This last weekend I was at Crypticon and, as an author and a vendor selling books, I did not get it when people told me, "I don't read anymore. I just like movies." Such a disheartening thing to hear over and over. Crypticon is not a readers' convention like Norwescon or BayCon or even GenCon. It was like being in an alien environment where I just didn't get it. I didn't understand the customs and courtesies.
(As an aside, sometimes I wonder how I can be a horror writer and not like zombies. But I don't. I don't really like writing about them. I don't really like reading about them as the focus of the novel. FEED is a good example of the kind of zombie book I do like. And, I really don't like/get zombie walks. My instinct is to get the f*ck away. Not to dress up and be one of the crowd.)
After Crypticon, my friend Ryan (Yes, Ryan Macklin—From the Internet *grin*) came to visit for a couple of days and we had a grand time. Ryan and I knew each other before we became semi-famous in our respective circles. So, we can mess with each other on a level that can only come from a long friendship. While teasing each other about being "nerd famous," we both had the opportunity to express those feelings of nervousness and being mystified at such obscure celebrity.
He gets it when I am mystified at a friend of a friend's girlfriend getting excited at the knowledge that the friend games with me. I get it when Ryan is overwhelmed by compliments for his work on the Dresden Files RPG. We get it. We laugh at the situation—that we are both embarrassed by and love the attention. It's the kind of bonding thing that people only in our respective situations can have.
While teasing each other… challenges happen and Ryan challenged me to find something to seriously faze him. After all, his home is the internet and he is jaded. I have challenged Ryan to find something that seriously impresses me because, after all, I am a Swiss army knife of the publishing industry who looks at the world with a fantastical eye.
Of course, we cannot keep such a challenge to ourselves. Thus, a GenCon challenge has been born and prizes will be given.
But that's a post for another day.