Friday, October 28, 2016

World Fantasy Convention Day 1

After waking up and getting lunch (yes, I slept in due to the late arrival), I went to the Dealer Room and Art Show.  Sadly, I was unable to find any issues of Galaxy or Unknown.


World Fantasy 2016 Program Book

Later, I had dinner with John O'Neill, Patty Templeton, and Bob Byrne.  Bob and Patty are also bloggers at Black Gate.  John regaled us with stories of publishing and collecting.  It was a lot of fun.

My wife, Bess, and me getting set for evening activities.

Opening Ceremonies... (Top Left: L. E. Modesitt, Jr.; Top Right: Randal Spangler; Bottom: Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon)

Elaine Isaak reading a short story

After attending one last panel discussion, I went to the bar to mingle.  I met Donald Crankshaw (who is yet another Black Gate blogger) and his wife, Kristin Janz.  

Writing this blog post while eating Peanut M&M's (which I can't have at home due to my son's food allergies)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

World Fantasy Convention Arrival

Yesterday, we left Indianapolis for Columbus.  But it wasn't a direct route.  First, we dropped the kids with grandparents and then picked up Sara Goodwin (check out her tweets @SoSaidSara).  We got a bit of a late start, but we finally made it to the hotel around 2:30AM.

I'm looking forward to the free book bag, hoping it's as great as the bags issued in past years.  And I don't just mean the books within the bag.  The bag itself is the right size for all kinds of oddities.  For example, I'm using my bag from the 2010 WFC to carry all of my shoes.

"Wait... why did you bring a lot of shoes?"  I wanted options.  For all the times someone is actually going to look at my feet.  Which is probably never.  I hope.  Please don't look at my feet.

The first scheduled events begin at 3PM, which is a short time away.  I still need to run by registration and get something to eat.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

World Fantasy Convention 2016

I haven't attended the World Fantasy Convention since 2014, and I'm excited to be attending this year.  I'm looking forward to meeting with others, listening to panel discussions, and hearing author readings.  This year, I also signed up for my own reading:

"Jigo" features Katsu and Tsukiko from "Shadows in Sakamura".  In this tale, the two venture into Taiyomichi, a small village of simplistic, hard-working people.  Even when they find danger within the village, they can't imagine the true source until it's too late to escape.