Very quick takes on panels:
Blogging 101: I managed to not be stammery, and apparently inspired a few people to jot down my LJ name. Cory Doctorow is just zis guy, you know?
Incorporating Fables & Folklore into Fiction: I sat down and was immediately offered a shot of whiskey. Ah, okay! This is why Pi-Con is different from other cons. This went well; we had a good assortment of folks working with very different folklores (vampire, angel, Scottish ballads, etc.) in different ways.
Urban Fantasy: I went in ready for a fight with my adamant belief that the definition of urban fantasy does not include wereswan orgies. (Seriously. I have seen people say that urban fantasy must include a paranormal romance. Um, NO.) But... all of the panelists agreed with me. Audience, too. I didn't get to use my rant! But it was most excellent to have an intelligent conversation on, among other things, the sense of place in urban fantasy - how the city itself becomes a character, permeates the story.
My Reading: I want to thank those of you who came to the reading... your support means a lot to me. Seriously. I do not have the words to express how much. Stuff like this is very important to budding writers. (I are budding! I will be flowering with my poem in Electric Velocipede in November and my story in ChiZine in January. To start with.) I read a bit from Shayara, some Wind Tunnel Dreams ("Human Beauty" in full over-the-top infomercial voice), and a poem none of y'all have seen. Pi-Con exclusive.
Comics Beyond Superheroes: The panel where there were more panelists than audience members! It was prime hangover time - 10 AM on Sunday. We had plenty of fun anyway. I really need to work on my master list of non-superhero comics.
Young Adult Fiction: Also went swimmingly - and this was a wonderful first. Elayna was a panelist! Her intro: "Hi, I'm Elayna. I read Young Adult books because books for my age group are boring and have small words. And I'm her daughter." Half the panel was a discussion between her and Doctorow, and she was wonderfully articulate. She's thirteen, so you never quite know which Elayna you're going to get - quiet shy girl or whip-smart hilarious hyperarticulate girl.
At this con, we got the latter. She had a blast, and truly impressed a lot of the people she met; several people made a point of telling me how much they appreciated her. I was very much in proud-mama mode!
So the bad parts of the con were pretty much hotel-related. When the con hotel does not serve food, that's a problem. They technically did, but you could not get a waiter to look at you, even in a 1/3-full restaurant. Breakfast was equally baffling, as they would only fill that restaurant 1/4-full, with a line of people extending out the door. Truly peculiar.
This was very much a new crowd for me, and I met a lot of excellent people. And now, I eat tortellini and watch a movie with my family.