So once again, I ended up missing #WriteFriday. But this time it was because I was travelling to Minneapolis for 4th Street Fantasy! 4th Street Fantasy is the the science fiction and fantasy writing conference that my brother and I went to last year. Being our second year, things were a little bit different because we actually knew some people. So it was pretty great getting to catch up with friends from last year!
This time around, Alex (who bought our passes) gave us both nicknames. So I was Shauna “The Yellow Dart” Kosoris and he was Alex “Core-soris” Kosoris. Sadly, only one person asked me about the nickname over the entire weekend (and I don’t think anyone asked him about his). But that’s okay; we’ve already got future nicknames figured out (which will probably spark a lot more conversation than these ones did!)
Anyway, this year, much like last year, we drove in on Friday. We made it in time to catch the very end of one of the panels (we sat down and then the applause started). But that was okay. We registered, met up with friends, and had a good discussion during the Intermediate Writers discussion.
Saturday was a whole day of panels. Like last year, 4th Street Fantasy only has one track, so no one needs to decide what to go and listen to. This was the day I started taking pictures of all the panelists (which I’ll hopefully be putting up on flickr soon). I even managed to fit a little bit of writing in somehow during the day, even though it was super busy.
On Sunday, we stayed for the morning panels, then after a last lunch with friends, started the trip back home. Just getting away was a nice treat in and of itself. But beyond that, just being at 4th Street Fantasy makes me want to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to save some of that energy and direct it into my still untitled StoryNexus game.
Of course, 4th Street Fantasy also makes me want to read everything. People throw book titles around like mad during the panels, so I always want to check those out. Alex and I also stopped at a few bookstores along the way, where I picked up a few more books. So now I need to choose between both writing and reading. Hopefully I’ll be able to make the time for both this summer!