Editor Update – we ran away from home.

Thursday, October 29, 2009, is the opening of the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California. Representing the BVC are Laura Anne and I along with Nancy Jane Moore, Madeleine Robins, Deborah J. Ross, Seanan McGuire, and Maya Kaathyrn Bohnhoff. We are planning on arriving at various times today and tomorrow. If I’ve forgotten someone like Kit Kerr, please forgive me, the lists keeps changing.

This convention is not like your average SF/F con. This one is geared toward the business of writing. 90% of the attendees are pro writers, agents, editors, or publishers. This is the place where the projects are pitched and deals made. Costumes are strongly discouraged, even if it is Halloween. Being writers used to exercising our imagination, we will have stealth costumes. The game is to see if we can spot the ordinary clothes that are really something more, and then figuring out what they are.

The energy is high already. I’ve fielded phone calls from from friends for days. Emails clog my server, all of them regarding meetings, shared meals, schedules, and who will have a car to go to the grocery store. There will be panel discussions and readings, but most of the action will be in the bar.

Borderlands Books of San Francisco will have a presence in the dealers room. They have also arranged for group autograph sessions in their store on Wednesday evening before the con and Sunday evening after the festivities. Friday night will be a mass autograph session at the con. The Book View Cafe plans to celebrate our growing membership and the launch of our first anthology, Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, which has an official release date of October 31 in multiple ebook formats. Check the BVC website for details.

You can bet that we’ll be promoting both RBGG and Shadow Conspiracy. I plan to read from my steampunk story “Shadow Dancer” at 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Maya said she planned to read from “Accumulating Man.” All BVC members present are planning on sitting together at the autograph session and having a party. Rumor has it, there might be cake. Hush, don’t tell anyone. It’s a big secret.

So if you will be at the con, flag one us down and say “Hi!” and join the fun.


About Phyllis Irene Radford

Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.


Editor Update – we ran away from home. — 1 Comment

  1. I’m crying and I hope you guys had the best time ever and got everything out of it that you should. I finished White City Dark Magick revisions last night – after rewriting the whole thing (again) it is still 93,500 words! Let’s flog the heck out of this . . . as soon as people read it, they’ll be hooked and back for more . . .