One of the fun things we did during my visit to Maria Zannin's home in Texas was attend ConDFW. This is a conference I probably wouldn't attend on my own - it's geared to SciFi and Fantasy and I'm a mystery/suspense kind of gal (even if I do slip in a bit of paranormal here and there). But I'm very glad I went. It was a bit of an eye opener for me.
For example, you don't see a lot of costumes at mystery writer conferences. The odd crime scene, sure. And some cool forensic evidence. But nothing like this...
|Ramon & Radha Fagan|
The actors were very gracious, explaining how each element of their costume fit the "world" they came from (mostly steampunk). The creativity was quite impressive.
Not just costumes, there was some very serious makeup, as well.
Can you believe those teeth?
|I am so sorry I didn't get this lady's name.|
This ear puts Mr. Spock to shame.
There was also a different...well, atmosphere there. Panels were less structured. Dress was more casual. Everything seemed more laid back than at other conferences I've attended. I found myself wondering if this was just ConDFW or if it's a genre thing.
How about you? Have you attended writing conferences geared to different genres? Do you think there are difference atmospheres, attitudes, dress styles, etc. from one genre to another? How would you describe the ones you've attended?
Have a great weekend.
Joke of the Day:
Mike walks into his favorite bar and says to the bartender, "Pour me a stiff one, Charley. I just had another fight with my wife."
Charlie serves him the drink. "Well, you look a sight better than you did after the last one."
"Yeah, I decided I wasn't going through that again. This time I had her crawling to me on her hands and knees."
The bartender, knowing Mike and his wife was openly skeptical. "Really? On her hands and knees? And what was she saying?"
"What do you think she was saying? 'Come out from under that bed, you spineless chicken.'"