Balticon, Suave Rob, Crudrat, and Free Will

Contrary to rumors that have been floating around, I did not, in fact, get swallowed by a giant monster crab under the streets of Baltimore at Balticon. I did, however, have a brilliant time, and the summer has flown by so fast and so packed that I haven’t even posted… Continue reading

Balticon Schedule

Well, it’s official: I will be at Balticon, and I’ll be profaning the place with my presence on panels. When to Stop Revising and Move on to the next project (Panel) (Participant), Fri 22:00 – 22:50, Salon B (Hunt Valley Inn) Grief, Loss, and Death in SF/F (Panel) (Participant), Sat… Continue reading

Your Photos Will Send Me To Balticon

Note: Due to extenuating circumstances, I will not be able to make Balticon after all this year. The offer is withdrawn, all of you who were kind enough to order a session have received refunds. Hopefully next year! I’ve now missed two straight Balticons, much to the chagrin of many… Continue reading

When Plans Change…

I hate bad news–I actually hate giving it more than I hate receiving it. Unfortunately, in this case, I’ve received some bad news that means I have to give some bad news. Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 5: Pontification, Panels, and Parties

Well, I suppose I’ve put it off long enough. The summer since Balticon has been packed to the gills with activity. Lots of writing, lots of strategizing. I don’t think I’ve read as much in one summer in at least a decade, and I’ve written 150k words and still going—might… Continue reading

Slight Topic Derailment

For those of you waiting on the next Principles of Contracts or Balticon Adventure post, your patience will soon be rewarded. Things here have been hopping–between article deadlines, a couple new contracts to hash out, and having written a new book in the last three weeks, July has been completely… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 4

The Saga Of The Hat At this point in the narrative, I’m forced to chose between one of two roads. I could go along the chronology, skipping the boring and blackmail-worthy parts along the way, or I could chose a theme and tell its story…or I could jump back and… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 3

Scuba Gear I normally travel with carry-on baggage only, but it’s not because by the end of a plane ride there’s nothing that gives me greater relief from coach seat-cramp syndrome and DVT than sitting down in another small seat in a moving vehicle. Nor is it that the prospect… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 2

Air Trek I’ve often suspected that “JetBlue” is so named because of the color your legs turn in coach. Turns out that, like so many other things in the universe, I was completely wrong. They had more leg room than I’ve experienced on any flight in years – so much… Continue reading

The Balticon Adventure pt 1

The Trek As a die-hard Monopoly fan I found the notion of Balticon rather tawdry. Baltic Ave is one of the two smallest, cheapest properties on the board – of course, wielded well, that little dark purple property set can leverage the whole game. Any con named after Baltic must… Continue reading