Post-Norwescon Table Report!

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When I was sixteen years old, I started a Star Trek fan club. (And right now, you’re either laughing or you think I’m awesome. Or possibly both.) Wanting to attract new members, I got myself a lobby table at Norwescon. I put out my newsletters, some buttons, and a sign-up sheet, talked to people and answered questions, and sold memberships. Went pretty well.

Now, this past weekend — about a quarter-century later — I found myself back behind a Norwescon lobby table again. Talk about time travel.

In some ways, it felt like my life was taking a giant step backward. (“What, I’m stuck doing this again?“) But really, it was a huge step forward instead. Instead of spending all this time and effort and love on someone else’s dreams, I was there promoting my own. Because this time, the table was for CAUSALITY.

If you were at Norwescon, I hope you had a chance to stop by and see us. We had a lot of fun talking to people, telling them about the ideas we had for the show and debating the possibilities of time travel.

We had T-shirts to sell, buttons and stickers to give away, props from the show on display, and a monitor showing our teaser trailers, our mini-episode, and our Season One trailer.

People really seemed interested, engaged, and even excited. We had a sign-up sheet for our mailing list, and I thought we’d get maybe a few people to sign up, but we had about forty people sign up, which was way more than I expected.

One reaction we kept getting that just delighted me was people saying, “I haven’t even heard of this!” Apparently, we looked so well-put-together and professionally presented that people just assumed they should have heard of us by now!

Huge thanks to my co-producers, Glynis Mitchell and Ralph Fontaine, and to our caterer/production assistant, Christopher Sprague, for manning the table with me. Thanks also to Gabe Sedgmore for stopping by on Sunday — sorry I missed you!

So much of working on a film project like this feels like you’re working in a vacuum — isolated and insulated from your future audience. It was greatly inspiring to get out there and meet some of that future audience, and to see the kind of enthusiasm people are bringing to this. Thanks for the feedback and the encouragement — we’re back to work on it harder than ever.

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