I’m almost certain I’m still in recovery mode from MidAmeriCon II. Spending a week away from home and out of the office is tiring. I fully agree with the statement, “I need a vacation from my vacation.”
I had fun. That’s the simplest way to state it. Was MidAmeriCon II everything I dreamed it could me? No. Were there some really great moments? Yes. But, after being back at home for a few days, I’m not sure I would invest the dollars to go to another WorldCon that wasn’t in my backyard.
Of course the biggest highlight for me was spending a week with my bff. We went shopping. We went to a couple of great restaurants. It was like she didn’t move 5 hours away and it was awesome. Of course, I got to spend some quality time with my friend’s dog, Harmony, while by friend was at work.(And by quality time, I mean napping.)
The Best MidAmeriCon II Moment
At least 3 of the big name publishers in the science fiction/fantasy world were at the Convention, Tor, Ace/Roc and Baen. Like the book dragon I am I attended each of their panels to learn more about recent and upcoming releases and in just a few short hours I saw my TBR pile grow as I scribbled down names of books. I was happy to learn that the 3rd book in The Invisible Library series will be released in early 2017 as I’ve been enjoying that series.
Like a good friend and wife, I carted around books to get signed by authors. In fact, the majority of my time was spent in line waiting to get a book or two signed. My husband sent me with his copy of Lowball, book 20-something in the Wild Cards series, to get signed by Melinda Snodgrass. I did the dutiful fangirl moment on behalf of my husband when I met Melinda stating that my husband was looking forward to the next book as Lowball had ended on a cliffhanger and he was not happy. She mentioned that Tor has brought some of the next book, High Stakes, to the event and planned to sell them prior to the release on August 30th. And so the hunt began.
On Thursday afternoon, I rushed from George R.R. Martin signing #1 where I got Lowball inscribed (and George commented that his wasn’t the first signature in the book), to a panel about Doctor Who and the Changing Show Runners to What’s New from Tor. As I rushed into the Tor panel, I was handed a slip of paper good for one free copy of High Stakes the next book in the the Wild Cards series. I could barely contain my excitement for my husband.
So on Friday night, I rushed over to the Marriott ballrooms with my slip of paper in hand to join the High Stakes and Rainy Day Books release party where I was able to get Lowball and High Stakes signed by a number of the series collaborators including George R.R. Martin.
Was my husband excited? I’m not sure. He contains his excitement quite well and I probably had enough excitement and fangirl squeals for the both of us.
Taken in Kansas City, MO in August 2017 at MidAmeriCon II.
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