Last weekend I attended VCON, Vancouver’s local fantasy, sci fi and gaming convention for the third year in a row. The first year, I’d barely started writing and followed the two author guests of honour, Kelley Armstrong and Patrick Rothfuss around to every panel about writing and publishing. Then I started taking my writing seriously. The second year at VCON, I had my story accepted for Evolve and went to the Book Launch as an author to help promote it, even though the book wasn’t out yet. This year, Evolve is out and I signed copies at the Book launch. I also did a reading and sat on four panels, two of which were with the amazing author guest of honour this year, Cherie Priest. It’s been a great couple of years.
I can’t say enough in support of VCON, local conventions and of course the bigger ones if you’re interested in writing or becoming a writer. You can learn so much from other authors, publishers, editors and agents. When I first started competing in fitness, it was so new, there were no coaches, no one to tell me what to do. I had to learn by trial and error for YEARS. Once I made it to the top 5 at the National level, I began passing on what I’d learned by training others. I constantly joke with my clients that I wish there’d been a “me” when I first started competing. Now I’m making the leap into the writing world, I’m taking full advantage of learning from those who’ve been down the many roads to publication, using their experiences to seek out my own path.
Next up is the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio and I can’t wait. 🙂
Unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures at VCON. I’m hoping the official photographer for the event got at least one of me sitting on a panel, so I can prove I really did it. 😉
I did get a shot of some of us hanging in my room having drinks on the Saturday night, and on the last day I got a picture with this lady, I don’t know her name, but she sat in some of the writing sessions when I was on the panel and she was just so darn cute I wanted to get a pic.