By JM Bates
My memories are like broken pieces of glass; random, scattered, and sharp. When I was 27 I was officially diagnosed with PTSD, though I’ve had this disorder since I was about five years old. The memories reach me at completely random and often inconvenient times, like when I’m at…
I was at Dashcon: An Unnecessary Q&A with myself
i want so badly to ignore this and just get on with my life, considering that i’m in the midst of tour and traveling the US right now, but it’s clear that I can’t escape this. this is a very long post, i am keeping it under a cut.
additionally, at least until tumblr moves on from this, my askbox is off. it is a nightmare. i can’t deal with it right now.
so. I was an invited panelist at Dashcon, and I was on 10 panels over the weekend. my name is mark, I run Mark Reads and Mark Watches, and have been doing so for 5 years next month. (HOLY SHIT THAT IS A LONG TIME.) I have been attending cons for over a decade and been speaking at them as a panelist or a guest since 2011. Including my own tour events outside of cons, I have participated in over 150 “panels,” ranging from 50 minutes to 4 hours. I’m including this upfront because I’ve already been accused of being a 16-year-old nobody who doesn’t know what he’s doing at cons and is ruining fandom. Also, I’m apparently white and straight. ALSO THIS IS A MESS.
It was great to meet Mark at Dashcon, the Indie Authors panel helped me a lot, thanks again for the resources and advice!
+ Doug Jones
+ Meeting interesting Tumblr people
+ Beautiful hotel
+ Buying from independent artists
- Many of the panels I went to didn’t have anyone to run them or were totally cancelled. In fact, the very first panel I attended didn’t have anyone there except disappointed, confused attendees.
A convention attendee ran the Cosplay Makeup panel after our original panelist didn’t show. He was a good sport to do that.
I fell asleep during the BDSM panel because it was rescheduled over an hour later than originally planned. By the time I got in there, I sat down and was half-asleep to fully-asleep. I heard someone say the word “rape” and I woke up and sleepily walked outside and went to the hotel bar to get drunk.
The Kill la Kill panel just had a piece of notebook paper taped to the door that said “Kill la Kill panel will NOT be happening.” with no other explanation.
The karaoke room didn’t have speakers, just a laptop playing Youtube songs. Everyone just sang all together and people were singing the instrumental parts of songs.
Reasons why October is the best month:
- Cold but dry weather
- Everything is pretty colours
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin coffee
- Everything being made to look spooky
- Horror movies on TV all the time
- Jumper weather
- Dressing up as scary things
- Hot drinks
- Lots of sweets
The smell of dying leaves
If u don’t like October get the FUCK outta my house