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The Life of a Convention Volunteer | A Note from the Director

The Life of a Convention Volunteer | A Note from the Director

Well, I survived ICON 40. I was more involved this year than I was last year. Last year, I was the Social Media coordinator getting ICON on Twitter, scheduling regular social media pushes and I used my extremely novice design skills to create posters, web images and bookmarks. I was also the guest liaison for artist Megan Lara. This year I did all of that, was a guest liaison for author and friend, Jim C. Hines, and got roped into programming at the last possible minute. I knew nothing about programming. All I knew was that you could not have a convention without Opening Ceremonies, some stuff in between and Closing Ceremonies. I worked with a few other volunteers to organize close to 200 different sessions. Then, since I’m a writer, I was tasked with panel descriptions. They turned out extremely cheesy and are tinged with my odd sense of humor. All Things Outlander If you dream about being whisked away to Scotland circa 1743, you should join your fellow Sassenachs for this discussion about all things Outlander. British Invasion Sherlock, Orphan Black, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Red Dwarf…the U.S. is importing and indulging in British television to the extreme. […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 28, 2015
All Things Outlander | My Fandoms

All Things Outlander | My Fandoms

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging or fandoms and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. All Things Outlander | My Fandoms Panelists: Amanda Alexander, Tara Tolly, Terri M. Panel Description: If you dream about being whisked away to Scotland circa 1743, you should join your fellow Sassenachs for this discussion about all things Outlander. The Times I’ve Posted about Outlander on Second Run Reviews Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—Outlander is a book that is near and dear to my heart. It is responsible for kicking off my adult reading life thanks to a suggestion from a co-worker […]

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 16, 2015
Showering is Important | Charisma +1 by Jessica Brawner

Showering is Important | Charisma +1 by Jessica Brawner

I have attended quite a few conventions over the last couple of years so when I found Charisma +1: The Guide to Convention Etiquette featured in a StoryBundle collection, I immediately added it to my Amazon Wish List. As a somewhat outgoing Introvert, I am always looking for ways to improve my interactions with strangers. Sometimes I feel like an overeager puppy once I start talking and can’t seem to stop. Charisma +1: The Guide to Convention Etiquette for Gamers, Geeks & the Socially Awkward (Life Stats) is a lighthearted approach to appropriate social interactions and how to go about meeting people. It also provided a quick break down of some common convention terms like the dreaded Con Crud, cosplay and Dealers Room. Advice I Plan to Remember “A fellow writer gave me the formula that he adopted for conventions, to help keep him sane and relatively healthy. Just remember 6-2-1. 6—At least 6 hours of sleep a night 2—A least two meals a day 1—One shower every day” It’s the 6 hours of sleep I find the hardest do when I am among my own people! And while I didn’t pick up any personal tips beyond…don’t be shy, it […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on September 28, 2015
Book Review 112: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review 112: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Encore replaces my Rewind Review feature. This feature will give me the opportunity share older reviews and posts, and reviews of books I’ve re-read. I hope you’ll join in the conversation, share your thoughts on re-reads and older discussion posts. Enjoy! SPOILER ALERT! Since this is a re-read, this review will probably contain spoilers. Proceed with caution! Outlander is a book that is near and dear to my heart. It is responsible for kicking off my adult reading life thanks to a suggestion from a co-worker back in 2001 or 2002. It’s the book that made me discover historical fiction books with a twist of science fiction. Jamie Fraser is my first (and only) book boyfriend. Outlander is the first eBook I ever purchased and my first Audible download. I’ve loaned out my copy of Outlander so many times I’ve lost count. It also had not been returned so many times that I’ve lost count. And my current copy, purchased from Half Price Books, will not be loaned out because its cover is unique and I don’t want to give it up. Outlander is responsible for me connecting with lots of my co-workers and other authors. It’s the reason […]

20 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on September 3, 2015