A month of firsts

2014 is off to an interesting and exciting start over here on the west coast. (2013 was unbelievable.) This month has been a terrific series of first-time experiences. A week ago, I participated in a reading event at a local brewery. I read about half of The Last Rail-Rider to a small audience of maybe 30-40 people. Afterward, I met a new reader, signed a book – all new experiences for me. 

This weekend I'm at Wizard World here in Portland, where I've been invited to take part in a couple of panels. Yesterday was the first, a conversation with Erik Wecks and JC Andrijeski about the 'science' in 'science fiction' – does it matter? Terrific, interesting questions from the audience, good ideas shared on the panel. I think it went pretty well. Today's the second panel, and it's a bit different – it's a speed-reading event. A half-dozen local speculative fiction authors (including me) are going to be reading five-minute excerpts of our books, then signing and selling afterward. (Sort of a fun way to discover new authors.) 

Between the panels I've been wandering around the convention floor, snapping photos:

Those are, in order, some very good Dark Crystal cosplay, some pretty good Adventure Time cosplay, the Oregon Convention Center's Foucault pendulum, our panel room (pre-panel, obviously), and some of the most amazing Greatest American Hero cosplay I've ever seen (and I think you'll agree).

Then, from @jreinmiller, who was in attendance at the panel: 

Erik Wecks, myself and JC Andrijeski, who generously filled in for Annie Bellet at the last minute.

Erik Wecks, myself and JC Andrijeski, who generously filled in for Annie Bellet at the last minute.

It's been fun! I can't imagine what I'm going to do with the next eleven months.