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Vividcon was amazing. Just amazing. It was the best time I've ever had there. I didn't have a social meltdown or need to hide or anything.

Tech stuff went well. It was all very low stress and everybody was super helpful. The vidshows were all fantastic (I saw nearly all of them by the end of the weekend). I wish I had been able to attend more panels, but it wasn't happening.

Club Vivid was a grand old time. I cosplayed as Joel Hodgson from MST3K and brought along a Tom Servo I bought off of Etsy. He was a big hit!

There were so many excellent vids! So many. I feel like I should make a list but it's so haaaaaard. Maybe later? Probably not. Maybe?

It was so great to see so many amazing people again, like the entire concom team, as well as [personal profile] settiai[personal profile] bironic[personal profile] bradcpu, [personal profile] thirdblindmouse, [personal profile] shati, and the lady who jumped into my arms after Premieres, [personal profile] fan_eunice . I also got to connect better with [personal profile] lola[ profile] ghosttownexit00, and [personal profile] dira, who are awesome people and I really enjoyed the conversations. There's a bunch of other people who were significant and awesome from the weekend that aren't named above. You can assume one of the following regarding any omissions:

1. It slipped my mind just now because it's been nearly a month and I'm terrible.
2. I remembered the experience but the fannish name is escaping me at this late hour.
3. We vowed never to speak of it again. We take it to our grave.

Something that became clear soon after Vividcon, though, is that I don't get to see my out-of-town friends enough. It's hard to reconnect with dozens of people over a single weekend. And I really want to stay closer to my Vividcon people and it's so easy for me to just sort of drift off. I want to be more connected. I want to write emails and beta vids and offer advice and go visit and maybe a bunch of us meet up in a non-Vividcon setting and hang out or go to a theme park or museum or something.

I have a therapist friend who says I'm an introvert masquerading as an extrovert. I think I'm just an enthusiastic introvert who loves people. I just need to be able to run away or do quiet-together time. Or I need to be like, the most caffeinated. That is also an option.

Short version: I love you guys and I miss you guys.

Date: 2016-09-07 03:10 pm (UTC)
laurashapiro: a woman sits at a kitchen table reading a book, cup of tea in hand. Table has a sliced apple and teapot. A cat looks on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] laurashapiro
Love you and miss you too! I'm glad you had such a great time.

Date: 2016-09-07 06:51 pm (UTC)
kass: white cat; "kass" (Default)
From: [personal profile] kass
an enthusiastic introvert who loves people. I just need to be able to run away or do quiet-together time.

omg I resemble this remark.


It was wonderful to see you at VVC.

Date: 2016-09-07 08:35 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
<3s to you as well! :)

Date: 2016-09-07 09:51 pm (UTC)
littleheaven: (Angel Friends Are Forever by Psychofilly)
From: [personal profile] littleheaven
Ha, I think I'm also an introvert masquerading as an extrovert. Working from home has been an interesting experience. I love the solitude, but I occasionally find myself desperate for someone to talk to. I want to be more connected to my vidding friends, too. It's hard to be sooooo far away from everyone else. I think we need to get back on IRC more regularly. I've been very remiss about checking in lately.

Date: 2016-09-07 11:53 pm (UTC)
niqaeli: cat with arizona flag in the background (Default)
From: [personal profile] niqaeli
I have called myself an outgoing introvert for a long time. And I think it is a useful concept! I find large groups of people either draining or terrifying or sometimes both, but I am usually fine with medium sized ones if I know most of the people already (so, family and friends I do fine with and I can deal with larger groups of people I know than I can of people I don't). And I love small groups people, ie, not more than about 5 other folks!

But there's limits, because being around anyone that's not someone I live with or my braintwin or a very few other people does require an investment of my brain and energy. It isn't that I don't enjoy seeing people! I love seeing people! But I don't get energy from it, it takes energy, which I feel is basically the definition of an introvert.

Date: 2016-09-10 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm very glad that your con was a good one this year. Personally, I thought your JoelnTom cosplay was amaaazing.

My weekend at VVC is basically a series of times set aside for one on one quiet time with the people I have waited all year to see, because I'm deeply introverted. Without that, I don't think I could come to VVC, or function there. It gives me too much anxiety, even though I've been there every year since the very beginning. Partly because I have tried the last few years to make new connections with people I would like to get to know, like you, and end up feeling like I have definitively failed, and that the connection isn't welcome at all by others. Which makes me sad, and sometimes reinforces my feeling that it's easier not to try.

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