I spent this past weekend at Keycon. My main goal was to sell books, which I’m happy to report actually happened! Sales at cons are generally mediocre for me at best, but I did well, and I’m happy.
It was also the most fun I’ve had at a con in a long while. The sense of community and the welcome we received at every event made it feel like home.
I convinced my boyfriend to come to the Eye of Argon reading – he had a blast. He agreed that this was one of the best con experiences he’s had. He was most impressed by the hospitality suites, and I agree. Whenever we walked into a new room we were made to feel welcome.
There was never a moment of boredom.
I took part in thought-provoking discussions:
I particularly enjoyed the discussion about where to draw the line between personality and writing, as well as the discussion on representation.
I played fandom games:
At one point there was talk of a poke ball up someone’s butt. Does it get any better than that?
I talked with other authors:
We discussed technique (both writing and selling) and we discussed matters completely unrelated. I think, and hope, that I made some new friends.
I took in the hospitality suites:
The Tomodachi Anime Club suite was by far my favourite place of the weekend. (The other hospitality suites were also excellent.) Whenever we walked in we were greeted with a smile. They also introduced us to a Japanese game show which I know is going to become a staple at home.
Our Sunday dinner from the Medieval folks, which we were recommended to purchase, lived up to its stellar reputation. They had some technical difficulties, but they kept us informed and everything was calm and polite. And the food was friggin’ delicious.
Unfortunately, the hotel’s restaurant also lived up to its own reputation which is far from stellar. It had by far the worst service I’ve experienced at a restaurant. It was half an hour before anyone took our order, another twenty minutes before any food came, and my brother’s food came even later and it was cold.
Overall, Keycon was a blast! I’ve already purchased my table for next year.