Life’s been rough for us fantasy authors these last couple of years.
A convention – a live, in-person, science fiction convention – is, for me, the equivalent of Geek Church. It’s where I come to re-invigorate myself. To work with other authors, and find authors to work with me. To interact with my fans directly, by signing books and shaking hands and talking about all the geeky stuff we have in common.
Haven’t been able to do that these last couple of years.
Yes, there’s been a couple of virtual cons. And those have been better than nothing. But for a fantasy author, there’s nothing quite like the actual, face-to-face (or, you know, mask-to-mask) interaction between author and fan. To talk about swords and sorcery and dragons. A virtual con…it limits those informal interactions that make up the beating heart of a convention.
Anyways, I’m going to be vlogging Orycon, so if you want some more detail–and possible to see exactly how exhausted a fantasy author can get by the end of the day–then come on over and follow my instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/frogjones80/