I’ve been blessed with, not one, but two cool groups of fandom friends. My Star Wars group goes back to AOL chat rooms in 1994. I’m missing 2 of their gatherings this year: one was at Origins in May, the other at Celebration VI in Orlando in August. (I love you guys, but Orlando in August – again?! I will admit that I’ll miss working the craziness of the convention and hanging out.)
Fortunately, I did get my in-person fandom fix in June. A Midwest group of Robin Hood (BBC) cronies decided to gather in Fort Worth, Texas for a meet-up. We’ve known each other for 3 years online, and I’d actually met 1 of the ladies in London in 2010! We sat around MST3K-like and watched 11 episodes of Robin Hood (RH); we talked non-stop about our families, our writing, and life. It was a wonderfully fun 2+ days. Huge thanks to Jen, who opened her home to us.
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
After the RH gang said its goodbyes, I drove over to Richardson to hang out with former co-worker Angela. We went to a Texas Rangers game – I saw their star pitcher, Yu Darvish; saw them lose, but apparently they are still number 1 in the American League West. We also visited the Dallas Arboretum, which currently has a Chihuly exhibit.
Life is so full with friends like these. I hope you are equally blessed. Do you participate in any online fandoms? Have you met any of your virtual friends?