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between spells of self-deluded calm. If it were just a two-day weekend trip, that'd be one thing, but--I'm taking the train (Amtrak) to Atlanta and I'll get there Thursday evening, and I won't be leaving until Tuesday morning. So--even though I have friends in Atlanta, even though it is a two-hour drive to/from Birmingham if someone absolutely had to come rescue me, even though I can change that return ticket at any time and go home sooner--I am kind of treating this like I'm going to summer camp FOREVER. You should SEE my packing lists. LISTS, PLURAL. They have CHECK BOXES. I have been studying maps of the convention hotels. I have the Dragon Con app and have had my schedule on it for about two weeks. I printed out my train tickets three weeks ago. I'm getting a Tattle Crime "press pass" laminated today. I have TWO (2) Fannibal hats FLOWER CROWNS. My paisley black ribbon lanyard is READY TO GO.

All my exploits and preparations are on my THE GREAT RED DRAGON CON Tumblr tag; if you want to see posts by all/any users with that tag over the weekend, those will be here. I've also collected various bits on Storify. I know it's kind of silly to document this so thoroughly, but I haven't left town since I went to New Orleans TEN YEARS AGO. I am willing to be the wide-eyed country mouse for your entertainment, whether you're loling at my inexperience or living through it vicariously.

You may also have realized that I haven't posted any pictures of myself in the 10-11 years I've had this journal. Plenty of podcasts, plenty of sound, but no one knows what I look like. So... yeah. People are going to want to take pictures--as you do, of anyone you meet or make friends with--and I've heard rumblings of recording the panels. So I'm just convincing myself to be at peace with that. I mean, I'm heavy, big, "junoesque passion flower," however the fuck you want to phrase it, and while I've mentioned that before, I don't know that this concept has really sunk in with people. (I looked somewhat more like my Yahoo cartoon avatar ten years ago than I do now; I look even less like Galadriel or Pallas cats.) I'm to a point where I'm moving beyond "afraid I'm going to disappoint people" and on to "gonna see who loses interest once they see what I look like, and who sticks around." I'm anxious about 1) the logistics of convention living for better part of a week and 2) revealing myself. Other than that, I'm not really worried about much at all.

( Except losing my luggage. I have a bone-deep terror of that.)

(Speaking of podcasts, I was just on A Matter of Taste for their Prometheus Summer Movie Alien Series episode, having already done Aliens with them the month before.)

SOOOOOO. Here is my schedule as I currently know it (Athena's Daughters signings to be determined); I will post a picture of myself on Thursday, probably, and I will be covered in Tattle Crime buttons and a press pass, and you know what my lanyard looks like, and may very well be wearing a flower crown at any given point. COME UP AND SAY HI.


May go hit the vendors (BPAAAAAAL) that morning, then see some of the panels at the horror track in the Westin--most likely Twilight Zone and Slenderman & creepypasta. Might have a signing at an Artists Alley table; don't know. I'm not "on" that day. I will, however, have my business cards and Freddie's on my person to give out. I think. We are having so many giveaways that there is a schedule for it.


THIS IS THE BIG DAY. If you go to no other Hannibal event, even mine, COME THIS DAY.

10:00-11:00 AM: ATHENA'S DAUGHTERS MEET & GREET. (Marriott A708, Kaleidoscope track.) Due to the rest of the day's schedule, I very likely cannot go to this, which is why I offered to do as any signings as they might want me for (to be determined). If the logistics clear up and I'm able to go, I'll mention it on Twitter/Tumblr; I definitely wanted to make sure you guys know about it, though.

1:00-2:00 PM: HANNIBAL FANNIBAL PANEL. (Westin Peachtree Room 1-2, horror track.) Panelists are Catherine Scully, Karen E. Taylor, Damien Williams (@wolven, who got me into this in the first place), Freddie (@tattle_crime) calling in, and me, with Henry Hanks (@hankscnn) moderating. We will have THINGS and STUFF that I am guarding with my life to raffle away at the end. We will also have the Tattle Crime buttons in my purple there, IIRC.

3:00-4? 5? PM: FANNIBAL MEETUP. We're not sure yet where we'll gather; I'll scope out the Westin while I'm there on Friday. Freddie will call in again; we will have more stuff to give away. (Spoiler: I am bringing a shit-ton of This Is My Design eyeshadow. Among other things, many of them already in Atlanta with Damien.) Initially I thought the panel lasted until 2:30, but then they told me they take half an hour to clear out the rooms between panels; I still consider the meetup to be "immediately after" the panel, given how difficult it is to get through crowds, have time for food and water breaks, etc. If you want to go with me and we all troop wherever together, picking up additional fannibals as we go, feel free. One hour seems reasonable; I have two hours blocked off just in case, because...

I will have colorful pens and things I want you to sign, because I'd really like to gather up some messages from y'all to tell the producers (Bryan, Martha, and Loretta) how much we appreciate them, and maybe also plead for them to come for an official panel next year. (DOOOO IT. DO THE THING.) I'll also have a notebook for y'all to sign for Freddie; I may have one for me as well, kind of like signing yearbooks?

I may also go to the Penny Dreadful panel at 7 pm, depending on how completely exhausted I am and whether I consume actual food before that time.


If nothing else, I want to go to the Sleepy Hollow panel at 4 pm; I might get to Serialized Terror before that at 2:30. At 5:30, there's another Hannibal meetup in the Hilton (where I'm staying!). I get to relax because I'm not organizing this one; that said, there's going to be a casual photoshoot for fannibal cosplayers, who I really wanted to track down and get pictures of, so I definitely want to be there for that.

10:00-11:00 PM: DREAM LOGIC AND MURDER WIZARDRY. (Westin, same Peachtree Room as before.) It's an academic panel with just me and Damien, basically--I'm imagining it's going to sound a lot like a podcast, fun and low-key. I really, really hope people come to this, too. I'll be honest--if for some reason you want to hear me teal deer it up, I'll probably be talking more at this one than the one where I hope to make interesting but modest contributions to a conversation with five other people. This is the last panel of the day on the horror track, so--again, I may be wiped at this point, but it can run long if necessary, or it can evolve into a meetup or end up with us trooping off for refreshments afterwards, I don't know.

(This is all kind of weird to talk about, because I'm trying to fight the whole "women are always supposed to deprecate themselves and be modest to a fault" thing and be all "well, I was invited to do these panels so I should be confident about that," but at the same time, I am genuinely unsure how much anyone actually wants to come to any of this. I'm trying to prepare myself for a spectrum of eventualities here.)


The 1 pm Spirit Mediums panel in the Sheraton is relevant to my interests, so I want to go to that. Other than that... I'm willing to sleep in and laze around, I don't know. If anyone's still around on Monday and wants to hang out, a super informal meetup might could happen.

(If I can dig up some Movies in Fifteen Minutes paperbacks, I may give those away, but I don't know when or how. Probably ought to do that before people start leaving on Monday, though.)


Going home, and immediately going to bed with the massive case of con crud I am absolutely certain I will have come down with, despite my early course of Airborne and fist-bump policy.


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How exciting! I hope you have a safe trip and an amazing weekend. :D And fingers crossed that you avoid the con crud!

Thanks! I am packing SO MANY immune system supplements, I can't even tell you.

So jealous of everyone who can make it. Have fun!

I'll do that. :-) Hope you have a great time!

Use Purell like a politician.


(I mean, they're small, but still)

I'll be there for Friday & Saturday, but will be flying back to Australia on Sunday - regrettably I'll be missing out on the murder wizardry panel. Hopefully someone will record it.

Anyway be good to see you.

I've heard rumblings of recording, yeah, and if I have room on my phone, I might just set it out on the table and record the sound that way.

I also now have a signing on Friday (see next entry I'm about to post), and there's both the panel and meetup on Saturday--sounds like you'd probably be traveling by the time the other group has their meetup as well.

Sounds awesome. Have a great trip!

My packing lists have checkboxes. Especially for cons.

I hope that this turns out to be an experience mostly of wonderfulness and that you have many great and good moments. I also wanted to say that it's okay if there are moments, even hours, that aren't so great and good, because sometimes cons are like that, even for experienced folk. Take time away from stuff if you need to.

I wish I could be there. The panels sound full of delightfulness.

Yeah, I initially starred everything I might possibly want to see if I was around, and then I just ditched that and "scheduled" only the things I really, really want to see (or committed to do).

ah, dammit. managed to zap my comment. apologies in advance if I end up double posting:

every year, my girlfriends and I get pizza, drink of choice (alcoholic or not) and enjoy watching (and making fun of) the Masquerade. You're more than welcome to join us, if you would like to have some low key hang out time and general silliness. We're in the Hilton too.

I really want to go to the Sleepy Hollow panel. But there's also a huge Marvel photoshoot at the same time and I can't do both because Costumes.

Would still love to say hi over a quick cup of coffee, if your schedule allows.


~delle (mrbimble)

When is the Masquerade, off hand?

I've been taking 11-hour train rides in between my hometown and the city where I go for university for the last four years (including an emergency ride where I didn't even get a seat but I had to get back because my grandpa was dying) so while I can tell you that the American railway system cannot possibly be worse than the trains I'd taken — i lost a bag once, after taking a 15-minute nap, it contained some of my more, ahem, intimate clothing (including light jackets) and more painfully, a 1975 Canadian quarter I keep as a talisman; if you carry any small bags, make sure to stuff them under your seat near your feet! However, much though I pity missing the opportunity to go to a Hannibal convention and meeting fellow Fannibals especially you, I do NOT envy your travelling to somewhere that's also in the South in *this* time of the year; were I in your position the heat and excitement would have melted me like an icicle before I even got on the train. :P

Whatever you're drinking over at Atlanta, try adding a pinch of salt into the bottle, you're gonna need the Sodium after sweating so much. Also, see if you can buy any 风油精/風油精 ("Essensial Balm") from a local TCM apothecary, it comes in small "Potioney" bottles and works wonders in preventing heatstrokes and dizziness with its herbal contents of peppermint and eucalyptus oil and the like.

祝您一路顺风 & Good luck on your journey, Cleo! (For one thing I'm really curious to find out what you look like, considering the only other "Cleo" I ever knew was Gepetto's goldfish... :P)

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Re: Fingers crossed...

I hate hot weather, but my one saving grace is that I'm used to it--almost identical weather here in AL.

Hm--I did get Tiger Balm for sore feet; I'll have to look into that kind.

(Thanks! I'll probably end up posting a picture on Twitter once I get there Thursday night.)

Don't worry about the luggage! I went to two summer camps as a child, and my first year at camp #2, my father, my brother AND I all forgot to actually bring along the packed duffel with my brother and my clothes. So my dad drove us to the nearest store with kids clothes and bought us enough to last the week, and we made do. And we had a completely fabulous, wonderful time, which is what I remember about that week. (Albeit in some pretty amazing turquoise shorts with lime polka-dots.)

Anyhoo - having traveled a lot since then - you forget anything, you lose anything, it is always possible to pick up necessities wherever you are. Hell - you could probably just send out a request on twitter and people would bring you things.

Have THE most amazing, fantabulous, murder-wizardy time! I'm jealous of everyone getting to meet you in person.

I so wish I could be there! It sounds amazing, and I can't wait to hear how it goes.

Based on my experiences at Comic Con, I'd say half-full rooms are the norm for non-allstar panels unless they're giving out freebies. Hopefully that helps the expectations? I dunno.

Also, the revelation that you do not, in fact, resemble a Pallas cat breaks my heart a little. But I'm sure I'll move on eventually.

Yeah, although we do definitely have a big giveaway for the first panel, which I've tried to make people aware of (while not actually being able to reveal what we're giving away). That said, I'm hoping we do have some people coming to the 10 pm Sunday panel.

Traditional circle of virtual Pallas cats in virtual flower crowns has been assembled. (The virtual avocado is virtually placed in the circle's center, since one of the panels "going to sound a lot like a podcast".)

Good luck. Have fun. Be safe. Come back.

Random strangers who might attempt to critisize your appearance based on their own subjective beauty standards can go dance on LEGO. And then I'll collect their busyness cards.

Heh, thanks. As long as nothing goes too terribly awry, I'll definitely have fun. (KNOCK ON WOOD)

*prayer circle for luggage*

It looks like you have a lot of fun things lined up! Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself!

I said this before on Twitter, but: so excited for you!!! I hope you have All The Fun and catch None Of The Colds, and I hope you meet awesome people. I am ferociously jealous.