Okay, so I was not expecting to attend WorldCon this year. Thing 1 started talking about it about 8 months ago, and I was all "Eh? WorldCon? Eh?" I've attended smaller conventions, like Escapade and Vividcon, but not really bigger ones, except one of two Actor Cons that sort of... sucked.
But Thing 1 was all "No no, you don't understand, this is THE ONLY CONVENTION THAT REALLY MATTERS," and I was all with the nodding and agreeing and eyerolling, while she assured me we'd not only have to attend the entire thing, but have a hotel room, for all five days, despite the fact that it was basically being held *in our backyard.*
But, the closer we got to the date, the more worn out we both were. Vividcon just basically sucked the life right out of us, and neither of us could imagine a five day convention so soon. While I wasn't even really sure why WorldCon was such a big deal, and was bitching noisily about the cost, Thing 1, the motivating force for going in the first place, was getting more and more tired and grumpy and ready for one of her hermitages. We were both totally prepared to flake out and not attend.
If Thing 1 had been born in another time, she would have a nice cave of her own by now. Not just any cave, but a very comfortably furnished cave, a cave other hermits could only dream and be jealous of. She would be *the* top-ranking hermit, and she would throw stones at villagers who made the mistake of coming too close, and parents would scare their children into obedience with bedtime stories about her. Even in this day and age, it's a pretty close thing. She requires two or three periods every year when you are not allowed to visit her, or call her, or think about her too closely, and all electronic transmissions are pretty much suspect.
This time period was supposed to begin on Saturday this year, for her, but then... the_shohsanna
emailed us that she'd be here for WorldCon, and hey, we should get together! And then astolat
did the same. And teenygozer
was all "Well, *I* sure as hell am going," and bayleaf
and a few others were all "We should meet for brunch!". Meanwhile, I read a few things on LiveJournal, and started tugging on Thing 1's sleeve going, "marthawells
is *going to be at WorldCon.* *Giving panels.* Maybe I was wrong about WorldCon. Do you think I could steal someone's badge for an hour?" And then, grumblingly, we both caved, and she pushed the hermitage back to Sunday, and we shelled out the $80 for a Saturday day pass, and went.
And it turns out she was right. WorldCon is that Big A Deal. And it was fantastic, and I have to say, if you have to choose one day to go, it would seem to me that Saturday is the day you cannot miss.( Getting There )
( The Dealer's Room and Brunch )
( What the Writer Needs to Know )
( The Art Show )
( The Monster In the Maze )
( The Vid Show )
( The Hugo Awards )