So one word reviews come to mind like: “Wow.”, and “Wow!”, or even “Wow?”.
It was intense, rewarding, exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, and a whirlwind. I met fans, saw famous folks (Anthony Bourdain and I premiered books at the same Comic-Con!), checked out the future and the past of gaming and entertainment, and could not believe how awesome some of the costumes were.
I noticed that for the first few hours, most people walked around in a daze, and no matter what type of person they were, they almost all had a smile — where looks of shock and awe weren’t already plastered. I myself felt like that after about ten hours, but then I would make a new fan, and the tired feeling washed away from my limbs.
I met fathers with young daughters in costume, mothers helping their fledgling artist or writer sons, folks who worked for Lucasfilm and quit to make safer toys for their kids, and people who obviously had a passion for their heroes.
I sat just 25 feet from Brandon Sanderson for 4 days, the leading new voice in my genre. I counted how many steps it would take for me to get where he is…seems longer than 25 feet.
I got a card from a movie producer…that’s probably not going anywhere. I got cards from some up and coming podcasters…that may well be.
I got new followers on Twitter, and new friends on Facebook. I had two guys email me that they had finished the book and were already awaiting book 2 before I even got on the plane home.
I spent my birthday convincing very picky readers that I was writing their next favorite fantasy, and I got my picture with an admiral from Starfleet Command.
All in all, I’d say it was a success…and a blast…and a tornado of exhaustion and excitement…one I can’t wait to do again.