SoonerCon 2009 recap

I’m tired. Maybe I’m just old. I don’t know. I almost slept through my panel this morning, which would have been bad. I mean, like K. Hutson-Price kinda bad. Yeah. At least she had a good excuse for missing that panel, though. If, you know, excessive debauchery is a good excuse.

But I can’t spend the whole blog picking on Kristy. She may return the favor, and she has a sharp wit better avoided. And, she was only one of several people it was good to see again.

Alan, Leonard and the crew put on another great SoonerCon convention with excellent programming. I wish I could have attended more panel and especially The Twisted Blades demonstration, but they kept me pretty busy. When I wasn’t on a panel, I tried to hang around the Darkfaery Subculture Magazine booth because they were kind enough to let me put books for sale on their table. At the moment, I can’t remember which of my panels was my favorite … probably the “Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies, Oh My!” panel. I don’t get to sit on too many panels with Selena Rosen, but when I do, they are always memorable.

Who else can I talk about? Hmm … THE James K. Burke was there (sorry Jim, can’t find a link for you) and gave me a fascinating lesson on aviation history. The biggest surprise was that Rachel Caine was there instead of in Germany. Her husband Cat Conrad was there, too, and I learned that he, not the family feline, likes to add hot spices to the food. Yes, for a while I thought Rachel had the smartest cat on the planet. Sherri Dean was there and, as always, was a pleasure to be around (Sherri, you don’t have a Web site???) She made a parting comment about collaborating on a project for a certain magazine, and I think that’d be fun. The always-smiling Rosemary Clement-Moore was there, though I didn’t get to talk to her all that much.

Okay, finding the links is taking too long. You want to know who was there, go look at the Guests page at the con Web site. I’m only linking to two more. You see, I’m looking forward to the online appearance of a photo in which I dunk Craig Wolf with one throw at the TrickConTreat dunking booth. Ah, that was sweet.

So, if you’ve never been to SoonerCon, you should start making plans for next year. They were able to confirm the guest of honor before we left this year, and you will not want to miss your chance to be in the presence of one Mr. Joe R. Lansdale.

Okay, well, back to that panel I almost slept through. You know, like Ms. Price did. It was about the fine art of collaboration. My collaboration partner wasn’t there. She’s back in Maine, where she probably assumed I was at home doing some revisions. So, like, I should totally get to work on that.

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