If people keep removing themselves from Hugo consideration, the only one left will be me.
- Regarding werewolves and vampires—we can continue to write werewolves as long as they have a dapper fashion sense. (Courtesy of a poorly paraphrased Charlaine Harris).
- If you’re going to the only panel with Hugh Howey, plan on standing.
- If you want to know more about epublishing, either corner Hugh Howey or find your information online.
- People like Hugh Howey. A lot.
Were you one of the “misfit toys” at WorldCon this year? What did you think?