As many of you are aware, this is a special weekend for me and several members of the Authors & Dragons podcast. We'll be meeting in person for the first time, congealing into a boozy Voltron of sorts at CONtraflow in New Orleans.
As a matter of fact, Drew, Rick, John, and Rob have all been there since yesterday, elbow-deep in Hand Grenades, Hurricanes, and meth-whores (probably). But despite me living only an hour away, I'll be the last to arrive. My family wanted to join me, so I'm here packing up the family van and waiting for the kids to get out of school.
That's all I've got to report currently. But keep tuning in. I'll be updating as the weekend progresses. In the meantime, you can pick up Critical Failures for FREE for the next few days, and grab all of my book bundles for $0.99 each for the next 38 hours. (And it wouldn't kill you to leave some reviews.)
Hoping to see some of you folks in NOLA!
Okay, so I guess what I meant by "I'll be updating as the weekend progresses" is "I'm going to be busy/exhausted/drunk as shit all weekend and I'll throw something up on Monday.
So here we are. Monday morning. CONtraflow has come and gone, and it was a good experience in which I learned quite a bit which I can hopefully apply to future conventions.
1. If you're going to be hauling around boxes of books, invest in a proper carrier. An ice chest full of beer may seem like a nice two-birds-with-one stone option until you accidentally dump the whole goddamn thing all over the Hilton's lobby. Oops.
2. I... I'm sure I learned other things. A lot of this past weekend is a blur.
Being a panelist was fun. My favorite panel (not including the Authors & Dragons live podcast) was my first one, called Writing Funny, where I sat alongside Jim Hodgson, Robert Kroese, Jim McDonald, and Rob Cerio.
Fun Fact: Comedy writers are all named either Jim or Robert.
The highlight of the weekend, of course, was the first ever live Authors & Dragons podcast. Drew Hayes, Rick Gualtieri, John Hartness, Robert Kroese, and I sat at the table, while Steve Wetherell and Joseph Brassey joined in on Skype, because "Wah wah wah, New Orleans is too far away from England", and "Wah wah wah, my wife is having a baby."
You can only use that excuse so many times before it starts getting prohibitively expensive, Joe.
It was an exciting session, in which Klaus Richter pitted his wits against a box of scorpions.
It was our first time ever meeting in person, and I'm looking forward to someday getting to meet Joe and Steve as well.
But those aren't the only people I got to meet. There were some adoring fans.
And speaking of men who didn't rape me, I had the honor of meeting everyone's two favorite giant hairy Texans who dress as fairies and hug people, Dim n Wit, the Fairy Brothers.
CONtraflow was a great first con experience for me. Thank you, Raymond Boudreau, for inviting me. I'm looking forward to attending more of these in the future.