ORIGINALLY POSTED: May 23-26, 2014
How do you spell Triskaidekaphobia?… Memorial Day Weekend at BayCon in Santa Clara, CA
At least, that’s what I found myself asking over the holiday weekend. I’m not sure I ever gave myself a satisfactory answer…
I’d been looking forward to BayCon for months, given that my GLAWS author friends go on and on about the event with glowing excitement, especially regarding the BayCon goers who tend to be avid readers and SF/F/H aficionados.
In other words — the BayCon peeps are my kind of peeps.
I dare say, the convention did not fail to live up to their praise, despite the unfortunate drop in attendance due to a rash of newly competing conventions in the Bay area over the holiday weekend.
I spent most of the weekend manning the signing table, meeting lots of fun and interesting people, and sold a respectable number of books, book bags and T-shirts. My favorite visit was from Wiggles, the trained assitance pup — a sweet little black lab who reminded me of my childhood pet, Lady.
Saturday night was awesome. After the Dealer Room closed, I found myself immersed in Star Trek culture, complete with drinks at the Klingon bar, a Klingon slave auction, and even Captain Kirk on the sales block. All the money collected went to charity, including the $5 I threw down for a drink called “Revenge” served to the tune of a room full of Klingons shouting, “Revenge is a drink best served cold!”
I even got to enjoy some Taiko drumming!
I will definitely be back next year if they’ll have me. =)