The Quick And Dirty BayCon Update

I went to BayCon and had fun, but came home with an epic case of Con Crud that is trying to turn into bronchitis.  So a few quick points before I toddle back to a cough medication induced haze.

I won Best in Show for my X-Wing Pilot costume.  Carolyn Hill has awesome pictures of me and Denise Tanaka in her costume on her website.  I’ll get some up once I’m able to think clearly and get permission to post a few more pictures.  It’s hard to take shots of yourself when you’re in costume.

I had an awesome time hanging out with all my friends.  My hobbies-for-writers panel seemed to go over well, so I’ll keep it in my back pocket for future cons.  The co-writer panel was also a lot of fun, and for once I didn’t feel like an imposter when I spoke.  The Match Game was a lot of fun.  The fanart panel was a lot of fun and brought back memories of my time in the X-File fandom.

Unfortunately, I came home feeling a bit off.  By late in the evening, I had a plugged up nose and began the  process of coughing up my lungs.  Docs have seen fit to give me medicine, so I’m now going in an out of a mental haze. I’ll try to do a deeper writeup when I’m not so fuzzy headed.

BayCon 2017 Schedule

Here’s where to find me during BayCon 2017.  The full schedule of events can be found here.

Creative Hobbies For Writers 
Friday 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Synergy 5
We create with words. But when we’re relaxing, what do you do? Knit? Paint? Sculpt? Weave baskets underwater while wearing SCUBA gear? And how does it inform your writing?
Sheryl Hayes (M), Michele Roger, Tyler Hayes, Dr. Carolyn Hill, Daniel Dociu

Masquerade/Variety Show
Saturday 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Convene 1
BayCon’s talented individuals show their moxie and their craftsmanship through performances and costuming with a nod to this year’s theme.

Collaborations: Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot? 
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Synergy 5
Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot?
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (M), Mark Gelineau, Sheryl Hayes, Kathleen Bartholomew

Match Game
Monday 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Inspire 1
Hilarity ensues as our contestants try to match their answers.
Ms. Jennifer L. Carson (M), J. L. Doty, Sheryl Hayes, Chris O’Halloran, JC Arkham

FanArt 
Monday 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Synergy 1
Is fan inspired art (the art equivalent of FanFic) actually creating your own art? Discussion of how artists do it and make it their own!
Daniel Dociu, Amy-Elyse Neer, Taunya Gren, Sheryl Hayes

Otherwise, I’ll be in and out of panels and the ever dangerous Dealer’s Room. Look for my write up on June 5th.

Deadlines

I’m very good at making things like deadlines.  Making sure I hit them is another matter entirely.

Case in point.  Right now I am frantically knitting away at the costume for the masquerade at BayCon.  This is a deadline I’ve known about since this time last year when I first had the idea for the costume.   I’ve been doing a lot of planning in my head, but haven’t really kicked into high gear since the beginning of April, partially due to setbacks in my real life. There were several weeks in a row that I told myself “I can start that next week.”

Now that time is gone and I am trying to make it up.  My fingers have calluses that can attest to that.  I’m looking at the list of things I need to get done for the costume that I can knock out quickly or purchase instead.

Writing has taken a similar path.  I’ve been able to put out these blog posts consistently.  I have one hard deadline at the end of July, which I will keep since it is a paying job.  The rest keep sliding into the future, like Lucy Harker, Vampire Hunter, and Chaos Hunt, the sequel to Chaos Wolf. I need to get those back on track.

The problem is I only have so many free hours per day to devote to knitting or to writing. So for the moment, heavy writing is put on hold.  I’ll keep up blogging cause the Friday Links take me all of five minutes to throw together and next week will be my announcement about where to find me during BayCon.  After BayCon I am putting the focus back on writing and getting Chaos Wolf ready for publication. Hopefully this time, the deadlines won’t slip.

One Con Down, One To Go

I went to Silicon Valley Comic Con this year.  Since it was my first year attending, I decided I wanted to just hang out and not have the stress of competing in the Masquerade.  I ran into several friends and made a few new ones.  It’s a fun con to attend.  Even though it was crowded, it never felt jam packed (except when looking for parking).  It helped that it was spread out over the entirety of the top level of the San Jose Convention center, as well as part of the lower level.  I could move around easily, unlike the crowds at DragonCon.

While I was there, I got notification of my panels for BayCon.  You can find me at the following panels –

Creative Hobbies For Writers

Friday 16:30 – 18:00
We create with words. But when we’re relaxing, what do you do? Knit? Paint? Sculpt? Weave baskets underwater while wearing SCUBA gear? And how does it inform your writing?
Sheryl Hayes (M), Michele Roger, Tyler Hayes, Dr Carolyn Hill, Daniel Dociu

Collaborations: Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot?

Sunday 10:00 – 11:30
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (M), Mark Gelineau, Sheryl Hayes

Match Game

Monday 11:30 – 13:00
Ms. Jennifer L. Carson (M), J. L. Doty, Sheryl Hayes, Chris O’Halloran, JC Arkham

FanArt

Monday 13:00 – 14:30
Is fan inspired art (the art equivalent of FanFic) actually creating your own art? Discussion of how artists do it and make it their own!
Daniel Dociu, Amy-Elyse Neer, Taunya Gren, Sheryl Hayes

I’ll also be onstage at the Masquerade Saturday Night.  It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend.

BayCon 2016

Last weekend I spent with my friends and chosen family at BayCon.  It felt like both returning home and a new convention.

The prior BayCon’s I had attended were at the Hyatt at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The construction of Levi Stadium caused that hotel to no longer be an option, so the con moved back to the San Mateo Marriott Hotel.  This was my first year what is lovingly nicknamed the M. C. Escher hotel, due to the fact that there is a second floor for the convention rooms, and a second floor for the hotel rooms, neither of which are accessible by the same set of elevators.  Once I had that figured out, navigating the rest of the con was smooth sailing.

This convention I was asked to be there as a costumer.  Friday, I had a great time swapping stories with Jean Batt and Denise Tanaka in Costuming With Nontraditional Materials.  I can neither confirm nor deny that a knit tribble may have been flung into the audience.  Then I was off to Cosplay Is Not Consent with Anastasia Hunter and Jean Batt to speak about the best ways to interact with people wearing costumes. Then I scampered off to String Theory where instead of ribbons, I gave out a pattern for a Crochet Badge Necklace I developed. I spoke about my costumes and other nerdy things I have made, or as much as I could since I was then losing my voice. Not surprising since I did three panels back-to-back-to-back.  I’ve learned my lesson to never do that again.

Cruella_De_Vil_Front
Courtesy of Denise Tanaka

Saturday I did not have any panels I was on.  I did go to the Klingon 101, How Can Science Fiction And Fantasy Blend Well, and Costume In Fiction.  Then I scooted upstairs to prepare for the Variety Show.  Cruella De Vil was a hit, but I could not compete with the power of the Dark Side of the Cute.  Top costuming award went to Denise Tanaka and Eudora dressed as General Leia Organa and Kylo Ren.

Cruella De Vil Back
Courtesy of Denise Tanaka

Sunday was another panel-less day.  I sat in on Fantasy Tropes, Beyond Olympus and Asgard, A Chat With Lawrence Schoen, A Chat With David Gerrold, spent too much money at the Charity Auction supporting SETI, and laughed hysterically at the Let’s Pretend We’re Famous panel.  I did a circuit of the party floor and discovered the free books at the Zine Room.  They jumped into my arms!  I swear!

Monday things wound down.  At Is Serial Fiction Right For You, I lost a D-20 roll off to Steve Mix.  I tried not to fangirl too hard at A Chat With The Library Bards, who remembered me as Maleficent from the prior Con-volution. My final panel of the con was one I was on with  Chris O’Halloran and John O’Halloran, Are Cons Good For Your Health.  I made it through Closing Ceremonies, but was too wiped out to attend Hiss And Purr.

This doesn’t include all the meals shared, getting hugs as I passed old friends on the way to panels, and making new friends. All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend.

BayCon 2016 Panic Rituals

I’m a week out from BayCon and going through my last minute panic rituals.  It involves a lot of comments along the lines of  “Oh thank God!  It fits!” as I work on the last minute details of my costume.  I’m also making so many lists of things I need to get done before I go.  This post is one of the items on the list.

Yes, I’m panicked enough to add items to my list just so I can have that tiny surge of satisfaction at checking it off.  Like the feeling I get when I check off the item about reminding you I’ll be presenting at the following panels —

Costuming With Nontraditional Materials And Skills
Friday 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Connect 6
Can’t sew? Don’t limit your cosplay to fabric based items.

Cosplay Is Not Consent
Friday 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Synergy 5
That cosplayer is a person with feelings and boundaries. Our panelists discuss photography and etiquette for working with cosplayers.

String Theory
Friday 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Synergy 2
No, not that one. Come learn about geeky crafting with yarn- what patterns for fandom are out there and where to find them.

Variety Show 
Saturday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Convene
The BayCon Variety show returns for its 3 rd year! Join our toastmasters The Library Bards on Saturday night. This year will put the V in variety, with a short play, juggling, singing, dancing, storytelling, and even a special burlesque treat (PG-13). And of course, our talented costumers showing off their latest creations… And the return of the Mixy Awards!

Are Cons Good For Your Health?
Monday 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Convene
Con crud and con fatigue from improper self-care are real issues. Are there also positive health benefits to being surrounded by your tribe when your health is poor?

Otherwise I’ll be out and about. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

BayCon 2016

I’m back online. I haven’t devoted much time to writing over the last two weeks.  I have been writing a little every day, but most of the time has been devoted to preparing my costume and researching for my panels for BayCon 2016.

Speaking of which, my schedule is —

Costuming With Nontraditional Materials And Skills
Friday 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Connect 6
Can’t sew? Don’t limit your cosplay to fabric based items.

Cosplay Is Not Consent
Friday 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Synergy 5
That cosplayer is a person with feelings and boundaries. Our panelists discuss photography and etiquette for working with cosplayers.

String Theory
Friday 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Synergy 2
No, not that one. Come learn about geeky crafting with yarn- what patterns for fandom are out there and where to find them.

Variety Show 
Saturday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Convene
The BayCon Variety show returns for its 3 rd year! Join our toastmasters The Library Bards on Saturday night. This year will put the V in variety, with a short play, juggling, singing, dancing, storytelling, and even a special burlesque treat (PG-13). And of course, our talented costumers showing off their latest creations… And the return of the Mixy Awards!

Are Cons Good For Your Health?
Monday 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Convene
Con crud and con fatigue from improper self-care are real issues. Are there also positive health benefits to being surrounded by your tribe when your health is poor?

Otherwise I will be wandering around the con.

I hope to be able to talk by the end of Friday since I’m doing panels back-to-back-to-back.  Fortunately I don’t need to use my voice in the Variety Show.  Otherwise, I can be an object lesson at the panel about con crud.

Cons for 2016

I’m working on my schedule for this year. “By working on” means that I’m preparing to ask for those days off of my day job.  This is tricker than it sounds because I work for a private utility reporting to a state agency.  There are days I cannot ask for off due to when reports have to be turned in.  DragonCon this year is a prime example.  The fact that it falls on the first through the fifth of the month means that I cannot go.

As of this moment, I have four conventions on my calendar for this year.

FOGcon (March 11-13) – I will be going as an attendee.  I’m participating in the Writer’s Workshop, but I will not be on any panels.

BayCon (May 17-30) I have been invited back as a guest.  I’ve suggested several costume-centric panels, but I am requesting to be on writing panels.  I will be in the Talent Show.  I will announce more details when they are confirmed.

Mid America Con II/Worldcon 74 (August 17-21) I made plans to go the moment they announced that Kansas City, Missouri won the bid.   Like last year, I’ll participate in the Masquerade and possibly participate in the writer’s workshop. That area is where both sides of my family come from, so it feels in a way that I’m going back to my roots.  I’ll be spending a few extra days to visit some areas that are connected to my family.

Con-Volition (September 30 – October 2) – It’s a little too soon to know for certain, but most likely I will  I will only be participating in the Masquerade.  Depending on what I have in development and assuming I am not a panelist, I may be in the writer’s workshop.

There are a few other events that I am thinking about attending.   I may end up going to Silicon Valley Comic Con for a day. I would love some year to go down to Condor in February or LosCon over Thanksgiving weekend.  It depends on how my budget and schedule are looking in the future.

Anyone know of any other ones in California I should check out?

BayCon Schedule

Another piece of the costume revealed.
Another piece of the costume revealed.

I will be at BayCon 2015 – Women Of Wonder from May 22nd through 24th.  Want to meet me?  You can find me at the following places for certain.

Saturday
7:00 PM – Variety Show
Come see my latest creation made of yarn, sweat, and tears.  Stay for the lip-syncing by the Con Chairs of both BayCon and Convolution!

Sunday
11:30 AM – Plus-Size Cosplay
Most people do not match the body type of the character they want to portray.   Listen to us talk about how we deal with it.

1:00 PM – Cosplay Characterization
Learn how to wear the costume and not let the costume wear you.

You can also find me wandering around and in and out of panels starting early Friday and ending late Sunday.  I hope to see you there.

What is that thing?

I didn’t write much this week.  Why? I’ve been busy making this.

What is it?
What is it?

What is it?  I’ll let you know in a few weeks. To find out earlier, you’ll need to come to BayCon’s Variety Show in eleven days.

I’ll be presenting about costuming and knitting this year.  I’ll post my schedule when I have it.

Think you know what this is?  Leave a comment.

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