A SPARKLER REPORTS: Who Should Go To FaerieCon?
We wanted to send a couple lucky Sparklers to cover FaerieCon this year. Tons of you sent us awesome submissions, and one of the Sparklers we chose was Emily Potter! Here is her first-hand account of her weekend amongst the faeries!
I went to FaerieCon last weekend and expected to enjoy myself, meet new people, and possibly spend a little money on cute things. I got so much more than that!
I consider myself to be a high-functioning introvert. If someone starts a conversation with me, I can reply, sometimes even be witty. If I make accidental eye-contact I will smile, instead of being frozen in terror. But at heart I am an introvert, and I was terrified to be going to this event on my own. So imagine my surprise when I didn't once feel like sinking into a hole in the floor. I even tripped over a chair at one point and was able to joke about it with the people who saw. People I had never met before. I JOKED with STRANGERS about TRIPPING.
And then I compiled a list of the kind of people I thought would love this event.
People with too much time
People without any time
People who prefer to... show a little more skin
People who want to be inspired
Anyone with an open mind
Some people with closed minds
Any and all genders
Same goes for orientations
People whose lives are a mess
Groups of friends
Groups of enemies
Groups of frenemies
Those who love Faeries
Those who detest Faeries
When I left on Sunday night, I was a little sad. I missed it already. But I was also already planning for next year. Being around so many inspiring people who were so confident in who they were and accepting of others was incredible, and I cannot wait to do it again!