Sorry for not giving you warning guys, but after recent threats, (the ones here, and others) I think it might not be a brilliant idea to tell people where I’ll be. Yes, I know that’s counterproductive, and of course I’ll start announcing these, just right not it didn’t feel like the sanest thing to do.
Anyway, we went to Tulkon, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
It’s a little town, in its second year, but for a little con it sure is packed with talent, my fans, and my old friends.
It was very nice. Busy, because as at Liberty con I couldn’t go more than ten steps without bumping into a friend or fan I hadn’t seen in years.
It was my first post-lockdown con. Not my first gathering with friends, of course, but my first con, and I felt… weird.
Apparently you can lose the knack for pretending to be an extrovert for the duration of a con. It was more …. consciously done.
If you saw me in a corner, glaring, it wasn’t you, or that I wasn’t enjoying myself. I was just tired and my itnernal alarms were ringing with “toooooooo mmmmmmany people, RUN.”
I didn’t run.
Even the panels were enjoyable. They were the guinea pigs for the first panel I did with younger son “Teaching my mom to write comics in the 21st century.”
This means, btw that yes, G-d willing we’ll do the same panel at Liberty, and MAAAAYBE at Fencon?
Younger son was unexpectedly great at it for a raging introvert. And yes, he still spent a ton of time hiding in the room (TBF everyone did, in a way, because we were all out of it/out of practice) but he actually made an effort at socializing.
Someone btw put Jim Curtis in charge of moderating a panel with David Weber and me on it. He made it through 3 of his planned four questions before we ran out of time. SOMEONE should give him an award for that. He might have broken the universe. Most people run screaming into the night. I mean, once at Liberty con I lost my voice from violently agreeing with David Weber for 1 hour.
The Texas Troublemakers hosted maybe the room party of the century. If you have to ask about the shower ducks, you weren’t there. 😉
So… Tulkon? A few growing pains, but massively fun and friendly.
I’m hoping they let me go back next year, despite the fact I accidentally blew my last panel.
Well, there was construction going on, and they couldn’t get one of our rooms de-featherized. So I was having asthma attacks, and sneezing and coughing like a plague carrier (if you saw it, feather allergy is NOT contagious.)
So I somehow missed that I had a panel at 1 pm, called “with fans like this.” and we headed home.
I hate it when I do that. When it’s necessary, I usually find the organizers and give them a heads up.
Hopefully they understand and they let me come back next year, and when I should be more organized and able to do more, too.
And maybe a couple of you want to join me next year?
I mean, if you can’t make it to Liberty con, either geographically or because of the membership limits, come to Tulkon. The
water con is fine.