Thursday, August 25, 2011

Magic Thursday - Come to Conflux - this year or next :)

Still buzzing from RWA in Melbourne or Claytons? Want more time with writers, talking all things fabulously writerly?

Then come to Conflux!

It might be too late to fit it in your schedule for this year - the Conflux science fiction* convention is taking place Sep 30 to Oct 3 in Canberra, so not much time to get a budget together (although read to the bottom for a helping hand...). But for those of us on the Darkside, going to science fiction conventions as well as romance writing conventions is something to seriously consider.

Here's why:

a) it introduces you to a potential whole new
reading audience. Now, admittedly urban fantasy and paranormal romance aren't as accepted in the sci fi industry as they are in the romance one, but that is slowly changing and it's remarkable when you start talking how many science fiction and fantasy fans read romance as well.

b) networking with a new bunch of writers. While the readers may still be divided on the place of UF and PR in the world, the writers most assuredly are not - you're a writer, they don't particularly care what you write (although be prepared for a bit of 'oh, really, you write romance, I've always wanted to write romance...' from some BIG names). The sci fi crowd have the same point of view I've found in the romance crowd - that is that we're not in competition, but that by encouraging new writers we ALL win. The experience of writers in other genres than yours is different and definitely something we can all learn from. And who doesn't like to talk writing with ANYONE who will listen?

c) geeky fun. Let's face it folks - we're darksiders. We've got more geek in us than the average person. And there's certain conversations that we like to have eg enthusiastic arguments over which Dr Who is the best and whether Joss Whedon is the greatest storyteller OF ALL TIME that don't tend to happen much in the romance pond. But at a sci fi convention - ah, you can geek away. Want to discuss the airspeed and flight generics of a zeppelin? Can do. Desperately need to argue the merits of the various vampire mytholgies? You're sure to find someone just as desperate. And discover new things as well. Anime and manga. Daikaiju eiga (aka Japanese giant monster movies). Those classic sci fi movies that you never knew you needed to see - until now.

d) Social opportunities. The sci fi crowd are pretty big on partying. Whether in the bar, at
organised events or in people's hotel rooms, the chatter and drinking and arguing and laughing will go on until the wee hours...

When planning your events in 2012, here's a few things to consider:

a) RWA Nationals in America are in Anaheim, just a couple of weeks after Comic-Con (the biggest geek fest in the world) in San Diego. It's very doable to attend both.

b) There's three Australian sci fi cons you can look at. Over Easter is Swancon in Perth. The June long weekend is Continuum in Melbourne (which is also this year's National Science Fiction convention, the biggest of the year). The October long weekend is a small Conflux convention in Canberra.

c) There's also Supernova. More a large dealers room with some panels attached than a convention the way we'd recognise, but certainly something to consider. Moves around Australia at various times of the year.

Hopefully I'll see some of you darksiders at a science fiction convention in the not too distant future.

* Note that for these conventions, science fiction is a general term and the cons also cover fantasy and horror.

*** You can win a membership to attend Conflux this year - state below whether you want to win and you'll be entered in the draw to be drawn next Wednesday ***

All photos taken at Conflux conventions by Cat Sparks. Pic one - Conflux 2011 guests Lewis Morley and Marilyn Pride. Pic two - Donna Maree Hanson, HarperCollins editor Stephanie Smith and yours truly. Pic three - Emily Rodda and Marc McBride, guests two years ago. Pic four - Donna Maree Hanson, Cat Sparks, Alisa Krasnostein

13 comments:

  1. I want to win! Would love to come to Conflux either this year or next :D

    (Is that all I need to write?)

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  2. I yearn to come to Conflux. So many people I would love to meet "in the flesh"! It would need to be for next year now but, hey, that's less than 400 sleeps away! Please enter me into your draw, this is one competition I would love to win.
    Thank you :)
    Rebecca Fraser

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  3. I haven't been to a con since 2009, and am having serious withdrawals! :-) I might be able to scrape together $ for a flight/hotel room, but a ticket to the con itself would make it all possible. Cheers!

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  4. Do I want to win? Of COURSE I do! I'm just finishing off a course to become an editor so meeting everyone at Conflux would be great. I've only ever been to one Con before so please, please, please let me come (this year or next)!

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  5. I second Conflux being an absolutely awesome event to attend. I can't make it this year, but I am budgeting and planning on Conflux 2012. You are amazingly generous to offer the chance to win a membership. :)

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  6. Hell yes. Starving student. Battling invalid pensioner. *sob* Plus it is just before I go into hospital for major brain surgery (truly) so it could be my final fling for some time.

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  7. What a fantastic offer. Nicole, thank you. I can't make it this year, but will have to put it on the list for a con to attend. Having been to WorldCon last year, I'm looking to see what the Aussie regular cons are like. And yes, revel in my geekdom :))

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  8. C.M. here it is -
    http://www.conflux.org.au/index.shtml

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  9. I want to win. It sounds awesome.

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  10. wow, what a great prize! And doesn't it sound great! =)

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  11. I have a special place in my heart for Conflux, having been involved from the first convention. Hope I eventually see ALL the Darksiders there ;)

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  12. I'd like to win so that I can spend the money feeding and watering the patrons at my book launch on the Friday Night!

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