This is such a killer con. The dealers room has actual variety, the panelists are fun, the staff are among the clue burdened.
Last night at the opening ceremony, Mike Pederson managed to put name and face together for about forty people without blinking or getting any wrong.
This morning i took part in Allen Wold’s writers workshop. This was a fun workshop, painfully early in the morning (9 am) but fun. Aside from my own sleep deprived self, Allen had Darcy Wold who reads a lot of fiction and has acute judgement, Peter Prellwitz a pro writer, and Ed Shubert editor of Intergalactic Medicine Show. We spent a couple hours proving instant, and intense feedback on a short piece of fiction. We went over some of the ‘rules’ of writing. There were two young ladies present who may just have been writing better than some of the published stuff I’ve read.
After this was the “Blogging for the Modern Writer” where Jean Marie Ward proved to be the most fabulous moderator I’ve ever seen, and was fun to talk to before panel. Jeri Smith-Ready, and Valerie Griswold-Ford were just plain awesome to be on a panel with, overall it was a low key affair.