Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but still. Thanks to MeetUp.com, I learned about a convention that occurs every year in Dallas, a stone’s throw away from Fort Worth. Specifically, a Science-Fiction/Fantasy Literature convention, with guests of honor Jim Butcher and David Weber, two of my favorite authors.
When I told my mom about this amazing event, she insisted we go, and she paid mine and my brother’s way. As I was the only who’d been to a convention before (A-kon), so I was in charge of driving and getting us inside the hotel.
Once we were in, it was as if I had died and gone to heaven. People were sitting everywhere, reading my kind of books, talking about books, talking about writing, about tv shows I watch, about authors I’d heard of and read and loved.
We waited in line with about 200 hundred other people, and got autographs and pictures with Jim Butcher, the author of the Harry Dresden Files. We just made it in under the line! I also managed to make a complete dufus out of myself, because I was nervous meeting him. That’s my mom with Jim and Shannon, to the left.
After that, we went into the dealer’s room, where there were literally tables and shelves and stacks of books everywhere. I picked up Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, as well as two books by David Weber for his signing session later on.
We then went on to a Q&A; with Jim and his wife, author Shannon Butcher. I’ve not read any of her work, as romance usually isn’t my cup of tea. It was a really great session, though. They were both very funny and pretty candid. We got to hear about writing, working as a writer, the origins of some of the characters, and about his dog. After the Butcher Q&A;, I sat through part of the panel on Trends in Urban Fantasy, chaired by Pat Elrod. I must admit, I didn’t care for her style running the panel. She seemed to lose patience quickly with long or involved questions. It was fun to listen to all the authors talk about one of my favorite genres, though.
Then it was on the David Weber signing. He was nice, but seemed easily distracted. That’s me in the picture with him signing someone else’s book.
His Q&A; was immediately after the signing, and I ended up in there by myself. Oh, it was wonderful. He was much more intimate with the crowd then Jim Butcher, possibly because the room wasn’t quite so packed to the gills like in the Butcher Q&A.; His wife was very funny, too. I love seeing the authors sort of taken charge of by their spouses, as if they’d lose their heads if they weren’t screwed on. I’m a little like that, myself.
I would have loved to stay longer, but my brother lost patience very quickly and nagged us until we finally had to leave or kill him. We got our own back, though, by dragging him through IKEA with us, since we were only about 20 minutes from the Frisco store.