Minutes from the first So Cal Summit
January 29th, 2004
Luckily for my nerves the rain that had shown up the few days before was gone by the afternoon of our Summit, the 29th. I (sveltskye) and my friend Heather hopped out of our car and dashed through Downtown Disney and past security in an attempt to make it to the meeting place (the C of the California sign in front of California Adventures) by 3:00, since I was feeling rather paranoid about everyone finding each other. We made it more or less on time, but as I walked up I was surprised to find a large ring of Quillers waiting for us- who knew that So Cal Quillers were so punctual? They even had a “SUGARQUILL” sign, airport style.
I could barely contain my excitement (and I’m sure it showed :D) as we joined the group and began to make introductions. It was weird, but completely awesome to meet these people whom I’d talked to so many times online but never connected a face to, and somehow I felt like we were kindred spirits already. Adara was so sweet and Queenie was fun and talkative and shared a funny resemblance Zsenya (or at least the photos I’ve seen of her). Tony was just as friendly and easygoing as he’d sounded in emails, and Susan Lynn was incredibly nice as well. Tony, Queenie and Adara had also brought along their parents, and Susan Lynn her T.A. Heidi and son Andrew, and after sharing where we all were from I was really impressed by their support and willingness to drive so long to meet fellow fans. While we were waiting for other possible arrivals, Heather and I talked with Queenie about HDM and her crossover fic, which I had read, and Tony and Adara told us more about the PoA party they’d been to in San Diego.
[SIZE=1]Quillers- The So Cal branch.[/SIZE]
After a while someone suggested that we take photos. Heather took the sign and wrote Potter For President and we all posed with it.
[SIZE=1] Sugar Quill parents- Queenie’s mom, Katie’s mom, and my surrogate mom (hehe, just kidding) [/SIZE]
[SIZE=1] Posting the new and improved sign [/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]Queenie, Adara and Tony by the sea- *ahem*, I mean C[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1] Heidi, Susan Lynn and me[/SIZE]
After a while we decided to stop standing around and do something productive- eat! We sauntered into “Naples Restaurante e Pizzeria” and got to know each other over pizza that was surprisingly good for its price. At one end of the table Heather and her new best friends Heidi and Queenie bonded over manga and anime. I sat next to Adara and across from Tony and Susan Lynn and shared some interesting conversations with the three of them, about everything from my experiences at UCI and theirs in home schooling to fan fiction and the SQ. I learned that Susan Lynn is a great fan of Katinka’s fics, which I hadn’t read but have heard a lot about, and that she teaches second language children- by reading them Harry Potter, which is really cool. It was great to meet one of the many “SQ moms” and I thought it was exciting to meet someone who was older than me but still shared one of my biggest interests. Tony shared that his favorite HP characters were Fred and George and that he’d even written a fan fic about them (I believe he was working on writing his 19th chapter at the time- it’s under Antonio here at the Quill, so go check it out and support your local writer(s) ^_^). I was also excited- and a little freaked- to learn that Susan Lynn had shown some of my fan art to her class.
When we finished eating we gathered around to take yet *more* pictures to add to the collection, along with the ones Tony and his mom- self professed digital camera fanatics- had taken while buzzing around the table during dinner.
[SIZE=1]From the left: Adara, me, Susan Lynn’s son Andrew and Adara’s mom at the restaurant[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]The other end of the table: Heather and Queenie[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1] Another group picture?![/SIZE]
From there we decided to “cruise the block”. We paid a visit to the World of Disney and nearly got lost in it when we couldn’t find Tony’s mom. It took us nearly half an hour to realize that she’d gone outside- any longer and we probably would’ve had to move in! Heidi, Susan Lynn and Andrew had to part company with us in the store in order to start their long trek home to LA. While we were waiting in the store, we remaining Quillers took the time to sign and date our sign, deciding that we’d make it into a keepsake that we could bring to all our future Summits. Heather and I even added our own little artistic touches.
Outside of the store we- guess what- took yet more pictures ^_^
[SIZE=1] That wonderfully wonderful World of Disney[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]So many cameras, so little time.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1] From left: Tony, Heather, me, Adara, and Queenie[/SIZE]
By this time, we decided to make our way toward the parking lot. Along the way, though, we saw a bookstore and of course decided to go in for “a little bit” (right, hah.) We found ourselves a little nook, sat down and did what Quillers do best: read. I spotted a DC comic book and for a while Adara, Tony, Heather and I had a fun time pointing out some of the weirder, lesser known heroes and villains, finding our own HP “characters”.
[SIZE=1]Queenie in her own little world[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1] Adara’s mom shows off her catch[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]Poring over the comic book[/SIZE]
[SIZE=1]Tony, well camouflaged in the forest of books[/SIZE]
Long after we’d entered the store, all of us finally picked up and made our way to the parking lot, realizing that most still had a long drive home. I bid everyone goodbye, sorry to see them go. And there endeth a truly great day (which is good, because I’m awfully tired of typing).