Once again, Ravencon in Richmond VA was a fantastic event. From the steampunk Darth Vader to the wealth of panels to choose from, to the great dealer room, it’s always a well-run con and a darn fine party.
Personal panel schedules were not available when I checked in, so I started the con by showing up at the wrong panel (they let me stay), but I had a blast anyhow. One of my favorite panels was on the “magical middle class”—characters in Harry Potter who weren’t main characters, but who kept the world running. It was the perfect topic for a panel, and we had a full room with people who were not afraid to participate—which is ideal for those of us upon the panel who don’t want to do all the talking.
One of the evening highlights was an invitation-only scotch tasting party where I learned a lot about both scotch and Scotland. As usual, the Capclave and Barflies parties were both well attended and great places for free-wheeling discussions. And although I didn’t make it to the Belle Morte concert, I have it on good authority that it was fantastic, as was the masquerade, which I did attend.
Next up is Balticon, where I have a short story in the Spells and Swashbucklers anthology that will be having its launch party. I hope to see you there!
I’ll be a panelist at Balticon in Hunt Valley, MD over the Memorial Day weekend, so please look for me!
My short story, “The Low Road” will be in the Spells and Swashbucklers anthology that will be having its launch party at Balticon, so that’s definitely an exciting element of the weekend for me.
If you’ve missed my latest signings, there should still be some signed copies of my books at Park Road Books and at the Books A Million in the Cotswold plaza in Charlotte.
What I’ve been up to!
In addition to being a panelist at Ravencon and Balticon, I’ve actually gotten some writing done! I turned in a new short story, “Buttons” to Solaris Books for their “Magic” anthology. I’ve completed the line edits for Ice Forged, and sent those back to Orbit. And I’m making good headway on Reign of Ashes, the second book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga.
I’ll be working on Reign all summer, but I also owe a short story for a steampunk anthology, and am looking forward to writing that.
Otherwise, there have been some book signings, my monthly writing Meetup group, and family time.