World Con 2013 – Tabitha Partied Til She Dropped!

October 18, 2013 About Me, Event 28

Have you ever wanted to go to a book convention? Now, I’m not talking about Book Expo America (which is a trade show) – but a book convention with tons of author panels, books signings, vendors, and artist alley, and usually an award ceremony. If you haven’t you totally should! Last month I was lucky enough to attend the 71st World Science Fiction Convention! I know I’m really late on my recap but I wanted to share with you some awesome photos from my time there. It was a week of fun and of making new friends that I will always treasure!

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Let’s start the first night off with an elevator party! Now for WorldCon – it is also jokingly known as “BarCon” – why you might ask? Because shortly after dinner time rolls around the convention hotel Bar/Lounge area turns into one non stop mingling barfest. Whoever you don’t run into at the bar you will bump elbows with in the elevators on the way up to the party floors upstairs.

Elevator Party

(Some of the folks in this picture: David Wohlreich (one of my book soul mates, an aspiring author and all around freaking awesome guy), author Sam Sykes, author Ramez Naam, (was on some blow your mind interesting panels on A.I. the mind and pretty much anything freaking fantastic in relation to sci-fi) and the lovely Molly, author Chuck Wendig, author Kevin Hearne, author Hugh Howey) – by the way after the first night they set a 5 person limit on the elevators.

Ok, so what goes on at these parties? Mingling, drinking, networking, and bug eating – yeah I said bug eating...the first party I went to on my first official convention night there was a table full of bugs appetizers. Eat one and win a book.  I peer pressured my new buddy Wesley Chu into eating one with me. I had to – he got me hooked on scotch.


(author Wesley Chu & Tabitha) He wrote a campy sci fi alien spy book called The Lives of Tao…that really isn’t an accurate description though so you better read my fabulous review of it!

I may be crying by Wesley looked like he was going to hurl! I can still remember the feeling of the little legs stuck in my teeth and throat.

Wes Tab drinking

I met so many fabulous authors but the one I was always stalking, because of course I am his stalker *Shecky eat your heart out* was Chuck Wendig. I think I was going for a record of how many times I could hug this guy. It got to the point where I would see him across the room and raise my arms up. Hopefully that didn’t freak him the hell out too much!? Eh if it did he’ll live. CHUCK WENDIG! If you haven’t you should read his blog it is amazeballsblowyourmindcussfest amazing! and pick up one of his books stat! See my review of Blackbirds and Mockingbird and Under the Empyrean Sky!

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(Tabitha and author Chuck Wendig)






(left to right: author Adam Christopher, Tabitha and author Kevin Hearne.  Adam wrote Empire State, Age Atomic & Seven Wonders. Read a review of Empire State from The Ranting Dragon! I plan to read this baby soon! Kevin Hearne is the author of the Iron Druid series which I have heard nothing but good things about!

kevin hearne

Have I mentioned that Adam Christopher gave me the first bound manuscript of THE BURNING DARK? It comes out in March 2014 – I already devoured it and loved it of course. I threatened to wrestle several large men for that book. It would have looked something close to a rabid squirrel attacking a bear. I so could have taken them!


(author Adam Christopher, The Burning Dark and one extremely happy Tabitha)


(Brandon Sanderson and his HUGO Awards…isn’t he nice he let me hold one! My review of SteelheartThe Emperor’s Soul, and The Rithmatist)


(Jason M. Hough author of The Dawin Elevator – thats right read my review and then go read the book!)

Jason is such an awesome guy. I got to hang out with him and a few other authors quite a bit. I can’t say enough how nice he was to me at WorldCon and even invited me along as his plusOne to a swanky Penguin / Random House party up in a needle …picture Seattle’s Needle but not so tall.


(George R.R. Martin and me holding his HUGO Award!)

I even ran into Rory McCann in the bar! You know the actor who plays The Hound in the HBO TV Show GAME OF THRONES!


(Tabitha & The Hound – Rory McCann)


I was a tad bit jealous that The Hound choked my buddy Wesley so Chuck choked me instead. Here I am Choking the The Chuck!


(author Jay Posey of THREE and Tabitha) – Jay came out to dinner with my and my awesome buddy Chris and we all ate at a seafood place called DICKS. Yeah that’s right. You guys might remember I read/review THREE earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It still remains one of my favorite reads for this year. I cannot rave about it enough. Go pick up a copy if you like post-apocalyptic fiction!


(Tabitha and author Paolo Bacigalupi of The Windup Girl, and Shipbreaker – both awesome sounding books! I loved all the panels he was on – an interesting guy and he said I could quote him saying that he felt really vindicated when he finally started making more money than the would have if he’d spent the past 10 years working at a McDonalds! If I got that wrong Paolo just hit me over the head and correct me! For all of you readers out there – just remember how small of a percentage that author makes on his work.  Being an author/writer is a labor of love!)


(L.E. Modesitt Jr. & Tabitha) This man is a living legend in the fantasy genre. If you haven’t heard of him you should give him a whirl and read his Saga of Recluce books!


(Tabitha & author Gini Koch) She writes the alien Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt books! It’s sci-fi meets urban fantasy.


(Tabitha & author Gail Carriger) That’s right folks she writes The Parasol Protectorate books! Every day and night of the con she was even lovelier than the day before. I think she must have traveled with a steamer trunk full of fabulous clothes and accessories. Her steampunk panels were awesome!


(Tabitha & Angry Robot editor Lee Harris) This is my book soul mate right here. I haven’t read a book edited by him yet that I haven’t loved. Now when I do? I’ll have to beat the living crap out of him because he has set the bar high when it comes to finding excellent authors!


(author Max Gladstone & Tabitha…in the very very dark – it’s a bar get over it!) He is the author of an urban fantasy Three Parts Dead which I will be reading next week! Check out my buddy Wendy’s review of it over at The Bibliosanctum.


(Tabitha & author Madeline Ashby) I read and fracking LOVED her books vN and iD


(author Adam Christopher, author Robert Jackson Bennet, author Chuck Wendig, Tabitha & Justin Landon)


(Justin Landon and Tabitha) Justin was one of the only other bloggers I ran into at WorldCon – he also helped put together one rocking night of Drinks with Authors. He runs the Speculative Fiction blog Staffers Book Review. He’s not that short – he’s actually a giant.


(Marc Palmieri and Tabith – he is one of the awesome editors over at Tor Books!)

(Tabitha and author Paul Cornell) – Such a wonderful guy and an awesome public speaker – he was the ToastMaster at WorldCon and he was constantly able to make people laugh. I am seriously looking forward to reading his urban fantasy book LONDON FALLING!


(Tabitha and editor Ellen Datlow!) – Ellen is my favorite short story anthology editor! See my review of Hauntings

This isn’t the kind of convention where you are going to come home with a ton of “free loots” like you see people coming back with from BEA or RomCon. Yes, there are about 2 to 4 free books you will get each day at the goody table but that is pretty much it. Everything else you will be buying – and oh baby did I buy a ton of books! What makes it great is that there are so many authors there and you can chat with them, have real conversations to get to know them more. Whereas at BEA you are rushed through a line and you never get to say more than one sentence or two – here you would get some actual quality time.


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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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28 Responses to “World Con 2013 – Tabitha Partied Til She Dropped!”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Unfortunately, they were not candy covered. Pretty much just dry roasted I think. So you got each bug in their full unadulterated flavor. I had a huge grasshopper – but Adam Christopher ate a freaking Rhinoceros beetle!! He said there was a gooey filling inside.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’m really glad I decided to go even though I flew out there by myself. I hooked up with an old coworker who lives in a different state now and we buddied around a bunch but then also sometimes it was just nice to be on my own you know? Heck my mom even drove to my hotel from another part of Texas and had dinner with us and stayed one night in the hotel. Though honestly as soon as dinner was over I headed straight to the parties LOL.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I think there were probably a bunch of people that felt that way. I normally don’t have a problem talking to complete strangers. I’m so weird and pushy like that.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah, definitely not considered a lot. Have you seen the huge stacks of books that people come back with from BEA or the Romantic Times Book Convention? You could fill a suitcase with how many books you’d get free from either of those. World Science Fiction Con and World Fantasy Con though you’ll have an excellent opportunity to actually mingle with the authors. I have been to RomCon once like 8 or so years ago and I didn’t get to mingle with them like I did this year at WorldCon.

  1. April

    SO jealouslikeajellyfishonjello that you got to rub elbows and mingle with such awesome peeps!

  2. Rachelle Lerner

    I’m glad you got to meet Railroad (George R.R. Martin) He is a great guy. I have volunteered at World Cons and have meet big names in SciFi. You meet some that will be big names in the future. I have been going to Philcon for many years. I get to meet the artists now, more than writers.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah it was a lot of fun. Honestly I was more excited about meeting the newer authors that I’ve been reading this year rather than GRRM. While his books are good I don’t love them like I have loved these other books by the other authors I was able to hang out with. I love the artist area some of the work was so awesome. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yeah – that was definitely a bonding experience …the grasshoppers. I’m just glad they were out of Rhino beetles by the time I got to the party!

  3. Lanaia

    Tabitha, I kinda hate you now, but I want to be your friend, so can you take me with you next year maybe?!
    Whyyy do I have to live in this freakin Europe!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      As long as you buy your airplane ticket! I offered 4 different friends to pay for their Convention ticket and entire cost of hotel because I didn’t want to go alone.- all they would have had to pay was their own food and a plane ticket. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM TURNED ME DOWN!!

      Now I don’t mind so much that I ended up going alone because I was able to run around like crazy and have so much fun and make so many new friends. WorldCon is in London next year! You should go! I’m not going because I want to make it to 2 different cons next year and that plane ticket would eat too much of my budget.

      • Lanaia

        What?! You have some weird friends! 😀 I’m really thinking about going to London next year, it would be sooo amazing to meet George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Gail Carriger! I can’t even think about it! And all other authors, too, of course! Now I just need to save some money 🙂

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          Weird friends indeed. I think most people just don’t want to use hard earned vacation days on a trip like this. For me this was one of the best vacations ever!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It really was so much fun! The panels were great and the authors were all so nice. I pretty much hung out with various different authors the entire time. I totally think more fans should be attending these kinds of events!