I was fortunate enough to attend the Mid-South Con in Memphis, Tennessee the third weekend of March.
I had the honor to be on two panels during the event. My first panel included the author Kelly Armstrong. She talked about her writing habits and her approach to deadlines and working with three publish housings in three different countries.
My second panel took place at 11:00 pm on Saturday night. I was amazed that the panel and the audience remained focused on the topic of writers block and how each person performs tricks to get the mind working. Tricks include, headphones to eliminate all distractions, music, free write for several minutes and the most direct route was to sit down and tell yourself it is time to go to work, and you can't get up until the daily goal is met.
The writers blocks for this convention are worth while as you meet a variety of writers who are just starting out in the trade to those who have written for years and have achieved success as writer, artists, editors, etc.
The topics of discussion with help provide ideas and realize that the serious writer must accept the responsibility of being professional in all aspects of the 'life'. Including the business of writing...dealing with publishers, editors, publications, etc.
I also had the opportunity to talk to a variety of publishers on panels and in the vendor room. Everyone was more than willing to take the time to answer questions.
Not to be forgetful, the science fiction portion of the convention was fantastic. There were discussions concerning Aliens, ghosts, steam punk, all the aspects of writing fantasy and science fiction. The costumes ranged from cute to frightening, including small children.
This convention is a family affair with activities offered for children up to and including my 88 year old mother.