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Still recovering from Leviosa and may not be back at total and complete coherence, but also don't want to forget anything!! It was a fantastic time, and incredible to be so deeply immersed in HP and H/D and fandom and surrounded by people who get fandom.

Highlights!

• Sharing a room and hanging out with the amazing [livejournal.com profile] gracerene, who is so funny and friendly and on top of shit. I want her to mod my life and hang out for end of day recaps all the time and I am so so glad I got to know her better and she is so so amazing and I miss her!

• Getting to prep for and speak on a few panels! My fellow participants in the Slash and Feminism panel, [livejournal.com profile] writcraft, Aja/[livejournal.com profile] bookshop, Elizabeth Minkel/[livejournal.com profile] elm1784, and Lilah Vandenburgh were so thoughtful and intentional about wanting to have a productive conversation that was intersectional and inclusive and didn't retread tons of old ground or descend into controversy, and [livejournal.com profile] writcraft did an absolutely brilliant job of leading us. LGBTQIA Narratives and Fannishness, with [livejournal.com profile] bookshop and [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic and [livejournal.com profile] noeon and Mark Oshiro and Lilah was super interesting and has me thinking all sorts of new thoughts about the relationship between canon and fandom and the ways fandom holds mainstream creators accountable or lets them off the hook, and how fandom can be a force for change. And prepping for the H/D panel was amazing!!  [livejournal.com profile] oldenuf2nb, [livejournal.com profile] geoviki, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa, and [livejournal.com profile] pir8fancier are awesome and were all so helpful and thoughtful and willing to share their experiences and listen to ours. (okay, and when authors you've admired for literally years tell you they've read and liked your fic...I didn't *actually* dissolve into fannish goop, but it was a close call.) The panel was so interesting, too! It was so much fun to talk about H/D and how it's changed and what we loved, and to get more of a sense for how the community has evolved and how we can find each other again, and I'm hoping that maaaaybe we've succeeded in luring a few people back towards fandom activity!

[livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic and [livejournal.com profile] noeon get their own line because they were amazing in so many different capacities. Leviosa was my first con and I hear that having a slash and queer lit panel was a new thing, but I couldn't imagine (and don't know that I'd want to go to, after this!) a con without it! They did an absolutely spectacular job of putting together programming that was broad and engaging and thoughtfully done and so, so, so interesting. Every panel they were in charge of or on was so on point and relevant and awesome. And they are lovely, lovely humans. Funny and smart and supportive and welcoming and kind and hanging out with them was such a highlight!! The experience of this con wouldn't have been nearly what it was without them, and I could hug/talk to/listen to/have drinks with them endlessly.

• So many more good panels! Some of my highlights were The Evolution of Fandom, Queer Eye for the Male Gaze, and the bit of Taboo Kink, Dark Fic and (Self) Censorship that I was able to make it to. And the 18+ readings! Still bummed to not get to more of them, but [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic's reading was amazing - I think I laughed all remaining jetlag out of my system - and I've threatened promised [livejournal.com profile] gracerene that one day I am going to write 10k or so of intense smut and once, just once, slip in the phrase "tortured care channel." I'm not sure how yet, but doesn't that seem like a mystery worth solving? And the H/D meetup!!! I wish I'd been able to work up the nerve to say hello to a few more people vs getting a little agog with some fangirling shyness, but it was mid-blowing, then and over the course of the weekend, to meet people.

• Speaking of! It was so good to meet people!! Everyone I've mentioned in the course of panels, of course, and also  [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730, [livejournal.com profile] blithelybonny (ft some on point cosplay!), [livejournal.com profile] amorette, [livejournal.com profile] khalulu, [livejournal.com profile] bicrim, [livejournal.com profile] cassie_black12, [livejournal.com profile] novembersnow, [livejournal.com profile] fantasyfiend09, [livejournal.com profile] hunterheroine, [livejournal.com profile] ravenna_c_tan, [livejournal.com profile] piratesmile331, [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic, [livejournal.com profile] vaysh, themalfoymanner, icanhelpyouthere, and I'm sure I'm missing people because my brain is a little fried, but it was brilliant and so exciting to meet all of you!!!
• (No joke: I first saw [livejournal.com profile] vaysh, themalfoymanner, and icanhelpyouthere, in the middle of a panel I was on and had to restrain the instinct to get up and hug them real quick mid-panel, and walking into the welcome feast with [livejournal.com profile] gracerene and [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730 was so surreally cool and then very quickly finding [livejournal.com profile] amorette and [livejournal.com profile] blithelybonny and [livejournal.com profile] writcraft...it all felt, pun only intended inasmuch as it accurately communicates the awesomeness, pretty magical.)

• The Magical Ball, featuring many wonderful outfits (Snape was there with two patronuses! And [livejournal.com profile] vaysh's awesomely Slytherin jacket! And so many witches!) which turned into a drunken slash-writing session with [livejournal.com profile] gracerene and [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic (they may try to convince you that docking is a metaphor, but it is, at best, a bad pun. forewarned is forearmed.) and then a drunken late-night/early morning discussion of life and politics and all sorts of things with [livejournal.com profile] elm1784 and [livejournal.com profile] writcraft.

• Cosplay generally. Doing it has never been my cuppa beyond a vague sort of Slytherin influence, but being around so many people who were doing it was so fricking cool. There were an amazing Hagrid, Dumbledore, Snape, and Umbridge walking around, and dozens of witches, and just, general thanks to everyone who invests the time and money and energy into it! It made the experience so much more immersive. Including the time I walked out of the bathroom and almost into a thoroughly convincing Snape who was just sort of looming, and had absolute fear in my heart and the sudden conviction that I was about to get detention for reckless walking or somesuch. And even that visceral second of panic was pretty damn cool, because the HP world had registered as so real by that point (and the cosplay was so good) that there was no "hey, that's someone dressed up as Snape" instinct, just, that is Snape. I just almost walked into Severus fucking Snape. Shit.

• Cabana break with [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic and HGCS, working on orig fic ideas while lounging in the shade and surrounded by palm trees. Not a bad way to work! And talking pitches/mutual cheering on with [livejournal.com profile] zeitgeistic, [livejournal.com profile] amorette, and [livejournal.com profile] oakstone730.

• The Adversarial Slash Relationships and Why We Love Them panel with [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic, [livejournal.com profile] bookshop, and [livejournal.com profile] elm1784 and modded by [livejournal.com profile] bicrim, who led us all in a thoughtful, squeeful discussion of how much we love H/D (and other adversarial relationships) and why. Ngl, I was hella hungover and it was a better reviver than the liter of water I drank during, and the perfect way to start wrapping up the weekend.

• Chilling by the pool with Lilah and [livejournal.com profile] elm1784 and [livejournal.com profile] bookshop and getting to just shoot the fannish shit and get to know them all better. Such brilliant, passionate, incredible people! And then recapping and properly chatting with femme, noe, and grace and having a last pack and recap - really good way to wind up the fest!


Now winding down and trying to readjust to life in the 'real' world (pshaw). Loving the term condrop (and who else would have thought of that? love fandom. love it.) but not so much the experience! I had grand aspirations for work today and then didn't put on real pants until it was time to go get dinner. New plans for the remainder of the day include a cupcake, possibly a movie, and working on that tumblr post. But for all that I'm knackered and missing the experience, it was absolutely worth it and I'm feeling so much love and appreciation for all of you who made it what it was, and for all of you who weren't there but make this community what it is.

Speaking of that tumblr post if there are things you'd like to know about tumblr, please weigh in here or in the comments below! And if you want to start exploring, I've got a list of blogs going here! And if you're an H/D or HP tumblr user and/or and H/D author or artist, please let me know so I can add you to the list!

tl;dr: It was a great experience, and something I'd love to do again one of these days - hopefully with more of you there!
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