“World” Fantasy — Apparently Not For Me, Either

I’ve been contemplating attending the World Fantasy Convention for several years now. It’s more or less a trade show for writers, editors, and artists in the field, and is expensive to attend. Also, as a nobody writer, it’s been made clear to me that this is a highly clique-ish endeavor; it’s where a lot of […]

Back From Gen Con — With News!

Last week I attended Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana, along with 60,000 of my closest friends. I was working the Onyx Path booth during the show, and had a great time. It was wonderful to catch up with friends — many of whom I hadn’t seen in a year or more — and to enjoy […]

The Steamy Motor City Affair

The author with Sarah Hans, author, editor, and all-around snazzy dresser I just returned from Motor City Steam Con in Livonia, Michigan, and man, are my gears tired. Motor City Steam is a first-year convention with a Steampunk theme. This was my first time taking my enthusiasm for Steampunk out of state, and I wasn’t […]

Controversy Over GenCon’s Industry Insider List

Gen Con recently announced the selections for it’s Industry Insider Program for 2016. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Industry Insider committee for a doing a great job of bringing greater diversity to the program. I was part of the program in 2015, and was grateful for having had the honor. I […]

OdysseyCon Schedule

I’ll be at OdysseyCon over the weekend of April 8-10, and will be speaking and/or moderating on a number of panels. Here’s my full schedule: Saturday, April 9 10 AM: Artisanal RPG Design: Threat or Menace? — With Margaret Weis 11:30 AM: Will Horror Fiction Ever Get Respect? — I’ll be moderating, with panelists Paul […]

Day of the Dead Musings

Two fannish acquaintances of mine passed away recently. By Fannish, I mean people who are part of the science fiction fandom community. I first met Fred Duarte at an Armadillocon back in the late 1980s. Later, when I moved to Austin, Texas in 1993, he and his wife Karen Meschke were two of the people […]

My Life As a Semi-Famous Comic Strip Character!

A few people don’t know this: I am the inspiration for a comic book character. In John Kovalic’s Dork Tower, he occasionally features a fellow named Bill Blyden who manages Pegasaurus Games, a local game shop. If you know much about me, it isn’t a stretch to figure out that the character is based on […]

My Geek.Kon Schedule!

Geek.Kon is HERE already! This weekend (August 21-23) will be the celebration of all (okay, MOST) things geeky at Geek.Kon. Here’s my schedule for the weekend: Friday 6:00 to 6:50 – Conventions on a Budget – La Crosse We all love going to conventions, but they can be expensive. How can you make your dollar […]

My GenCon 2015 Schedule

I will be at GenCon, the Best Four Days in Gaming, in Indianapolis, Indiana from Wednesday July 29 through Sunday August 2. This will be my first year as a Gaming Industry Insider, so I’m looking forward to being involved with that track of programming. On Wednesday I can be found at the Diana Jones […]

My CONvergence Panel Schedule

I’ll be one of dozens – perhaps hundreds! – of speakers at sci-fi convention CONvergence in Bloomington, Minnesota July 2-5. CONvergence is a huge convention – attendance numbers over six thousand people – and is the larger of two conventions that formed a number of years ago after a split among the staff of Minnicon. […]