Back again for the annual shenangians. JordanCon is a fan-operated
convention dedicated to the late Robert Jordan and his fandom. I vowed to take JordanCon more seriously (as a writer) this year and limit party-time to the evenings. We arrived late, as we made the drive up from Florida and attended a panel or two before breaking for dinner. After dinner turned into social time as people were just milling about the hotel, drinks in hand.
We caught up with a lovely friend from our last JordanCon, and got to hear all about the past year and what we missed at the opening. We spotted a group quietly playing Cards Against Humanity (go ahead, go buy it) and pointed out that they were playing it wrong. [In case you aren’t familiar with the game, it’s no fun without excessive drinking and cursing. It’s a game for adults-only, but I urge you not to play it with your mother.]
Friday night proved to be productive as well, with the Writer’s Round Table. Everyone brought a piece for critique/share and we divided into sub-genres. I was paired with Emilie P. Bush, a self-pubbed Steampunk author. She read through the intro to Time Jaunt, my very first short story. It’s a Steampunk Time Travel short. Her insight was very helpful and she offered me some advice on how to trim and make it better. She also suggested that I submit it after my edits! We talked about writing conferences and she recommended the Crossroads Writing Conference in Macon in the fall. This was probably my favorite part of the weekend.
Saturday was filled with more writing panels, such as:
- Making your Science Fiction feel like Fact
- Short Stories and writing for contests
- Steampunk hour
- Dialogue: Making the fake sound real
Saturday afternoon offered up the requisite A Memory of Light panel after the appearance of the final book in January. It was great to see
Brandon Sanderson and the whole team Jordan. Harriet was presented with a book made by the Theorylanders which was a collection of interviews from Robert Jordan. Dinner break was followed by the costume contest, of which we did not participate this time. Most memorable costume: the person dressed up as Brandon Sanderson. The evening ended (very late) in a dance party, in which JordanCon was crashed by not one, but TWO wedding parties. FUN! Geeks know how to party.
Sunday wrapped up with more writing panels for me:
- The hero’s Journey
- Writing Local
- Violence for Writers
- Pacing and Plotting
The con ended in a long drive home, but all in all I felt like I learned some valuable writing tips and I had fun too.