Blog No. 325
The Guelph GenreCon is done, and I’m going to talk about it (here, in just a few sentences) but I want to start with tomorrow’s reading! It’s tomorrow! I’m really excited about this one, even though I was overwhelmed with all kind of things running up to it (some also exciting like GenreCon and some really stupid). Either way, I feel like it was partially in cruise-control and partially being steered by Christian while I was running around, waving my arms, as if I were on fire. Then, in the last moment, when the other stuff calmed down and the reality sinking in that this reading was just days away, I started to focus and get to work. By then, there wasn’t much more to do. I’ve practiced my reading, made some facebook posts, and delivered some copies of Thinking Machine to Biblioasis. Not much more to do before tomorrow, now. One last thing about tomorrow’s reading. You should go. It’s got Elly Blake, Brittni Brinn, Christian (if you like that sort of thing) and me! And it’s in a really cool place and we will have coffee and timbits.
I mentioned last week that I have been to Guelph before. I went up to visit some friends who where there for school. They had a St. Patrick’s Day party. It was a lot of fun. I have not been there for work, though. On the topic of events and work. They fit into a strange area that’s hard for me to get my head around. It’s work as in I do it in order to sell books and earn some money so I can make more books. It’s work also in that sometimes it’s a real drag (like in hour eight or nine of the day and there have been no customers, or by the 500th ‘I’ll wait for the movie’). However, it is exciting and often fun and I’m doing something related to what I like. Is that what Astronauts feel like?
The first impression I got of GenreCon was how well organized it was. There were a bunch of volunteers (or committee members, maybe) greeting people and expertly telling them where they should be. The individuals at the door to the vendor hall found us on their list right away and even walked us to our table. We were asked several times if we had everything we needed and they came around with water and granola bars more than once. (I have been given water at other events, but not by one of the main organizers). There was free coffee, tea, and water for vendors and patrons, and we even got a free event t-shirt. The vendor side of the event wasn’t very large, but it was about the same mix of stuff for sale as other places I’ve been. I didn’t get a chance to experience the other things going on, but they had panels, guests, a room where people were playing rockband, board-games, and I walked by one of the rooms and saw people painting (whatever that was).
It wasn’t a perfect event, though. There were a lot of young volunteers buzzing about, getting in the way more than helping. More importantly, there weren’t as many sales as I would have hoped. Strangely, it’s my turn to have the extra book at the table. Strangely in that it feels odd to walk away with more cash at the end. We didn’t completely flop, like in Kitchener, but the days were long and the hotel wasn’t cheap. Christian drove (thanks to him for that) which was good, because I was still feeling less than a hundred percent (due to the thing that happened last week to make the planning for tomorrow’s reading more challenging). Even with a snow squall on the 401, we made it home safely. I do wish we would have thought to put together a more aggressive package deal with the books. That could have helped, but we already discount our already low prices for events. All in all, it was a pretty good weekend. Went somewhere new, sold some books, hung out with my friend, and Predator 2 was playing on TV Saturday night. If we can find a way to be guests next year, I’d love to go back.