It’s been a busy couple of days. Dragon*Con is always exciting, but also (for me, anyway) exhausting. Crowded and loud (it’s the loud that bothers me more than the crowded; I should wear earplugs, probably.) Costumes–amazing and wonderful. I saw someone in a steampunked wheelchair…lots of people in steampunk costumes, most of them brilliantly detailed. Aliens (some simple but cute; others wonderfully imaginative and beautifully made.
As the spaces filled up, including the food court in the mall, it became harder to move from one place to another with any certainty of when you’d arrive. I planned for that, and was at my autograph session in plenty of time, with water and after a trip to the facilities. I met delightful people who wanted their books signed, and wish I were not such a dud with face recognition–I want to recognize them again!
I bought my Dragon*Con T-shirt (wearing it now; it will be my sleep shirt) in the giant, crowded, and hot main Dealer’s Room on the Marriott’s bottom level. I went with Betsy, my editor, and we couldn’t see everything because of the density of the crowd…in some aisles, if you stopped you were going to be walked on. We did see some gorgeous Celtic jewelry (and collected their card.) Tomorrow I need to make it to the smaller Dealer’s Room with the books.
A word of praise here for the Dragon*Con staff and volunteers, who are doing an amazing job of keeping lines moving, elevators unstuffed, escalator lines moving smoothly, etc, etc. The Green Room for guests is amazing–I stopped by today just to find it, and found it…beautifully appointed with friendly volunteers working it. And the guy in charge of keeping the autographing going well–friendly and helpful and so on and so on.
Tomorrow I have that 1 pm “hour of ego” (well…it’s All About Me, so what else could it be?) and then at 5:30 I’ll be reading a bit from the new Paks universe stuff and helping Betsy, if she needs it, with her Del Rey presentation, and then the banquet.
Many more things are going on tonight, but I was wiped out so came back to my hotel early (and discovered a rollaway bed in my room…which was removed when I called down…they’ve had an influx of football fans for a big game and this was someone else’s rollaway.)
And so to bed.