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.”