Two weeks ’til I leave for the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California.
This is weird on a number of levels:
– I have never been to a genre con before
– I am going alone
– It is a pro con, not a fan con, and I am not a pro (“yet,” she adds in a fit of optimism)
– It is being held in an extremely swank hotel, and I am of the kind whose coordination varies inversely proportionate to how acceptable is it to knock things over
I’ve been to writer’s conferences, and I’ve been to a gaming convention. I am guessing this might fall somewhere in between, but I really don’t know. I was told in no uncertain terms by a writer who shall remain nameless that World Fantasy “is not about fun, and it’s not about information.” Which is unfortunate, because I was really hoping to a) have fun, and b) learn a lot.
I think I should take that writer’s words with a grain of salt. I just can’t imagine a bunch of fantasy writers being dour and grim for four days, and not wanting to share. That’s one of the things I love about the spec fic community – their willingness to share their experience and wisdom with anyone who wants it. There are exceptions, of course, but they seem to be few.
It is very hard to guess what exactly I will learn. Certainly I’ll be able to put some faces to names, which by itself is cool. Beyond that I just have to wait for the program to be finalized.
My intention is to shake a lot of hands, listen, smile, and above all, not glom or slime the talent.
Has anyone been to WFC before? Any advice on what a n00b should expect?