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Penguicon & Writing Excuses Podcast

I had a great time at Penguicon last weekend, hanging with a slew of cool Michigan/Ohio-based writers (and with geographical outlier Cat Rambo, who trekked over from Seattle!).  Spent most of my time in the bar meeting and catching up with people, including SFWA’s Dear Leader John Scalzi and his wonderful wife Kristine, David and Tarri Klecha, Catherine Shaffer, Merrie Haskell, Anne Gray, Yanni Kuznia, and others.*  That suited me fine, though I did manage to catch a couple of readings as well, including a fine story by Ferrett Steinmetz.  I also did a reading of my own, the first chapter of THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON serving as a sort of spicy appetizer to a meaty main course of Jim C. Hines and his coveted box (don’t ask).

Finally, I took part in a podcast discussion (in front of an audience!) for the Hugo-nominated Writing Excuses, hosted by fantasy superstar Brandon Sanderson and awesome cartoonist Howard Tayler.** We discussed non-traditional settings setting in epic fantasy, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  Give ‘er a listen!

* I’m learning that “Who I hung with at the con” lists are anxiety-inducing. Inevitably I’ll forget someone and feel like a heel. Any omissions are due to my sleep-deprived, beer-soaked brain, not anyone else’s lack of memorable-ness.

** It’s also possible that I spent the weekend wearing a badge customized by Howard that said “I covet the career of Brandon Sanderson.”

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cathshaffer From: cathshaffer Date: May 9th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Leader! I'm stealing that!
jimhines From: jimhines Date: May 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a reason I stopped doing "who I saw at the con" lists :-)

Also, you realize that by not linking everyone's names to their web sites you have committed a HUGE INTERNET FAUX PAS AND WILL BE SHUNNED FOREVER BY YOUR PEERS!!!!!

You did great on the Writing Excuses podcast. May it bring you many new fans and followers!
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: May 9th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I realized after hitting 'submit post' that I should have included links... Now I can either ETA or actually, y'know, write a couple of pages while the kids are in daycare.

Sadly, I'm a bit blocked right now, so looking up and linking everyone's pages would be an appealing sort of cat-waxing. But I shall resist. THERE WILL BE WORDCOUNT!
daveamongus From: daveamongus Date: May 9th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I AM OFFENDED!!!!

Or, you know, maybe not.
cathshaffer From: cathshaffer Date: May 9th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I chickened out of doing a "who I hung out with" post, which is sad because it really is fun to see my name pop up on those things. But I, too, fear the FAUX PAS monster.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 9th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was good to met you at Penguicon and I hope to see you at ConFusion.

Welcome back to the Metro Detroit area.

Did you attend cons in this area in the past?
saladinahmed From: saladinahmed Date: May 9th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It was good to be...TOUCHED BY A CANADIAN!

My dad is a SF/F fan, though not of the con-going sort. Still he went to a couple of cons many years ago and brought me with when I was c. Jr. High age. I remember one ConFusion from...the late 80s? The program that year had a teddy bear/king kong mashup on the cover.

Other than that, I attended a couple of Trek conventions in Dearborn back when ST:TNG was on. That's about it.

Looking forward to Epic Confusion! And perhaps I'll see you at Wis- or World- Cons?
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