positive, fun experience that I’d be more than happy to repeat.
I’d been asked to speak as a panelist in both the Literary and Film tracks with the likes of John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow, and
Ernest Cline. Needless to say, I was a tad intimidated, not to mention nervous as hell. Add to that a solo drive from my home in South Central Kentucky back up to Michigan, and a weekend by myself in a hotel room, and I was a mess!
When I first arrived, I admit that I was a little overwhelmed. I’d worked Motor City Comic Con, and I’d visited ConFusion, but this was different. Maybe it was because I was a panelist. Maybe it was because I was by myself. Maybe both. Who knows? Two levels of people running everywhere, setting things up, and general chaos might have had something to do with it,
too. I’ve been out in farm country for a year, away from the hustle and bustle.I had to check into the hotel, as
well as the con, and then get ready for my first panel, Sequels and Series in Genre Fiction.
Since it was my birthday, my fellow panelist and Lit Track head Michael Cieslak led the audience in a rendition of Happy
Birthday. Then, we were off to the races. We discussed our own work, as well as the works of others while weighing the pros and cons of sequels and series. All in all, an informative and fun panel. The perfect start to the weekend.
I only had the one panel for the evening, which was a good thing because by the time I finished, I was starved! A dear friend
came up to the hotel to join me for dinner. The hotel restaurant was great, and the staff super friendly and helpful. The food? Delish! Especially our desserts. I swear, the cheesecake was a big as my head!
Saturday wasn’t as relaxing. After breakfast with another dear friend, I had to run, run, run everywhere. Webseries
and Fan Films: Future of Filmmaking? led into a surprise addition in Scriptwriting for Movies. Keith Martins, the Film Track head invited me to join him and Vampirism Bites creator James Fernandez to talk about script writing. Good thing, too! Editing was mentioned, and I’m glad I was there to tell the audience member to come to my later panel The Importance of
Editing and Non-Writing for Would-Be Writers. I also had the opportunity to sit in with John Scalzi, Ernest Cline and Cory Doctorow for Author Q & A. Despite a slight case of the nerves, I had a great time. The guys were funny and very welcoming. Talk about a shot of confidence! Finally, I had the Obligatory Undead Panel: Is Undead Dead? After all of my panels, I had a quick photo shoot with a great friend (pics forthcoming!). Then, cake in the restaurant. BUMPY CAKE! It’s a Michigan thing. A delicious Michigan thing.
The rest of the evening was spent at various room parties, especially karaoke. Be careful when you give two silly girls full control over what you’re going to sing! We were far nicer than we could have been. To “Paul,” thanks for singing Run DMC’s “Walk This Way” for us.
I had to leave after breakfast Sunday morning, so I missed the final day of Penguicon. I do want to take a moment to thank
everyone involved in making my weekend so special: friends, family, new friends, fans, and Team Penguicon. I’d definitely do this again!
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