This was my first LOSCON (The Los Angeles Regional Science Fantasy Convention) and I was quite impressed. Lots of good information, famous people, and intertsting things to buy. Unfortunately, I missed out on all of the parties I was invited to.
My favorite person at this conference was the Writing Guest of Honor, Emma Bull. She played the part to perfection and was dressed in her best steampunkyness all week. If shyness is normal in a writer, Emma Bull is not a normal writer. She was funny, classy, inspirational, and as nice as anyone could be. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet her.
Special thanks go out to GLAWS (I’m a member) for their Writers Stream panels. Highly informative and fun. The lesson that resonated with me at this conference was this: Treat your Writing Like a Business.
One interesting note was that the Grand Prize winners from the Writers and Future Contest from 1990 (James C. Glass) and 2009 (Laurie Tom) were both on one of the panels together, and I was in the audience. Kismet? Wish me luck for later in the year!
All in all, I learned a lot and had a wonderful time.
– Brennan Harvey