Now, I am pretty sure there are a lot of conventions out there that are specific to writers. But ConBust suited my needs quite nicely.
We got there a little late on Friday so I missed the Young Adult panel, which is a shame, but I was only disappointed briefly, because I got to see Holly Black later. Let me tell you. You hear all these horrible stories about how nasty famous authors cane be towards their fans and stuff. Holly is the exact opposite. She was incredibly nice, and very gratuitous of her fans. She signed all of my Modern Faerie Tale books, and my Spiderwick Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. We left, and didn’t do much else after that.
After not sleeping much on Friday (because I had to finish Ironside, and because I got woken up due to the fact that I was snoring and woke Gene up…go figure. Gene of all people.), we got up really early on Saturday morning to do a guest breakfast. We were thinking it was going to be fancy, and everything, right? Not right at all. Haha. The thing about it is, it was very informal, with very little moderation. If any at all. Well, Holly and her husband Theo Black were a little late, so I invited them to sit with us. They sat
behind us. After greetings and everything, I said to Holly, “OMG. Ironside was awesome, but you ruined my fanfic!” I was kidding, and she took it lightly too. I explained to her what I was having happen in the fanfic, and she told me to have it be AU. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t know too many authors that will tell someone that their fanfic is okay if ruins their own canon. Haha.
So the first panel I went to was Urban Fantasy, with, you got it, Holly Black. There’s a story here, actually. Holly didn’t know where her next panel was, so I whipped out my program, and then proceeded to lead Holly there. ^^ Her fee? Hehe. A picture with proof that I had met her. LOL. I was on joking with her about the fee, but I was thinking about Ravus when I said it. So! The Urban Fantasy panel. I learned so much more about it than I realized. Haha. Like, I had no idea there were two different types of Urban Fantasy. Closed and Open. In Open fantasy, everyone knows about the fantastical world, and it’s considered the norm. In Closed fantasy, no one knows and at some point in the novel, the writer has to write a scene where the world is revealed to the character(s) that doesn’t know it’s there.
Examples of Closed Fantasy:
Tithe and Valiant
Examples of Open Fantasy:
Harry Potter series.
Anyway. That’s enough of that lecture. I just thought it was really interesting!
I went to a panel at one o’clock, and at that panel, I found out all about Myths, Faeries and Folklore. The key discssion seemed to be what we do in this day and age that modernizes it. One of my favorite discussion was “We need a faerie to stop them changing the facebook home page!”. I Laughed SO hard. There wasn’t a whole lot to that panel, and I feel as though I Could’ve used that panel another way, but. Eh. What do I know?
After that panel, I wandered with Lexi a bit, taking in the stuff I had learned, and even talking to Anette Curtis Klause about her book, Blood and Chocolate, which is a title I am familiar with, but only as a movie. She didn’t like her book’s adaptation, and so she strongly urges her readers to read the book, and ignore the movie. LOL.
After about half an hour of that, I went back upstairs, and found Holly sitting alone by herself. I didn’t want to interrupt her, but she spoke to me first. The next thing I knew, the two of us were talking like school friends. I mean, she was so full of insight, and completely understanding of the worries of a first time author wanting to get their novel published. One of the conversations we had dealt with the idea of characters communicating. She told me I’m not the only one who’s told her that their muses don’t shut up. LOL. and I was really hoping that we hadn’t offended anyone. (muses or otherwise). I almost missed my next panel, so I had to let her go, and it was sad, because as much fun as I had with the other authors, I really felt like Holly and I really seemed to connect. Maybe I”m just a fangirl dreaming, but eh.
My next panel covered a topic I really needed to be a part of. Lady and the Vamp with Inanna Arthens covered the history of the vampire in fiction, and women’s role in the genre as both writers and readers. I learned some very interesting facts. Like, I didn’t know that the whole thing with sunlight killing a vampire came from an unauthorized production of Dracula. It was never supposed to be about that. ^^ That made me drop a jaw, let me tell you. I had always thought it was canon.
We went to at least one of Theo Black’s panels. This one was more for Lexi, but it ended up being worth my while to just relax, and not have to focus so hard on stuff of my own thing. I did try and force Luke to behave himself during that panel, but LOL. You know how that works! Anyway, this panel. It was hilarious. It was mostly guys, but the girl who runs Devel Wears Pantie was there, and she was funny too. Right before the panel started, LOL, Theo was trying to get his Ramune open. Well, I popped out of my chair, and started to help him, right? Well. He moved too fast for me, and so it ended up going everywhere I felt really bad for him. Especially because I giggled. I’m so sorry, Theo! I should’ve never done that! Anyway, it was kinda funny, and it set the tone for the rest of the panel.
Sadly, I ended up leaving that panel because I was going to be late for my next very important one, which was about the publishing industry. I learned a crap load of stuff from that panel. I mean, and it almost makes me terrified of getting published, to be honest with you. Mmm. But one thing that did come out of it was the that Inanna Arthens wants to see my novel when it’s finished. I am terrified. She also told me “Take off the training wheels of fanfic, and do your own thing”. Right, Inanna. I’ll disappoint all my readers to be selfish and work on my own stuff. Haha.
I had one more panel on Saturday, and that was with Holly, Annette and Patricia Briggs. Hehe. This one dealt with eroticism, and the demon lover. Edward Cullen came up quite a few times here, and I kept myself quiet. They weren’t talking bad, just…eh. But I had a good time at this panel, and I got a lot of comments on my fairy wings. Holly just loved them. OMG. ^^So yeah, there really isn’t much to say about this panel, because it really did get out of hand.