|Dr. Dan, Ann Lewis, and Bonnie MacBird at A Scintillation of Scions|
Yes, don't be shy.
If you are a Sherlockian (or any other kind of mystery fan), don't just stand on the sidelines. Get involved in the wonderful world of real life participation - not just online.
A couple of weeks ago we attended A Scintillation of Scions in Maryland, which is rapidly becoming (or already is) the premier annual Sherlock Holmes conference. I was struck by conversations with several people who said they held back for many years attending such events out of shyness.
One such person - remarkably - was Bonnie MacBird. Best known for her screenplay of the original Tron film, she has worked in Hollywood for decades. And yet she was why about attending a Sherlock Holmes conference!
Here's why you should take advantage of any such opportunities that you can:
- The talks probably will be excellent.
- There's no better fun than sharing your passion with like-minded zealots.
- Meeting people in person is a thrill, even - and maybe especially - if you've already met them online.
- The people you will meet are nice.
- Newcomers to the fold are warmly welcomed in any hobby, so there's no reason to feel disadvantaged if you don't have a big collection or an encyclopedic memory for the stories.
- And if you don't have a big collection, vendors at a conference can help you with that!
If convenient, attend a Sherlock Holmes conference. If inconvenient, attend anyway!