Worldcon 2013 Post-Mortem

I went to Worldcon this year for the first time. It was an experience. Hard to put into better words than that, especially since my brain is still reeling from so much input. Worldcon serves many purposes, most of which overlap to some degree: there are fannish (autographing, interviews, etc.), social (drinking and schmoozing), craft (panels, workshops, etc.), and industry (drinking and schmoozing again) related activities. There is no such thing as a “perfect” Worldcon schedule, and even after running around like crazy for four days there are plenty of things I wish I had done and people I wish I had met. I am also not the best in the world at partying, given my low alcohol tolerance (as in small amounts of alcohol give me a big hangover) and my self-consciousness at being un/self-published. But, I did meet some really cool folks, gained a few good insights about writing (especially the business side), and there were no major disasters either with travel or back at home while I was gone, so I’m going to count this one as a success.

Up next for me is finishing the first draft of Aetheria’s Daemon, at which point I will put it aside for a couple weeks, then look toward finishing another draft somewhere around mid-October. I also may have another Aetheria’s Daemon-related surprise coming for you soon. Until then, here are some pictures from the con to look at; probably not as many as I should have taken, but like I said, I was busy.

View of San Antonio from hotel hallway. I was on the 37th floor.
View of San Antonio from hotel hallway. I was on the 37th floor.
Same view at sunset. Pretty.
Same view at sunset. Pretty.
This drool-worthy ARC was given away at the Drinks with Authors party thrown by the /r/Fantasy crew, Justin Landon and Myke Cole. Makes you wish you were there, doesn't it?
This drool-worthy ARC was given away at the Drinks with Authors party thrown by the /r/Fantasy crew, Justin Landon and Myke Cole. Makes you wish you were there, doesn’t it?
A Dalek. That's about all there is to say about it.
A Dalek. That’s about all there is to say about it.
Yous truly sitting atop the Iron Throne. I suspect my reign over Westeros would be short but mercilessly bloody.
Yous truly sitting atop the Iron Throne. I suspect my reign over Westeros would be short but mercilessly bloody.
Robin Hobb signing the Great Helm which /r/Fantasy is donating to Worldbuilders. Robin is about the nicest person in the world, as evidenced by her signing one of her books for me as well.
Robin Hobb signing the Great Helm which /r/Fantasy is donating to Worldbuilders. Robin is about the nicest person in the world, as evidenced by her signing one of her books for me as well.
Books and Helm at the party, piled into lots to be given away, along with some bonus Tor goodies.
Books and helm at the party, piled into lots to be given away, along with some bonus Tor goodies.
Con tip: take a picture of the party board each night so you can just look on your phone to find the parties. Or just wander around the hotel and eventually drift into them all.
Con tip: take a picture of the party board each night so you can just look on your phone to find the parties. Or just wander around the hotel and eventually drift into them all.
Waiting for the Hugo awards to start.
Waiting for the Hugo awards to start.
John Scalzi poses with his Hugo for best novel, about an hour after he won it. He seemed dazed.
John Scalzi poses with his Hugo for best novel, about an hour after he won it. He seemed dazed.
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