spindizzy: A picture of Deadpool in mask and tuxedo, shrugging. (Fourth wall? What fourth wall?)
Someone (I think [twitter.com profile] faintdreams?) asked if I would be doing a comparison of Nine Worlds to Worldcon and... Honestly I don't think it would be fair of me to do that, because Nine Worlds was a really chilled, relaxing thing for me and at Worldcon I was a constant ball of anxiety. I am sorry to everyone who met at Worldcon for not being my best me! You were all absolutely lovely!

(... Yeah, I went with Jay and Lex and a) the accessibility of airports is their rant to have and not mine, but seriously if Jay wants me to swear vengeance and also write a thousand angry letters against our airline I will do that; and b) Lex realised very quickly that the convention was not his idea of fun, which he was fine with but it turned into an anxiety circuit for me, because my brain was doing the fun thing of internalising "Oh, wow, I am a terrible wife, Lex paid like £700 to be here and he's not enjoying it at all," and literally refused to take in the part where he said that it was worth it because he got to support me during the Hugos.

Like, that was Friday, and I did not take in the "Oh, Lex paid the £700 because he loves me and the Hugos are a big deal to me," until Monday.

I still feel a bit "Fuck me I am a terrible friend," but Jay is recovering and apparently had a good time despite everything, and Lex is glad to be back at work, so it all shook out!)

YOU SEE WHY I CAN'T REALLY COMPARE MY NINE WORLDS EXPERIENCE TO THE WORLDCON ONE. I will say that Worldcon is a lot more... Crammed? Than Nine Worlds? Like, Nine Worlds leaves plenty of time between panels for people to, y'know, get to the next panel, have a drink, eat something... Whereas Worldcon is Hot Fuzz levels of "THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON!" There is always something happening, and if you want to get between panels in time to actually get let in, you have to leave your first panel fifteen minutes early or run the risk of not getting there before they start turning people away. (Unless of course, you're that douche who ignores the "No standing in the back due to fire safety rules" and lets yourself in anyway.) Also, the panels are maximum forty-five minutes long, maybe twenty-thirty if they want to take questions, which feels LUDICROUSLY short after Nine Worlds. I guess when there's like six thousand people, it makes sense to cram as much in as possible? But it was definitely a massive scale-up. (Plus, I really really miss the pronoun stickers Nine Worlds has. And the no-photography lanyards. And the markers for your badge of whether you want to talk to people. ... I think what I'm saying is that Worldcon has more stuff to do, but Nine Worlds has more set-it-and-forget-it accessibility, I guess?)

(If there were any panels you missed, a few of them are up on youtube!)

BUT WHINGING ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH ASIDE: HEY GUYS, I WENT TO WORLDCON, WHO WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT ALL OF THE COOL PEOPLE I MET?

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It was a good trip, apart from the anxiety and airports being made of stress! I might try it again when it gets to Dublin (I can just GET THE FERRY, she says, more in hope than expectation) to see if it's any different? It was lovely to meet everyone, and finally put like... People to words? And just THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, you were great!
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OKAY, continuing the post on What I Did On My London Holiday, because the other one got to like 2500 words and if this is more of the same, it's going to be full-on too many damn pages for any man to understand.

(... Also writing this is reminding me of all the points where I was unintentionally a jerk and just D: D: D: D: I'M SORRY, NEXT TIME I WILL DO BETTER.)

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It was a good trip! It was fun, I was only like, moderate levels of anxious despite being in a completely new place with lots of new people! And there were some really good costumes! There was a TARDIS full of bras, Madame Vastra, a knitted Squirrel Girl (no seriously), and a knitted Wonder Woman, lemmings... There was a Commander Shepard and a Loki that I liked but I've not seen any photos cross my feeds. I... I think I'd go again! The tickets for next year are up, so I could always be efficient and do that now...

(People have been going "Soooooo how many books did you buy?" and people who only know me online are like "Ten! That's a lot!" and people who know me offline are just "Ten? That's really good for you!" ... I think that shade is being thrown my way and I entirely deserve it.)
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I went to my first residential convention! It was kinda scary but really good and I had a lot of fun and... Was a lot less anxious during the whole thing than I expected! Like, my social anxiety is picking over everything, but I can still do a lot of happy yelling! (Obligatory livetweet thread!)

(Also I apologise if this seems excessively... Me me me? I kinda did the maths on "sounding like a self-centred jerk" or "possibly infringing people's privacy by talking about them on the internet" and came down on the side of being a jerk? I SPOKE TO MANY PEOPLE WHO WERE SMART AND FUNNY AND DELIGHTFUL, I am just... Not representing that well?)

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Okay, that's quite long enough, splitting it here, back in a sec.
spindizzy: (Be happy!)
Hello friend humans! I went to my first bookish/writing convention weekend before last, and it was super fun! I livetweeted a lot of it, but y'all know how I feel about yelling in bullet point lists, right?

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IN CONCLUSION I had a really good time and might go back for the November one (I think they called it Sledge-Lit and I am just uggggggh). Might see if [twitter.com profile] captainraz or [twitter.com profile] splend want to come with me. It was just... Really heartening? Being in a building where everyone wanted to be there and talk about writing and publishing and having been published and it was just... So lovely. So fun! It was looking up and going "Wow, my genres are full of amazing, smart people who write good books," and this not being questioned. *clutches face*

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