BALTICON & CONCAROLINAS
I don't know exactly what this new year holds for me. I've just turned in my manuscript for my third book, Blight, a dystopian sci-fi about a girl raised to be a border guard in a corporate state, and I've begun drafting a fourth about witches and wizards in Jazz-Age Charleston. It will probably be a few more months until I know how in-depth the editing process on Blight will be, and whether it will be coming out in late 2016 or early 2017.
However! I do know that I'll be appearing at two regional SFF conferences this spring, and I'm very excited about both of them.
First, Balticon 50, from May 27-30 in Baltimore, MD.
I'm going back this year to present the Compton Crook Award to this year's winner. This con stole my heart last year, with its excellent array of panels and activities, it's enthusiastic volunteers and inventive fans. Bonus: George R.R. Martin will be the guest of honor this year! I'll post more information about which panels and events I'll be a part of as that information becomes available.
Then, ConCarolinas, from June 3-5 in Concord, NC.
This will be my first time at ConCarolinas, but part of why I'm so excited about it is that it's taking place in the town where I went to high school, just a few miles from where I grew up. I love that geekery is blossoming in my home state. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is the guest of honor, and you really owe to yourself to hear her speak. I had the honor of being on a panel she moderated at this past year's DragonCon. She's smart, experienced, and I would like her to be my no-nonsense fairy godmother. Again, more information to come!