Last year I couldn't go at all (as Domenica was imminent -- she could have arrived that weekend) and I hadn't had a new book out since 2005. This year it's sort of a double-dose in everything. I have two new books out and the programming people have remembered me well, so I have the most busy convention I have ever gone to.
This is important as it's really the ONLY convention of standard SF that I get to go to (unless I suddenly get rich), and my only opportunity to interact with that group of people in a FTF manner (as opposed to online, where I can annoy them all from thousands of miles away!). I want to make this as worthwhile a use of my time as possible, so any suggestions are welcome.
Below is my schedule for the convention as it currently stands:
4:00 Friday: Fan Fiction: Stepping Stone?: More and more writers are making the leap from fan fiction to pro status: can fanfic be a writing workshop for you?
Ivey, Jamison, Prellwitz, Sawicki, Spoor
8:00 Friday: Ice Cream Social
11:00 AM Saturday: Avatar: Genius or Hype? It's been hailed as a work of genius by the people who want to live in its world, but it's also been dismissed as a retread of old SF ideas with a veneer of shiny tech. Have your say!
Easton (M), Fludd, Lieven, Prellwitz, Sawicki, Spoor, Ventrella
1:00 PM Saturday: Signing. I have books in case they don't, but usually they've got a good supply for these things.
2:00 PM Saturday: Doctor Who: A lively discussion of the long-term series whether you think the latest doctor is a punk kid or you long for the days of Tom Baker
Lieven, Rothman, Schwabach, Spoor
6:00 PM Saturday: Reading by Me. Bring your dinner if you like. :) I'm open to suggestions; if, as it appears, I have an hour, there's a good deal of reading that can be done in that time.
It's All Anime, All Day on Sunday for me. I get to sit in the same room and pontificate for THREE HOURS.
11:00 AM Sunday: Anime/Manga Terms You Should Know: Get up to speed on the lingo so you don't have to feel like a newbie
Ivey, Ralston, Spoor
12 Noon Sunday: Anime Space: What does space and space travel look like in anime?
Prellwitz, Ralston, Spoor
1:00 PM Sunday: Vampires in Anime: Do they Sparkle?: The bloodsuckers in anime and manga
Ivey, Ralston, Spoor