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I haven’t been able to post much lately due to crazy work deadlines. My apologies to everyone out there for not being able to participate in my normal flash fiction challenges or to comment on everyone’s blogs.
To tell the truth, I don’t really have time to be posting now, so I’ll have to make this quick.
I just returned from FOGcon in northern California. FOG stands for Friends of Genre, but it’s in the San Francisco bay area, so also: fog. If you are anywhere in the area and you write or read or otherwise enjoy fantasy and science fiction books, I would highly recommend it. It’s a small con, maybe 200* people, so it feels really intimate and you keep seeing the same people over and over. They have great sessions all day and evening long, with reasonable breaks for meals (thank you!). They are also the most LGBTQX friendly con I’ve been to, in case that’s a draw for you, and they are very conscious of diversity more broadly. The panels are mostly about discussing themes and issues we love (or hate) in fiction and story-telling. Although there are usually a couple panels about writing or publishing, that’s not the main focus.
It’s a great place to meet other SFF folks! Unfortunately this time I had to keep withdrawing to my hotel room to get more work done, which is what I have to do right now, too. But since I’m still riding the CON THRILL, I wanted to reach out and recommend it. Check it out at the link below, and let me know if you have any questions. The theme for next year is going to be “turning points,” which I’m super excited about!
Here’s my question for you: do you go to any writing or reading/genre cons? Which ones and where? I’d love to hear about your experiences!
* Update: I’ve just read on FOGcon’s website that they were expecting about 300 people this year, whereas the site for Southern California Writers Conference (which I would have sworn was larger) says that attendance is limited to 175 people. Either way, they’re both small conferences relative to the “big ones” and offer plenty of chances to meet folks in a relaxed atmosphere.