I hate to sound like a broken record, but this year’s festival was fundamentally different for me. That being said, I had a fantastic time, and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting my fest memories from time to time in subsequent articles here on Opus. Many thanks to Mike Hertenstein, for his gracious offer, encouragement, and enthusiasm. Many thanks to J. Robert Parks for the wonderful trailer talk on Friday, to Dave Canfield, to Nathan, to J.W. and Kim, and to Paul, John, and the other speakers I was able to meet.
There were many familiar faces that I hoped would be there, but weren’t. However, I met a lot of new faces, and I hope to be able to continue corresponding with them and building up the personal and professional relationships.
And of course, many thanks to the good Lord for bringing all of this crazy stuff together — and for the wonderful weather. I’m not complaining about the air conditioned hotel room, mind you, but this year’s weather really made me wish we’d camped out. Ah well, maybe next year.
After 2002, I was filling rather burnt out on Cornerstone. But now, five years later, I’m more excited than ever about the fest, and I hope we’ll be able to come back next year.