I am excited, daunted (okay, terrified) and exhausted in advance looking at this calendar. Doing even one of these was beyond my imagining a few years ago. I am beyond grateful to all the people who have supported me and given me opportunities.
<deep breath> Here we go…
February 14-17 Capricon 39, Wheeling IL.
Panels about heroes, fantasy physics, the art of violence, and more. I have a reading scheduled, and will have books for purchase in the vendor room.
March 1-3 Cleveland ConCoction, Aurora OH
In Author’s Alley with books, participating on fun panels, doing readings & more. Hoping to have my badges for sale by then along with the books.
March 22-24 C2E2, Chicago, IL
I’ll be working at the Bard’s Tower pop-up bookstore in the Exhibit Hall.
June 7-9 Indy PopCon, Indianapolis, IN.
Planning to be at Bard’s Tower here, too. This is a new con for me, so…EEP.
August 1-4 Gen Con Indianapolis, IN
I’LL HAVE MY OWN TABLE ON AUTHORS’ AVENUE THIS YEAR. Yes, that news is worthy of shoutycaps. I dance a little Pinocchio dance and sing silly songs about happiness every time I think about this.
Gen Con is now where I’m hoping to debut Sharp Edge of Yesterday, because why not throw my big party at a big con I can reach by driving?
August 29-Sept 4, Labor Day Weekend DragonCon, Atlanta GA.
With Bard’s Tower and beyond! Too soon to know about programming here, but I have emails out to the organizers and fingers crossed.
Two wonderful cons that aren’t on this list: WisCon & Windycon. Here’s why, sorta.
WisCon. I loved it the one time I went, but going back as an author…scares me. I don’t think Im up to the emotional exposure. My voice would never add enough to panels to justify silencing anyone else by taking the spot, and vending? My books are fabulous, but I can easily see no one at WisCon having the slightest interest, and that would just crush me.
All that plus I’m wary of overtaxing brain and pocketbook with the other obligations I’ve made makes it a Bad Idea to take on another con.
But…butbutbutbutbut… But I want to go again so much. Maybe just as an attendee for a day trip? Maybe offering to volunteer? I dunno. I just…at this rate I’ll waffle right up until Memorial Day weekend.
I’m on the fence about WindyCon this year too. I sense I may be burned out on life by November…but….I know people there now and it’s a fun time, and I love to hang out with Rich and Rich & the Games Plus booth. November is a long way off. I can put off this decision too. Maybe a very low-key presence, zero money invested and a couple of panels at most?
ANYway. Now you know where I’ll be for quite a few weekends this year, in case you ever want to meet me and talk about writing, or Marvel movies, or fantasy sub-genres, or Night Vale, or discuss what a jerk Carl can be or what Elena’s political ambitions are…
And no need to worry who’ll feed Scooter & take pictures of him while I’m away. Spouseman holds down the fort and keeps the home fires burning. It’s nice to come home to fresh fruit & milk in the fridge, I do confess.
That’s all until later.