I‘t kind of hard to believe that Worldcon is only 10 days away. I feel like I’m just getting back from Worldcon in Chicago. I will be at Worldcon in San Antonio, LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention and here are the details and where/how you can find me.
I’m supposed to get into town just before noon on Thursday, August 29. Assuming no signifiant delays, I hope to be at the hotel and checking in by 1 pm.
I’m not doing any official programming this year because I want to be able to hang out with my friends, and don’t want to have to dash off in the midst of an interesting discussion in order to sit on a panel. That said, I do have some obligations, mostly surrounding breakfasts and lunches. I’m also involved in 2 interviews while I am there.
Beyond that, I’ll be around. I have no idea what panels I want to wander into or what readings I want to go see. If you are looking for me, the best way to find me is to ping me on Twitter. Here is where I know I’ll be as of today:
- Friday, 1pm: Lunch with a friend
- Saturday, 10am: SFWA Business Meeting
- Saturday, noon: Lunch with a friend
- Sunday, 9am: Group breakfast
- Sunday, 1pm: Scalzi book signing
- Sunday, 2:30pm: Interview
- Monday, 10am: Brunch with friends
There’s another interview nestled in there somewhere but an exact date/time hasn’t been scheduled yet.
I’ll be in town until mid-afternoon on Monday.
I’m looking forward to the convention and especially to seeing all of my friends there, old and new. Be sure to say hello if you see me.
Chicon 7, also known as the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, will be the first Worldcon that I’ve ever attended, either as a fan or a writer. It’s a little over 3 weeks away and I’m really looking forward to it. I have received my tentative (because there are always last-minute changes in a convention this large) programming schedule and I’ll share it below. Keep in mind that this is a tentative schedule and you should check the times, dates, and rooms beforehand if you are planning to sit in on one of these panels.
- Friday, August 31, 3pm (until 4:30pm): Turning Ideas into Stories: Many people ask authors where they get their ideas. This panel asks: “How do you develop your ideas into stories?”
- Saturday, September 1, noon (until 1:30pm): Drill Down into Story Ideas: Many people ask authors where they get their idea . This panel asks: “How do you develop your ideas into stories?” We will take an idea or two and work on how we would turn it into a story.”
- Saturday, September 1, 3pm (until 4:30pm): Develop Your Story Idea: We will take an idea or two from the audience and work on how we would turn it into a story.
So it looks like my focus at Worldcon will be on, well, story ideas. Actually, I like that I’ve got a few panels on the same subject. For one thing, it is an interesting subject. For another, it means preparing for one panel leaves me prepared for all of the panels. And the list of co-panelists I’ll be there with is impressive, too. It should be a lot of fun.
Those are the panels for which I am programmed. I plan to attend a lot more, of course. I’ll be arriving in Chicago on Wednesday, August 29, and I’m staying until the end, heading home on Monday, September 3. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
I just wanted to wish all my friends and colleagues heading to WorldCon in Reno a wonderful half-week there. I still haven’t been to a WorldCon and I’m immensely envious of those of you who are going. Do me a favor and post early and post often so that I can at least live vicariously through your posts and tweets. While you sit in panels, I’ll be making final preparations around the house. While you gather in the bar, I’ll be changing my soon-to-arrive infant daughter’s diapers. I know you are jealous of that.
Seriously, though, have a blast! I hope to be there with in Chicago next year.