I’m dealing with the quintessential convention hangover today: tired, but the good kind of tired; missing all the wonderful people I saw, met, and hung out with; checking all the social media platforms for posts about the con to relive every moment as much as possible. No con crud (that I know of) yet, which is good. I’m bummed it’s over, but so happy to have had the experience.

A little context for you: almost a year ago, after my friend (and fellow mom, writer, and cosplayer) Rhonda and I had finished and worn our “Once Upon A Time” costumes to Gen Con, we discovered a company called Creation Entertainment was going to throw a huge convention devoted entirely to our favorite show. Our mutual friend, Meagan (also a mom, writer, and cosplayer who happens to love the show too), jumped on the bandwagon with us, and we decided to have a much-needed girls’ weekend in a Westin hotel in Chicago. That weekend just happened. It was glorious.

I can barely string two words together today, so I’ll let all these photos I took tell the story of our time together.

It was the best, most epic of times. We saw so many incredible costumes and met the loveliest people. All the actors from the show had thought-provoking, fun Q&A panels. And the karaoke night and concert were both super amazing. I’m running out of superlatives. Anyway, as if you can’t tell, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

For now, this mama needs a little break.

Thanks for reading.

A. Cook

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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