Hi, YouTube, it’s Kathy, and I’m here to do
the Back From BookNet Fest Tag. This was started by Njeri, who I will obviously
link down below. She made this tag in response to the tag that I made, which is the BookNet
Fest Tag, so that one you do before going. This one you do when you get home.
Since she says I inspired her creating this tag, I feel like I need to do it, even though
I don’t know if I have the best answers for the questions. But we’re gonna try it.
The first prompt is to explain your BookNet Fest experience in one word, and this year,
I’m going to use Passionate. The second question is “What was your favourite
session and why?” And this is where my answers get higgledy
piggledy, because I don’t know if I can pick a favourite.
Weekends like this that are just filled with panels kind of swarm all together in my head
and become this amorphous, amazing experience and it’s hard to pick out what was discussed
at what point, and that type of thing. What I can tell you is the panels I was on
seemed like they went by in five seconds flat. They didn’t feel like an hour long because
they were just such an immersive discussion and half the time I would forget there were
other people listening into us talk about what we were talking about.
On the first day, I moderated 5 Out of 5 Stars, where we were talking about rating systems
and giving the pros and cons, and how it effects the way we review things.
Immediately after that, I was on a panel for They Changed the Thing I Love, where we talked
about adaptations, and I got to rant about The Dark Tower two questions in, because of
course I did. And on the second day, I was very happy to moderate the Intersection of Reading and Writing Books. It was my friend Taylor’s first panel
she’s ever been on, so I was just so pleased to be moderating it.
The third question is “What is the most interesting thing you learned?” and I have a joke answer
for this one, because I don’t follow J. K. Rowling on Twitter because it seems like it’s
kind of, probably a trash fire. I, uh, didn’t know that she decided that wizards just poop
in the hallways and then magic that poop away. And don’t actually use toilets. I didn’t know
about that… so I learned that at BookNet Fest, and went “but why?!”
The fourth question is “Where there any conversations that you had at BookNet Fest that you think
that we should keep having throughout the rest of the year?”
I had a great conversation with Adrianna from Perpetual Pages and Brody from Et tu, Brody?
which was actually filmed as a collaboration, so that will come out eventually.
I haven’t edited it yet. But we basically just sat in a room with a
camera and talked about queer books and queer books we’ve loved, queer books we’re looking
forward to. That type of thing, and I obviously just want to keep having that conversation
forever. Number five was “What was your most memorable
moment?” and I guess I learned that I can chair dance to the song Pony, and that I can
jump on top of that chair in heels, so thank you, BookNet Fest Prom.
I also just really loved this moment at the Meet & Greet where somebody sat down next
to me and was just like “I think I’m peopled out but we still have 45 minutes to go” and
we just talked to each other instead of feeling like we had to be as good as everybody else
at, like, getting up and talking in large groups, because if there’s more than four
people in a conversation, I get lost in it. I was definitely open to having more conversations,
and as more people came by, we did have them, but I didn’t feel like I had to be up and
around, and running around, and doing something that’s against my personality type.
I also really loved spending time in the villas with my friends, as well as the excellent
trivia night that was put on. That was a lot of fun. My team did not win, and we did not
care. We went into it knowing we’re probably not going to win this, but we’re gonna have
fun answering the questions in ridiculous ways when we don’t know the answers.
Number six is “In what way does BookNet Fest add value to the bookish community?” And it’s
taking conversations from online to offline. And I don’t mean that in a “we’re not making
it public” type of way, and we’re discussing it behind scenes. I mean it a “actually being
able to communicate with people in real time” type of way.
There are all these people that we interact with online but we never get to see, and when
we finally get to meet physically in person, it’s an automatic friendship. It’s a friendship
that already existed, but it’s just heightened in some way.
And then, of course, it’s a convention filled with people that have similar interests to
you, aka books, so meeting more people that you wouldn’t have otherwise met is just such
a wonderful experience. Number seven is “Show us you swag, your book
shop treasures, or something you picked up from a vender.”
I picked up a lot of bookmarks, I picked up a lot of business cards, I picked up this
beautiful t-shirt which is so soft and I love. If there’s one event in the world where I
will buy the t-shirt without knowing what the final design is, it’s this one. That happened
this year. We didn’t know the final design when we had to get the orders in. I knew it
was going to be amazing, and of course it is. And it is so soft. I love it so much.
I also pre-ordered some books for myself and picked them up in Orlando, and then there
were other books that friends were unhauling that they brought to give to me, which I am
so thankful for. And then, of course, when I arrived home, a couple of days later, Ruthless
Gods showed up on my doorstep, and I’m very excited about that.
Number eight is to shout out a few content creators that inspire you from BookNet Fest,
and just… so many human beings. The short and easy answer is if we talked
to each other at BookNet Fest, you inspire me. That may sound cheesy and like a cop out,
but it’s really not. Everyone there was just so open and just so passionate, and I loved it. Number nine is “If you plan on coming back
next year, is there anything you would like to change?” and I would honestly like to see
this expand from a two day event to a three day event. I just want more panels in my life.
I just love panels so much. Being on them, watching them, moderating them
– I love them so much. If we got to a point in the future where it
was a Friday, Saturday, Sunday event, I would just be elated.
The final prompt is to show your Prom photo or any other photos that you have from the
event, so I’m just going to show those to you now. I did get three of them as print outs. I mostly just sent them to myself via email. [Carefree plays] And, of course, because there was no footage
of me dancing to Pony, I had to so somewhat of a recreation in the hallway. There we have it.
That is the Back From BookNet Fest Tag. If you went to BookNet Fest and you haven’t already done this tag, you are tagged to do it. If you don’t feel like doing the tag, but
just want to talk about the event, let me know about it down in the comments below.
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and I will see you very soon. Bye! [outro music]