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Pauline Baird Jones in Wonderland (OctopodiCon)

Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

Went to WonderLand and found…Nemo?

When you go to wonderland, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Of course, if you stop to take a picture, then you might miss something. And there really was so much to see at OctopodiCon, a steampunk convention, in Oklahoma City the first weekend in October.

This was the convention’s first year, so I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was… wonderland. Here’s what NewsOK had to say about it:

“For anyone who has a mad scientist hiding in their subconscious, prove it in the Mad Engineer contest at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Laboratorium. You’ll get parts and tools to make something pretty or functional, and the winner goes home with a trophy.

Read more: http://newsok.com/at-a-glance-octopodicon-events-and-more/article/3715670#ixzz29yA9AtX9

The lineup of “visiting professors” is as quirky in hindsight as it was during the actual convention. There are no words. Really.

Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

And from one of the event organizers:

“I just finished hosting OctopodiCon, a steampunk convention that apparently everyone thinks is ground-breaking and new.

Except it’s not a new concept, just a really old one.  I reckon most attendees were young enough to think it’s all spiffy and new.”

To continue reading: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/12/1143740/-OctopodiCon

Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

The fun is not just for the young, but also the young at heart. 🙂

I have to say, this was more my idea of a magical mystery tour.

Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

The con was wrapping up, but the fun hadn’t stopped just yet….

I will admit I was a bit bemused by it all. Not sure what I thought of it, other than that I’d had a fun time, but then the MC did the closing ceremony and he said (paraphrasing a bit), “When you go to WonderLand, eventually you have to leave or it isn’t WonderLand anymore.”

What I came away with:

  • If you’re curious about steampunk, OctopodiCon is one I’d highly recommend for your first. They work hard to make sure everyone feels included and they had a stellar line-up of visiting professors, people well able to add lots of wonder to WonderLand.
  • I need to work on my “steam-sona.” (A steam-sona is your steampunk personality, one defined by your costume and your role in your steampunk world.)
  • But first, I need to finish my novel.
So, have any of you had a chance to experience anything steampunk? Do any other kind of fan type conventions? Made a trip to WonderLand? Leave a comment and not only will I respond, but you’ll be entered in my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana gift card of wonder-fulness, which is kind of like going to WonderLand without having to leave home. In other words, seriously good. I announce the winner the first blog post of the new month, which is incoming, btw.
Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

Perilously (and wonderlandfully)

Pauline