Friday, April 25
6 p.m. Reinventing Paranormal: Making Love to an Alien, Fairy or Werewolf. For my sins, I'm moderating this one. There are only three--count 'em three--listed victims...er, participants, and I happen to know one of my co-panelists, jer_bear711, is taking a train that isn't scheduled to arrive in Richmond until 4:45 p.m. It's gonna be close, folks. Plus, the panel's supposed to be about injecting new life into the tropes of paranormal romance. This one should be really interesting. Hmm, wonder if it's too early to bring rum.
8 p.m. Opening Ceremonies. Not much for me to do there except stand around looking harmless. Another challenge. Guess I have to forego the rum. Dang!
Saturday, April 26
9 a.m. The Best Little Series You Never Saw. Yes, you read that right--A.M. Needless to say, I've written up copious notes on all the TV shows I loved which never made it past their first or second season, and brought toothpicks to prop my eyelids open so I could read them.
Noon. Blogging for the Modern Day Writer. It's a craft panel discussing the utility of blogs for new and established writers. I'm moderating this one too, but a host of people are on the guest list, so there should be a lot of opinions to choose from.
7-10 p.m. Book Launch/Pre-Publication Party. With dessert! And liquid-type stuff (for which we may need to card)! In honor of Jeri's Wicked Game (first in a new series, pub. May 13) and Jana's Madman's Dance (third in her Time Rovers series, pub. September), we'll be opening the suite to friends, relatives and anyone who will consent to take home a bookmark and promise faithfully to buy...er, express interest in the books, including With Nine You Get Vanyr. (Hey, I'm sharing the room too!)
9 p.m. Le Bad Anime. I'm gonna miss part of my own party! Wah! But at least I'll be able to dis my least favorite anime in the fashion they deserve.
Sunday, April 27
9 a.m. Urban Fantasy. Yes, another day for the toothpicks. I think the programming director hates me. And she doesn't even know me! *sob* The description of this panel poses the musical question: "Why are there werewolves, vampires and ghosts in a world that should be primarily fey?" That buzzing you hear is my next attack of Devil's Advocate coming on strong.
2 p.m. The Popularity of Parnormal in Both Nonfiction and Fiction. The juxtaposition of both should give this panel a nice twist.
Hope to see you there!