The Farpoint convention is this weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The headlining guests are Wallace Shawn (My Dinner with Andre, The Princess Bride), Maurice Lamarche (Pinky & the Brain, International Talk Like William Shatner Day), and Rob Paulsen (Pinky & the Brain).

I will also be there, as I’ve been ever year since 2006, and this is where I can be found:

Friday, February 8
Farpoint Book Fair
Hunt Valley Hallway, 10pm-Midnight
Meet and mingle with our authors at the Farpoint Book Fair

Saturday, February 9
Parrots, Cheese, Spaniards And Naughty Boys: Monty Python At 50
Salon A, 1pm – 2pm
Allyn Gibson, Peter David, TA Chafin, Dr. Ariel Vitali
The legendary sketch comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus debuted in the autumn of 1969. Fifty years later, the panel will discuss the sketches, the Pythons, the films, the albums, and the legacy of a half century of something completely different. Comfy chairs not provided.

Sunday, February 10
The Star Wars “Multiverse”
Salon A, 12pm – 1pm
Thomas Atkinson, Mary Fan, Dave Sellars, Allyn Gibson
Disney has thrown open the hanger bay doors, allowing many more projects outside the main films. Do you agree with Disney’s business plan? Should they just stick to making [insert Episode number & title here]? We’ll talk about Solo, the Resistance, the Rogue One TV series and Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, among others.

First Drafts Are Allowed to Suck
Allyn Gibson, Aaron Rosenberg, Jay Smith, John Stillwell
It has been suggested that a writer should just get words down on paper, without caring so much about the plot making sense, the characters having a proper arc, or even the dialogue being that good. Writer Scott Sigler suggests writing a ‘bad’ novel, just for the sheer satisfaction of getting it done. He suggests if you get ‘stuck’ in the story or plot, then just let anything happen, like aliens landing or an earthquake leveling the city, no matter the setting, just to keep things moving. Our panelists will discuss.

Perhaps I’ll see some of you there!

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