Social Badges

Two posts in one day! Who knew that was possible? In any case, BookCon is upon us. And I know I’ve shared a social badges post before but I really want this to catch on at BookCon. I’ve been to other cons where these are a thing and it really makes the experience that much easier ESPECIALLY if you have social anxieties. So please wear these if you need them and respect those who are wearing them this year. Green: Talk to me! I like being social! Yellow: I’m a little shy. Please let me start the conversation. Red: Please … Continue reading Social Badges

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Social Cards

I posted a whole newbie guide for BookCon at BookedAllNight, but I wanted to help spread this section specifically. I think there are a lot of anxious BookNerds in the world and more cons should be adopting this trend. Some cons include social cards with your badges. Green for “I’m social! Please feel free to talk to me!” Yellow for “I’m a little shy. Please don’t talk to me unless I’ve instigated the conversation.” Red for “Do not talk to me.” This helps people who don’t do well with crowds (like myself). BookCon does not include these types of badges … Continue reading Social Cards

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Summer is Ending

wpid-img_20150704_132124.jpgI’ve been a very busy bee this summer. I bet you’re thinking “Whatever happened to the vlogs you were doing, Jess?” And I will tell you: adult life.

After the third Casavloga episode all I did was go to work and write more of my thesis project. Which means all I have are video clips of me in the car on the way to and from work talking about my thesis project.

And I imagine you don’t want to watch what is pretty much the same episode week after week.

Eventually I just didn’t have the time to edit the videos, especially since I didn’t have much to say in most of them except, “On my way to work… again…” Continue reading “Summer is Ending”

BookCon 2015

wpid-img_20150531_221219.jpgAs you may know, this year I had the pleasure of attending BookCon 2015, in NYC. I have to say: pretty cool but it needs some work on the organization side. There were many snafus with the autographing sessions. One author’s autographing line was capped before she was even out of her panel. Which means that the people who attended her panel did not get to get her book signed. In my own experience, I went to the James Dashner signing.wpid-img_20150530_085647.jpg

I got in line an hour and a half early so that I wouldn’t miss out on it like I did for other ticketed events (Rainbow Rowell, Steven King) and waited. I was 6th in line and was hoping to go to another panel after getting my book. Instead, BookCon made us all move. Specifically they told us we had to disburse. Well of course no one did. We’d been waiting and most of us had missed out on other events because we weren’t there early enough. Eventually a huge mob formed from all the people getting out of line but still trying to stay in the area. A mob, I might add, that wouldn’t have been there had we not been asked to move our actually organized line. I went from being 6th in line to 50th in line. At least I got to meet James Dashner and get a signed collector’s edition of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. Continue reading “BookCon 2015”