03 August 2004
I skipped TorCon last year, so I’m really glad I’ll make it to Noreascon 4 this year.
Here’s some really good tips about enjoying a fan-run convention like Worldcon. There are a few omissions.
At BayCon, we call it the 6-2-1 rule: 6 hours of sleep, 2 meals a day, and 1 bath or shower.
Another thing to remember if you’re a newbie writer: you may not remember every single person you see, but if you do something incredibly stupid or say something horrifically insulting, odds are you did it in front of the person you shouldn’t have. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t express opinions. Just get the lay of the land first.
People get overwhelmed by large events. Not everyone in the SF community is super-social. I start showing my “I want to be alone, but I also want to hang out with this person” mode about halfway through day one.
One of the great things that happens at cons is the ability to make an off-the-wall comment (especially about science or technology) and have someone come up with another, similar cool wrinkle. It’s like jazz, only with science. You never know when you might bump into a researcher in your field — no matter what your field is.
Fandom can be exceedingly cool.