ConCarolinas 2016: good panels, good people, and 50 years of Star Trek

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We were color coordinated. Her people must have called my people.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by meeting an actor from the franchise (except maybe having a Klingon Bird-of-Prey tattooed someplace).

Kira Nerys is one of the strongest characters in the Trek universe. I am starting to suspect she has influenced my own writing a bit. As you can imagine, I was stoked to meet the actress responsible for her portrayal: Nana Visitor.

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My favorite cosplay was a father and daughter team dressed as classic Klingons.

I have a tendency to throw around words such as “distinct honor,” “privilege,” and “delightful,” when I’m sharing about my run-ins with science fiction celebrities. It’s not because I’m pretentious (I probably am). It’s because anything less doesn’t do these amazing people justice. So far, the ones I’ve met enjoy mixing with the fans and sharing a bit of their real-world personalities with us. Visitor was no exception.

So far I’ve met Colonel Tigh AND Major Kira (later colonel). Both were executive officers. I’m picking up on a pattern here. I need Commander Riker to complete the set. Sadly, Spock is no longer with us, or he would be the crowning achievement.

When you want to attend more panels than you can fit into your schedule, it means you’re at a really good convention. This year, ConCarolinas did not disappoint. I enjoyed such topics as post-apocalyptic medicine, paranormal research (sick of reality TV ghost hunting, I wanted to meet the real deal), steampunk writing, a celebration of Star Trek, and my favorite panel which focused on mental illness. I’ll have to write a post sometime expanding on that subject which is near and dear to my heart.

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It’s all fun and games until the Space Marines show up.

I spent some money on books and stuff, but not too terribly much. Nope.

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