I just got back from Detroit (well, okay, got back Monday) where I had a the pleasure of attending Legendary ConFusion, a wonderful fantasy and science fiction convention. The short version of the story, for the impatient, is that I had a wonderful time.
The long version, which is much more fun:
I was part of the hospitality staff running the consuite at ConFusion. It’s a good place to go for a drink or a snack and to run into other attendees. This was only my second convention and the first time I’ve been staff at one, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when my best friend Cylithria, head of hospitality, asked if I wanted to be on her staff in addition to going to the con. But I figured, why not? A new experience, right?
I was a little nervous. Norwescon last year was a bit rough for me. I felt kind of out of place and not myself there. Maybe it was because I didn’t know anyone there, or the combination of that and being in a strange city. I don’t know for sure, but I was pretty withdrawn through that con. I went to panels but didn’t really socialize and I mostly hid in whatever corner I could find between them.
This time was different. Like way different.
It probably helped that I knew Ria, even though it was the first time we’d met in person. By the way, getting to meet her in person? EPIC! So awesome. 😀 I miss her already (have since the plane home).
There were a few more people I got to meet in person at the con who I either knew online or knew of beforehand, which was nice. Rhiannon, Sarah, KS, Dan, Seleste. I got to meet some new friends as well, both those I was working the con with and those who dropped into the consuite and stayed for a chat.
I saw so many people, both in the consuite and around the hotel ConFusion was held at. People of all stripes. I found myself out there and just talking to people. It wasn’t just the situation of working that kept me from withdrawing either. I just felt comfortable around all these people and happy to be there. So many of them were so nice and it was great to even share a few words, or talk books and movies. It was like a long cool party where I fit in. That was awesome.
It was definitely work. There was a lot to do to keep the consuite going 24 hours a day, all three days, and I was always pretty busy. But it was worth it and I had a lot of fun even as I worked. I’m looking forward to going back and doing it again next year, not to mention at Penguicon in May.
I’ve been in a kind of recovery mode since my return on Monday. I came in and just dropped everything, going straight to bed. Did not pass go, did not collect $200. Zonked right out. But I’m pretty much back to myself now.
The whole thing was a blast and if you can get to ConFusion next year, I heartily recommend it. I hope to see even more people I know there in 2015. 😀