We live decently close to some quality area cons. And this year's RavenCon was at a hotel that was 15 minutes away.
So at the last moment, I decided to go. Why did I decide to go? Because Mercedes Lackey was the guest of honor.
Friday afternoon I left work early so I could give the pup some out of the kennel time. After a quick stop at Wendy's, we were off to the hotel.
|Staying at home, and being a boring person, I didn't need this advice
I looked at the panels, circling the things I wanted to go to. After noticing that everything was at the same damn time, I picked my panels. And all of them were at 10pm or later. Anyone that knows me knows that I'm in bed by 10 most nights.
Ever go to a panel after half-reading the description? That was me. I thought I was going to a scholarly discussion about females in literature that are up to no good, and what I got was a panel about the Misbehavin' Maidens, a group that sing feminist Renaissance Faire-ish music. I loved it! I immediately made plans to attend their concert the next evening.
After that panel, was Mercedes Lackey's panel and signing. I brought only 1 book: the UK cover of Sacred Ground. (I bought the book in Ireland, and it's very special to me)
Then reality smacked me in the face. I came in around 6 the next evening, but was already tired and antsy.
There's a reality for people that suffer with Anxiety related issues: sometimes the world is too people-y and it's just exhausting. I know, it sounds odd. But after spending hours wandering around, talking to people and trying to figure out where I should be and where I was going and trying not to look like a gigantic dork when doing it all.. I was exhausted.
I left the hotel at 9pm on Saturday night, before the Misbehavin' Maidens concert. I was disappointed. But they understood!
Which prompted this bit of musing:
If I had a place to hang out that wasn't a chair in the lobby, or all alone in the game room... I might have made it.
But we came back on Sunday, so I could get my loot:
And now I'm at my desk, trying not to fall asleep.
It's not like I stayed up super late. maybe I'm just getting old?