As part of the fiscal reality of being a writer, I can’t always make it to the cons I would like to. Not that I’m bitter at all about having to have missed Readercon, Necon, and San Diego Comic Con, with no bitterness exacerbated by all of my friends who were at those events tweeting non-stop. My convention schedule this year has been largely restricted to conventions I can drive to. I still have a couple of conventions left for the year, including Context, and World Fantasy. But GenCon’s up next.
For a start, part of making a living as a professional writer means being open to (and constantly looking for) all sorts of opportunities. Video game writing, media tie in work, role-playing game writing, many of these options we might have considered but had no idea how to break into them. Or begin making the right contacts. GenCon’s the place.
For writers, there is a huge writers track of programming. The convention is wall-to-wall panels addressing so many different aspects of writing topics. Each year I’ve gotten a little bit more involved: from pestering my friends, to hanging out on author’s row, to now being on a couple of panels that week:
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – Writing Support
Friday 10:00 a.m. – Crafting the Love Scene
Friday 11:00 a.m. – Setting is King
GenCon’s a great little convention guaranteed to entertain, if nothing else, for the sheer spectacle of it all. And I mean little in the sense of thousands and thousands of people locking up downtown Indianapolis.