back home from Shore Leave

me at the Meet the Pros event, picture by Robert Greenberger

We’re back from a most excellent Shore Leave 42. Shore Leave has always been one of my absolute favorite conventions, and I’ve really missed it. They went virtual for both 2020 and 2021, and it was so wonderful to be able to see the regulars there, and folks I haven’t seen in ages, or at least not as much as I’d like to have.

The drive down was blisfully uneventful, which is more than can be said for our arrival. The Hunt Valley Inn is currently privately owned but considered a Marriott hotel, which means they get to use the Marriott name but they’re way down on the totem pole when it comes to Marriott services. The hotel was in need of a facelift even before the apocalypse two years ago, and now it’s even worse. A storm earlier in the week also knocked out their computer system, so everything was incredibly slow. As a result, it took hours to check into the hotel and hours more before rooms were ready because, on top of everything else they — like every hotel — is having a hard time staffing.

Once we got checked in, everything was much better. We put out my books and Wrenn’s stuffies at the eSpec Books table, which Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Mike McPhail provided in exchange for crash space (we like rooming with them anyhow, so it works out nicely). At 4pm, I did a panel with a bunch of other authors where we pimped our upcoming work, which included Christopher D. Abbott, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Russ Colchamiro, Heather E. Hutsell, David Mack, and Sherri Cook Woosley.

After the panel, our room was finally ready, so we could put stuff in the car. The good news was that it was right near a back entrance which led to a less-well-used part of the parking lot, so unpacking (and later repacking) the car was incredibly easy….

At 8pm, I did a panel on kick-ass heroes who don’t actually kick asses. Rigel Ailur moderated, and Christopher L. Bennett, Susan Stanislaw Olesen, TJ Perkins, and I all threw out all kinds of folks who were awesome without actually beating people up. Among those mentioned were The Doctor, Odo, my own Sonek Pran, and Columbo.

As always Friday at Shore Leave, Meet the Pros was at 10pm. Running from then until midnight, the authors are all set up at tables in the hallway outside the main ballroom where we autograph books (and often sell them). I sold a bunch of books, signed a bunch more books, saw lots of wonderful people, and had fun bantering with Hildy Silverman (and her kid, Winter) and Glenn Hauman, whom I was between. (The picture above was taken by Bob Greenberger at that event.)

I declined to go to the bar Friday night because Saturday was a very very very full day. It began with a 10am concert. Normally the Boogie Knights play at 11am Saturday morning, following the movie trailers, but there were too many actor guests who needed the main stage, so they moved the trailers to Salon F, and put us on at 10am. To that end, I put up a dozen or so flyers around the hotel Friday night saying that our concert was an hour early.

It seems to have worked, since we got a very good crowd for the show that was also our 40th anniversary gig. The BKs started — with Dave Keefer, John Scheeler, Lance Woods, the late great Bob Ahrens, and Barb Helfer — at Shore Leave in 1982. The band has gone through many permutations since. It’s older than one of its current members — Kate Greenberger — and it’s outlived one of its founders — Bob, who sadly died in 2019. Sadly, Lynn Cunningham was unable to join us, but John, Dave, Kate, Sharon Palmer, Linda Swann, and I were all present and accounted for. I was a bit nervous, as I hadn’t really touched my percussion since our February 2020 gig at Farpoint….

For our 40th anniversary we did a new version of one of our standards, “Polymorph Your Mother,” and did some classics — “Dragon Feeds Tonight,” “Jousting,” “Beware the Highwayman” — and some newer ones — “Sailin’ with Captain Morgan,” “One Little Trip,” “Wanted: Harem Guard.” Later that night, we also performed masquerade halftime, opening with “Earth Magic Girls,” reprising the new version of “Polymorph,” and ending with “Arthurian Pie.” I’m pleased to say that I remembered how to percuss, and we sounded pretty dang good, despite the usual sabotage by the tech crew of our sound system. (They’ll get it perfect one of these days….)

Video of the Saturday morning concert should be up on the Tube of You soon.

In between those two concerts, I did a very well attended practical self-defense workshop and a panel on assembling anthologies with Michael Jan Friedman, Joshua Palmatier, Mike McPhail, and Robert Greenberger, which was very wide-ranging and fun — we talked about crowdfunding a lot, as well as the art of story flow — and then I had to help Wrenn set up the author dinner.

So for years, several authors would make a dinner pilgrimage Saturday night to Andy Nelson’s Barbecue, which is a fabulous BBQ place on York Road about a mile and a half from the hotel. The problem was that the place isn’t that large, and more and more people kept wanting to go, plus at 7pm or so on a Saturday night, they’re often out of things.

In 2019, Wrenn and I decided to make a big order off the catering menu and have a buffet in the McCormick Suite for all the author guests to participate in. This had the dual effect of everyone getting the food they want from Andy Nelson’s and also enables dinner to be on-site (so if someone has a panel or event, they don’t have to drive back). Plus, it’s one time when the authors — who are generally kept pretty busy — to just sit and chat with each other.

It was a huge success in 2019, and was even more so this year, as we learned from our mistakes (for starters, way fewer baked beans and way more mac and cheese….) and everyone had a wonderful time. As an added bonus, Wrenn ordered two cakes from Wegman’s, as well as a birthday candle, to surprise Christopher D. Abbot’s husband Jeffrey, whose birthday was over the weekend.

We also had the Dave Galanter memorial right after dinner, which was a lovely remembrance of a fellow word-slinger and fantastic human whom we miss very much.

The Masquerade, scheduled to start at 8pm, finally started at 8.45pm (sigh), and then after the entries, we found out that we weren’t the only half-time act (providing entertainment for the crowd while the judges deliberate on who would win prizes), so we had to wait for two stand-up comics to do their bits before we went out.

After our set, I put the percussion back in the car, stopped by the bar in my garb — which included a kilt that Wrenn got for me last fall and which made its public debut Saturday night — and then went back to the room to change into less sweaty clothes (a few people requested to see the kilt) and hung out at the bar for a while in the Authors’ Corner. The authors always take over one of the three corners of the bar at the hotel, and — just as happened in 2019 with Anson Mount and Ethan Peck — one of the actor guests joined us to hang out, in this case the lovely John Billingsley, who joined me, Wrenn, Meredith Peruzzi, David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Greg Cox, Amy Imhoff (and her friend Thomas), Scott Pearson (and his daughter Ella), Kelli Fitzpatrick, Kathleen David, Rigel Ailur, Hildy Silverman, John Coffren, Rich White, Morgan Binnix, Karen Roberson, Sue Kisenwhether, as well as possibly other people I’ve forgotten because I was drinking. A good time was had by all until the bar closed.

Sunday was crazypants — I had four panels, all in the Belmont room. Two two-hour blocks, between which I helped Wrenn pack the car and close out the hotel room. I did panels on writer’s accessories with David Mack, Greg Cox, Christopher D. Ochs, and Scott Pearson (Greg kept extolling the virtues of notepads and index cards); crowdfunding your novel with Joshua Palmatier, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and Glenn Hauman; and recurring characters with Michael Jan Friedman, Russ Colchamiro, and Rich White. In addition, there was an improv thing Andrew Hiller led with me and Hildy Silverman where we on the spot created a monster. That was lots of fun.

After another hour or two of doing the dealer room and saying goodbye to people, Wrenn and I headed down to Columbia, Maryland to visit with her uncle Jack, a retired Christian Brother, whom we hadn’t seen since before the recent apocalypse. Wrenn talks to him on the phone all the time, but it was good to catch up in person.

And then we went home, stopping at a Popeye’s for dinner in Delaware near where Wrenn lived when she was married the first time, so I got an impromptu tour of her old neighborhood, which was fun.

We finally got in at midnight to two cats who were very glad to see us………

It was a great show, as always, but this year’s was special because of the induced hiatus. Shore Leave is always as much family reunion as it is a convention, and that was especially true this year. So great to see so many people, and I wish I’d gotten to spend more time with folks than I did (including some dear friends I barely even saw).

convention update: three Guest of Honor gigs, plus two old standbys

As I prepare to fly to Indianapolis for Indiana Comic Convention, I can also formally announce five more conventions I’m doing later this year, including three Guest of Honor gigs!

I will be returning to Indianapolis in July as Author Guest of Honor for InConJunction XLI! This will be my second time as Author GoH at this Indy con, which will be held from 1-3 July. I was AGoH back in 2010, and also Toastmaster in 2016. Looking forward to returning for a third go-round! I’ll be joined by my old buddy Marc Gunn as Music GoH, as well as Artist GoH Ruth Thompson, Toastmaster Lou Harry, and Special Guests TammyJo Eckhart, PhD, Creepin’ it Burly, and Transylvanian Lip Treatment.

Two weeks after InCon, I will be back at one of my favorite conventions ever, Shore Leave 42! The recent apocalypse forced both the 2020 and 2021 attempts at SL42 to go virtual, but it’ll be in person this year from 15-17 July in Cockeysville, Maryland. I will be one of more than 40 author guests at this great show, and there will also be actors from Star Trek, Lucifer, The Boys, the Arrowverse, Firefly, and more, plus science guests and music guests (the latter including my band Boogie Knights).

Another doubly postponed convention is Bubonicon 53. I was to be one of the GoHs in 2020, but Bubonicon also went virtual the past two years. From 26-28 August, I will finally be in Albuquerque in person, alongside my fellow GoH Rae Carson, Guest Artist Chaz Kemp, Toastmaster A. Lee Martinez, and a Science Speaker TBA.

I am officially returning to Dragon Con in 2022 as an author guest. It’s always a grand ol’ time at DC, and I’m sure this year, which will be in Atlanta from 1-5 September (Labor Day weekend, as ever), will be just as grand. Expect me to do my usual practical self-defense workshop, some time at Bard’s Tower, and a ton of stuff on various tracks, particularly the American Sci-Fi Classics Track

Finally, I will be the Principal Speaker at Philcon 2022 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from 18-20 November. I’ve been attending Philcon since 1991, and it’s always been a favorite. In fact, the very first convention I attended as a professional in the SF/F field was Philcon in 1993, as I had just started my job as an associate editor at Byron Preiss. (Prior to that, I’d attended cons either as a fan or as press as part of The Chronic Rift.) It’s a thrill to be the Principal Speaker at this venerable con that dates back to 1936.

These are far from the only shows I’ll be doing this year — I plan to be joining Bard’s Tower for a bunch more shows, for one thing — so keep watching this space.

All of the above is contingent on the apocalypse continuing to subside. I’m continuing to be masked in public, and if things get worse again, I may find myself forced to pull out of some in-person conventions, depending on their policies (as I had to do earlier this year when Omicron was ascendant). We shall see.

my panels at Shore Leave 41.6!

I did five bits of programming at the virtual Shore Leave convention this past weekend — the second year in a row the show was forced to be online-only thanks to the current apocalypse. With luck, we’ll be back in person next year for a proper Shore Leave 42.

Anyhow, here’s what I did:

Me moderating “The New Age of Star Trek,” as Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Dayton Ward talked with me about Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, Short Treks, and the upcoming Strange New Worlds and Prodigy.

Me and fellow author guests Aaron Rosenberg, Heather E. Hutsell, James Swallow, Joshua Palmatier, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Roberta Rogow, Christopher D. Abbott, Michael Jan Friedman, and Paul Kupperberg pimping our latest offerings at the “New Release Party.”

Publisher/editor/author Danielle Ackley-McPhail leads “eSpec Books Presents,” joined by me, Hildy Silverman, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Robert Greenberger, Mary Fan, Russ Colchamiro, and Aaron Rosenberg to talk about all the cool stuff from eSpec.

Kelli Fitzpatrick moderated this wide-ranging talk on “Characterization in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” that included myself, Amy Imhoff, Derek Tyler Attico, Mary Fan, and Glenn Hauman.

And finally, “How Did I Get In This Mess?” which had Howard Weinstein moderating a talk on how we all broke into the business, featuring me with fellow scribes Richard C. White, Christopher D. Abbott, Joshua Palmatier, and Robert Greenberger.

my Shore Leave 41.6 schedule

For the second year in a row, Shore Leave is going to be virtual, running for two days this weekend, Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of July. While some conventions are back up and running, the folks who run SL didn’t think it would be safe and so decided to go virtual again this year, with the hope that 2022 will be the year for Shore Leave 42.

I will be doing a bunch of panels, which you can observe by registering for free on Zoom:

Saturday

11am-noon: “The New Age of Star Trek,” w/Derek Tyler Attico, Kirsten Beyer, Kelli Fitzpatrick, David Mack, and Dayton Ward — register here

4-5pm: “New Release Party,” w/Christopher D. Abbot, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Michael Jan Friedman, Heather E. Hutsell, Paul Kupperberg, Joshua Palmatier, Roberta Rogow, Aaron Rosenberg, and James Swallow — register here

Sunday

11am-noon: “eSpec Books Presents,” w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Russ Colchamiro, Mary Fan, Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, and Hildy Silverman — register here

2-3pm: “Characterization in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” w/Derek Tyler Attico, Mary Fan, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Glenn Hauman, and Amy Imhoff — register here

4-5pm: “How Did I Get in This Mess?” w/Christopher D. Abbot, Robert Greenberger, Joshua Palmatier, Howard Weinstein, and Richard C. White — register here

Hope to see folks on my monitor!

down and safe

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Another Shore Leave is in the books, and man am I tired, but also very very happy.

I first went to Shore Leave in 1992 with the gang from The Chronic Rift. We interviewed a ton of people for the public access show (and also for my spinoff, Word Balloons: Interviews with Comics Folk), including Mark Lenard, Majel Barrett, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, L.A. Graf, Michael Jan Friedman, and Howard Weinstein.

I went back in 2000 as an author guest, what with being a newly minted Star Trek writer, having had my Next Generation comic book Perchance to Dream released in 1999 by WildStorm, and with two novels and an eBook under contract.

I haven’t missed a Shore Leave since. It’s a fun, delightful, enjoyable, nifty convention, with a great mix of media and literary guests. Over the years they’ve expanded their focus beyond Star Trek and into other genre media, and also expanded their author focus. The Meet the Pros party Friday night is a huge corridor filled with scribes scribbling on their works, and the panels run the gamut.

In addition, the actor guests get to interact with their fans in a much more casual and fun setting than you ever get at the bigger shows.

Shore Leave 41 was a massive success on several levels. On the media side, you had:

  • turn-of-the-millennium stars in Michael Shanks and Lexa Doig of Stargate and Andromeda fame
  • Smallville reunion with Aaron Ashmore, Erica Durance, John Glover, and Laura Vandervoort
  • Anson Mount and Ethan Peck, who took fandom by storm with their amazing reinterpretations of Captain Pike and Mr. Spock in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery
  • and biggest of all, Nichelle Nichols, quite old and fragile, unfortunately, stopping by Shore Leave as part of her farewell tour, as she’s retiring from con-going after 2019

On the literary side:

  • I had a limited number of copies of Alien: Isolation, which got snapped up like whoa
  • Four anthologies debuted this weekend: Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals and Gizmos, Footprints in the Stars, In Harm’s Way, and Thrilling Adventure Yarns (I was in three of those, too!)
  • John Jackson Miller had some preview copies of The Enterprise War, his Pike-focused Discovery novel that tells what the Big E was doing during Discovery‘s first season
  • Diane Lee Baron’s ode to Maryland convention fandom, The Fandom Fifty: 50+ Fascinating People of the Maryland Science Fiction Conventions, which included an interview with me, also premiered at the con
  • On top of that, we had the debuts of Aaron Rosenberg’s Trails of Bone, Richard C. White’s Chasing Danger: The Case Files of Theron Chase, Azure Avians & Laura Ware’s Aftermath, several new books from Joshua Palmatier, and Michael Jan Freidman’s graphic novel Empty Spaces

For my part, I had a blast, starting with a nifty panel on themed anthologies with Mike McPhail, Susan Olesen, Hildy Silverman, and Joshua Palmatier Friday evening. Then Meet the Pros, which was a huge success Friday night. Oh, and between those, eSpec Books took the authors in their two launch anthologies (Footprints and Harm’s) out for drinks.

Saturday was the crazy day:

  • Boogie Knights concert at 11am. We had some sound issues early on (so what else is new?), but once they were fixed, we were fantastic. I was especially pleased with “Leonardo” and “Arthurian Pie.” Look for video later this week on the Tube of You, as Wrenn recorded the whole thing.
  • Panel at noon on Discovery season two with Rigel Ailur, Amy Imhoff, Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, and Dave Galanter, where we covered the show in impressive depth and breadth.
  • Panel at 1 on Batman at 80 with Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Glenn Hauman, and Russ Colchamiro, where we discussed why Batman has lasted eight decades where other contemporary heroes haven’t, and also discovered that we pretty much all were introduced to Batman by Adam West…..
  • Panel at 3 on Captain Marvel, with Rigel Ailur, Amy Imhoff, Hildy Silverman, and Laura Ware (I was the token male), which discussed Goose, sexism, Goose, how it related to the comics, Goose, how awesome Annette Bening is, Goose, and also Goose.
  • Self-defense workshop at 4, which has become a regular thing for me at several cons including this one. They put it in a different room that wasn’t quite as well suited to people standing in a circle as I would’ve liked, but it worked out okay.
  • Panel at 6 on eSpec Books with eSpec co-founders Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Mike McPhail along with fellow eSpec writers Dayton Ward (one anthology so far, but that may change soon) and Christopher L. Bennett (who announced his new forthcoming duology from eSpec, Arachne’s Crime and Arachne’s Exile).

After that was a yummy dinner courtesy Andy Nelson’s BBQ with many of the author guests, then hanging out at the bar all night.

That last part is typical of Shore Leave — generally the authors and their friends take over a corner of the hotel bar. What was not typical was that, at separate points, both Anson Mount and Ethan Peck came over to chat with us.

Now one of the things that’s great about Shore Leave is that sometimes the actors will hang out in the bar after hours and commune with the fans over drinks. (One of the most memorable was the year Eve Myles of Torchwood was a guest.) But this was unusual in that both Mount and Peck went out of their way to talk to the gaggle of writers. Best moment was watching Mount and Greg Cox nerding out over their favorite science fiction novels (Mount was disappointed that Greg hadn’t read any of Greg Egan’s books; Greg was equally disappointed that Mount hadn’t read any of Richard Matheson’s). Even without the bonus actor drop-ins, though, it was a great time filled with fun, revelry, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Just a fantastic night.

Sunday was much calmer, as I had no programming at all, amazingly enough, and I just sold some stuff at eSpec’s table, hung out with people, did a signing at Novel Spaces, and chatted with folks.

Closed the con by going to Mount and Peck’s talk. (Hey, we’re drinking buddies, now!) Amy Imhoff led the discussion brilliantly. The picture atop this blog entry is one I took at that. (That’s the magnificent Meredith Peruzzi interpreting on the far right.)

Then Meredith, Sas, Anne, Wrenn, and I went out for our traditional post-con dinner, which was not at La Tolteca as usual, as they were closed, so we went to an Indian place called Royal Kitchen instead that was incredibly yummy.

Today I recover, work on an article for Tor.com, and sleep. Mostly sleep, I think….

 

 

my schedule for Shore Leave 41

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As I have every year this millennium, I will be a guest at Shore Leave 41 at the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. I’ll be doing my usual programming, including a Boogie Knights concert Saturday morning, Meet the Pros Friday evening, and other keen stuff. And I’ll be putting in time at the eSpec Books booth as well.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday

6-7pm: “Writing for Themed Anthologies,” w/Mike McPhail, Susan Olesen, Joshua Palmatier, and Hildy Silverman (Belmont)

10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros, w/the entire gang of author guests (Hunt/Valley corridor)

Saturday

11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Hunt/Valley)

12-1pm: “Star Trek: Discovery Season 2,” w/Rigel Ailur, Dave Galanter, Amy Imhoff, Dayton Ward, and Howard Weinstein (Salon A) — I will be late for this, as it’s right after the concert, and I’ll need time to break down my percussion and change

1-2pm: “Batman Turns 80,” w/Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Russ Colchamiro, and Glenn Hauman (Salon E)

3-4pm: “Captain Marvel,” w/Rigel Ailur, Hildy Silverman, and Laura Ware (Salon E)

4-5pm: “Self-Defense 101” (McCormick Suite)

6-7pm: “Meeting eSpec Books,” w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Mike McPhail, and Dayton Ward

 

Strangely, I have no programming on Sunday. I’ll probably be spending the day relaxing, and/or being at the eSpec booth and/or doing an autographing at the Novel Spaces booth.

Hope to see folks there!

 

my Shore Leave 40 schedule

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As I have been every year since the turn of the millennium, I shall be a guest at Shore Leave, now in its 40th year, at the Hunt Valley Inn in beautiful downtown Cockeysville, just north of Baltimore.

Here’s my schedule:

Friday

7-8pm: “Anthologies: Share the Love,” w/Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Phil Giunta, Joshua Palmatier, Jenifer Rosenberg, and Richard C. White (Salon E)

9-10pm: Glenn Hauman’s wake, in honor of the release of They Keep Killing Glenn, as we all deliver eulogies, while the corpse will have thirty seconds for rebuttal (Hunt/Valley)

10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros, the usual autographing (Hunt/Valley corridor)

 

Saturday

10-11am: Boogie Knights concert an hour earlier than usual! (Hunt/Valley)

2-3pm: “From Holmes to Sherlock,” w/Christopher L. Bennett, Mary Fan, T.J. Perkins, and Roberta Rogow (Salon F)

5-6pm: “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Retrospective,” w/Derek Tyler Attico, John Coffren, Kim Headlee, Jim Johnson, and Marco Palmieri (Salon A)

6-8pm: Author Meet ‘n’ Greet (Frankie & Vinny’s)

during masquerade halftime: Boogie Knights concert (Hunt/Valley)

 

Sunday

10-11am: “Kira Nerys: The Real Lead of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” w/Derek Tyler Attico, Russ Colchamiro, Amy Imhoff, and Marco Palmieri (Salon E)

 

Looking forward to seeing folks there!

 

Shore Leave 39 in pictures

The Boogie Knights backstage after our concert. L-r: Alice the Cooper’s Daughter (Kate Greenberger Pakaski), Sir John of Denver (John Scheeler), Theodoric of York (Dave Keefer), Mad Donna (Lynn Cunningham), Lady Pinque (Linda Swann), Krad the Obscure (me), and Lady Dionne of Warwick (Sharon M.A. Palmer). I honestly don’t remember who took the photo — maybe Bob Greenberger? — but it was with Sharon’s phone.

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Me chatting with the magnificent Karen Roberson at the bar Saturday night. Photo by Russ Colchamiro.

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The “Where No Tale Has Gone Before” panel. L-r: Scott Pearson, Dayton Ward, David Mack, me, and Christopher L. Bennett. Photo by Derek Tyler Attico.

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The panel simply called, “The Batman.” L-r: Derek Tyler Attico, Robert Greenberger, Michael Jan Friedman, Richard C. White, and me. Not pictured, moderator John Coffren, who was on the other side of Derek from Bob. Derek posted the picture to Facebook, but I have no idea who took it.

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Me in the author chimney! Signing books at the bookseller, holding up a copy of Without a License. Photo by Caren Christiansen.

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Me and Laura Ware on the “Why We Write” panel. Not pictured: Melissa Scott, Peter David, and Heather E. Hutsell. Photo by Neil Ottenstein.

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ASL interpreter Meredith Peruzzi and me on percussion during the Boogie Knights concert, both of us doing our best Grumpy Cat impersonations….. Photo by Neil Ottenstein.

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Me, Dave Keefer (he’s behind me), and John Scheeler singing “Wanted: Harem Guard” at the Boogie Knights concert. Photo by Dawn Swingle.

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Me at Meet the Pros and the handy sign that Diane Bellomo gave us to forestall inevitale “How’s married life?” questions. Photo by Neil Ottenstein.

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my Shore Leave 39 schedule

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I will, as ever, be at Shore Leave this weekend at the Hunt Valley Inn, as I have been each of the past seventeen years. I will be both an author guest and a musical guest, the latter in my capacity as a member of the Boogie Knights. The Knights will be debuting a new song called “Young Master Frodo,” written by me! It’s to the tune of the a cappella Irish folk song “General Taylor,” and it’s gonna be awesome.

Anyhow, here’s my full schedule for this weekend:

Friday

5-6pm: “Why We Write,” w/Laura Ware, Heather E. Hutsell, Melissa Scott, and Peter David (Salon A)

6-7pm: “What’s Your Favorite Trek?” w/Dayton Ward, Howard Weinstein, Dave Galanter, Scott Pearson, and Amy Imhoff (Salon A)

Saturday

11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Valley)

12-1pm: “Wonder Woman,” w/Rigel Ailur, Simantha Galanter, Hildy Silverman, Amy Imhoff, and Susan Oleson (Salon A)

4.30-5pm: practical self-defense workshop (Concierge)

5-6pm: “The Batman,” w/John Coffren, Robert Greenberger, Derek Tyler Attico, Richard C. White, and Michael Jan Friedman (Salon A)

Sunday

11am-noon: “Where No Tale Has Gone Before,” w/David Mack, Dayton Ward, Christopher L. Bennett, and Scott Pearson (Chase)

1-2pm: “Mixing and Matching Genres,” w/Greg Cox, Stephen Kozeniewski, Melissa Scott, and Roberta Rogow (Chase)

2-3pm: “Ye Gods!” w/Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Amy Imhoff, and Kathleen David (Chase)