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.
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.
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.