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I’m going to an Irish WorldCon in Dublin, eeek!

As you might already know, with thousands of other people, I’ll be heading to Dublin to attend the WorldCon for the first time. I’ll arrive on Wednesday, August 14th and will come home on the 20th. It’s going to be a whirlwind of a week and I hope to meet several of the friends I made over this past 1,5 years.

If I want to be honest, at this point I’m more terrified than excited. I admittedly don’t do well in a crowd, or in any social situation and my biggest fear is that I’ll be so freaked out that I’ll just retreat in myself, will sit in a corner by myself and wish I was somewhere else. So, if you see me somewhere, feel free to come up to me, give a hug or something so I could feel like a human being. Or at least feel like I’m not completely invisible. I’d be greatful. I also never go up to people, because “OMG I have to talk them, oh god, please let me disappear”. But I promise I’d like to chat, I’m just an introvert with anxiety issues….

I swear, I’m excited to be at WorldCon, but holy shit, I really have no idea how my brain will react to all that people. It’s going to be a nice test of how I’m coping with things now and how far I’ve got. Let me tell you, anxiety and low self-esteem to boot isn’t fun to carry around.

Unless, I’ll be hiding in a corner, I plan to attend a number of panels, and do a bit of sightseeing as time and weather prevents. You will more than likely find me at these progammes:

Thursday, August 15th

11:00 – 11:50Convention TourLeane Verhulst
12:00 – 12:50Liking Problematic ThingsLeo Adams, A. T. Greenblatt, Sam Hawke, Sarah Gulde
16:00 – 16:50Finishing Touches: JewelleryDeb Geisler, Helen Foster-Turner, Jackie Burns
16:00 – 16:50Celtic’ Fantasy and MythologyKristina Perez, Deirdre Thornton, David Cartwright, Kathryn Sullivan, Kerry Buchanan
18:00 – 18:50Talking Animal Characters in SFFLise Andreasen, Robert V. S. Redick, RJ Barker, Virginia, Adrian Tchaikovsky

Friday, August 16th

11:00 – 11:50Where Words Fail, Music Speaks’: Literary SoundtracksTom Toner, A.J. Hackwith, R.F. Kuang, Ian McDonald, Kieron Gillen
12:00 – 12:50Done to Death: The Art of Killing CharactersAimee Ogden, Su J. Sokol. Veronica Roth, Patrick Rothfuss, Daryl Gregory
15:00 – 15:50Angels and Demons: Christian Mysticism in FantasyGuy Consolmagno, Meg MacDonald, Christian (Miles) Cameron, Anne Corlett
15:00 – 15:50Once Again Upon a Time: Modern Fairy TalesLucy Hounsom, E. Lily Yu, Mari Ness, Sara Norja, Jean Bürlesk
16:00 – 16:20Reading: Jon Courtenay GrimwoodJon Courtenay Grimwood
18:00 – 18:50Introduction to GrimdarkDevin Madson, Elliot Craggs, Kim ten Tusscher, Cameron Johnston, Jenn Lyons
18:00 – 18:50Ireland’s Legends and LorePaddy Finn, Susan Conolly, Fionnuala Murphy, Lora O’Brien

Saturday, August 17th

10:30 – 10:50Reading: Simon R. GreenSimon R. Green
11:00 – 11:50Crafting a Fantasy Novel from MythologyMark Tompkins, Karolina Fedyk, Tony Keen, Claire Light
14:00 – 14:50Window to the Soul: A Character’s Favourite SongSeanan McGuire, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Joao Goncalves, Kieron Gillen
16:00 – 16:20Editors panel: Challenges and AnecdotesMichael Rowley, Eleanos Teasdale, Ginjer Buchanan, David Thomas Moore, John R. Douglas
21:00 – 21:50Send in the Crones: Older Women in SFFLauren Roy, Ali Baker, Sam Hawke, Devin Madson, Julie C. Day

Sunday, August 18th

11:00 – 11:50Musical Influences: Emotions, Health, and MemoryJennifer Mace, Joao Goncalves, Su J. Sokol, Gabrielle de Cuir
11:00 – 11:50The Shapes in Water: Aquatic Myths and MonstersMari Ness, Umiyuri Katsuyama, Lora O’Brien, Ash Charlton, Rivers Solomon
12:00 – 12:50Fantasies of Irish EmigrationRandee Dawn, CE Murphy, Deirdre M Murphy, Dyrk Ashton
12:00 – 12:50Portrayals of Mental Health in GenreAlasdair Stuart, Penny Jones, Glyn Morgan, Devin Madson
13:00 – 13:50Gods, Religion and Atheism in the GenreDerwin Mark, Dominic, Ehud Maimon, Naomi Kritzer, Meg MacDonald
16:00 – 16:20Reading: Joe HillJoe Hill
17:00 – 17:50Fantasies of Modern IrelandDeirdre Thornton, Rachel Scanlon, Daniel Kelly, Gareth Hanrahan
19:00 – 19:50Invented Mythologies in SFFonda Lee, Marina J. Lostetter, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marie Brennan

Monday, August 19th

11:00 – 11:50Fairy Tunes and Ghostly CroonsCarol Connolly, Marguerite Smith, Daniel Kelly, BE Alatt
12:00 – 12:50Dragons, Wyrms, and Serpents: Why the Myth EnduresMarie Brennan, Karen Simpson Nikakis, Aliette de Bodard, Naomi Novik, Joey Yu
13:30 – 14:20Shifts in Irish Mythology Across the DiasporaRandee Dawn, Jeffe Kennedy, Mark Tompkins, Paul Anthony Shortt

How many of these I’ll actually be able to attend remains to be seen. I have a few places where I’ll have to decide between panels, and it’s a question how many panels in a row I can bear. Also, plans can change, so I might be finding myself at totally different places. Who knows? But as you can see, I’ve left a few hours here and there to mingle, take a look at everything, go out to the city or do whatever I want, really.

I’m looking forward to meet new and old friends, so if you see me, come and say hi!