The voice cut across the hotel lobby with the subtlety of a sledgehammer meeting a sheet of plate glass. Every conversation stopped and a percentage of heads turned to identify the source of the strident location finder.
She stood imperiously at the far corner, as far physically from anyone else as possible with her right arm raised, her be-ringed finger pointing in the direction of the aforementioned stairs.
This was a woman who demanded attention, even if she rarely received it. Physically small in stature she projected a voice that seemed impossible for someone of her build. Her lung capacity must be formidable. The lean worn face wore a haughty air of frustration beneath a layer of inexpertly applied make-up. Her bleached blonde hair fell straight and limp. Her shirt displayed a cascade of fringes and garish embroidered patterns of indeterminate origin. The fashionably torn jeans tunneled into a pair pf cowboy boots which seemed to be equally adorned as the shirt.
The woman shrugged, turned, and entered the open elevator doors behind her. The door slid shut and she disappeared from sight.
Conversations resumed, while a few of the hotel guests looked around to see who the directive had been intended for, yet no-one seemed to move in the direction of the indicated stairs. – The recipient remained a mystery.
It’s great to be living back in Texas. This month saw us move back to our adopted hometown of Austin after a few years away. We really missed the creative community here and the “welcome home” messages have been humbling and overwhelming.
One of the staples of our years in Austin has been the annual get together at ArmadilloCon and this year will be no different as I’ll be rounding out the month at the convention participating the following panels:
Friday – July 29th
- Book Collecting
- 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ballroom E
- Muenzler, Person, Porter*, Weisman
- Panelists will tackle topics including: choosing what to collect, finding collectible books, cataloging the collection, tools for managing a wish list, preservation, and determining the value of a collection.
- Comic Books You Should Be Reading
- 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Ballroom F
- Benjamin, Mark Finn, Humphrey, Porter*, Rogers
- What comics should we be reading, and why?
Saturday – July 30th
- Art of the Short Story
- Noon-1:00 PM – Southpark A
- Afsharirad*, Eudaly, M.A. Finn, Person, Porter, Scarber
- What makes a good short story? How do you as a writer unlock this form?
- Time Travel Stories
- Sat 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Southpark A
- Gibbons, Jewell*, Maresca, Porter, Schwarz
- What time travel stories do we love in books and on screen? What are the pitfalls? What are the rules for telling time travel stories that work?
Sunday – July 31st
- Writing as a Day Job
- Noon-1:00 PM Southpark A
- Allen, Chu, Ewing*, Fletcher, Porter, Sisson
- How do you manage having writing as a day job, when you are not writing for yourself?
- Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Dealers’ Room
- Porter, Rose, Waldrop
If you’re in the Austin area, come along and join us for what is always a fun, engaging weekend.