When thinking about the year 2013-2014, I knew that I wanted to do something surrounding Durandemonium, the convention we organized in October 2013. I wanted to pick something about this convention because it was such a big deal for us. We spent over a year planning, stressing, pouring over details and worrying about whether or not we could pull it off at all. So when thinking about today’s post, the question became what kind of post do I pick. Do I pick a post that explains the purpose behind the convention? Something that sheds light on our hopes that it would bring fans together and create friendships? What about a post that shows the work that we (and our convention committee) did? Maybe, I should choose something that focuses on what the convention did for me? After all, I do tend to think that it brought me back from the brink of leaving the fandom. In the end, I opted to pick a post from the convention weekend. I think it shows a little bit about the event itself, including some of the activities we had. Years later, I still think that the event was a success, even if it wasn’t perfect.
Durandemonium Day 2 Report: There WAS an All Night Party!
Yes, there was an all night party. For some of us, that party lasted a little bit longer than for others. Perhaps, this is why this blog is late and why the authors of this tiny blog page are moving a smidge slower than normal. Okay, I won’t lie. We are moving a little more than a smidge slower but we are alive and conscious. I even called my parents to check in and the first question that popped out of my father’s mouth was, “Are you jail?” I responded as you might guess, “Why would you think that??!?!” My dad explained that it was there wasn’t a blog post today. Wow. Even my dad is pressuring me on the blog post today. While I was hoping to write a really articulate, special, insightful post, the truth is that I can’t do it. I apologize right now. Lack of sleep is a big reason to blame. Not shocking, right? We finally crashed at like 5:20 in the morning and had a little more than 2 hours of sleep. We didn’t quite reach up for the sunrise, but…we came close. While we considered writing then, we figured that we might be a bit more coherent now. Ha! Probably not so much, really. The second reason that I’m not going to be able to dazzle anyone with my words is simply that I’m feeling a bit emotional, a bit raw. I need time to process. We need time to process. So, instead of diving deep, I’ll give some highlights to the big day of Durandemonium and a few things to watch for in the future!
*Sharing the stage with fellow authors felt really good for the author’s panel. We are truly lucky to have talent like Elisa Lorello and Karen Booth in our fan community. Our moderator, Heather, was fabulous as well! Nothing like sharing a stage with smart, articulate women to start your day. It was also cool and a bit nerve-wracking to give a little preview of our book. It was the first sharing, really, of any part of it. I hope that it peaked some interest to those in the room.
A Diamond in the Mind on the big screen was BEYOND AMAZING!!! When the convention committee walked in and they showed us a preview, I literally got goose bumps! GOOSE BUMPS! I loved dancing and singing surrounded by friends! It really was the next best thing outside of a concert! Plus, hearing the different *squees at various shots made it so fun! Plus, it made my desire for shows increase by like a million and I heard others say the same!
*People liked playing Duran related game! I wonder if we shouldn’t try to market them!?! Although, I did hear that trivia was pretty dang challenging and I was called “evil” as a result! Sorry!!!
*We had some GOOD food at the banquet. I’m still thinking about all of the yumminess. It sounds like everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
*The fan slideshow was emotional for many of us despite struggling to fit it on the screen. We are going to try to get it included in the convention DVD and will put it up on youtube for the rest of the Duran universe to see. 🙂
*Lots of people won some great Duran goodies and we appreciate each and every person/organization that donated items for our raffles. We cannot thank you enough!
*I love party buses! No worries about getting to and from a place.
*Late Bar was amazing! They busted out many Duran video blocks for us and created the fabulous drink, Sing Blue Silver. We danced and danced and danced. We might have consumed a few adult beverages or two or more. Do doubles count as one drink or two?! I will definitely add this to my list of places to be in Chicago!
*It was nice to see so many people this morning, despite knowing that this was the end. People seemed to enjoy themselves over the weekend and connections seemed to be made, which is really the whole point of this deal to begin with! A by-product is that, for me, and others, there was a sense of renewal, a renewal of being a Duranie. That makes a huge difference that goes way beyond this weekend. The band can thank us later.
Key things to note:
*For convention attendees with pictures, Rhonda will send out information about our shutterfly account so that pictures can be shared. I, for one, am SO thankful as I have like NO pictures from this weekend and desperately want some!
*Also, we would love to hear from people who went about what they thought. What went well? What didn’t? Suggestions for next time, if we do another one, etc? There is a survey in your program with questions. Likewise, we would love to hear from others. What would get you to go to a convention? What would you look for, etc.? Don’t be surprised if we come up with another survey for everyone to do!
I’m sure that I’m forgetting something and I’m sure that this won’t be the last post about Durandemonium 2013. I will have more to say after some time and some SLEEP! That said, we did it. We really did it. Durandemonium 2013–what a wild, fabulous weekend!