The first few NECONs I felt more like an outsider looking in. I'm not a true horror fan, more sci-fi and fantasy, and didn't know any of the legends but over the years I got to know them all. Maybe a little too well. Now, I feel like I'm truly "in", a part of the NECON family. It's nice to see Tom Monteleone and have him say, "Hey, Squatrito! How have you been?" (we have a Red Sox/Orioles rivalry thing going) or Rio Youers ask "How's the knuckleball going?" when seeing him for the first time in a year. (I'm a baseball player too, if you haven't noticed!)
And at this year's inaugural Kaffeeklatsch, our semi-hungover host Matt Bechtel asked me to talk about my experiences with my Overlords eBooks to the group -- me! I'm no longer intimidated to talk to people and have a good rapport with everyone, just ask J9.
And I like meeting the newbies, like Chris Irvin, Kristin Dearborn, Trisha Wooldridge, Traci Orsi and so many others.