Though my dinner wasn't amazing (as I mentioned before) the service was fast and honestly just in general really good (surprising for how crowded the restaurant was) - and this left me even more free time than I'd planned to have...which of course led me to hang out for a bit and discover some more great costumes!
|This girl basically was Starbuck. A.K.A. awesome.|
|You know, Star Wars and BSG pilots, just chillin'.|
Now, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the Online Interactions panel, but in the end I really enjoyed it and I'm really glad that I went. The panelists were mostly published authors, and the content was about 40% advice about how to use social media as a writer, and about 60% general chat regarding writing reviews (or rather, whether or not to do so if you yourself are a writer) and how to handle them (though of course more so the bad ones than the good ones) once you are published.
I definitely gleaned some good information from it and the panelists themselves seemed very friendly and approachable. As my writer's seminars earlier in the day had been with a pretty well-known Sci-fi/Fantasy author, Michael Stackpole (Rogue Squadron trilogy, anyone?), and the Hobbit panel was one of the fairly big 'uns, if you will, this was the first panel I attended that was on the smaller side, with, shall we say, "regular people" - and honestly it was one of the better ones I attended all weekend :)
Once the Online Interactions panel ended, I wandered around a bit, grabbed a beer with some random people (honestly my favorite thing about Dragon*Con - sit down somewhere with a drink or a cigarette and people almost immediately start chatting you up - why can't everyone everywhere be this friendly?), and finally headed back to my hotel room around 9:30 PM. I was waiting for Steve to arrive, which at least gave me time to write up my first Dragon*Con blog (hence why I did actually post one of them while I was there, haha). Unfortunately he ran a lot later than I thought he would, which led to us not being able to have any sort of "night out" on Friday :-/ We didn't even get his stuff up to the room until almost 11:30, and then I had to bust my butt to finish my dragon's egg for my Dany costume the next day!
|Talk about last minute crafting. Oops.|