Home from FOGcon!

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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.


14 thoughts on “Home from FOGcon!

  1. I used to live in San Francisco and Berkeley back in the day and I don’t recall Walnut Creek getting that much fog compared to communities closer to the ocean or bay.

    I don’t know if I should consider “cons” at this point, only having one fantasy story and one science fiction story published so far. Also, I’m pretty much the “wonder bread” of human beings. 😉

    Did you have a good time?

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    • Indeed, it was not that foggy, although it did rain the last day. I think the first one was in San Fransisco, but I might be remembering that wrong.

      I had a great time! Just exhausted, that’s all. I would definitely recommend that you consider cons like this. A lot of the people there are more readers than writers, and even some of the panelists have never published, or never in SFF. And then other people have been publishing SF or F series since the 1970s. It’s a pretty mellow crowd. And plenty of Wonder Bread folks there too. 🙂


  2. Welcome back to WP, Joy, though I don’t suppose your absence has been that long, and I know you’ve been keeping abreast of some of the posts.
    Interesting write up of FogCon. Tad too far for me to travel. But thanks anyway. 🙂

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    • Yes, just a *tad* too far, I would agree! 😀 It’s really more of a local thing. Some folks were surprised that I traveled “all the way” from southern CA, requiring a plane ride (although I was far from the only one). The format is based on WisCon, in Madison Wisconsin, and I’m considering an even longer plane ride to try that one sometime, since it’s much bigger and may draw even more people that I’d love to meet or hear speak.

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  3. Great to see you again, Joy! Just adding that I think Fogcon is a particularly great con for meeting and hanging with other writers of all levels of publications – once many years ago, three books a year, doesn’t matter! People are pretty approachable.

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    • Great to see you too, Becca! And yes, thanks for bringing that up: it’s something I really enjoy about FOGcon. There are people there who have been pubilshing for decades and people who have finished even less than I have, and everything in between!


  4. I wish I could go to more conventions and genre events. I had a booth at Comic Con Seoul, but not being a native English speaking country, it was a limited experience. I am considering going to World Con when it comes to New Zealand in 2020.

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    • I went to Worldcon last year when it was in CA and it was really great! I would definitely recommend it. I’m trying to find a good balance between fan cons and professional/writing cons. At this point, I don’t know if I can justify the cost for a lot of professional cons where a major draw is to find and pitch to agents, since I don’t have a full novel to pitch yet. But World Fantasy is going to be in LA this October, and that’s really tempting. And I’m planning to go to my favorite local writing con this September, too. It’s definitely more convenient for me here in southern CA than it would be in a lot of other locations. I feel like I should take advantage of it.

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    • Good to see you too, G. I am slogging away all weekend on a very complicated report, so I probably won’t have time to do flash fiction *again* this week… Ah, well. The con was tons of fun, but I primarily went because it is so local. There might be SFF fan cons near you that are just as fun!

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