Monday, August 6, 2007
The Upcoming Festivitites in Indianapolis

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I'm going to GenCon this year.

"What's Gencon?" I hear you ask. Why it's only the biggest gathering of geeks known to man.

And I use that seemingly sexist phrasing intentionally. Want to play a little game? It's called, "Find the girl."

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Can you find her?

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No I'm afraid not. To the uninitiated, this might look like a girl at first glance. But that is, in fact, a man. Trust me.

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Congratulations! You found the girl! Better catch an eyeful now, because she's obviously legging it away faster than you can say, "I've got wood for sheep."

I'm joking, of course. There are women gamers, many of them quite attractive and cool to be around. Many of them will be in attendance, dressed up in leather corsets, chainmail bikinis, Japanese schoolgirl outfits, and my favorite con occurrence of all -- the catgirl.

Of course the fact that there will be guys dressed up in the exact same outfits can be troubling for some people. But not me. One of the coolest things I ever saw at a GenCon was a 6' 4", 300 pound man with a beard you could lose a ferret in dressed up as... are you ready? Sailor Moon.

It was awesome. He was my hero. You need serious nuts to wear something like that. And given the costume, there was little doubt as to... well... I'm sure you can see where I'm going here.

Anyway, here's my schedual for the convention itself.

Thursday 16th
10:00 - Worldbuilding: The Basics
11:00 - Worldbuilding: The Anthropology of Fantasy
12:00 - Avoiding Cliches: Prophecies, Chosen Ones and Orphans

Friday 17th
12:00 - Refreshing old characters: Pirates, Vampires, and Elves

Saturday 18th
4:00 - Alchemy and Sorcery, the Science of Magic in Fiction:
5:00 - General Q&A

If you're not in the mood to show up and hear me talk geeky author talk, you can show up at the booths where I'll be signing books, hanging out, and basking in the revelry.

One of my favorite webcartoonists, Tarol Hunt of Goblins, has agreed to let me hang out at his booth a little bit, so that anyone who's interested can swing by and get a book signed by me.
I'll be there, at booth 2241, from 2-4 on Friday, and 1-3 on Saturday. Feel free to stop by and chat.

Lastly, for those of you who really don't want to brave the convention, you can catch my at one of the Wayne Branch Library on Thursday night at 7:00.

198 S. Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46231

As always, this information is available on the tour dates page. But I thought I'd bring it to your attention here, just in case.

Later folks,


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Anonymous tycho said...

I hate to miss the pirate talk. Can't get enough of pirates. Vampires are cool too, I guess. Ninjas? Ehhh... they're alright.

August 6, 2007 5:24 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

To all the Midwesterners:
Please come to the Wayne Library on Thursday, August 16th! Please, please! I want to show Pat some proper Hoosier appreciation for making time to come to our library!

August 6, 2007 5:34 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

Okay, I can totally see you sitting in on the Avoiding Cliches panel, even leading it. In fact, I can't see anyone else leading it.

But I can't see the big hoopla over world building. I know this will sound a bit left-handed, but what do others see in your world that makes it so different or more original than others? I've seen it brought up in other interviews and Q&A sessions and was always curious.

And it's a friendly question, not a berating one (in case the tone wasn't obvious).

August 6, 2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

I yearn for the time in my future when I can pick up and go places. A mobile vechicle of my own would help, I suppose...

Since I'll be missing the fun, you had better take some pictures, Pat!

Oh, and ninjas beat pirates hands down.(though Jack Sparrow might have a chance)

August 6, 2007 7:19 PM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

You must make note of:

Best/worst questions/comments received,
Best costume on a male,
Best costume on a female,
Best costume of a male dressed as a female,
and, any and all catgirls.

I just wanna see the pictures because I'm too far away to come!

August 6, 2007 8:25 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

A Sailor Bubba sighting?!

(For those unfamiliar:

At my first convention ever, I met a male senior citizen in a fuku (Japanese schoolgirl uniform). I tell ya, fandom is something else...!

(Thus the dedicated cosplaying kettle doth call the pot black.)

I am hoping to get my badge in time for the Thursday panels. Pretty please, con powers, smile upon us.

August 6, 2007 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Is it a good or a bad thing that I found the real girl without any help? And I personally can't decide between vampires and pirates. Of course, I have vampires on the brain, since Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer comes out tomorrow! And I currently am sitting across from a full size movie poster for POTC 3. So you can see my dilemma. I'm not much of a ninja girl,though, sorry. Have fun with the catgirls!

August 6, 2007 9:30 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Curse you and your conveniently placed links to new material. I just lost almost six hours, due to your mention of "Goblins." Sheesh!

August 7, 2007 1:00 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Ahhh, Im so sad I won't get to see you! Well, it's only a matter of time before you're so famous, you HAVE to do some world-touring books signing, and surely that will place you near Texas, SURELY.

August 7, 2007 6:45 AM  
Anonymous nathan bahls said...


i traded wood for sheep in the bar the other night (or maybe brick for wheat seems less creepy). there's a brewpub in town i've been haunting for almost a decade now.

a few of us decided it was time to bring out the inner geek into public.

there's something very good about a game of settlers when you can get beer served to the table.

enjoy THE con. it's been a decade since i went.

and goblins was addicting, though i fall for the order of the stick and girl genius too.


August 7, 2007 7:45 AM  
Blogger AJ King said...

Kills me you'll be so close and talking about writerly things and I can't be there! And only a 90 minute drive from me! GAH! Seriously I'd love to hear some of the highlights of your discussions about fiction, and the geekgasm of gaming is the icing on the cake, not the other way around...

August 7, 2007 7:18 PM  
Blogger SRH said...

Ever thought about attending Origins in Columbus? Just curious. Not thinking about how self serving it would be for you to come into my town.

August 8, 2007 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Awww I live right down the road from girl's school road and had no idea this was going on, I'm REALLY disapointed and wish I had realized it sooner.

August 11, 2007 6:36 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Alan: It's happening this upcoming Thursday, you haven't missed it.

August 11, 2007 7:27 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Please come and bring friends! You should stop in and see our mini-Pat shrine in the display case. I think it might be coming down on Wednesday but I am trying to keep it in until after the event!

August 12, 2007 3:39 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Should that have been Pat mini-shrine? Because there has been no gone awry cloning... yet.

August 12, 2007 3:40 AM  
Blogger lucia said...

I am going to take the risk that no one will look at this since it is sept8th, but after catch-up blogreading I can't help but post here. :) I have been a geekgirl all my life! I have a t-shirt that reads "no chick flicks" inside the iconic red slashed circle. When the original Star Wars was rereleased, the local newspaper came to our local theater and asked the manager if she knew someone in line they could interview...she yelled my name and pointed when I leaned out of line. I wasn't sure if it was a compliment when I saw the words "Star Wars geek" printed next to my name, but I chose to take it that way. :) There are two gaming stores in my town that draw different groups; one kid friendly ( my son ran the Pokemon league until it died) and the other more adult oriented ( read: profanity abounds). My D&D characters are druids or bards, my vampires are Malkavians, and I really wish people still wanted to run Deadlands! so I joined the site where you ask for someone to come to your town...Jacksonville Il isn't that far away...near Springfield...and there is a coffee shop..The Three Legged Dog. so hopefully this gets read and I apologize if I repeat something later. I am halfway thru the book and I already can't wait for the next one!

September 8, 2007 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Robertk said...

Its a true shame that I had to miss your visit to indianapolis as I had been to your blog and read the tour list. Maybe next time. I wont make this too long winded but I will say that you were wrong when describing how you truly "arrived" on the fantasy genre by reading a yaoi fanfiction.

You truly arrived when I spent forty buckaroo's (of the $61 I had) when finding Subterranean and having to have it.
Just to think - $40 and I only read thirty six pages. the most expensive paper I ever bought. It was worth it though. Dont let us down next april, good luck.

September 25, 2008 2:35 PM  

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