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Vegas was hot & soggy.

I'm back from my weekend at ConStrict, the tiny slash con in Las Vegas. Unusually, it rained on us every day we were there. Monsoon season arrived early, I'm told. I had no idea Vegas had a monsoon season. As usual I got to have a long talk with drsquidlove, and as usual it was my fannish recharge. I emerged with several Evil Plans(tm) for organized activity for Giles fandom once summer_of_giles concludes. Ficathonnage will happen.

Constrict needs more people coming next year. It's capped at 50, but this year we dipped below 30. (Though I'm told that the panels still had better attendance than some Escapade panels did.) I will say that now that I have experienced the "circle of chairs" approach to discussions, I never want to go back to the "official panelists at table with mics in front of audience" approach. It's way more fun & interesting to have everybody encouraged to talk, and the panels can move in unexpected directions.

Anyway, I like Constrict. Took a little time for me to get to know everybody, but by this point I mostly do. If you come to Constrict next year, you will at least know me! And we can have a little more Buffy talk in the panels to balance out all the Supernatural and Highlander talk. I will post more when it comes time to make plans for 2012's con.

Speaking of SoG, my big push to the finish with the Summer of Giles story starts today. I probably won't be doing much else in life in general until it's done.
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I'd love to go to any kind of Con soon, but sadly funding is a problem. *sigh*

I added you over at Google+
I will say that now that I have experienced the "circle of chairs" approach to discussions, I never want to go back to the "official panelists at table with mics in front of audience" approach.

Yes! Escapade was my first con, and then Constrict. The only other one I've gone to was Wincon once. I HATED their panel at the front of the room. What makes those people's opinions more important than anyone else's? Why do they get to dictate what happens and where the conversation goes? It just seemed disrespectful to the rest of the people in the room. If you've got a group of experts talking about something and answering questions, that's one thing. But these are fan cons. Inspite of what anyone thinks about themself, we're pretty much all equal.
I added you on google+ as well. I'm the one with the scarf.

Yay to ficathonnage. :)

Good luck on the push!
Glad you had a good time. I love Vegas and would love to go back. Hope you got to check out the sites even if the weather wasn't cooperating.