Well now that TBRcon21 is sadly over, I thought it’d be good to do a quick recap of the first con I’ve ever participated in and my second con ever.

World-Building & Your Place In It

World-Building & Your Place In It was the second panel of TBRcon21 and the panel I was lucky enough to be a part of. Along with me, the panel consisted of Dale Lucas, Angela Boord, Angus Watson, Brian D. Anderson, Travis M. Riddle and was moderated by Beth Tabler of Before We Go Blog and Grimdark Magazine who knocked it out of the park. It was a great discussion and so much fun. Lots of great questions and great insights. I’m thankful to have had such a great crew to work with on my first panel and I really hope I get to participate next year.

A Few Other Panels to Check Out

TBRcon21 was 6 days of spectacular SFF panels running the gamut from fight discussions to neurodivergence, to history and so much more. That’s a lot of great content but… that’s a lot of content. I didn’t get a chance to check out all the panels but here’s a short list of a few I thought would be a fantastic place for someone who missed TBRcon21 to start.

But, What Scares YOU? with K. M. Alexander, M R Carey, Lee C Conley, Andy Davidson, Jonathan Janz & Tim Meyer

Sensory Detail in SFF with Mike Chen, Scott Drakeford, Ryan Van Loan, Marina J. Lostetter, Megan E. O’Keefe & Gareth L Powell

Grim, Dark,… Or Just Fantasy with Ben Galley, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, G R Matthews, Peter McLean, Adrian Selby & Holly Tinsley

The Future of SFF with Peter V. Brett, Steven Erikson, R. F. Kuang, Devin Madson & Evan Winter

SPFBO Finalists with Justin Lee Anderson, Zack Argyle, Alexander Darwin, Robert Fleming, Suzannah Rowntree, Patrick Samphire & Rachel Emma Shaw

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Give these panels a listen and if you like what you see, dive in to more. There’s a lot to explore.

January is here and that means TBRcon21 is on its way. TBRcon21 is a free, streaming Speculative Fiction convention hosted by FanfiAddict with over 85 authors involved on 15 panels. It’s going to be streamed on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.

As stated above the convention is free but you are encouraged to check out the following charities and consider a donation instead of buying a ticket.

Attending conventions in person has obviously been impossible this year and with no real end in sight, TBRcon21 is the perfect opportunity to participate without turning us all into a ship full of plague rats. Instead, sit back, enjoy, and participate at a distance.

TBRcon21 spans six days with two to four panels and events per day. I’ll be a part of the author panel titled World-Building and Your Place with fellow authors Angela Boord, Brian D. Anderson, Angus Watson, Dale Lucas, and Travis M. Riddle. It takes place on January 25th at 5:00pm EST/4:00 CST or for me and those of us in Euhrope, 11:00PM CET. I can’t wait to take part and hope you’ll join us.

For the full schedule click here and stay up to date by following FanfiAddict on Twitter or heading over the TBRcon21 page on their site.

 

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And now it’s time for my long overdue WorldCon Recap.

I wrote up a piece for The Woolf Quarterly and you can check it out here. It focuses more on what WorldCon is. In this post I’d like to dive into my personal experiences and thoughts on what turned out to be an exceptional weekend.

My First convention

img_20190816_211719WorldCon 2019 was my first convention ever. almost twenty years ago, I’d worked as a banquet server at other conventions but this was my first time as an attendee.

My wife was in town for a business trip as well so I took advantage of the extra days and volunteered for setup. It was a great way to not only meet new people but also get familiar with the layout and organization of this massive convention.

My first day was a bit lonely. I’d see a face or two that I knew but I mostly spent my time exploring and attending panels by myself. It had its perks. I was totally free to absorb my first day as I saw fit. The loneliness really only set in with the thought of 4 more days of being by myself in a sea of people. Luckily day two fixed everything. (more…)