The winner of the Twitter contest, chosen by random draw, is qantravon! Congratulations!
1) The hotel is averse to the word “PARTY”; therefore, you are having a shindig, gathering, hootenanny, meetup, fete, diversion, soiree, amusement, affair…
2) The hotel is averse to putting up of any posters or fliers or anything on any surface whatsoever. Therefore, we will construct two Babel Towers. Please look for the two big columns of red boxes!
3) The hotel is averse to having any gatherings on any floors other than 2. So, if you are on another floor, first: ask to be moved. If they cannot move you, please keep the noise down; ConDFW cannot stop Hotel Security from shutting you down.
If you have a few minutes that you are willing to spend filling out our survey about programming, we’d appreciate it! It doesn’t matter if you’re a long-time attendee or just looking forward to your first ConDFW: we want to hear from all of you! Thanks!
Click here to go to the survey.
We are again using the (free!) Guidebook app to host our schedule and panelist/GoH list. If you’ve got a smartphone or other handheld device, just head to this page and follow the directions!
A note about flyers at the convention: the hotel is newly renovated and has asked us not to tape flyers to the walls or doors this year. ConDFW is bringing several cardboard flyer kiosks, and you will be welcome to affix your flyers to those.
Now you can plan your time at ConDFW! Head to the programming page to download the schedules. NOTE: These are as accurate as we can get a week before the con; there will always be changes and tweaks here and there. Please be sure to double-check when you’re at the con.
(There will also be a Guidebook app for smartphones this year, as there was last year, which will go live shortly before the convention. Keep an eye on this space for that announcement!)
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!* A huge THANK YOU to all who work hard to ensure the convention runs smoothly: our staff, our lovely volunteers, all of our many panelists and guests of honor. And an especially big THANK YOU and WE LOVE YOU to all of our attendees, Twitter followers, Facebook likers, and other fans. Can’t wait to see you next week!
* If your opinion is that this is a crass, commercial, meaningless affair then we wish you a Happy National Cheap Candy Day Eve.
See the details here: http://www.condfw.org/retweet-to-win-a-3-day-membership-to-condfw/
Bring Those Used Books!
The time is now to update and swap out some of the older tomes in your library, and what better way to do it than for charity!
Bring 2 paperbacks or hardbacks and swap for 1 of the same type.
Bring 4 paperbacks to swap for one hardcover.
If you’ve run out of spare books to swap, you can donate $2 per paperback or $5 per hardback.
The bookswap raises money for local educational projects on donorschoose.org. We generally prefer to help schools and teachers that are in need of books, so when you buy or swap books at the bookswap, you help kids gain access to them!
The selection of available books depends upon what other attendees bring to trade, and we strongly encourage you to bring only in-genre books that other people might want to read. We also request you don’t bring books you know won’t trade or sell (back issues of Dr. Dobbs’ Magazine from the 1980s, volumes 4,6, and 12 of the 1973 Encyclopedia Britannica, etc.) as that defeats the purpose of collecting for charity.
You’re a Star! You know it and so do we. Let us help you show the rest of the universe! Enter the Celestial Starburst Costume contest.
Original, recreation, or cosplay. Fairies, monsters, superheroes, death knights, anime, or cartoon, everyone is welcome! A great chance to show off your wonderful costume work.
Prizes for the top three—that’s 3!—winners! The Grand Prize winner will be crowned Celestial Starburst.
Enter at ConDFW: just pick up an entry form at the Registration desk, fill it out, turn it in, then show up at the contest ready to go! We can’t wait to see your costume!
Come on! Show us how you shine!
Yup, it’s this year’s Twitter contest! Retweet the tweet made from this update, and on Friday we’ll pick one person at random from those who retweeted it to award a 3-day membership to! Already pre-registered this year? Or are you a panelist? We’ll transfer your winning membership to the person of your choice, or hold it for next year’s convention!
Now get tweeting! Here’s a few more exclamation points, in case I didn’t use enough: !!!!!
This update is just to remind you that we’ll have space for filking in teh evening at the convention. Bring your instruments, bring your songbooks, bring your wonderful singing selves and filk the night away!