I am from western PA.
I love Pennsylvania. I love it. There’s nothing like coming home from wherever I currently live, as I drive through the country and enter into the world of my birthplace.
All the years I’ve been away at college and life, I still consider this place to be the heart of my home.
But there are some advantages to living in Atlanta. I like the city-suburb life. There’s a lot of entertainment down there, and the industry is growing. Down in Atlanta, they have “Follywood,” or Fake Hollywood. There have been several movies made there since I migrated there. It seems like a good place for me, as a writer, at least in theory.
PA, especially between Pittsburgh and Philly, doesn’t have a lot of what I would call significant venues for writers.
So I was pretty shocked to learn about #Scifivalleycon, where Sci-fi and fantasy people come and celebrate and attend panels and buy stuff. It’s been going on since 2012, apparently.
I signed up for it, and got in.
So that’s how I more or less ended up home this week. I’m signed up as one of their guest artists/creators. It’s three days long, and since my high school doesn’t seem to be up to organizing a reunion for my graduating class this year, I’m counting it as my high school reunion.
I’m not going to lie. I’m nervous. I’m not entirely looking forward to it. I don’t really like the idea of running into certain people, even after all these years, even if I would love to prove to them I turned out relatively normal. (I’m probably still not good enough for them, though. The big difference this time is that I’m aware of that, and I’m okay with it.)
I also don’t like being in public, or trying to play salesman.
But I’m here.
I believe that god rewards courage. I’m hoping he will. And I’m hoping that if you’re in the area, you’ll stop by and see me and talk to me, and we’ll be able to better pretend we belong.
Hope to see you there!
Check out the details at http://www.scifivalleycon.com/