Friday, November 18, 2011

World Fantasy Convention 2011, with Pictures!

Update: Look up! Do you see how much we've earned so far for Haiti??? Those of you who commented, tweeted, posted, Facebooked, and donated. This belongs to YOU. I'm so wowed, I don't even know what to say. I met my obligation and way more. Do you have any idea how much of a difference you've made already? HUGE.


I was going to post a review yesterday for Bookanista Thursday, but I've had so little sleep the last few days that I couldn't keep my eyes open. Also, I'm a bit flu-ish. Eh, it happens. So today I bring you a picture post, because that's easier to put together than a real post. So it goes like this:

October 25 I get to the hotel, which is like something out of a 1962 Doris Day movie, loaded with roses and separate bungalow-type weirdness (and a main hotel called the Towers...ohhhhh faaaancy) and stink weed (or was it skunk weed? I dunno, something stinky). And I settle into a hotel room with wallpaper straight out of my grandma's house circa 1982 and blue carpet and everything. It was awesome.

Anyway. Changed my stinky airplane clothes, registered for the con, and joined the gang for drinks at Charley's (the gang being a relative term).

On our left: Happy guy Griffin Barber ignoring my camera and the lovely Amber Van Dyk, who for our purposes we will now refer to as Marble.

On our right: Me, who looks airplane stinky, and sweet-pea Nancy Lambert, who does not. We are a happy pair, despite my stink. There were more people there, but I did not get pictures because I'm lame.

After that, several of us went downtown for breakfast. PS, this was the next morning. We took the "trolley" which is quite the misnomer, by.the.way. More like a crowded metro that does not even always stop at the normal stops but in the middle of nowhere. Ok, that was awesome too, frankly. We found this really crooked street that Awesome Blossom Sara McClung pointed to like whoaaaa.

Go with me on this.

And then Nancy was like, "Did you see that guy? He was all falling down that crooked street and stuff. Like this."

And then we went to this restaurant that served me possibly the worst boiled egg EVER. It was stinky and tasted like chicken poop. But the company was unforgettable and worth the egg.

And then we took a cab back because the trolley was not that awesome. I sat by the charming Jane Kindred and the cabby took the picture just before he almost killed us.

Just kidding. Enchanting LK Gardner-Griffie took the picture. But the cabby did almost kill us. True story. Then Sara and I changed rooms to THE TOWER. We wanted faaaaancy and also not to be in the boondocks.
Met up for soup (I'm the only one who had soup, technically) and took more pictures because that's what you do at conferences. See?

With Lovely Sara and Sweetie Shannon Messenger. Yay! And below: with my precious Holly McDowell, adorable Jessica Corra, and fabulous Brad Beaulieu. Yay us!

And even more Yay! With ever-pleasant Matt Rush.

With my roomie Hollyyyyyy who just arrived!!! And Saraaaaaaaa who I love to squishy squishhhhh!
We did so much fun stuff that night, but I'm keeping mum on that.

The next morning, we ended up getting Starbucks because the concierge guy sent us to a closed Cheesecake Factory.

Above: That's Jane beside the delightful Rae Carson, and on the right, peachy LK, super Rob Ziegler, sweetsie Sara and me in the cowboy outfit. After Starbucks, hello bellinis at Cheesecake Factory.

I will not bore you with the details of our wasted trip to yet another location (convenience store) that was closed, and move on to the evening activities.

At Charleys with Marble, Holly and loverly Marsha Siselak. Love them.

And then we had a drink or two. And then Holly and I exchanged shoes.

And then I met Jared Leto.

Okay. Fine. I'd had a little cider, so he looked probably more like Jared Leto then than now. He also had a really hot girlfriend with him.

So Matt goes: "Who are those beautiful people? Obviously not writers."

Because of course we writers are all ugly. It's the LAW.

Turns out, Jared was a paramedic (go on, tell me a good CPR joke). I didn't, um, ask about the girlfriend. So. Yeah.
(P.S. Anyone know who this is? Phone number, anyone? Anyone?)

The same night, with memorable Gra (pronounced Gray), Rob, Holly, and I have no idea who that person on the far left is, but she was lovely.

Next day, we went for sushi and had Thai food because the sushi place we were sent to was closed.
From left clockwise: Matt, Jessica, superest Simon Larter, Sara, me, Jane, and LK.

And in the evening, dinner with Shannon, sweeeet Kiersten White, Jane, LK, and Sara. Love these peeps (peops?)

Some stuff happened before that. Mostly meeting up with super cool Andrew Smith who I adore and dude, I met the adorable Victoria Schwab who I want to be. Alas, no pictures on my camera. I have a crap-ton of pictures with a lot of really fab people, though,which you will have to see on Facebook if you must. This post is getting looooong. Sadly, I also somehow neglected to get a picture with uber nice others I spent some time with and adored: Alexia Chamberlynn, Elena Solodow, Stephanie Loree, Elizabeth Briggs and Neil Gaiman. :( Actually, I didn't spend time with Neil--not sure why.

Here is me saying goodbye to San Diego by jumping into the fountain.

If it's not obvious, cons (especially WFC) are really just an excuse to tax deduct your vacation. See you next year in Toronto.


  1. Oh my gosh, that crooked street was cray-cray! Weirdest thing I've ever seen...

    I can't wait til next year! I miss everyone times a million.

    And I hope Holly's purchased some boots since then, because she looks HAWT in them :)

  2. Looks like fun! And a huge congrats on meeting your goals!

  3. Sounds like it was so awesome. I would have loved to meet everyone too. Glad you met your goal!

  4. I don't remember being photographed that first night, but I must say: we look Uh. May. Zing.

  5. That's a lot of people having a whole lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  6. Elena and I apparently avoided all pictures that weekend. Next time, Toronto baby!

  7. Tax deductions! Now we get to the truth about your trip.

  8. That looks like so much fun!!!
    Love the pics and commentary!
    And faux Jared. :)

  9. Looks like a blast! Thanks for sharing another fun adventure, Carol! :)

  10. :)

    That EMT guy has The Eyes. No wonder you asked for a picture with front of his girlfriend. (and he was happy to oblige you 'cause you're so damn cute)

  11. Cool! That's all I can say! I'm speechless. But don't tell anyone. *waving*

  12. Looks like a blast...sooooo jealous! Someday we'll be at the same place and I'll get to take cool funny pictures with you!

  13. Oooh, fun pics! I sucked at taking them all weekend (as in, none). That guy really did look like Jared Leto. Pretty party crashers...

  14. I love your con and picture posts. Makes me wish I had been there. :)

  15. Great pictures and commentary! Loved this. What up with all the closed restaurants you guys were sent too? Conspiracy theories are running through my head. haha!

  16. What a great trip! I'm so jealous. You met so many people I'd love to meet too!

  17. A. You do not look stinky in any of those pictures.

    B. Exchanging shoes is always a good idea. Sometimes.

    C. It's okay to pretend the hot guy with the hot girlfriend is Jared Leto. Especially if you're wearing borrowed shoes.

    D. Cheesecake Factory. Enough said.

  18. Looks like a blast! You always seem to attend the most fun events, Carol. Or maybe you just make fun wherever you go? Either way... I want to come next time!

  19. Looks like you had a great time. Hope you're feeling better! It sucks to be flu-ish at thanksgiving.

  20. Superest? I'm blushing here, m'dear. Also, rhyming. Which was unintentional.

    It was utterly lovely to see you again, though, Carol. I'm sending anti-flu vibes your way. Did you feel that? That was one right there. :)

  21. I was really hoping to come down to SD for WFC and hang out, and I'm so bummed it didn't work out. I would have loved to see you again! Looks like it was a blast. :-)

  22. It looks like you had an awesome time with awesome peeps! It makes me long for another con. And Toronto, hmmm....

  23. I always love seeing your pics from conferences! Sounds like so much fun!

  24. Wow - it looks like you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  25. I've heard that World Fantasy Con is one of the easier ones for attendees to interact with the writers. Is that true?


Make your comment stand out. Use bold words. Or italics. Whatever.