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( Apr. 27th, 2009 10:13 pm)
After Friday night I never did put my contacts back in so if I didn't recognize you, I'm sorry I couldn't actually see you from more than a few feet away and your name tag was a total lost cause.

I really love Ravencon, and in case I didn't mention it enough times during the con Vietnam 1 about two blocks down the road is one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at.

My Q&A/Pitch session was so packed that we never got to the pitch session. Lot's of good questions, some of which I can predict will be asked at any given Q&A session, but loads of others too. It was nice to have an actively interested group.

The Mil-SF panel was fun, we covered a decent amount of ground, and everyone on the panel actually contributed.

If you are free the second weekend of April next year you should Ravencon on your list of things to do, the short list.

If you want to be a programing participant and couldn't get onto the programming this year definitely start emailing soon. Most of the panels I was on or looked in on had five or six panelists.

Names you need to meet at a con: Gail Martin, Kelly Lockhart, Chuck Gannon, Peter Prelwitz, Bud Sparhawk, Allan Wold, Gray Reinhart, David Coe, Randy Milholland, James Maxey, Ed Shubert, I've met all of these people but Randy, Gray & Bud before and they are all fun.

Thank you again to the staff and volunteers at Ravencon, my co-panelists and the folks who helped me with the anime panel via Facebook.


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( Apr. 26th, 2009 03:46 am)
I had a lot of fun at the Q&A panel today, and was shocked by the number of people who showed up and were a very entertaining crowd to work with.

The mil-sf panel was killer, Julie Cochrane, Bud Sparhawk, Mike McPhail, Chuck Gannon and myself along with an assist to several great audience members had one of those fun panels that could have gone two hours and no one would have noticed. We touched on the aspects of Mil-SF bleed over to and from real world military, how units of various sizes will call for different psychological profiles.

Lastly, if you are ever in the area, go to eat at Vietnam 1, it is a killer eatery not even three blocks from the hotel the convention has been in the last two years. I had a fab differ with some very cool people there. 
For those of you who have never had the joyous experience of being in a smoky room with contacts, I applaud your good sense. I on the other hand got to spend half of last night with my contacts going through a Navy Seal workout in my eyes.

But that's not nearly as important as who I've gotten to talk too. My fan friends are here in full force, the con com has put together another excellent event and my first panel with Wombat, David Coe, Michael Ventrella, and two others whose names escape me.

Today I have a 2pm panel in the Potomac room. a 6pm in Dogwood and various schmooze sessions throughout the day and night.
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( Apr. 24th, 2009 10:13 am)
While the title may sound like something fit for the adult film world, I'm really headed to one of my faveorite conventions of the year.


Right now I'm sitting on the shuttlebus to Logan and expect to be making a few calls from the terminal and doing some client reading before getting high in the sky.

If all goes well I should be at the hotel before my first panel.
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( Apr. 12th, 2009 12:36 am)
Having gotten buried in reading, both work and fun, I completely neglected to book a flight for Ravencon this year. That's now done. Next years con schedule is rounding out too. It looks like; Boskone, Norwescon and World Fantasy Con.
I was invited back to Ravencon and being a well run con they had me up on their website months ago. Being an airhead, I managed to forget to book room. I've just done so. Now i just need to figure out if I'm flying, driving, or taking the train.

Ravencon is great, and anyone who's got some time and energy should go. Rumor has it Sara Harvey [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie   will be in the building, as well as Chuck Gannon. The Guest of Honor this year is Jack McDevitt, and the who's who on the rest of the list shames a lot of cons larger and older than Raven.

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( Mar. 17th, 2009 11:28 pm)
In addition to Dave Freer i have two other clients attending Lunacon. Chris is an Aussie so he probably won't make it to cons stateside all that often, Charles Gannon is known to quiet a few from his days as a game writer.
Schedules )
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( May. 1st, 2008 09:26 pm)
This is the type of horrifically hard work I have to do.

look here )
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( Apr. 27th, 2008 08:42 pm)
Well, for another year of excellent con is over. Tear down is done, and the Dead Dog has been doused with booze and food. I had two panels this morning, the second half of Allen Wold's writing workshop which was fun, but i think we'd scared off a couple of the participants. After that was the "How to Critique and be Critiqued" panel. I got to moderate (silly con com) and the poor panelists who had me inflicted on them were Valerie Griswold-Ford, Charles
Gannon, and the amazing Catherine Asaro. This panel to me was very interesting, and we could have gone on for another hour or two easily, between war stories of crit's gone bad, and what to look for in critiques we only just left before the next panel started throwing rocks at as.

I had a wonderful time at Ravencon, per usual, and want to thank all of the con com, the guests, and the attendees.

Thank you.
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( Apr. 26th, 2008 05:20 pm)
This is such a killer con. The dealers room has actual variety, the panelists are fun, the staff are among the clue burdened.

Last night at the opening ceremony, Mike Pederson managed to put name and face together for about forty people without blinking or getting any wrong.

This morning i took part in Allen Wold's writers workshop. This was a fun workshop, painfully early in the morning (9 am) but fun. Aside from my own sleep deprived self, Allen had Darcy Wold who reads a lot of fiction and has acute judgement, Peter Prellwitz a pro writer, and Ed Shubert editor of Intergalactic Medicine Show. We spent a couple hours proving instant, and intense feedback on a short piece of fiction. We went over some of the 'rules' of writing. There were two young ladies present who may just have been writing better than some of the published stuff I've read.

After this was the "Blogging for the Modern Writer" where Jean Marie Ward proved to be the most fabulous moderator I've ever seen, and was fun to talk to before panel. Jeri Smith-Ready, and Valerie Griswold-Ford were just plain awesome to be on a panel with, overall it was a low key affair.
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( Apr. 24th, 2008 10:20 pm)
I'm pretty sure I mentioned once or twice that I'd be at Ravencon this weekend. I know it says so on my website. Now I just wish real life hadn't gotten in the way of getting ready for the con until tonight.

A well...


I'll be looking at some of the slush this weekend as well. Anyone who submitted to the correct inbox for Winter Workout who has not received a final response yet should drop me a message via the contact form on my website.
Super secret subtle hint below:

For those who have received their reply, the shorter and more positive it was the more i liked it. If i said something about there being a better place to start the book, I may have really liked it if that was the largest comment on it.
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