There is kind of a magic to long drives. Particularly the ones where it’s just you and whatever auditory entertainment you chose to subscribe to as the hours pass. With this recent trip, I discovered that my tolerance for making mental music videos taps out at about 3 hours. So I switched to an audio book, which served me the rest of the way to Montevallo and back.
Apparently the audio books you pick can have a huge effect on the whole of your trip too. Last year, when I drove to Fal-Con, I had been listening to Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman – which had the pleasant effect of making the whole experience seem like a magical adventure in a wonderland out of time (actually Montevallo itself has that effect. It. Is. Beautiful!). This time I listened to something vastly different, but it still had an affect on my weekend.
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong is a weird book that takes place maybe 30yrs in the future? Not sure there, but it has a lot of commentary on the influence of social media and people’s personal branding within it. I guess people could generally see this as a bad thing (Moby’s new”Are You Lost In The World Like Me?” video certainly does), but it just hammered home the fact that I was driving to one of the most beautiful places I have ever been BECAUSE of my own brand on such networks.
I feel so… blessed (I guess is the word I’m looking for), for being invited out to Fal-Con. Thank you so much to the crew there for having me and allowing me to set up my art table (which they then had to watch while I did panel things). Thank you to the other artists in the artist alley for putting up with my lateness both days and for my tired ramblings. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who attended the show and let me speak about the wonders and quirks of my career path without mocking it for its stereotypes. I hope that I was worthy of your generosity and that the advise I gave for those that asked for it is of good influence.
I had an amazing weekend and seriously wish that I had documented it better (new phone. Haven’t figured out the camera yet). I will be stalking the Fal-Con Facebook page and liking all the shared memories so – if you were there – please make sure you share your photos and stories. Tag your friends and I. It was definitely not an experience I want to forget and I can’t wait for next year’s show. 🙂