I am back in the ‘burbs of Chicago on this windy, blustery day, chilling out and cleaning up what remained before I left for the city to partake in C2E2. I adore these conventions, though all the walking, carrying heavy bags, fighting through the crowds, and terrible convention food leaves my body pretty worse for wear. My mind, on the other hand, has been buzzing with great ideas all weekend, and it’s exciting to be back home and eager to put some of these great ideas to play. I won’t say much about them in this post, though. This post is mostly just to announce that I’m back, I had fun, and I’m glad to be home.
The highlights, as always, are all the amazing costumes people put together, though the costume highlight definitely had to have been when three wee tiny children took the stage, one of them a wee Captain America, one a wee Thor, and a third a wee Ironman. If only there was a wee little Hulk to complete the picture, but I think many ovaries in our group of mostly female fans burst at that moment. I was disappointed that there wasn’t more A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones stuff to be had, but I quelled my disappointment with other souvenirs: an Aquaman bobblehead, a Samus Aran t-shirt, and a Ninth Doctor pin (the Ninth was my first Doctor, and therefor will always be my favorite). There was also a booth that was giving away free science fiction and fantasy books. Free. And they didn’t care how many you took, either. I felt like an alcoholic at a convention and there was a booth offering free booze. I restricted myself to a handful on the first round and one (or sometimes two) more whenever I passed the book. I think I wound up with about ten all together, and I’m super excited to read them. I also attended a panel about kickstarters and freelancing for comic books, which I intend to use in helping me in kickstarting and freelancing my writing, too. I got a lot of great story ideas, as well as an urge to pick up a drawing pencil again. Also, Serpent in a Cage would make a kick-ass graphic novel, and I blame my roommate entirely for leading me to a blossoming crush on Reilly Brown. Thanks, roommate.
Needless to say, much fun was had by all. One day, I will have my own booths at one of these things. One day.
And, of course, since it’s a new week, the first thing I did when I got home was prep a new Featured Story has been posted! It is the much-anticipated (holy unbelievable, Batman, I have much-anticipated work!) “Black Stones,” extended from a Flash Fiction Friday done ages ago. So, if you don’t mind, I will just slip on over here and curl up in a ball in fear of disappointing expectations.