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."
Can you find her?
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.
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.
10:00 - Worldbuilding: The Basics
11:00 - Worldbuilding: The Anthropology of Fantasy
12:00 - Avoiding Cliches: Prophecies, Chosen Ones and Orphans
12:00 - Refreshing old characters: Pirates, Vampires, and Elves
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.
posted by Pat at 3:26 PM