So it turns out I won't be at Hal-Con this year since I didn't get on programming due to some miscommunications. I'm sorry I'll miss all the cool and fun people (you know who you are!), but the budget is tight this year and cons have to pay for themselves. And programming is the golden ticket to getting known.
But no biggie - the con-com is awesome and barring any horrible circumstances, I'll be there next year!
So now my next and final con of the year is SFContario! I'll only be there on the Sunday since the Saturday evening is the reprise of Chasing Boudicca. But I refuse to miss out on SFContario and my first ever Aurora Awards ceremony! Well, okay, I've been to two ceremonies, but this is my first year being on the ballot, so that's fun. Freakin' fun!
I'll be at the Aurora Awards brunch and ceremony, of course, but also at:
1:30 pm, Parkview
I think I'll read from Destiny's Fall, the sequel to Destiny's Blood. Not sure yet. Maybe from my diary, too. Little Marie's deep thoughts are always a success (truly).
The Business of Writing
2 pm, Solarium
Marie Bilodeau(M), Leah Bobet, Robert J. Sawyer, John Scalzi, Douglas Smith
I've been on panels with most of these fine writers over the past few years and they're made of win. I'm thrilled that this year's last panel will be with such great people!
I'm moderating that panel again, which is funny. I don't know how I turned out to moderate most of my panels this year, but I'm enjoying it. Sometimes it's easy - I know the topic well and have a good idea what listeners are looking for. Other times it's a struggle because I have no idea what the panel is about and neither do any of the panelists. That's when I ask really strange questions such as "what's your association with reality?" Thankfully most panelists are game for a little play time.
The worst part is scrambling to save a panel you can tell is tanking. That's not always easy, sometimes completely impossible. But trying can be fun, too! At least I know that my last panel of 2011 will be a success, unless none of the panelists show up, for some strange reason (I'm watching you all!)
So I hope to see you SFContario and, if you're in town, come to Chasing Boudicca on the 19th. I'll blog more about that next week!