And overall my experience at the con was wonderful.
Okay, on to What Happened.
Immediately Becky was like: I write from the perspective of monsters and animals. It's important when writing from the perspective of a horse or a goat to understand that they don't think like us
I'm paraphrasing but I AM NOT EXAGGERATING.
This woman came to a panel on writing outside your own perspective and started talking about horses and goats! And SHE DID NOT STOP. Every single question she started in on goats. GOATS.
This is not something I was prepared for.
I had a moment where I wondered if I'd wandered into an episode of Punk'd. Cuz this has to be a parody, right?
At that point I had to make a decision: should I stop and challenge this woman on this fucking nonsense? Should I tell her that it's inappropriate for her to be discussing the perspective of horses when we were talking about humans?
I chose not to for a few reasons.
At the end of the panel the mod asked us about what resources we suggested writers use to understand different perspectives. The two other panelists mentioned autobiographies & such.
I'd had a long day so I went up to bed. I missed what happened next.
That said, I don't think she feels safe coming back to ArmadilloCon next year. I don't blame her. As I said, I had a good time, but there are ways the con needs to change to be a safer place for people of color to gather. That'll take work
That's it for now. thanks for reading my wall of text.