Gail's Favorite 10 Convention Commandments ~ Did She Follow Them?
1. Thou shalt follow the 6, 2, 1 rule. At least six hours sleep, two full meals (one of them a big breakfast), and one bath.
So, before I start a day-by-day summation, Gentle Readers, I am sure at
least a few of you are out there wondering whether I followed my own
rules at the Godzilla of Conventions ~ San Diego Comic Con.
I usually try for 8, 3, 2. I ended up around 7, 2, 1.5 I managed a
swim, hot tub mini soak, and shower every morning, and soaked my feet
every night (saved my bacon, that did). I ate a good big breakfast from
the hotel (egg white omelet, lots of veg, a decent espresso) and managed
some kind of dinner at some point of an evening, mostly delicious.
Lunch rather got lost but I had snacks and tea so I made it fine.
2. Thou shalt wear deodorant but not perfume.
of the swim I had to slather on coconut skin cream each day followed by
sun screen ~ so I did small a bit like food. I remembered my deodorant
every day. Although I did panic on Saturday thinking I had forgotten.
3. Thou shalt tip thy maids.
4. Thou shalt wear layers.
need them. After the first day out and about, I left my wraps behind
during the day, only needing them at night. I found my vintage wear plus
nylons was perfect for the inside AC and I was only a tad warm Saturday
standing out in the hot sun in a corset. The only time I was cold was
at the Eisners.
5. Honor thy moderator.
I hope so. You'd have to ask them.
6. Thou shalt carry badge, ID, business cards, phone, cash, name tent, mints,
floss individually wrapped toothpicks, tissues, pain killers & other meds, compact, snacks, and water upon thy person at all times.
I did loose my badge on Sunday ~ story to come. I had ID and needed it
at the bars in the evening, never really needed business cards, always
remembered my phone (which is amazing in an of itself, and
it!), had cash (but never needed it), used the mints and offered them
to others, substituted little individually wrapped tooth picks for floss
(so useful, new favorite thing), carried handkerchiefs, had and took
pain killers, no room for compact (contemplating investing in a
baby-sized one), had and ate snacks (very important), ending up buying
water inside the convention center more than anything else. I'm a bit of
a snob about tap water, yech. The AB was militant on the matter of my
Could I just say? ALWAYS take a mint if you are
being offered one! Always. Sometimes it is a very delicate hint. Take
the hint, protect the innocent.
7. Thou shalt not eat raw onions.
plopped them in on me at breakfast one morning but I caught it in time.
I missed my egg whites with salsa fresca (a favorite start to the day)
but it was worth it.
8. Thou shalt follow the protocols of
cosplay. (No realistic weapons, no sticky substances AKA the PB and J
rule, no view obstructing wings or hats, be aware of your costumed
I had no difficulties personally on this front with
others. I accidentally beaned one person with my parasol but both person
and parasol emerged unscathed. I apologized profusely. So embarrassing.
Thou shalt not put a backpack on a large man. (Nothing worse than being
a short female constantly whacked in the face by a backpack-wielding
Sasquatch, particularly on planes.)
There were many offenders but I avoided being knocked out myself.
10. Thou shalt shalt not dress like a slob.
I hope I avoided this, you will get to judge for yourself over on Retro Rack
for the next few weeks.
Gail's Favorite 10 Comic Con Commandments ~ Did She Follow Them?
1. Thou shalt apply the buddy system and schedule places and times to meet.
and I learned you have to be very very precise. The deck outside the
mezzanine level is a good spot. And if you are staying at the Hilton
Bayfront this is also the very best way to get into and out of the
convention period. After getting my badge I never once went in via the
front of the convention center. Apart from that, texting seemed to work
pretty well for organizing meet-ups, nothing else did.
Thou shalt make friends in line and speak loudly when leaving the buddy
(to save your space) so those around know you will return. (But do not
do so with only 15 minutes left.)
Fortunately for me, I never had
to wait in line. I also didn't really got to any panels, I was awful
busy with my own stuff. I must have missed some good things though, the
lines were insane.
Thou shalt not walk the entire exhibition hall in one day. (For low it
is four miles or more to do all the isles, sayith Tom Galloway.)
really only went in on Thursday (to say hi to my publisher and sign the
swag) and a bit on Sunday. It was too crowded for me the rest of the
time and I was mainly unimpressed with the wears. The commercial stuff
doesn't interest me and the artisans were the same as turn up at regular
SF/F conventions or steampunk gatherings or faire. The small press and artist sections were fun but by
comparison, not really that big.
4. Remember the bathroom locations, keep them holy.
Absolutely. Again I found he ones on the upper two levels were best, I still stood in line, but never that long.
5. Honor thy fellow author's survival tips.
I tried very hard. The biggest tip I didn't blog about was the back Mezzanine entrance (see above). Invaluable.
6. Thou shalt wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
Yes! I wore wingtip derby flats
the whole time, and thank goodness I did. I would have liked heels for
the evening events within the hotel, but I'm glad I wore flats because
even when we took a taxi we often ended up walking the last six blocks
back to the hotel. It was faster in the gaslight district.
7. Thou shalt not commit to cab or pedi-cab without address. (And in the case of a pedi-cab, price up front.)
should amend this by adding it's a good idea to follow the cab's doings
on your phone GPS if you have it as well. And correct the driver when
he goes astray. With one exception, every taxi I took was utterly inexcusably incompetent
I have had this experience in San Diego before. I should add that in
the future, if I go again, I'm scheduling all dinners and other meetings
within the vicinity of my hotel. No taxis!
8. Thou shalt leave thirty minutes to an hour to get anywhere.
I found the flow and knew where I was going and used the back entrance
to the convention, I only needed 15 minutes from my hotel.
9. Thou shalt not ask unto thee inane questions of security guards (stormtroopers are more helpful).
almost never spotted a storm trooper and the one time I asked a
security guard he was very helpful indeed, but then I only wanted to
know the nearest exit.
10. Thou shalt not covet an over-abundance of swag. (Or, thou shalt plan ahead with a prepaid shipping boxes.)
had a prepaid USPS flat rate box, the concierge promised to ship it to
us. We shall see when we get it. The hotel also had UPS so we could have
done that on Monday instead. The AB only collected enough swag to fill
the one small box, after all it wasn't really the reason we were there.
We probubly could have fit it into our suitcases.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
I shield in the name of fashion. I accessorize for one and for all!
The Parasol Protectorate gets a new member.
Quotes of the Day:
Favorites from the convention:
"Gail, I must say your fans are the best dressed."
~ Derek the Darling 5AB Room King (all my panels were in 5AB)
"Gail, I must say you have the politest fans."
~ One of the Mysterious Galaxy Minions (who handled both my signings)
Politest and best dressed? Yes!!!!