This was my first time at Geek Girl Con, and it definitely won't be the last.
A much smaller con than PAX Prime (4,300 versus 70,000+), Geek Girl Con feels much more intimate. You'll run into the same people much of the weekend, and it has a great 'we live in the same neighborhood' feel.
Without even seeking her out, I saw Jane Espenson several times throughout the weekend just walking around. I'm such a fan of her work on Buffy and Firefly. I went to one of her panels later in the weekend and she said one of my favorite quotes of the con speaking about writing for Buffy and other shows, "It's just fanfic in script form that you get paid for and then it becomes a television show."
I met Espenson later in the weekend as well as so many others including Denise Crosby and Jennifer Hepler... and then did a few panels with some wonderfully creative people.
Life as a Lone Wolf: Tips for a Successful Freelance Career with writer and marketing guru Hilary Heskett Shapiro, Holly Conrad and Jessica Merzian from Crabcat Industries, moderated by writer Bonnie Burton (CNET, Star Wars Craft book, Vaginal Fantasy Book Club, and about a thousand other things)
Playing God: What it Takes to Create a Universe on worldbuilding with BioWare writer and author Patrick Weekes, BioWare lead editor Karin Weekes, Hilary Heskett Shapiro, and moderated by Geek Portland's Kenna Conklin.
It's Not Too Dangerous to Go Alone: Finding the Bravery to Do It Yourself (a reprise of our PAX Prime panel) with Hilary Heskett Shapiro, musician Marian Call, PDX Browncoats' Kara Helgren, and moderated by Kenna Conklin
Hilary and I had our very own book signing, spent a lot of time strategizing for our new business venture (to be announced early 2014), played a rousing game of 13th Age led by Patrick, and had a general fun time networking and enjoying Seattle.
We had a lunch with Bonnie and her friend Marissa Nolan-Layman from Nerds in Babeland (love her!) after our freelancing panel which underscored the feeling of GGC for me: a bunch of geeky women getting together to talk about all the things we love as well as our own creative projects.
I'm pretty creatively inspired and excited to put that energy into my work back East.