I had the opportunity to attend Starfest last weekend as an author and participant. It was a great time, all in all, with the highlight being the Combat in Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel. We had a great turnout for that panel (almost standing room only) and excellent audience participation. Sunday was May the 4th, which is Star Wars Day. So there was a huge turnout of Star Wars fans as well.
It was a great opportunity for me to meet folks, both writers, editors, and readers. I had some great conversations with people and really enjoyed myself.
The highlight for me, as I said, was being on several panels, especially the Combat in SF & F one that I organized. We talked about a number of things, to include pet peeves as readers and viewers, awesome scenes in the genre, as well as writing tips and techniques for doing a combat scene. The other two panels were pretty awesome as well, and I really had a great time overall.