This weekend, pending the status of the terrible cold I'm currently experiencing at the time of this posting, I'll be at Farpoint 2023 for my first convention of the year! Farpoint 30February 10-12, 2023Delta Hotel by MarriotHunt Valley, MD Friday 5:00 PM: Drive to Finish (panel, Salon E)Do you have the drive to finish your … Continue reading Farpoint 2023 Schedule!
Last weekend, I attended my sixth Balticon as a panelist. In some ways, this year was even stranger than the completely virtual conventions of the past 2 years in that programming was a mix of in-person events at the usual hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor and virtual panels open to participants worldwide. Due to a … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 56
May convention, take 2! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend StokerCon because the spouse brought COVID home from work. But I'm all better, tested negative, and ready to go! Balticon is my "home convention" so it has a permanent spot on my annual schedule. My weekend is packed with events, both live and virtual, so … Continue reading Balticon 56 Schedule
Last weekend, the TARDIS (my electric car) finally fulfilled the mandate for which it was originally purchased -- it drove me to a convention! Said convention was only 30 minutes away from my house, so I commuted rather than staying at the hotel, but it was absolutely awesome to attend my first in-person con in … Continue reading Con Report: Farpoint 2022
Two years ago, little did I know that I would be attending my last in-person convention for the foreseeable future. Therefore, it's only appropriate that my first in-person convention in this brave new world we live in would be the same event. I look forward to soaking up the much-missed con environment this weekend at … Continue reading Farpoint 2022 Schedule!
For the second year in a row, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society hosted their annual convention, Balticon, as a virtual, online event. The perk to this is enjoying panels from the comfort of my own home; the drawback is the lack of social connection I generally enjoy at in-person events. The organizers did an amazing … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 55
This year is Balticon 55, hosted by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, and for the second (and hopefully final) year, all events are free to attend online! Check out the full schedule and attend panels at your leisure over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-31. Find full info here. My personal schedule is below, and I … Continue reading Virtual Balticon 55 Schedule!
Last weekend, I did my hair, put on clothing that had nothing to do with working out, and attended (virtual) Balticon 54! I participated in four excellent and informative panels from the comfort of my own office with appropriate feline supervision. Perks to a virtual convention: Sleeping in my own bed, eating decent meals, not … Continue reading Con Report: Virtual Balticon 54
Disclaimer: I am friends with the author; however, I purchased a hardcopy version of this collection for full price. I picked up this collection at one of the first conventions I ever attended, out near Pittsburgh, because I work in Baltimore proper and live near the city. Baltimore is a shared setting for these stories, … Continue reading Review: Charmed City by Michelle D. Sonnier
I attended my third year at Farpoint in Baltimore, Maryland, this past weekend and had an absolute blast spending time with friends and being a panelist on some of my favorite topics. I wish I'd been able to hang out more in the evening with people, but I commuted from home this year and had … Continue reading Con Report: Farpoint 2020
This weekend I'll be back in Baltimore for Farpoint 27! Check out my schedule below. Come see me be exceedingly nerdy about some of my favorite things! Will I see you there? Friday 5 PM: Fanfic Confessions (panel)Professional authors who still write fanfic or participate in fanfic-like habits such as PBEMs will talk about the … Continue reading Farpoint 2020 Schedule
I had another fantastic weekend at my "local" convention, Balticon, over Memorial Day weekend! This convention was my first time manning a table in the dealer room for the entire event, which was both exhausting and fun, and definitely offered a different perspective on the convention experience. Luckily, I had friend and author Cara McKinnon … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 53
Once again, I look forward to returning to my local convention this year, Balticon 53 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor over Memorial Day weekend. And by local, I mean that I literally worked 2 blocks away from the host hotel for over 10 years. It will be super easy to find me this year, since for … Continue reading Balticon 53 Schedule!
Growing up as a military brat, I always had this sense that once I left a place, I would never be back. While looking for a house in the Baltimore area before sixth grade, my family briefly stayed at a hotel, the Hunt Valley Inn. Therefor, it's always a bit bizarre to be back there … Continue reading Con Report: Farpoint 2019
I'm thrilled to return to Farpoint 26 next weekend for my second year! I had a blast last year and made some excellent friends. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with them and other local fans. Here's where you can find me on the official schedule: Friday 10 PM: Farpoint Book Fair Saturday 10 AM: Alternate … Continue reading Farpoint 2019 Schedule
Going to a convention after a major holiday would be pretty crazy, but luckily this convention is local, chill, and a chance to visit with friends. So it's easy to treat it as an extension of the holiday, and I had a lovely time at ChessieCon this year. FRIDAY Friday started with how all days … Continue reading Con Report: ChessieCon 2018
This weekend, I will be recovering from Thanksgiving by hanging out at the Red Lion Hotel Baltimore North for ChessieCon 2018! My schedule is below. I'm not staying at the convention hotel for this one, so give me a shout if you want to meet up for coffee or a meal. As usual, the best … Continue reading ChessieCon 2018 Schedule
When a professional convention in your field is literally in your back yard (or at least 2 blocks away from where you used to work for 12 years), there's really no excuse not to go. And I'm so glad that I attended World Fantasy 2018 in Baltimore, MD! THURSDAY I worked from home on Thursday … Continue reading Con Report: World Fantasy 2018
I'm very excited to attend World Fantasy this year! It's in Baltimore, so I really have no excuse not to be there. I think it'll be a great opportunity for me to start meeting agents BEFORE I have a novel to pitch to them (the UFO book, which gets written in 2020!), so it will … Continue reading World Fantasy 2018 Schedule
If you're here for a copy of my alternate history presentation, read on! I consider Balticon my "local" con for many reasons -- it was the first SF/F convention I attended as an adult (back in college), it's currently located a few blocks from where I worked for almost a decade, and Baltimore is the … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 52