Holy crap, you guys. This weekend was INTENSE! You know how there's that whole concept of good stress and bad stress, but ultimately it's all stress? This weekend was the most POSITIVELY stressful few days I've had in YEARS. Amazing.
I'm going to start with perhaps the easiest thing to talk about, which is the Offbeat Empire's time at Geek Girl Con, including our panel on Sunday, "Rocking the Geek Niche."
As for our panel, it was perhaps exactly what you'd expect: riddled with profanity, business strategy, blog monetization, analytics, talk of open source, warm fuzzy empowerment, and a bunny hat that served as a very powerful metaphor. We all wore coordinated harnesses from Clockwork Couture and some of us wore our Offbeat Empire shirts. (I have extras! I might be selling them. Stay tuned.)
Meg Keene kept us all reigned in perfectly, ensuring that those of us with big mouths (*cough* me, Megan *cough*) didn't blabber over those of us who are quieter but have infinitely more interesting things to say (J.M. Dodd). Here was some of the feedback:
And of course, in the nature of panels, the very last question was the one that could have spawned a-WHOLE-nother panel: "How do you deal with editorial controversies?" Maybe we'll get to that next year.
After the panel, Ariel ran over to the U. Bookstore booth in the vendor area to sell/sign books. Apparently, most of the copies of Offbeat Bride that they had in stock had already sold (!!!), so it was kind of a funny scene:
For the rest of the weekend, there was mostly just a lot of dorking out, which took various forms:
So. That's how it went at Geek Girl Con. It was good! It was fun! Our panel was hopefully inspirational/entertaining/informative! But really, it was just one small portion of the weekend. Next week, I'm going to tell you about how I can't believe it took me this long to gather my remote staff face-to-face. Coming in a couple days, I'mma tell you allllll about the Offbeat Empire reception we had Friday night. Here's a one teaser shot, from the lens of Jonas Seaman:
More coming Wednesday, after I sleep for about 30 hours.