I got back from Dragon Con 2016 last night. I fell asleep surrounded by my furbabies and my loving husband. When I woke up this morning I was rejuvenated in ways I can’t describe. I am an extrovert that thrives on energy others give off and Dragon Con is one of the best places to ‘feed’ on energy.
I arrived Thursday afternoon and immediately spent time with friends I usually only see once a year. That seems like a theme for me, since when I compete overseas, I only get to see those fighters from other countries once a year as well. All in all its much better than not seeing them within the span of a year, that is for certain.
This year I drank deadly mai tais, danced with dragons, fought with 15 other fighters in the ‘Octagon of Doom’ and still ended up with plenty of sleep and feeling refreshed at the end of it all. Some would say I was doing it wrong…but I can tell you, I am doing it right.
My husband only goes every other year, and this was his year to attend. Sadly, he wasn’t able to join me and I really missed him, as did our friends. Sometimes I wonder who they’d miss more lol…not really. He is perfectly amazing in his introverted ‘extrovert’ shell and more loveable than anyone could ever imagine. He is committed now to next year as I have already secured the hotel AND his pass. Gregman Cometh…or there will be hell to pay!
This year I was also saddened that one particular entourage was no where to be found. Alas, he and his companions were kept away by a crazy shooting schedule, thus I was left to my own devices. Those included a lot of coffee, some banana bread and sleep.
I did however get to be a part of a particularly wonderful panel of women, show off my armor in an armor fashion show panel and fight my ass off on Sunday. All in all, a damn fine showing for Dragon Con. We didn’t walk or fight in the Parade this year and I missed the Geek Girl Fun Run thanks to previously mentioned deadly Mai Tai’s but still, it was a great event. I even have highly inappropriate video to prove it…maybe if I get the ability to edit it, I will post what I can.
Aside from my family of friends and fighters, the thing that stuck out most about this year was the love and affection I felt everywhere I went. Whether it was a longtime fan or someone that had just met me, they made me feel great. I went into this con a little down but coming out the other side of it refreshed, empowered and filled with love and kinship is amazing.
Having people walk up to you and tell you that you’ve changed their lives…that pretty much takes the cake on winning anything…ever. I just love knowing that some how, at some point I made people think about things differently and that makes any kind of pain or discomfort I have in sharing (or oversharing) worth it. I truly love my life and I wouldn’t change anything about it, even if I could. Its way too much fun!
So for all those folks that stopped me at the panels, in the halls, on the Marta or even in the airport to tell me how much they enjoyed my talk and my fighting…thank you. You are the reason I continue to do this and I hope that I never let you down.
And for those folks that told me I remind them of Lynda Carter…I still love you to the Moon…or maybe even all the way to Themyscira 🙂
I also want to take a moment and thank David Skirmont for the amazing portrait of me this year. He always does such wonderful things for us at Dragon Con, and he is an amazing photographer.
Also, Aaron Cherrington who took great photos of us all and filmed all my fights. As well as Thomas Riley at youtube/MedievalReview who filmed many of our panels and fights.
All of you gentlemen contributed time and efforts to us that can never be repaid. Thank you so very, very much. It means a great deal to us all!
To the Palmetto Knights and all the fighters and support that came and helped out in the panels, in the fights and in The Armory…y’all Rock! Much love to each and every one of you…<3
I had a wonderful time and I am already counting down to next year.
See you in 2017 Dragon Con!!!