On February 1st and 2nd I was Guest of Honor at Gottacon, where I met many lovely and charming fans:
Gottacon is very gaming focused, with a single track of panel programming. I was on two panels: So You Want to Become a Published Author with Matt Hughes, Dave Duncan and T.J. Silver and Digital Rights Management: The Pros and Cons, with Wired author Jules Sherred and Karl Johanson. Both panels were expertly moderated by Sherred, who interviewed me for Geeky Pleasures last year when Blue Magic came out, and who has posted them on the same site.)
As we were talking writing and publishing, war raged on next door.
Getting invited to be a guest of honor had been on my career-related bucket list for a while. Getting to do it for the first time in Victoria, a city I love, was a delightful extra bonus. The organizers and fans were all very lovely and inviting, and the day was full of nice surprises. If you’re in the vicinity next year might enjoy playing games all day with like-minded spirits, I can’t recommend it enough.
And if you missed me, my next appearance will be at FanExpo Vancouver on April 21 and 22.
GottaCon is happening in Victoria on the weekend of February 1-3, and it pleases me no end to tell you all that I’ll be the Writer Guest of Honor there. The schedule’s here: I’m appearing with so many awesome people, like Matt Hughes and Dave Duncan, and podcaster Jules Sherred.
GottaCon is a broad-spectrum gaming convention. It’s my first ever GoH gig, and as someone who started playing D&D in the Eighties before moving onto the Hero System (and staying there forever because that’s how versatile it is!) and has been gaming, in one form or another, ever since, this is just a delight.
If you’re Victoria-adjacent and interested in attending, the pre-registration price is still only $40 until next Tuesday.
That’s right–I’ve reached S5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here’s my essay on the best Riley episode ever.
In other news, I am building a not-safe-for-work Grammar Cop board on Pinterest. I’m hoping this will use up the energy I spend thinking, “Its, not it’s!”
Finally, author Lynette Aspey has written a lovely essay about my Books of Chantment, Indigo Springs and Blue Magic, as well as the tie-in novelette “Wild Things.”
My year is off to a good start, photographically speaking–I went out on the first of January and look what I shot!
I also wanted to let you all know that my upcoming course at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, “Writing the Fantastic” (WTF, as I like to call it) has filled. There is a waiting list and you can get on it here.
First, this week’s Buffy essay: “You say potato, I say Doomed!!”
I will be at Orycon this weekend, sitting on panels, connecting with people and celebrating the launch of M.K. Hobson’s thoroughly awesome THE WARLOCK’S CURSE. It’s a terrific convention, one of my favorites, and if you are around I’d love to see you.
I’ll be signing books on the Sunday, with so many other wonderful authors–list below!–at the Authorfest 6 at Powell’s Bookstore. Note: Ten percent of total proceeds will go to benefit the Beaverton Education Foundation.
Here we are:
Kevin James Breaux
Barb & J C Hendee
M K Hobson
J A Pitts
Phyllis Irene Radford