I think Hypericon can best be classed as a "fancon", i.e. a convention for fans, as opposed to others that are held that are intended more for authors or aspiring authors, artists, etc. The fancon is what the "con" was originally created as, a bunch of crazy people who like the same TV show or whatever getting together in a hotel ballroom and hanging out. They've been doing it since B'Jo Trimble got the Star Trek cons rollling in the sixties and probably before then.
The modern con still traces its roots back to the sixties, though, if you ask me. I've only been to a couple - once as a kid I went to a comic-book convention in Pittsburgh, and snagged bootleg copies of some great Jacky Chan movies, and a couple of years ago I crashed DragonCon with my brother and friends, figuring you didn't need a badge to really get into the action. Overall both were pretty similar and from reading the programs and tellings from others I figure the same model holds. They are all culturally derived from the sixties idea of the "happening", like Woodstock, outwardly aspiring to be totally unscripted "be-ins" where everyone gets laid and does the Vulcan mind-meld on each other, there's no real program and it's just a fun time.
Of course, this never happens. DragonCon's badge-sniffers blocked us at every turn into an area we should have paid to be able to get into, like the concerts. Hippie anarachy quickly breaks down into hard-nosed totalitarianism, or at least that's how it looks to the hippies. Reality has to set in eventually, even if the organizers do their best to hold it back from the throngs that attend these things. So the whole vibe still runs through a con, even though you can sniff out the undercurrent. It's the kind of thing where you can just try to enjoy yourself for a while and not worry too much about having to show your badge everywhere.
I have no idea what Hypericon will be like. The schedule is the standard "be-in" fare, lots of informal descriptions. I figure it'll be just like any other con.
With one big difference.
The Big Difference is that I will aim to not be invisible for once. Instead of being the guy who fades quietly into the background, the anonymous guy in the black-and-white picture taken at some historical event that can be listed only as "(13) Unidentified", I will be promoting a goddamn book. I will have no choice since DA WIFE will be riding me like a pony the whole way and doing her best even when not around me to hand out my cards and annoy everyone with tales of how I should be the one on the panels instead of these nobodies. Well, women can get away with that kind of stuff.
I went to work on the book the other day and couldn't. It was a different feeling than usual. I wasn't walled off from the Infinite, that source of all creativity, frustrated in my efforts to write a story. It was just that, I finally figured out, the story was over. Either that or I was sick of working on it.
I guess we'll see. My only first reader is my wife. I don't know anyone else who has time to sit and read a book. Here's hoping that she's not so far off the deep end that her liking it actually means it's good.
And now I have to find another project. I must have fifteen stories sitting around, half-finished, more like a quarter finished. I could write any one of them, or fold them into something else ...
The other day I went to a local used-book store. As with most used-book stores, it was mostly a waste of time. God bless these people but seriously, their shelves are full of shit. I guess they can't help it. All the good stuff is on eBay now. And, walking through the rooms, looking at all the books, I thought to myself, why not me? Most of these books are shit. But someone published them, someone bought them, someone else will buy them on the used market.
So it's put-up-or-shut-up time. I figure I'll either succeed or commit ritual suicide. Follow it all here! Heh.
Up next is the first chapter of the book I've been slaving over. I call it: