Just a quick update. I’ll be at CoSine 2015 in Colorado Springs this coming weekend. The convention will be held at the Hotel Elegante and it runs 23-25 January. There’s a lot going on for a relatively small convention, so if you’re in the area, I recommend checking it out.
I’m excited for this convention because it has a good guest line-up and it looks like I’ll be on several interesting panels. Friday night I’ll be on Applying Modern Morals to Speculative Fiction with Connie Willis, Saturday at 1 pm I’ll be on Repercussions of Magic with Sarah Hoyt followed by Female Characters in F&SF at 4pm, and then Sunday at 2pm I’ll be on Research for Fiction Writers. I think they’ll all be fun panels.
I’ll also be at the author signing on Saturday from around 5pm to 7pm both to sign books and if anyone wants to get paperback copies, I’ll have a few extra on me.
Myths and Legends Con, also known as Malcon, is a Denver, Colorado convention. This was my first year both attending and being a guest. All in all, it was a fun experience. I met a lot of folks, both writers, fans, and that interesting group of people who just sort of show up, not really knowing what a convention is all about.
Malcon was not a large convention, but it had the feeling of a group of friends hanging out and talking that you don’t get at some of the other conventions I’ve seen. Everyone was friendly and was there to have a good time. There weren’t any arguments (well, okay, some rabid discussion about plot twists, character arcs, stories, etc. of some big name authors, but that was all in good fun and no one drew blood… mostly), and there was a very relaxed attitude for the whole weekend, with little of the stress of racing to the next event or panel.
Part of that was due to the excellent organization by the staff. They managed the entire event very professionally and with few of the issues I’ve seen at other conventions as far as double scheduling panels or guests and that sort of thing. They managed this despite having to shift venues at the last minute due to a conflict with the former location. They also had to deal with a major highway (I-25) being shut down in the middle of town, which obviously threw a lot of people’s schedules into a bit of turmoil.
All in all, Malcon was a lot of fun and I’d love to attend next year, as well.
I’ll be attending Starfest 2014 in Denver, CO this coming weekend (May 2-4). This will be my first convention as a participant, so I’m pretty excited about it. As of yet, it looks like I’ll be on three panels. May 2nd at 7pm I’ll be on “You Got Your Reality in My Fantasy.” May 3rd at noon I’ll be moderating a panel “Combat in Science Fiction and Fantasy” and May 3rd at 3pm I’ll be at “Alternate History in Fantasy and Science Fiction.” For those interested, I’ll have some extra copies of my books.
I’ll be wandering the halls for most of the event. It’ll be my first time at Starfest, so I’d like to see what it’s all about. I hear there’s a lot of Klingons…