Back at home on Sunday after spending all day Saturday at Rustycon. It was at the Sea-Tac Marriott, the same venue that Steamcon used. It’s truly a lovely setting for a convention, with an indoor pool surrounded by an jungly atrium in the middle of the hotel.
Rustycon was smaller than I remembered it being, but other convention goers told me that attendance this year is actually up following a couple of very slow years.
On several of my panel discussions, audience and panelists were equal in number. And I gave a reading for 3 people and signed exactly one book! So a bit of a slow convention for me.
The positive side of a very small convention is that there is time to talk to people. Tiny audiences mean that ‘panel discussions’ actually become conversations in which the panelists learn as much as the audience does. I spent some wonderful time with Darragh Metzger from the Seattle Knights, a performance and re-enactment group. It was good to catch up with an old friend that I hadn’t seen for a long time.
I’m a bit tired today, and it is Sunday. So even though I overslept and missed Mass, I’ll think I’ll refresh myself by doing some out door things today. It’s a grey day, with rain from time to time, but I like to work outside on cooler days. I much prefer it to working in the hot sun.