My First Live Event: Free Fur All, 2022

This past weekend, I attended my first ever live event as an author at Free Fur All in Glenpool, OK. And I must say, whatever may have been my expectations going in, they were quite pleasantly shattered. Now, I don’t know what other conventions are like, whether this measures up to them in size, scope, etc., and frankly I don’t care. Nor do I care about whatever petty quarrels people might have with the staff or other attendees there. Speaking as both a vendor and a visitor, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Visitors to my table were numerous and sales were surprisingly brisk (despite forgetting my sign and bookmarks!). Between this and the fact that there were some people I know of who never even came into the Dealer’s Den, I think it’s safe to say that any claims about attendee or fundraising numbers being artificially bolstered are complete and utter nonsense. Nor did I detect anything at all objectionable or obscene about the con or its attendees the whole time I was there. Folks were quite well behaved, and the staff extremely courteous during the event, as well as in all correspondence with me before and after. I could tell that this endeavor was put together by a team of competent individuals who were truly passionate about making things go smoothly for everyone. Even my dad, who knew almost nothing about furries before coming to this event, found it all quite amusing–particularly the many splendid fursuits on display.

So, for what it’s worth, that is my assessment. I am pleased that there will be an FFA 2023, and even more pleased to say I will be back for it (pre-reg is open now, for anyone interested). For anyone who plans to return like me, I look forward to seeing you again next year; for everyone else, I hope you will see fit to give this lovely little con a try. In which case, I will talk to you later!

Published by J. S. Allen

J. S. Allen is a writer, linguist, historian, and nature-lover from Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of the young adult series Sauragia and Knights of Aralia, as well as the 'Woodland Tales' anthology for children. Several of his shorter works have also appeared in various print and online periodicals over the years. In between writing and publishing, he likes to draw, spend long hours outdoors, and read. His favorite authors include M. I. McAllister, Brian Jacques, and Alexandre Dumas.

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