Whelp, this outta be good for some kicks.
I have arrived to the lovely Hilton Double Tree hotel in Richmond, VA, just a couple hours north of my usual stomping grounds, ready to attend my first science fiction convention, RavenCon (named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe, who grew up here). I’ve got a box of books under my arm (give-away, signed promotional copies of A Sword Into Darkness) and a stack of postcards advertising ASID and REMO. I’m ready to put my name out there and try to drum up more contacts and more business.
But what I’m really here to do is to get my geek on and my nerd out (or is it the other way around?). This Con is not huge, but it’s got at lot of great writers attending that I’ve really wanted to meet. The great Elizabeth Bear is guest of honor, but they also have Rob Balder (love his comic), Gray Rinehart (the Baen slushmaster whom I’ve wanted to meet), James Minz, and big names (for me) Sarah Hoyt and Michael Z. Williamson. That’s a whole lotta Baen, of course, but Baen is my favorite publishing house, so what would you expect? They’ve published two of my shorts, almost published the novel and workshopped all of the stories that have gone into REMO. I’m just a Barfly who’s never been to the bar.
There’s a lot of other stuff too like Dealer’s Rooms, panels, movies, and of course the Masquerade. There’s lot to oogle and goggle about, but I promise pictures after.
And if you happen to be at the Con or in Richmond and want to meet up, just shoot me a comment down below!