I had also gone to the Monterey Aquarium (I may have mentioned that before). It was cool, but I think, to get the most out of it, you really need a kid there with you. Two grown adults wandering around don't tend to linger on much of anything, so it's an expensive hour.
World Fantasy this year, I tried a different tack than I have done in the past. I only went to readings. No panels. I saw a lot of great readings, too. Carol Berg, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jeff VanderMeer, Patricia McKillip, Peter Straub, and more. Good stuff.
It was great to hang out with my old friends, like Paul Genesse and Brad Beaulieu. I also met a bunch of cool new people (writers and industry folks), like Barbara Webb, Vince Jorgensen, Martin Cox, Joseph Vasicek, and others that I'm sure I'll remember when I get that one part of my brain back from the shop.
Like all cons where you have something "at stake", it varied from, "this is so great," to, "I'm terrified and alone." Totally worth it though. I felt very unprepared this time, and I didn't really pitch anything. Doing two cons in a row is probably a bit much. Still, the stars aligned, and I had to go for it.
I'll talk more about WF in later posts. Thanks for dropping in.