Unconventional Authors: A Day at ConDorCon by Lily Schultz
Both local authors and those from other states came to San Diego to set up a table at ConDorCon, the longest running fantasy convention in the area. The convention started on March 3rd and runs for two days, wrapping up on the 5th. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the convention on the second day.
My first stop was at the Vendor Hall, where I met the people behind Backyard Space Opera, the founders of Isoppie, and representatives from the San Diego chapter of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). There were also several authors there, including Andy Peloquin, author of the Queen of Thieves series; and Marie Andreas, author of books like The Sapphire Manticore and The Glass Gargoyle. I also spoke with H. Paul Hosinger author of To Honor You Call Us. His story was very interesting – when I asked him how he’d gotten into writing, he told me that his wife (a career writer herself) had insisted he sit down and write a book after hearing him complain about the scientific inaccuracies in the sci-fi genre one too many times. So he did – and then he wrote two more. He also spoke briefly about publishing – all three of his books were traditionally published, but he also has digital versions available for each one.
Leaving the Vendor Hall behind, I made my way into the main building. I had arrived too late for many of the panels, but there was one I was particularly interested in that was about to start – The Congress of Villainy.
The Congress of Villainy was a UN-style arrangement of people representing villainous groups. Present at this Congress was the Queen of Hearts, the Xenomorphs, the Hacker Underground, the Zombie Coalition, and Dolores Umbridge. I introduced myself as a representative of Hel, Norse goddess of death, and the session began. By the end of the two hour session, we had decided to poke Sauron in the eye with a big stick; round up all hobbits and give their brains to the Zombie Coalition, the bodies to the Xenomorphs, and the souls to me, hold a battle royal for the One Ring, and exile Dolores Umbridge.
ConDorCon was a fun experience – and an educational one. By talking to published authors and members of San Diego’s many writing societies, I learned a few tricks of the trade that many other aspiring authors had learned the hard way. Hopefully I’ll be able to go again next year!