Wow what a journey to create, execute and live through a convention that I helped form! It was exciting, stressful and I have been sorting through a lot of emotions post con on a scale I've never experienced before. I am the kind of person who has these high expectations and perfectionist tendencies which make me plot and plan things down to the most minute detail. Things I don't expect others to see I notice, so I plan them anyway. I am a goof and put myself under a ton of stress doing it, but I would think so much less of myself if I didn't. To everyone I was absent from talking to online-oh my God I need to get my stuffs sorted and come back online properly. To all those who supported me and kept me sane, you have no idea how much that was greatly appreciated and needed. I am not an overly emotional or oversharing person being pretty private, but I have been an emotional pendulum since the week leading into June 24th up until now. I just needed time to get business sorted, emotions worked out and finish packing up signs and banners from this years event so that I can start moving forward with the planning stages of Magic City Con in 2016. I am starting to level back out again finally-it took me two weeks to get back to feeling a little like my old self again which is par for me.
As to Magic City Con...it was a success to many, though I can knitpick the heck out of what small things went wrong. As a first year in Birmingham, Alabama con I am proud and happy with all that went right. I have been working these past two weeks chronicling things I felt need to be improved upon, been in post con meetings and wrapping up post con business (which is immensely boring). I think my greatest regrets are that I didn't spend enough time having fun. I feel like I stressed over every small thing, worried if everyone else was having a great time that I kinda kept myself closeted away behind the scenes keeping everything running smoothly. I'd pop up from time to time on the con floor, have a laugh and enjoy the company of those who came out for the event, but for the most part, my greatest regret is not enjoying it more for just me. Folks I know on twitter, tumblr, here and facebook were all awesome and I just wish I had time to have a drink at the bar to enjoy their company, but I worked until 3 a.m. and rose at 6 a.m. to make sure that everything closed and opened right. Not having a large veteran staff, the committee and I worked overtime to make sure that we filled in so many gaps to keep our guests and panelists from realizing it. I am also a bit sad to know that the con, the group of people, and the atmosphere created this year will never quite coalesce quite the same ever again. It was fun and it went by so fast after I spent all year helping form, shape, and create it. I felt that the event days went by extremely fast and that the alarm felt like it would never ring for the next day to begin. To those who were here, I wish I had more time to chat with you, to everyone who supported or made this event a success you have no idea how grateful I am that you used your skill, talent, or spent your time and money at Magic City Con. It was truly an amazing experience to meet and work with/for you all. I truly hope you enjoyed it half as much as the folks I have had the pleasure to chat with have and hopefully we'll keep in touch and meet at other cons or just keep bumping into one another online!
Thanks for the memories!