Conestoga 12 Wrap-up


I’m home! May not seem like such a big deal, but I’d actually been gone for a full week. I left last Sunday for an Advanced Placement workshop at the University of Tulsa that lasted until around 11 a.m. on Friday. That was fun. I learned a lot and still look forward to teaching AP this school year.

There isn’t much to add about Conestoga. I gotta apologize for missing my first panel this morning at 10 a.m. I guess those who were there made up some wonderful stories about what happened to me. The truth is that I just forgot. During the first part of that hour I was having breakfast with The James K. Burk, then I sat in the green room with various people, completely oblivious to the fact I was supposed to be on a panel. And it was a panel specifically about horror. D’oh!

After that, I did manage to show up for the Pens vs. Swords panel, where the Twisted Blades enacted scenes from writers’ stories. That was a lot of fun, and I got to see that Tarod’s arena fight scene in The Puppet King would actually work.

New friends started leaving then. That sucked, but hopefully they’ll come back next year.

I’ve posted pictures. There’ll probably be more later; Diane Kell and Jeanne Stein said they’d send me some they’d taken of our after-party following the author new release reception and of me directing the Twisted Blades.

I didn’t get The Fetch finished during the week I was gone. I did a chapter or two. The workshop just wiped me out every day, and I got back to the motel too late during the con. Yeah, I stayed at the La Quinta across the street from the Radisson where Conestoga took place. That won’t happen again. I woke up with a horrible headache that lasted most of today. No, it was NOT a hangover. Anyway, I’ll have the book done by Friday.

Right now I gotta pull together some Horror World stuff before Whipmaster Nanci gets angry.

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9 thoughts on “Conestoga 12 Wrap-up

  1. Glad you had a good time at the con!
    I was worried you weren’t very happy at first when wandering around early Friday morning. That was before the FFF posse was in force, I guess. ^_^
    Everybody seemed to have fun at the Speed-Date-the-Author hour, which was totally due to the guest like you, so thanks muchly!

    • Nah, early Friday I was still coming out of the mindset for that workshop I’d just left, and hadn’t found anyone to hang out with yet. I’m not the most outgoing person, so it takes me a while to kinda settle in.
      You folks who put the con together really outdid yourselves this year. I can’t wait until April!

      • Well, we can hope. Elspeth is going to be teaching me to do some of her jobs, which may be wonderful in the fact that Elspeth could be less burdened. It may also be dreadful, in the fact that I will be responsible for some of the things she does so well…
        May your recovery from workshopping/con overload be swift! 😉

          • Oh, yeah!
            I like running around looking import…interesting. um? hmm.
            Yes! I had fun. I’m glad I was forced to do speed-dating, tho’ I thought I was too tired. That was one of the best, like everyone else is saying.
            Maybe I’ll prioritize trying to hang out more next time, but I’m not sure how much I can attend next year…

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