In the Bag

As an urban fantasy author, one of the best parts of my job is traveling to SFF conventions, where I participate in panels, meet new and familiar readers, and hang out with fellow authors that I generally only see on the internet. I’ve been doing these conventions for years, but last year I did a personal-best SEVEN cons of 2016, including old favorites like CONvergence and Worldcon, and new favorites like Dragoncon and Anomalycon. Because of all these adventures, I think 2016 was the year that I really perfected an important aspect of con life: the con bag. I’ve got this thing boiled down … Continue reading

Another Pro to Cons

Good morning, internet! This morning I read a fantastic blog called “The Pros and Cons of Pro Cons” by the notorious Chuck Wendig. It was actually a response to a blog by my friend Marko Kloos about the total cost of attending CONfusion, (which I also attended). You should read these excellent posts, but here’s the crux: Marko’s post was about how cons are fun but expensive, so be aware as you consider going. Wendig’s post was about how cons are fun and can be professionally useful, or not, and we should be sure to do a bunch of stuff, … Continue reading