Full of Sound and Fury

To say that I was exhausted Thursday evening would be an understatement. This was publishing deadline week at work, and it’s easier — and more efficient — for me to work out of the office than from home during that week. The deadlines are tight; I don’t have time for laggy connections and connectivity issues,Continue reading “Full of Sound and Fury”

On the Year that Was

With 2016 drawing to a close and 2017 about to begin, I decided to take a look back at 2016 and spotlight the best (or most significant) blog post of each month. Some months — July, quite notably — were more difficult that others; there were a few months, like March and August, where IContinue reading “On the Year that Was”

An Irish Weekend

Over the weekend, I went to the Annapolis Irish Festival, an annual event held near Annapolis in mid-July. This year, the scheduling caused some agony as the festival coincided with Shore Leave‘s weekend, back in July for the first time in a hemidecade, and Carbon Leaf, who are taking a sabbatical year, were playing aContinue reading “An Irish Weekend”

Choosing Irish Music over a Science Fiction Convention

Friday Shore Leave begins. For the first time in fifteen years, I won’t be there. The Annapolis Irish Festival also begins Friday. Carbon Leaf is one of the headliners. I’m attending that instead. This wasn’t an easy decision to make. Allyn Agonistes. Shore Leave, I’ve attended every year since 2001. (And I went to theContinue reading “Choosing Irish Music over a Science Fiction Convention”

On Allyn’s 2012 Shore Leave Schedule

At long last, Shore Leave is at hand! Shore Leave is a convention, held outside Baltimore in Hunt Valley, that I’ve attended every year since 2001, and every year as a guest since 2006. Normally, Shore Leave is in July. This year, however, it’s in August. The big thing for me this year is theContinue reading “On Allyn’s 2012 Shore Leave Schedule”

On Looking Ahead to Shore Leave

Shore Leave is four months away, and yesterday I started to brainstorm panel ideas for the convention. I scribbled fifteen ideas on a notepad — it was either that or pay attention to a discussion by Baltimore’s methheads about how a woman’s pelvis is made of sponge — and last night I pared the listContinue reading “On Looking Ahead to Shore Leave”

On That Wesley Crusher Smut-Book

Never let it be said that I have standards! I’ve bought Wesley Crusher, Teenage Fuck Machine. You can read about this piece of insane fanfic, for sale on the Amazon Kindle, here in this io9 article. Dayton Ward suggested that this belongs in the pantheon of late-night con readings, alongside The Eye of Argon andContinue reading “On That Wesley Crusher Smut-Book”

On My 2011 Shore Leave Schedule

We come to it at last, the great battle of our times. No, wait. That’s not right. Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup. No, that’s not it, either. Oh! I’ve got it! Next weekend, July 8th through 10th, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is Shore Leave, a science-fiction and fantasy convention.Continue reading “On My 2011 Shore Leave Schedule”

On Looking Ahead to the Summer Months

Where does time go? Shore Leave is only about ten weeks away! I sent the con an updated bio earlier today. What brought this to mind was that I received some website traffic from the Shore Leave website yesterday. So, said I to myself, “Which bio do they have running?” And I discovered they didn’tContinue reading “On Looking Ahead to the Summer Months”

On My 2010 Shore Leave Schedule (Reprise)

Shore Leave begins today. Shore Leave, the media science-fiction convention held in Hunt Valley, Maryland each and every mid-July. :spock: Last week, I posted my schedule, but for the convenience of my three fans, here’s a reprise. 😉 My schedule for panels looks like: Friday Meet the ProsHunt/Valley Hallway — 10pm-MidnightIt’s the traditional author meet-and-greet;Continue reading “On My 2010 Shore Leave Schedule (Reprise)”