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Anime USA happened and I had many more successes than failures this year. I am glad of that. I also am glad that I have help to make it happen for the first time in a while. I had people I can trust and that really matters to me.

I've also made my share of mistakes and am starting to think that Guests may not work for me. I don't have Ninja like skills to solve issues. I must talk and think before I act. We had the Saturday concert run late for some reason I couldn't control. The Saturday act nearly started late due to some interesting issues. It was a year of a lot of stress, but I strangely enough handled it better.

This is one of those years that test people. We had one of the most trying convention years I can imagine with two storms hitting the northeast right before the convention along with the new venue issues. We survived and succeeded more than we failed.  

I am also at a crossroads for me in fandom. I have done a lot of running the last couple of years trying to learn how to do Guests well. I am getting tired of the travel and time away from the local cons. I have missed some of my favorite local cons for far too long such as Balticon. I am also wanting to take better care of myself at conventions. It seems like after the con I am taking longer to recover. I still have a blase feeling like I shouldn't care about this convention much like Katsucon. I go there to see friends only. Personally, This concerns me the most.

I am thinking that 2013 will be a year of change for me. It could be very radical change (giving up Anime convention running totally) to more modest. I really need to get better balance in my fannish life. Until last year, I hadn't had a mundane vacation in over a decade. I had only done conventions. If I want to get a vacation in, I may have to give up Katsucon and MAGFest. Focusing on conventions I really enjoy I think will help me be in better balance. Also, taking food that will help me stay on track will help also (Fruits and vegetables). I think doing less flying places can help on this front.

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Karl Cox
Nov. 14th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
You did great
The concert ran late because it started late, both out of your control. Honestly I think you should promote your second to more of a co-commander position. You have the excellent planing skills the con needs and he is better at flexing and reacting on the fly, but you are getting better, I could see a major difference in how you ran things compared to last year. Don't be afraid to ask some of us Katsu staffers for help or advice, I know some of the AUSA heads think we want to keep the con down but this is just a crazy conspiracy theory. You have my support, use it when you need it.
redneckotaku
Nov. 15th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: You did great
I don't see Katsucon as someone trying to keep Anime USA down. I see us with different philosophies in areas like Guests. Anime USA want to bring different Voice Actors as much as possible. Katsucon likes repeat guests due to member demand. Our memberships are different, so I totally understand and respect their philosophy on guests.

Larry Furry (my Assistant Director) is awesome and I will do whatever it takes to keep him on staff no matter what I do.
makotohanabi
Nov. 15th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Maybe taking 2013 off isn't a bad thing. It gives you time to think and see what you're missing by not staffing any con. Then you can decide which if any cons you miss staffing or volunteering.


csue_n_moo
Nov. 15th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
The only time plane travel results in eating better is when you land at a resort (lol).

Running things? Hard. Enjoying things while running them? Impossible.
redneckotaku
Nov. 15th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Very true on those sort of things. I have to put in a hard break to just see something besides Green Room or I wouldn't have survived the weekend.
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