Well, here I am home from VVC! Most of this post was actually typed up on the airplane home – I’m writing quickly while everything is still fresh in my mind, but I’m sure there’s plenty I’ll forget to mention! And I still haven't seen all the vids - missed a bunch from CVV, and from various themed show premieres - but here's what I can say right now:
My overall summary is that the vids were amazing and I may have OD’d. I spent most of my time in vid shows, rather than panels, so there’s a little bit of sensory overload going on for me right now (possibly, that’s also due to the con suite M&M bowl.) Right now, I feel like I’ve done more in the past three days than in the entire four weeks prior. And I just want to shout out a thank you to the con organizers - everything was fun and beautifully coordinated and (from the outside, at least) appeared to run perfectly. Everyone was telling me that VVC is known for being an incredibly well-run con, and that's exactly how it seemed to me. Thank you so much for having me there!
Also, I can report that I have all kinds of muscle soreness in new places, which I attribute to the fact that the hotel management kept the air conditioning at near-Arctic temperatures, and so I spent a lot of the con huddled and shivering in a ball. Which, as it turns out, apparently works as exercise. Who knew? (Thanks, MorganDawn, for posting a warning - otherwise I wouldn't have thought to pack a sweatjacket!)
Best moment: The Sunday noon break, watching everyone gather in the con suite for lunch – which consisted of food scrounged from the suite tables, namely, Swedish fish, M&Ms, pretzels, and potato chips. To be fair, I am in absolutely no position to throw stones when it comes to healthy eating; nonetheless, there was something hilarious about watching adults sit down to eat a meal that was basically the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dinner. (If it hadn't been for the fact that Laura Shapiro had previously invited me to go to an actual restaurant, I'd have been right there with them.)
Second best moment(s): Watching my own vids on a movie screen. Vanity, I know, but – wow! They look like a real ... thing, there!
Question I was most often asked: How do you pronounce your LJ name
Most surprising question: Are you having a good con? Not because there is anything surprising in the sentiment, but because this was my very first con – VVC or anything else – so I hadn’t heard that particular turn of phrase before.
Biggest regret: Not getting to at least say hello to everyone I know online. I saw lots of people I “know” but was too shy and retiring to approach. Nonetheless, I was very pleased to meet the many people that I did get to meet.
Second biggest regret: Not getting to talk more with the people I did meet! The days were so packed, I only managed to exchange a few words with most people. But at least now I know the faces - and the regional accents!
Greatest triumph: I won chocolate in Greensilver’s “guess the five most common premiere fandoms” contest. Greensilver announced in advance that she would give chocolate to anyone who could guess the top five fandoms for all premiering vids. I came closest with four, so I won. I guessed Multifandom, Avengers-verse, Game of Thrones, Sherlock BBC, and Community. Community was wrong – it was Harry Potter.( Read more )