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 (editor of Black Gate) and authors 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)
You could feel the strength of the bond between Mercedes Lackey and her husband Larry Dixon.  My wife took several pictures of them during the opening ceremony, and these two images seemed to depict their connection and teamwork.  When speaking of his wife, Larry said, "She's my everything."  I thought I was going to cry.

Elaine Isaak reading a short story

After attending one last panel discussion, I went to the bar to mingle.  I met authors Donald Crankshaw (who is yet another Black Gate blogger) and Kristin Janz.  It was interesting to discover how they help each other as married authors.  I like seeing other married teams coming together over writing, similar to my own marriage where Bess is there for me to do whatever she can to try to help me improve my writing and connect with other people.

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

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