The third day was a light day. Started the day late by con standards, as my first writing panel wasn’t until 11:45. One of panelist’s birthdays was that day. The whole room sang loudly and lustily. Since my birthday had been the day before, I requested a photo op. After all, Gemini girls gotta stick together, yeah?
I have to say of all the panels I attended over the weekend, the “How to Write GLBT characters” was the only one that I found wasn’t up to snuff. Firstly, it was all erotica or romance authors rather than those who had chosen a GLBT character in a non-love-or-sex story. Secondly, it seemed they had not structured the panel well, and the moderator’s questions weren’t very insightful. Secondly, all of the authors were queer themselves — which is not as useful as you would think. Only 11% of the population has reported any same-gender attraction whatsoever, and only 2-5% of the population is trans. But as more authors increase the visibility and believability of their GLBT characters, there’s going to be a straight author trying to write either a GLBT point of view or supporting character. And I think that’s a narrative that needs to be told in these panels — how does an straight writer tell the GLBT narrative and make it believable to readers of all orientations and gender identities? It’s easy to write characters like yourself, it’s hard to write someone who isn’t like you a way that’s as fundamental as who you want to sleep with, or what gender you identify as. Thirdly, there was no real recommendation for further reading on GLBT issues if the readers wanted to research things on their own. Every other panel had at least one panelist that mentioned a book or website for researching stuff.
I ditched my Religion in S & SF panel to go try on corsets with a friend. Said friend found a fellow person who is biologically male and dresses femme working the booth, and much discussing on that particular wardrobe challenge ensued. I had one ear cocked on the conversation and was glad that my friend was able to find some more info, and get some real-world advice. He’d had a really rough week, so I was glad I could help in some small way to make it better. Although I could not afford a corset, they also sold a few pieces of jewelry and I wound up purchasing a small set of cameo earrings and a silver pinky ring.
I also hit up the Sock Dream booth again, and got three more pairs plus a set of rainbow arm warmers. My husband looked like he wanted to strangle me when he found out I’d gotten more socks and jewelry. I think the fact that I also got him a fantastic print of his favorite Sandman character (Death) is the only thing that saved me from an early demise.
The publishing from Start to Finish panel was the last panel of the weekend for me. Literally, the con closed right after it ended. I have to say that it was one of my favorite panels of the con. I got so much great advice, such good networking contacts including one of the managing editors of Wordfire Press, and a lot of ideas about the business side of writing. Plus, two of the authors on the panel plus the moderator were all dressed as incarnations of Dr. Who, which made my inner geek girl squeal a little.
Comic Con left us with our hearts light and our wallets even lighter. I am already looking for next year, but I have also spent most of a week trying to recover. Hopefully next year I’ll have at least a couple of short stories published and can introduce myself as writer as well as fan!