You know how it is, when there is almost too much
to say. It's easier just to talk it out than to sit there and try
and think of everything there was to experience.
I got there early, on Friday night. I talked with
Joe and Danielle a
bit, got to see their cutie baby, and then went back to my room,
got online and then offline, and then pretty well conked out.
I woke up WAY early for me, since I work nights, and
got my ass out of bed and into the shower so I could wake up. Then
I took myself to the sign up desk. There I got to meet CN,
Mr. CN and Heartbroken.
I was there pretty early, but there were folks already talking
with each other and getting their cameras
ready. I was really excited to meet Taylor
and TNovan, who were also there somewhat early, since they had
let me beta read their next novel. Woohoo!
Soon things began to fill up as people came in to
There was something
for everyone. This wasn't just a con for the Xena Subtext
Fandom, but for anyone
fiction or was a fan
of that fiction. The panels I attended were really interesting.
I attended the Xena
Live II Play that night, after being stuck in traffic and fearing
that I wouldn't make it. The play was GREAT! Don't listen to the
critics if they said it wasn't. If they weren't fans of X:WP to
begin with they wouldn't get it anyway. The show was a great satire
and the actors were terrific in it. I had a very good time and clapped
wildly at the end.
They put on a special question and answer session
afterwards, which was quite lively. I did have some videography
questions, but by the time I was ready to stick my hand up the time
was gone. Darn.
The next day was more panels and more fan fiction
fun, but I didn't get much in the way of pics because I was on three
panels that day. How did I manage that? Well it was okay. I got
to talk techy geek stuff and chat fanfiction with folks. I got to
meet CJ Wells, but the photo I did take of her came out blurry darn
it. Or I would have shared. And I got to meet KD Bard and Mayt and
Midget, who wrote Cold.
I have to admit here that I was having a fine time
meeting all these people, but after a bit I was kind of overwhelmed
by it all. There were so many.
And I found out that I did, in fact, have a fan base...a
vocal fan based, who seemed to focus a lot on wanting a couple of
stories of mine continued. Oh my.
I told them that the reason I hadn't continued with
the Healer was that I had the awareness that I knew Nothing about
Chin and that I simply wasn't quite where I wanted to do research.
Suddenly there were many MANY volunteers.
I had a big whompin' big headache coming on by the
time the panels were over. I guess a front must have been moving
through (that's usually when I get them.) I toddled off to my room
again and really contemplated not going to dinner.
Boy am I glad that I got online and Raven said, "Take
a Nap and Go!"
The nap helped, but the headache didn't go away. But
I went, because I felt good enough again.
This time there wasn't that much of a traffic jam.
I drove once more into the heart of Chicago and was on time to see
the end of the raffle. Darn. Trish Shields snagged the T-Shirt which
had been signed by all of the bards! (Again the too darn fuzzy photo,
or I would have shown).
We went to eat at Tomboys. We were sat down at LOOONG
row of tables and I sat on the end by the door. It took the restaraunt
staff a bit to get going as far as serving the food, so I got to
know a few folks a little better. The problem was, because of my
hearing, I could hardly hear them. I constantly felt like I needed
them to shout. Which caused me to drift down in conversation a bit
and just focus on eating when the food arrived.
Sometime before the food arrived a lady in a red dress
came in selling roses. At first I wasn't going to purchase one,
because I was worried about gas money. But then I thought, what
the hey. I got one and it was PERFECT. It smelled great, was crimson
Trish said, "What are you going to do with that?"
I said, "I don't know." I looked at the
dearth of food and said, "Maybe I'll eat it."
Well, eventually the meal did arrive and it was scrumptious!
Okay some things are worth waiting for. And I know the people sitting
by me heard the moans of appreciation I was uttering. Couldn't help
myself. Good tasty stuff does that too me.
I was near the end of the meal when Elizabeth Laidlaw,
the woman who played Xena in the Xena Live play arrived. Oh my!
I was also at the end of my headache. It was time
for me to go home.
I said my farewells to my end of the table and then
I decided to go say goodbye to everyone on the other end.
Something tapped my insides and looked down at the
rose and grabbed it. I'm a big believer in divine timing and Suddenly
I knew who the rose was for. I strode up the table, shook hands
farewell and gave the rose to Elizabeth, saying thank you.
The next thing I knew I was wrapped up in fine big
hug from she who channelled Xena.
And then, on that note I left.
It was my very first Perfect Exit.
I think I practically skipped to my car.
And I'm not sure how I got to the hotel later, because
you know, I don't quite remember the drive.
But I sure remember that hug.
My suggestion for those who didn't make it, or thought
this was going to be bogus? Go to the next one. It'll be worth it.