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see me at philcon!


I look like this.

Despite having lived in Philadelphia for nearly three years, next week I will be attending my first Philcon — the first and longest running SFF convention in the world — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J., Friday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 10. Their full schedule is here, but you can find me at the panels listed below, and I hope you’ll come and say hi. This is likely to be my last local event until at least next year.

Before I share my schedule: I want everyone to enjoy the convention without detracting from anyone else’s fun and comfort, so please read Philcon’s Harassment Policy, such as it is.

Friday, Nov. 8

7:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
[Panelists: Rebecca Robare (mod), Gil Cnaan, E.C. Myers, Christine Norris, Aurora Celeste]

Saturday, Nov. 9

3:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
[Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido (mod), Jay Smith, Theodore Krulik, E.C. Myers, Christopher Stout]

4:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
I may read my new short story, “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell”, which I finished writing on Friday. So if you show up, you’ll be the first people anywhere to hear it! It hasn’t been published yet, and it has the standard author disclaimer that it still may be a little rough :)

5:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
[Panelists: Ty Drago (mod), Michael J. Friedman, Bill Spangler, E.C. Myers, Thomas Willeford]

Sunday, Nov. 10

2:00 PM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
[Panelists: Anna Kashina (mod), E.C. Myers]

The rest of the time I may be hanging out in the bar, or writing on my netbook in a corner somewhere. Deadlines wait for no con.

have sharpie, will travel

See this picture? Not only is it proof that I’m a huge dork who owns a rare Snarf plush, but it displays my shiny “Pro” badge for the upcoming New York Comic Con! And that means that I’ll be at the Javits Center in New York this Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14… with more than 100,000 other people.

Okay, that’s a bit intimidating. This is my first Comic Con actually, because I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about attending a convention with so many guests crammed into a relatively small space. But I survived Dragon*Con this summer, and I’ll have lots of friends around to hang out with, so I’m giving it a go. Plus, this year I have not just one, but two novels out, and I was fortunate enough to be scheduled for an autographing session at the convention!

So, if you’re looking to snag one of the very first in-the-wild copies of my new book, Quantum Coin, or its prequel, Fair Coin, and get them signed and inscribed by me, this is where and when this can happen:

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 12 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Autographing Table 3 (at the back of Hall 1B on the first floor of the convention center)
COST: Free!

Barnes & Noble will be selling copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin at the con (I understand you can find them at the Barnes & Noble Pavilion, Exhibitor Booth #1112). You can also bring your own books from home, or if you don’t have a book, I will be happy to sign bookmarks, notebooks, Kindles, Nooks, scraps of paper, and other surfaces. If you miss my signing slot, I’ll be wandering around the rest of the convention and probably tweeting (if I can get a signal), so you can try to track me down later as well.

I look forward to seeing you there!

bid time (return)

Thank you to everyone who entered the Goodreads giveaway to win an ARC of Fair Coin! There definitely will be other opportunities to get a copy. In fact, here’s one now…

The Carl Brandon Society, an organization that helps build awareness of race and ethnicity in speculative fiction, is hosting another charity auction to get fans of color to a convention of their choice: Con or Bust. There are some delightful items and services up for auction, including a variety of autographed books and ARCs, jewelry, and critiques. Take a little while to scroll through everything on offer–more is being added every day! Some of particular interest (to me, anyway) include:

I’m also offering an ARC (again, that’s an uncorrected Advance Reading Copy) of Fair Coin (Pyr, 3/6/12) to a good home, for a good cause. The bid is currently at $10. I’ll sign or personalize this copy for the winning bidder and mail it out ASAP. The auction ends on Sunday, February 25, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Alas, this ARC is only available to people in North America.

Con or Bust also welcomes PayPal donations if you want to help but eschew material goods.

PAX update

I ended up enjoying PAX East quite a lot, mostly because I was in great company. As usual, the Q&A with Mike and Jerry, the warped geniuses behind Penny Arcade, was entertaining and I loved the “Make a Strip” session, where the audience watched–and participated–while Jerry wrote the script and Mike drew a brilliant and bloody comic. With a superfluous pony as an added bonus! I could watch Mike draw all day, really.


my gaming weekend

Right now I’m at PAX East in beautiful Boston, MA. I’m not sure why I’m here. I attended last year, which was a mixed bag. It was the first time they did the event on the east coast, so long lines and crowded rooms were the theme of the weekend. On the other hand, I got terrific seats for an awesome concert. But this year they’ve moved it to a bigger convention center and hopefully the kinks have been worked out (except for whatever kinks people enjoy, of course), so I’m tentatively hoping for a better experience all around.

The thing is, I haven’t been gaming lately. Not since the summer really, since all our game systems were packed up and in storage, and I didn’t have my own TV in my sublet, and I just had plenty of other things to do–mostly writing and hanging out with friends. Though I’ve had access to our Xbox 360, Wii, and NES for weeks now in our new apartment, I haven’t had a chance to play yet. And there’s certainly no excuse for not touching the DS since the summer; I’m even in the middle of an enjoyable game of Scribblenauts!

Since college, gaming for me goes in cycles. I play constantly for a while and then go months without picking up a controller, which is one of the reasons I find RPGs hard to get into, since I soon lose track of where I was in the game. I’ve dabbled a bit in some PC games though. I have Portal, Super Meat Boy, Plants vs. Zombies, and Sims 3 installed, but I’ve been careful not to get too addicted. I finally started Knights of the Old Republic some months ago. It’s awesome, but it seems like a time investment I haven’t been able to justify yet. I almost feel like I have to schedule time to play games–and read or watch DVDs–the way I do my writing sessions. It shouldn’t be work, something I think I have to do, right?

I’ve also dabbled a bit in online gaming. Left 4 Dead 2 has been fun with friends on Steam, once we figured out how to do voice chat properly (through Skype, of all things), and I’ve been sampling D.C. Universe Online, which I kind of love, with one of my best friends. That’s my character up there, if you couldn’t guess. “The Krypton Kid” was taken, so I went with “The Smallville Wonder.” Yeah, I know. :P (If he doesn’t do it for you, I also created Iphigenia, on the right. What? Don’t judge me.)

Why I’m really at PAX East is to hang out with some friends I don’t get to see too often, and maybe to reignite some of my love for gaming–and Penny Arcade. For a while after last year’s con I was a big fan of the comic again and followed it avidly for months, but I haven’t been checking the weekly comics and web videos as often lately. Too busy, too many priorities, too little time on the internet. But I don’t want to forget to have fun once in a while!

If you game, do you play cyclically like I do, or is it more of a priority in your free time? What are you playing now?