This weekend I attended Salt City Steamfest in Salt Lake City. This cozy steampunk convention has the highest density of people in costume I think I’ve seen compared to other conventions, and it was a blast! (Check out steampunk Ursula poising to stab me with her trident:)
One of my favorite things about small conventions is that authors and artists I know will often recruit each other to fill in last-minute on panels that are missing people or that conflict with other scheduling commitments someone has made. When I’m recruited, this becomes a really fun opportunity to network with new artists and to dive into a discussion, seeing what interesting things we come up with to explore between panel and audience.
I was not able to sign up as a panelist at this particular convention, so it delighted me to be spontaneously included in two panels. One panel was made up entirely of Xchyler-published authors discussing “Writing Steampunk for Fun and Profit,” on what it takes to become a good writer. The other panel I sat on with Scott Taylor, and, for the first time, with Paul Genesse as our fabulous, charismatic moderator discussed “The Science of Steampunk.”
Other authors and artists I had the opportunity to mingle with this weekend included Candice Thomas (author of the Vivatera series), Jason King (author of Valcoria and Lure of Fools), Cody Langille with the Horror Writers of America, Kelli and Carter Reid, Nathan Shumate, Jay and Julie Barnson, Sctt Tarbet, Kelly and John Olsen, and so many more.
I always learn something new, and the circle of familiar faces expands with each event I attend. Thank you, Steamfest-ites, and all you creative people for a lovely weekend. I look forward to seeing many of you again at Salt Lake Comic Con in September!