In the time it took to finally do this danged post, my hair has gone from this:
Okay, so I’m a smiiiiidge late. Hopefully I have enough awesome cosplay photos to make up for it. And because the photos are the best part, I’m going to just recap the entire three days and trip home with some highlights.
Day One: NERVOUS AS HELL. I had never been to a con before let alone vended at one! More still, I had several idols attending and I wasn’t sure I’d have the nerve to go up to anyone. That problem was solved by my mother literally grabbing my wrist and dragging me down the aisle to where THE Yaya Han had her booth set up. She is one of my sewing idols. Serious. She’s talented and amazing, and SO SUPER NICE. And she’s just as nice in person, too!
Oh, and as if you need more proof of her awesomeness:
I’m still flailing over that five months later. (Yikes! Five?! Already?!) Anyway! Other highlights for Day One of the con have to include meeting new potential fans and selling books to people I did not expect to be my demographic. Take THAT, stereotypes!
Day Two: Not as nervous overall, but definitely nervous insofar as to whether I’d survive what was reputed to be the biggest day. I kid you not, there were literally tens of thousands of people there on Saturday. The best highlight of the day had to be having someone come back to my table after buying my books the day before. He had stayed up until 2 or 3am because he couldn’t put DESTINY down. Best.Compliment.EVER! (And I still think my publishers need a warning label on my books. “May cause insomnia due to Onemorepageitis” or something. This is not the first time I’ve had this ‘complaint’ that my books will take over a reader until they’re done. #notsorryatall)
Day Three: I was dying by this day. Tired, emotionally and physically, yet still strangely euphoric. I think watching my mother run around like a kid in a candy store kinda helped. She was having a ball! There were a couple highlights to this day. First was getting there well before opening to relax and restock the table. Some Geeks of Awesome decided to give us vendors a hell of a treat. See, as we stood there in the quiet of the hall, all of a sudden there came a familiar tune: the theme of the Empire from Star Wars. Sure, you expect it at a con, but this was before the doors opened. We went looking and discovered that the Geeks had trotted out a parade of homemade anamatronic R2 robots!
We might have squealed like schoolgirls, and Mom might’ve followed them all over the hall before they stopped and she could ask to have her photo with R2D2. She’s a BIG ‘Wars gal. She’s also a super awesome mom because she had seen me lovingly looking at a stuffed purple llama, and she bought it for me even before the doors opened.
The other highlight of the day was having a couple stop at the table to peruse books. The husband asked me about my books (you know, the two with the hot chicks on the cover) and I gave him the two sentence brief schpiel. He grabbed up DESTINY and read the back and then asked me to tell him what it was about. I got maybe two lines into my pitch before he said, “Oh just take my money!” I think he was happily giggling as he walked away with both books. You made my day, sir.
Closing up for the day was kinda sad. I had to say goodbye to my boothmates who were SO much fun to hang out with, and I had to take home everything that didn’t sell. Worse, I had to get some danged good sleep because the following day would be hell. And, OMG, was that trip home a NIGHTMARE! Nonstop from Seattle to Sacramento, starting at 7:00am and getting home at 11:00pm. I don’t remember all of it, to be honest. I do remember a lovely blizzard in Shasta area because it scared me to DEATH, though. I clung onto a stuffed moose we had bought at Harry & Davids (don’t judge me!) and that helped. I also remember the last terrible leg of I5 where we were too close to home to stop at a hotel for the night, but so exhausted we were almost afraid to drive. Mythbusters streamed via Netflix on my phone to the rescue. It gave us something to actually concentrate on rather than music. We made it home safely and slept most of the following day.
In summary, I loved ECCC but it was not cost-effective for me (at this point in my career). I’d love to go back, but it is HIGHLY unlikely. Instead, come 2015, if I can’t go personally, I will send up some signed copies for my fellow authors to sell on my behalf.
Now. For the part I know you’d rather see. The cosplay!! These are my favorites of the literally hundreds that went by my table.
PHEW! Thanks for holding out for this post. I’ll try to recap SacAnime after it happens rather than a few months after it happens!