The last day of WhedonCon was very relaxed. I didn’t have anything I particularly wanted to do, so I let G go play games most of the day. He did come down and check on me and let me stretch my legs and use the restroom, but for the most part I was on my own.
I spent a good part of the morning reading my Bible, which felt all sorts of weird at a geek convention, knowing many people would disagree with Christianity. I didn’t get any comments though.
Also, I did, for the first time, managed to make it around the dealers room to check out some of the other things people were selling. There were some really amazing products and one thing I noticed was that the booths were packed full of things. My booth looked empty by comparison. I realized one of the things I need for the next convention I go to is an upright stand to better display my key chains and necklaces. I picked up a couple things – gifts for friends and family for Christmas as well as a book and a Sherlock magnet.
Mostly, I enjoyed spending time talking to people. I had a really good time chatting with an older man who was in the middle of editing his first novel. Since I had also written a novel a couple years ago (that never made it to edit number two), we had a lot in common. We shared the plots of our stories as well as things that helped us become better writers. I really appreciated this conversation, as well as another conversation I had with my new friend about poetry. Honestly, I forgot how much I enjoyed writing both poetry as well as short stories period. I vowed to get back in the writing habit. So far so good.
The dealer room closed down at 5 and we were able to load all our stuff back into the car. We were planning to get out of there as quickly as possible so that we could pick up the kids from my parents, but after talking with my mom we realized it was going to be very late. Instead, we decided to meet each other in the morning before my daughter had to go to school. That freed us up a bit so we weren’t quite as rushed, and I decided I really wanted to go to a panel / discussion about people living with chronic illness. I’m really glad I was able to go; I met a lot of interesting people, and we had a really great discussion. Plus, by the time I got back to the dealer’s room my husband had almost everything cleaned up already! We finished packing up the car and headed home. Oh, on the way to and from the car I ran into David Fury, and I was able to tell him how much I appreciated listening to him talk during his panel. I was proud of myself for not fangirling. (Hahaha) Once we got home, we grabbed dinner, unloaded the car, and rested while we watched TV. It was a good weekend.
Onto day 2! We had a lot planned for today – tag teaming the booth so we could both see things. We headed down to the vendor room about half hour before it opened and reset everything. After finishing set up, G brought me some wonderful coffee to wake up, and I found a seat for the big panel of the weekend: David Fury and Tim Minar, both writers and/producers for Buffy and Angel, as well as 24 & Lost and Firefly & Wonderfalls, respectively. It was a ton of fun listening to them talk about the hardest thing they’ve work, how they learned to write female characters, and what their favorite was. After, I ran up to our room to grab some lunch (pb&j! – not much gluten free stuff around here!) And came back to takeover the booth while G went to great Nicolas Brendon, who was apparently a bit inappropriate with some responses.
After, we traded off again and I made it to the stunt panel. I really enjoyed it; they had behind the scenes footage they were discussing as well as how the characters were portrayed and how fighting affected costume choices. Sofia Crawford, who was Buffy’s stunt double for four seasons, was fascinating. And wow, does she have defined muscles! Watching the footage as they talked was really interesting because they were explaining how Sofia was so fast with her movements they needed to keep telling her to slow down. Her husband, who was the stunt coordinator for 3 seasons, was fascinating to listen to – he both looked and sounded like a smaller Nathan Fillion, which was fun. Of course, the things he talked about we’re interesting too – character development through movement, costuming, and actors following the doubles rather than the other way around. Spike’s stunt double was there as well, and he talked about imitating James Marsters’ movements and character.
From there, G headed up to the game room again and I hung out in the dealer room until it closed. At that point we were starving again, so we headed to dinner at Chili’s. We were planning on going to the “prom” or maybe going to see a movie, but we got back to the hotel exhausted. We watched one episode of Kimmy Schmidt then fell asleep.
I’m sitting at my booth at WhedonCon getting a few sentences out at a time between chats with people. I am having so much fun! The people here have been lovely and tons of fun to chat with. I’ve found it about tons of other Cons, poetry reading and workshops, cosplay with kids and all sorts of other fun things.
My husband G took the day off work yesterday so we could get up here and set up. We dropped S off at school for just about an hour before he picked her up and dropped get and D off with my mom. We grabbed lunch and headed north about an hour and a half away. We made it to the hotel about an hour and a half before the vendor room was scheduled to open, and we were seeing up until literally the last second. However, my booth looks great! We needed to fiddle a bit with the picture frames to figure out what would best draw attention, but I think we’ve got it now.
Soon after arriving, I left the booth in G’s hands and headed to a talk by Camden Toy about acting through latex. It was super interesting and he seems like a really nice guy. For reals though, seeing him make the gentleman face (from Buffy episode Hush) was terrifying.
Once the dealer room closed, we went to dinner at a nearby sushi place that claimed to be gluten free – yeah, not so much. Although they had gotten free soy sauce and prepared my food without any sauce at all, I was served both miso soup and imitation crab, neither of which I can eat. I avoided a severe reaction but still dealing with a bit of a headache today.
We did peek into the Firefly themed shindig, but didn’t stay too long- the music was impossible to dance to. We did get pulled into the dance contest – slow classical music (no waltz beat, ftr), so since we don’t know any slow dancing, we ended up swing dancing. Didn’t match the beat at all, but it was fun. We ended up making it to the top third of the dancers, so that’s pretty good!
Then… We crashed. It was a fun day.