Is it really Orycon all ready??
For me, nothing signals the start of the holiday like our annual SF/F convention here in Portland–Orycon! I usually pick up a few holiday gifts in the dealer’s room or at the art show, and getting to reconnect with all my favorite writers (I almost typed co-workers–they kind of are!) from around Washington and Oregon just feels special.
This year, I’ll be on a few panels on Saturday and I’ve got a reading on Sunday. It’s at 11:30, so you have just enough time to get brunch, pop in for taster from my most recent short story (it has ghosts!), and then catch the last few hours of the con.
Of course the highlight for any book lover is always the post-Orycon author event: Authorfest 9! Make sure to stop by Powell’s Cedar Hills location at 4 pm on Sunday. There will be more than two dozen local writers ready to sign books and shoot the breeze. Rumor has it that a contingent from the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion will be there, too. How often do you get to take your picture with a storm trooper?
Orycon is my local sf/f convention, and I love it. I always have a great time! This year looks like it’s going to be just as fun as ever, and I’ve got a pretty packed schedule. If you’re going to be at the convention, I hope I get a chance to say hi!
Here’s my schedule:
Friday, November 7th
- 12:30 pm — Wendy N. Wagner reading — Grant
- 4:00 pm — Spaceships, Colonists, and Castaways — Madison
- 5:00 pm — Loving Your Villain — Roosevelt
- 8:00 pm — The Games Are Afoot: Sherlock vs Elementary Throwdown — Hamilton
Saturday, November 8th
- 1:00 pm — Freaking Me Out, Not Grossing Me Out — Idaho
- [helping with the Writers Workshop during the afternoon]
- 7:00 pm — Writing & Art for the RPG Industry — Morrison
- 8:00 pm — SHATTERED SHIELDS anthology launch — Orycon Suite 1570
Sunday, November 9th
- 11:00 am — Writing in Other People’s Worlds — Morrison
- 1:00 pm — Women Role Models in SF — Hawthorne
Sunday, November 9th — 4:00 pm — Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Over two dozen NW sf/f writers and visiting members of the Cloud City Garrison!
I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of great people and getting my geek on!