This is going to probably be a lot longer than it needs to be, but I need to get this down so I can finish processing what all happened this past weekend.
I’ll admit that the first day of the con was kind of a blur. I’d been up for about 7 hours when I got to the hotel due to travel and time changes, so I’d already had a long day. Still, I remember the cast being spectacular, and I was able to ask Deaton if he was evil (he said no), so that was awesome. Orny’s panel might be the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my ENTIRE LIFE. I was laughing so hard the entire time, it was just amazing. Next time he’s in Indy, I’m definitely going to see his standup.
I also met keriarentikai and relenafanel for the first time in person, and I was pretty emotional about that, not gonna lie. I love these girls like family, and finally being able to put faces to their names was fantastic. We were able to hang out and chat in between Orny’s panel and Eaddy’s, and I’m so glad we took the time to do that. I already miss them so much, and I saw them YESTERDAY. I also got to hang out with bleep0bloop, ademska, meechwoods, maichan08, god, and so many others. I seriously need to make a BiteCon Missed Connections blog… Everyone was so amazing, and so kind and funny and sweet and charming, omg. I cannot say enough good things about the people I met. There aren’t enough words.
Eaddy’s panel was both super engaging and also super heartbreaking. Halffizzbin and hatteress did a really good job of keeping Eaddy’s enthusiasm in check (which was way harder than it sounds; the woman is like an Energizer bunny of Teen Wolf feels). Eaddy also shared a lot of her head-canons for the Argent family, and I was not the only person crying in the hall. She’s posted about it on her blog, so I recommend checking it out if you want your heart to break over Allison and Victoria.
I ended up missing the NATWPodcast’s sleepover because I ended up playing Kings with keri, relena, oliverboliverbutts, hatteress, and a bunch of other people I can’t remember because… I got a little drunk. If you were there, and I didn’t put your name down, message me! I MEAN IT.
Day Two was so jam-packed with thing, omg. The writers panel was amazing, honestly. Considering how much hate there is in the fandom for the team, I am really impressed that they were willing to get in front of a room full of us and answer questions, and that they did it so well. There’s been a lot of flak going around about the panel, and I’m going to refrain from commenting on it further until the transcripts are released, but it was an extremely positive experience, and while people were critical of the writing, I think I got a better understanding of some of the pressures that they face.
The trivia game between Seth, Melissa, Linden and Arden, Keahu, and Sinqua was hysterical. The youngsters totally creamed the older team (there were a lot of Danny-specific questions, though Linden did manage to miss two questions specific to his character, which was HYSTERICAL).
The Guardians panel (Seth, Linden, Melissa, and Eaddy) was kind of entertaining, but not my favorite. I’m convinced, though, that no one ships the Sheriff and Melissa more than Linden, omg. When asked what they would tell their characters, Linden said “Just ask her out already,” which made the room erupt into screams. Seriously. He’s writing fic, I know it.
After that, I went to the Jeff lunch. There weren’t that many people there, which meant that we were able to ask a lot of questions. Jeff even stopped Nat from NATWP from screening the questions, and literally took the list of Twitter questions from Karen to pick some. I asked him how he balanced his creative vision with what the fans say, and he ended up asking me a question back. I’d honestly forgotten that it had happened until I was thinking through this recap, so I’m going to have to look at the transcript to LITERALLY remember exactly what he said. All in all, though, it cemented in my mind that he is a kind, caring person who genuinely cares about his characters, his show, and his fans. After that panel, I really won’t be able to handle any Jeff bashing I see on my dash.
The writers had come into the room towards the end, so as we were leaving, I went over and started chatting with them. I offered to treat them to a round, and they agreed. We ended up talking for the next two hours about writing, working in Hollywood, about their lives and mine, and just had a wonderful time in general. It was really amazing. Alyssa and Angela actually gave me their contact information, and I’m supposed to send them an excerpt from my original novel (it needs to be edited so badly, omg). Again, I feel like my eyes were opened, and I definitely have a much better understand of who they are as people, as well as creators, and there’s a very strong reason why I am going to defend them.
Be critical of the writing, yes, but the personal attacks need to stop.
I came in at the end of the Girl Power panel, and I was lucky enough to hear Haley and Felisha confirm that Kalifer was real (I ship it like FedEx, I am SO HAPPY) and something they’d discussed before filming. Like, seriously. I was screaming.
Then came the signings with the primary cast and Jeff. I got teary eyed talking to Melissa, Linden told me a story about his kids and their pool (I’d told him about my daughter), and then I got to Jeff.
I should preface this with saying that Teen Wolf got me back into creative writing, which was something I thought I’d never do again. I hadn’t written for a year and a half, easily, before I started watching the show. I don’t know what it was that got me hooked and made me need to write fic, but I got back into it, and I decided to actually write an original novel, and I wouldn’t have done any of it if not for Teen Wolf. The show means a whole hell of a lot to me, and as I was telling Jeff this (in a much condensed version), I started crying. Like uncontrollably. I started apologizing, and turned away to try and get my composure, and he said “No, that’s wonderful! That’s so sweet, let me give you a hug!” and then he hugged me, and I cried harder. I got control of myself, and he finished signing. As I grabbed my book and walked past his table, I told him to - and I quote - “keep doing what you’re doing, man.” I can’t remember if he laughed, I think he did, because I was too busy waiting for the earth to swallow me whole.
Single most embarrassing and amazing moment of the con for me.
I also met Posey at the tea tasting, which was awesome. He is so sweet and ernest, and I gave him my handle if he ever wanted to chat again, and he said he would (we’ll see what happens; he apparently remembered me when Donya from NATWP got my copy of On Fire signed by him).
After the tea party was the prom/karaoke, which was so much fun. We group sang “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” which was SUCH a blast. I also sang “Rollin’ In The Deep” by myself (I was so nervous, omg), which everyone is saying I did well at (if you happened to have recorded it, I’d love to hear it back, because I was too nervous to think). Then we went and hung out by the pool until 1am (a mistake, because I crashed SO HARD at the airport, omg) and then all crawled back to bed.
I did the Keahu meet-and-greet, which was also a great experience. He’s such a science nerd (and a nerd in general), and we ended up talking video games and band class and cosplay. He grabbed everyone’s twitter handles at the end, and I passed on Donya’s because she’s too afraid to do it, even though they’ve talked many many times before. I’m hoping he tweets me, but much like Posey, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if it happens. Still, he was a sweet, funny, kind guy, and I’m glad to have had the pleasure of meeting him.
His and Posey’s panel was hysterical and such a treat. They clearly get along very well, and it translated in their interactions. Keahu also admitted that Danny has a crush on Stiles, and now all I can think about is the fic.
I ended up having to leave at noon to catch my plane, and I have never been so sad to go home. The con was amazing. The people I met and spent time with were wonderful. I learned so much from the cast and creators of Teen Wolf, and I am excited and anxious to go next year. BiteCon was, for me, an enormous success, and I sincerely cannot say enough how much I enjoyed it.
#I WILL FIGHT A BEAR FOR BITECON
Bringing over my tweets, with bonus commentary!
Saturday: Writers’ Panel
This was originally billed as “Writer’s panel with Jeff & co” due to a miscommunication. Jeff wanted the other writers to have a panel to themselves so that they could have the opportunity to answer questions/talk, knowing that he’d dominate the panel if he were on it.
In the room as the panel was going on, we didn’t know why he wasn’t there, so there was some confusion about why he wasn’t there and that led to a standard rumor mill situation that I saw make its way online. He just wanted the other writers to get a chance to answer questions, y’all. That was the reason.
The panel was a trio of writers (Angela Harvey, Alyssa Clark, and a male writer whose name I do not remember), another staffer, and mattymcd. (I feel silly referring to him by his twitter handle but lbr, that’s how fandom knows him.)
1) Give me a pairing.
2) Give me an AU setting.
3) I will write you a three-sentence fic.
Let’s play a game.
Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.
you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never
Wrong. It’s a tattoo of Nermal from Garfield.
you done it
I’m going to be a little disappointed, now, if I don’t receive an ice cream cake with this message in two weeks.
Do you really think I wouldn’t see this and immediately make a note to do it for you?
i touched a dick once and it was the scariest thing in my life because it had a really cold head and i don’t know it wasn’t fun
sometimes the ‘i’ and ‘u’ shouldn’t be so close on the keyboard
ive seen this post umpteen times and ive always thought that if you switched u and i around it wouldn’t make sense like “u touched a” and i literally just realised you meant duck and not dick i swear to god i am the biggest fucking idiot.
no no, I didn’t know either.
So I didn’t post this earlier because I wasn’t sure if recording audio was even allowed, but due to the controversy, here is more context for the answer to this question about killing off women.
I’m not sure I can put my thoughts about this into words, but here it goes.
Collectively, fandom is looking for things to be pissed about. They’re looking to the people who went to BiteCon to give them more fodder for their rage - and yes, they’ll find stuff. Once the transcripts and the vids come out, this isn’t going to change. They’ll still find things to bitch about and then it will be official shit to bitch about. Those of us who went to BiteCon found things to bitch about because Teen Wolf has rotten aspects. No one denies that some anger is justified.
Here’s the thing - most of us went into BiteCon with that same hot burning rage and emerged from BiteCon with a sense of quiet hopefulness. This does not make us unreliable narrators. This does not mean that we’ve been brainwashed. It means that BiteCon had enough moments of greatness to cleanse a bit of the anger we’ve internalized from interacting with fandom as a whole for too long. BiteCon reminded us of why we love the show, flaws and all. It made us approach thought processes from a different angle rather than blind hatred. It was eye opening and a chance to get out of the headspace created by the hive-mind of fandom.
Then, we get online and find that everything we enjoyed is being poisoned by people who weren’t there, those people who are looking for things to be pissed off about and who are negatively viewing everything. Take a look at how most of the people coming out of BiteCon are viewing the posts about BiteCon with extreme confusion. Our calls of “that didn’t happen” are mostly going unheeded and are dismissed as ‘oh, well they were there. they don’t know what really is going on because they’re too close to it’
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
This is my point: we’re not the ones biased right now. You are.
Okay, so I’m going to address that question first because NO. That’s not what he said. I was sitting at the table closest to the front in the dead center of the room, right in front of Jeff (which is why I got a great picture of him) and what he said was “he [Derek] certainly wasn’t of age, at least not in the state of California.” But he wasn’t talking directly into the mic when he said it, which is the reason for the misunderstanding.
When I heard that there was a rumor going around that JD said Derek was of age, I instantly went to talk to three other people who had been in the panel and all three of them confirm that they heard what I had heard.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.