Okay, maybe this isn’t the update but I promised, but I am writing one for this weekend.  Overall, RavenCon was an amazing experience, albeit an exhausting one.  And my first as a panelist. 

Let me clear, I’ve spoken on panels before, hundreds wouldn’t be an exaggeration, but that was with regard to my “day job.”  So it was always about politics and policies; laws and regulations.  This was about something a bit more personal (although I LOVE policy and law and take it VERY personally), but this involved my writing.  Those secret creative thoughts that I madly put down on paper in splattered ink from an overused fountain pen, hunched over a tiny wooden desk by candle-light.  Okay, okay it’s really me typing madly in the wee hours on my glass and metal desk, and drinking tea like it’s going out of style.  Regardless, it was still surprisingly difficult to put myself out there; one could say, I had a bad case of Impostor Syndrome. 

In spite of it all, I did manage to be relatively articulate (please, if you were there and thought otherwise, please, please, allow me my dignity and ignorance) as a panelist, and did a fairly good job of moderating (again, ignorance is bliss).  With 8 separate sessions that had my name attached to them, it was exhausting.  But the people made it worth it.  I LOVED the people.  They were just awesome.  AND I got to meet a follower of Unleaded.  *waves to Diane*  Wishing I’d gotten a picture now.  I don’t have any proof! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I met one of our 3 readers.  🙂  And if you’re old enough, you’ll recognize the Conan reference.

I also learned that while early morning panels are really rough (I moderated both Saturday and Sunday morning 9 am slots) it is a wonderful way to get 5 authors all to yourself.  It really felt like a converstion and I got to ask all the questions I ever wanted to, to my own collection of writers.  Very cool. And special thanks to both Bud Sparhawk and A.J. Hartley who also had BOTH of those same early morning panels yet were up and enthusiastic and really made my job easier.

There is so much more…but I shal stop and leave this as a small teaser.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.