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I just got back from NerdCon: Stories in Minneapolis and had a great time. Hank Green and Patrick Rothfuss started NerdCon last year. It was in Minneapolis--not sure if it will be next year, presuming they do it again. (Ticket sales were apparently down a little.)

In addition to being a great time--lots of silliness, including a panel that included a guy in a squid costume, and John Scalzi in a lip sync contest--there were serious panels on craft with people like Daniel Jose Older, Nalo Hopkinson, M.T. Anderson, John Green and the like.

NerdCon: Stories isn't specifically for kidlit, but the attendees are overwhelmingly in their teens and twenties. It's eye opening to hear them talk about favorite podcasts and games and such. It would be worth the price of admission just to sit among them and jot down dialogue.
#1 - October 16, 2016, 10:12 PM
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That sounds so fantastic. I :love5 Patrick Rothfuss so much. He is a man who sets out to share and make the world a better place. Plus, I love his writing.
#2 - October 16, 2016, 10:19 PM

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Sounds like an amazing time! I hope they continue it.
#3 - October 17, 2016, 05:03 AM
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 :yay sounds like an awesome place to get firsthand dialogue. Hope they continue it!!
#4 - October 17, 2016, 05:51 AM
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Sounds like fun. So did you surreptitiously take notes?
#5 - October 17, 2016, 07:05 AM
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Sounds like fun. So did you surreptitiously take notes?

I'm adding a line to my WIP that I overheard in the lobby.  :grin3
#6 - October 17, 2016, 12:32 PM
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Ooh, that sounds like fun. Was Chuck Wendig there too?
#7 - October 17, 2016, 12:48 PM
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I'm adding a line to my WIP that I overheard in the lobby.  :grin3

Love this!
#8 - October 17, 2016, 12:49 PM
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#9 - October 17, 2016, 01:01 PM
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Oh that sounds like fun! I love Hank Green. :)
#10 - October 17, 2016, 05:23 PM
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Thank you so much for sharing! I've been curious about NerdCon. I worried that I'm too old to go. :)
#11 - October 18, 2016, 10:36 AM
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Ooh, that sounds like fun. Was Chuck Wendig there too?
No, he wasn't. But who knows about next year?

Thank you so much for sharing! I've been curious about NerdCon. I worried that I'm too old to go. :)

The nerds are very accepting, JBert! In fact the two stars who emerged from the weekend were Jake the Sound Guy and David the ASL Interpreter (who gave a rousing interpretation of a song, including pelvic thrusts). Where else do people notice the invisible/support people in that way?

But if you're still nervous about it, you could hide in Pat Rothfuss's beard.  :grin3
#12 - October 18, 2016, 10:47 AM
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