I swear, it's a thing...
Having finally attended my very first Penned Con in St. Louis, and returned home from the same, I can now accurately describe and subscribe to having: Penned Brain.
For clarification, Penned Brain is the condition of one who returns from Penned Con and cannot remember any or all of the following aspects of their life: their name, where they live, what they do, who they are, why they are, or any number of questions concerning the self whose answers have seemingly disappeared into the miasma of big conventions.
This is not a bad thing. It means that Penned Con was so consuming that I got totally caught up in the adventure and haven't quite figured out how to come down from it yet. It was, in a word: EPIC!
Every year, Penned Con raises money for the organization Action for Autism.
This year, the event raised $13,366.00, and then an anonymous doner came in and matched that amount, meaning it raised nearly $27,000.00 for the charity.
If that is not the definition of EPIC, I don't know what is, and that's not even counting the AMAZING people - Rick and Amy Miles who organized the event, the other authors, the OUT OF THIS WORLD READERS - who attended and made this event even more amazing.
SO, though I know this post is coming nearly a week late, I just wanted to say that this was an unbelievable event and I am absolutely honored to have been able to attend this year, and Penned Brain kept me from posting about it sooner!
To all my new Penned Con buddies, and you know who you are - Lois, Felicia, Megan, Karen and so many more - I love you so much and can't wait to see you all again!