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No #WriteTuesday this week – I didn’t get anything done because of ThunderCon. I was the official event photographer, so that meant I got to wander around with my camera and take pictures of everything. It was exhausting but a lot of fun! I took over 1000 pictures on my Nikon for the event! Plus some more on my phone which went on the ThunderCon Twitter account (@TBayThunderCon). A lot of them are doubles (I shot multiples of most things so I could use the best ones); I’ll only be posting the best ones.  Right now the day 1 pictures (straight out of the camera – I did not do any touch-ups on them) are posted on ThunderCon’s Facebook page; I also posted most of them on my Flickr Photostream (ThunderCon asked for pictures of the booths – the booth pictures without people in them are not on my Photostream). I’m hoping to get the day 2 pictures (straight out of the camera) up soon!

ThunderCon 2019 Day 1 - 96

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Ad Astra 2015

A few months ago, my brother mentioned that he was going to a science fiction and fantasy convention called Ad Astra.  I’ve never heard of Ad Astra before, but I jumped at the chance to go to something relatively local.  So I invited myself along, too.

Ad Astra wasn’t a professional conference, like all of the other writing and game development related events I have gone to.  Instead it was more of a fan-based event, much like how I imagine PAX might be (but a lot smaller).  So Alex and I both decided we would dress up for one of the two days we were going for (we didn’t know it at the time, but Ad Astra actually started on Friday night; I flew in at that time and missed the first day’s activities, so for me the convention started on the Saturday).  I was going to dress up on the second day, too, but my second hat didn’t exactly fit in my suitcase.

Ad Astra was a lot of fun.  It felt really inclusive, like there was something for everyone.  Like Lego?  Dr. Who?  Horror?  Anime?  Board games?  All of the above and more?  Then there’s definitely something for you.  Alex and I went to a whole bunch of panels.  I picked up some awesome stuff from the Dealer Room (that Dutch Licorice tea is amazing btw!) We met some awesome people and just generally had a great time.  I’m hoping to get back to Ad Astra again next year.  We were also invited to Can Con in the fall; I’m hoping we’ll be able to make it there, too!

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