Well, I'm back from my first Dragon Con. It was quite an experience. I don't think I slept very much. Since it was my first huge convention, I didn't have much to compare it to.
Overall, it seemed to be a massive masquerade party, with about 10,000 people in costume. Mostly I just took pictures of all the guests in their costumes and wandered aimlessly through the hallways. I watched several short movies in the screening room and that was a lot of fun. I also attended several panels on writing, filmmaking, video game design, and Star Trek. While these were good at re-focusing my creative chi on coming home and getting to work on my current projects, I don't know if I learned anything new.
I met up with two members of my club and we spent some time hanging out and eating. But I spent a inordinate amount of time just walking and walking and walking around. I definitely got my exercise. I ate mostly in the food court and drank more coffee in three days than I normally would all month.
I watched the Dawn beauty pagent, a live Radio show, two concerts, and lots of people. On Sunday night, I played "Are you a Werewolf", a fun group game till 4:30 am.
Would I go again? Maybe when they invite me as a panel or special celebrity guest. Actually it was more than good to do something that extends my interests and passions. But now I need to get to work and create my own story.