One of my favorite parts about being a professional geek is attending conventions. This weekend I was at Boskone, the slightly more literary and serious sibling to Arisia, where I was last month.
Boskone is a quiet convention for me. I haven't done a lot of work to try and get on panels, so the only things I'm in charge of is the Broad Universe book table and showing up for the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading.
And having fun and networking and that whole bit.
Arisia was a bit of a crazy con for me, but it always is. It's right up there with Dragon*Con in "life-changing events." It's how I got involved with Spencer Hill Press. (For the whole story, read the intro to our first anthology, UnCONventional.)
This year, my Arisia crazy-level was upped to the Nth degree. Not only was I in charge of the Broad Universe table, I was sharing it with three other vendors… and we were kind of stuck in a back corner.
Also, I was in charge of zombie-fying everyone for the Touch of Death release party - an awesome novel you can find out more about here.
With the blessings of the wonderful Kelly Hashway, we used her party to give Kate Kaynak, founder of Spencer Hill Press, a very special gift from all the authors and editors who - thanks to her love, support, and creation of SHP - have made amazing strides in realizing their dreams.