ATLANTA, GA -- Just back from my favorite convention of the year -- any year -- Outlantacon. The conference is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience. They have all the usual convention fare: discussion panels, gaming, costuming, special events, etc. with the difference being it all has a queer 'bent' to it. This year was the third time hosting Gaylaxicon, a national convention with the same themes. I have volunteered to assist on the board of Gaylaxicon and also to work with the Outlantacon PR Chair for next year.
I attended panels on writing, blogging, gaming, social media, plus a release party for the book Butt Pirates in Space (see the cake image). The book was authored by five of my friends: Kiernan Kelly, Kage Alan, Angelia Sparrow, TC Blue, and Shae Connor. It became the running joke at the con whether you were a butt pirate or not one. I was unable to attend the late-night theater in which members of the audience read the sexy parts of books and another audience member acted out those parts with sock puppets. I hear things were broken due to people falling down laughing. *note to self: make plans to stay up later next year*
The con suite had delicious (free) food, and the hotel itself was wonderful. Anything we needed was handled immediately. My hubby went with me this year. He helped with setting up, taking down, and making sure everything went smoothly in transitions. He took photos and kept track of time so I was where I was supposed to be. The one time he managed to slip away and do something fun for himself, I managed to get myself into the wrong room and ended up on a fun panel -- albeit not the one for which I was scheduled. *facepalm* No one's fault but my own, but if you were looking for me in that social media panel and I wasn't there -- my apologies. Now you see why I need a keeper. ^_^
|Panel: Gays in the Military|
Edward deGruy, me, Vandy Beth
As I was looking over pictures of myself on panels over the years, I noticed the same water bottle in front of me. It's getting quite old, but it's part of my family's long-term commitment to recycling. We have a saying at our house: Use it up; wear it out; make it do; do without. Using the same water bottle to a convention and using it every day at home is one tiny part of it.
|MFRW Members: |
Kiernan Kelly, Ally Blue, me,
If you're interested in learning more about this convention, see the links below. Can't wait till next year. I hope to see many of you there!
Find Outlantacon Here