My First Con


Vancouver Harbour Float Plane Dock

VCon38 was my first “Con”, and what an experience it was. Nina Munteanu, intrepid editor, and science fiction writer, suggested I attend. She thought it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone. She was right and so I boomed out and volunteered to moderate two panels and guest on a third.

I had only a brief internet-driven idea of what to expect. Thank heavens for my BOGO. (She’s the sister-in-law who came for free when I married her brother.) She kept me sane when my nerves were running amok as I prepped for my first panel. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been nervous; in fact, all the panel participants – from newbies to award-winning authors – were kind and generous and the panels came off without a hitch.


Seagull Wants a Lift

The Art Show displayed an outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture and other objets d’art. Artist Alley and the Dealer Room were a cornucopia of sights and sounds. One of my favourite stops was the display of costumes made by the students of Capilano University’s Costuming for Stage and Screen program.

I do wish I’d taken more photos though; these photos are of the trip, not the destination. The theme of this year’s VCon was Pirates, and the halls of the Delta Vancouver Airport were awash with colourful costumes and enthusiastic VCon participants.That we were new to the “Con” experience was evident when one of the dealers asked, “Are you two sure you’re in the right place?” Next time, I’ll be better prepared in the costume department.


Flying over the Lions Gate Bridge

For now, though, I’m going to dress-up like a chef, pretend I can cook and prepare a Thanksgiving feast. Have a wonderful turkey weekend and count your blessings.


Almost Home – Over The Strait of Georgia


About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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2 Responses to My First Con

  1. Hi Jo-Anne!

    So glad you went to Vcon! And that you did it full-throttle and participated in panels. Isn’t it a cool con? Looking forward to seeing your third book out and the new trilogy package! WOOHOO!

    What next? What writing projects are you embarking on now? Or are you working on a movie or TV series based on The Gift?



    • JP McLean says:

      Absolutely – super enthusiastic con and a great experience. What’s next? … So many options, but high on my list are a book trailer and an audio version of The Gift. Of course I’ll also have to fit in the screenplay for the movie based on the book. And if a TV series came my way, well, I’d give it serious consideration. I do like the way you think, Nina! Thanks.


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