Less than 24 hours ago I was at Balticon, getting ready for my final panel at the con, but already it seems like it was weeks ago. Such are the perils of getting sucked back in to the day job and the daily routine.jpsorrow
and I drove down Friday afternoon, and arrived in good time after being slowed by a few construction delays. After registering for the con, we grabbed a quick dinner at Wegman's food court, then returned in time for Josh's 7PM panel.
There we met up with davidjwilliams
whose first book THE MIRRORED HEAVENS was just released by Bantam Spectra. The three of us wandered over to the opening ceremonies, then spent a while in the bar (quelle suprise) before dropping by elaine_brennan
's for Maltcon.
Saturday started off with the Compton Crook winners panel, where past winners naominovik
, Daniel Graham, Michael Flynn, Maria Snyder and myself, joined this year's winner Mark L. Van Name to talk about our experiences. I then dashed off to the Women Warrior's panel moderated by John Hemry (aka Jack Campbell), which was also great fun--audience member shaysdays
gave her unique perspective on the topic, which immediately sparked story ideas. Shay graciously followed me from the panel to my autographing, so we could chat some more.
The autographing was shared with suricattus
who demonstrated the utility of her tiny laptop by using it to purchase movie tickets while we were signing. Enough folks dropped by to get their books signed to make us feel loved, and jpsorrow
performed ably as a minion.
Sunday I had no official events scheduled, but as previously reported managed to sneak out to see Indiana Jones, then made it back in time to hear David Williams give a fantastic reading from THE MIRRORED HEAVENS. It's no surprise that I've already set aside the book I had been reading in order to start reading his.
Sunday night Indiana Jim (aka jlawrenceperry
) interviewed me for a podcast. After two full days at the con both of us were dragging a bit, but Jim is an excellent interviewer, so I'm hopeful for the results. Getting a chance to know him at this con was definitely one of the highlights.
Other folks I saw included the usual suspects-- Tee Morris who looked fantastic and was his high energy self, nightwolfwriter
who was proudly displaying his author copy of the new Doctor Who anthology, Sue Wheeler whom I managed to wave at in passing, since each time I saw her she was troubleshooting or riding herd on volunteers. Plus I managed to meet a bunch of new folks, always one of the best parts of Balticon.
Monday morning I finished up with a panel on "Why do you keep reading an author after the first book?" which turned into a very interesting discussion as we talked about the difference between wanting to read the next book of a series versus standalone titles.
Then it was time to say our goodbyes and jump in the car. The trip home was significantly quicker than the trip down :-) and after a brief period to decompress it was time to get ready for the day job.