Our national science fiction and fantasy convention was held last weekend in Taupō. Here is my list of convention highlights:
- A road trip! Bags crammed to the roof.
- A stop off at the licorice shoppe. Free samples.
- A room of her own overlooking the lake.
- An exciting book project idea, percolating.
- Writers meet ups in the bar.
- A 100 year old church purchase ‒ not mine, but still a highlight.
- Jean Gilbert hearing me say ‘deaf’ delegate instead of ‘DUFF’ delegate and immediately switching to American Sign Language, flummoxing poor Paul Weimer. Horror queen Kaaron Warren gets the giggles.
- Ninety baby writers.
- A teen writer pitching Finding Nemo as a horror thriller.
- Multi-writer meet up in the bar.
- Breakfast with gamer/writer and all-round crafty person, Jenni Sands. Snoopy gifts from Japan.
- Meeting up with mentees and hearing about their plans.
- Panels, panels, panels, speeches.
- The word ‘conlanging’.
- Free lunches (Yes, it’s a thing).
- Friends. Too many to list.
- Can-do attitudes.
- Another multi-writer meet up in the bar.
- Mount Tauhara at dawn.
- The fluffy blue feather on Norman Cates’ hat.
- Picking up a spare script of Paul Mannering’s radio play Word of the Things, so I could enjoy the jokes a second time in private.
- Cheesy selfies.
- Three pointy SJV trophies and wishes and kisses from friends.
- Winning the book raffle (Angela Slatter gift-wrapped).
- After parties.
- Road trip! 7am. Bags squeezed in, hatch slammed shut. Thank goodness, Gerry Huntman is driving.
- Brown Sugar Café, Taihape.
- Getting home to my darlings.
- Overhearing Kaaron Warren in the next room with my son, both chortling over Maxwell Smart. “No, not the Craw, the Craw!”
- Making plans to meet again, and no one missing their flights.
- Early night.
- Secretly popping all the bubble-wrap that my pointy trophies came wrapped in.
The 38th national science fiction and fantasy conference, LexiCon, was held from June 3-6, 2017 at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupō.
Photo credit: Paul Mannering.