First of all: I regret to say that I will not, after all, be going to ICFA this year. It’s the week before FOGcon, and doing both back-to-back last year was really draining. Add in the fact that I’m already heavily booked for cons and other appearances this year — not to mention that it costs a lot more time and money both to get out to Florida, now that I’m on the West Coast — and I’m just going to have to pass this year.
I’m delighted with my schedule for FOGcon, though. They haven’t posted the panel descriptions yet, so all I have to share with you are titles, times, and panelists, but these look pretty good:
- Judging a Book by the Girl on Its Cover – Friday, 3:00 p.m. (Jaym Gates, Marie Brennan, Jean Marie Stine, Elsa Hermens)
- Equal Time for Non-Vampires – Friday, 4:30 p.m. (Mickey Phoenix, Anaea Lay, Marie Brennan, Jaym Gates)
- Roll 1d6 on the Plot Hooks Table – Saturday, 8:00 p.m. (Marie Brennan, Steven Schwartz, Gary Kloster, Alec Austin, Alyc Helms)
- Mutations/X-Men – Sunday, 1:00 p.m. (Ian Hagemann, Katie Sparrow, Marie Brennan, Naamen Tilahun)
- Reading – Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (Marie Brennan, David Levine, Phoebe Wray)
Plus the writers’ workshop, which I’m doing with David Levine and Cassie Alexander.
I’m particularly looking forward to the “Plot Hooks” panel, which is about the relationship between gaming and fiction: Alec and Alyc are both in my writers’ group, Alyc is running a Pathfinder game Alec and I are playing in, and the gaming history between me and Alyc . . . it goes back twelve years, if you count the jerry-built Changeling game she ran during Castell Henllys field school, which led to me playing in the Bloomington Changeling LARP, which led to me running Memento, which led to the Onyx Court series. To name just one example.
Think we’ll find anything to talk about? 🙂