Posts Tagged ‘convention’
Kara and I are home and unwinding after a wonderful weekend at the Creatures, Crime & Creativity (aka C3) con in Columbia, MD.
I was the Friday night keynote speaker, and Saturday night’s keynote was by the delightful Julie Hyzy.
C3 also marked my wife Kara’s first time as a panelist at a con! (She’s in the picture above, seated to the far right.) After all these years of supporting me from the audience, Kara got to be one of the panelists, for Friday afternoon’s “Living with a Professional Liar: Writers’ Spouses/Partners”. As I’d expected, she was witty, charming, and relaxed.
I can’t say enough good things about C3. It was well-organized and housed in a lovely space, and the panels were run by superbly prepared moderators, and attended by keenly interested writers of varying experience levels. This is a relaxed con for people who take writing seriously.
I need to thank con organizer Austin S. Camacho for inviting me to deliver a keynote address (something I’d done only once before, as a commencement speaker at my former high school). But the best part of the con was making many wonderful new friends, including Dr. Glenn Parris, Dana King, Denise Camacho, Corky King, Shawn A. Cosby, Julie Hyzy, Serg Koren, David Simms, and others who I hope will forgive me for neglecting to recall their names off the top of my head, but it’s late and I’m tired.
The definite highlights of my weekend at C3 were getting to know Julie Hyzy (whose childhood and path to authorship paralleled mine far more closely than I had thought possible) and spending time with Shawn A. Cosby, whose “Noir at the Bar” reading (“Doubt Not That the Stars Are Fire”) blew me away.
A great weekend, and one I’d heartily commend to anyone who would be keen to spend a weekend among others who take the craft of writing (but not themselves) seriously.
My preliminary schedule for New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2019 includes both panels and signings!
12:15 – 1:15 PM
PANEL: Picard 2020: A Literary Retrospective
Veteran authors David Mack and John Jackson Miller look back on the life and career of Starfleet officer Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as depicted in the official Star Trek tie-in novels and comics over the past 15 years.
— Room 1A18 1:30 – 2:30 PM
SIGNING: Panelists of “Picard 2020: A Literary Retrospective”
— Hall 1A, Table AA01
Due to factors beyond my control, this panel and its signing have been canceled, to my great disappointment.
FRIDAY, OCT 4
1:30 – 2:30 PM
PANEL: From 1969 to the Future—Stories in Space!
Long before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, people have been inspired to travel among the stars. Half a century after that historic moment, authors Kass Morgan (The 100, Supernova), Peter F. Hamilton (Salvation Lost), Elizabeth Bear (Ancestral Night), and David Mack (Star Trek, Farscape) blast off to exciting destinations in the universe, accompanied by Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy)!
— Room 1A18
2:45 – 3:45 PM
SIGNING: Panelists, “From 1969 to the Future—Stories in Space!”
— Hall 1A, Table AA01
4:00 – 4:45 PM
SIGNING: STAR TREK AUTHOR
David Mack, Star Trek: The Next Generation – Collateral Damage
— Booth 2128 (Simon & Schuster)
I will also be hanging around the S&S booth on Saturday, October 5, looking to persuade readers to shell out their cash on early-release copies of Collateral Damage. If you’re at the show, come say “hi!”
It will soon be that time of year again (Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14), when I and many other Star Trek literary scribblers converge upon the Hunt Valley Inn (known these days as the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley) in Hunt Valley, Md., for the fan-run con known as Shore Leave.
If you’re looking for me at the con, the best place to start is usually the hotel bar. If you’d like to get my autograph or hear me yak on some panels, here is my schedule for the show. Consider yourselves warned.
Friday, July 12
What’s New in Star Trek Fiction
6PM, Salons E & F
John Jackson Miller (m), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Scott Pearson
Meet the Pros
10pm–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor
Come buy books, get autographs, hang out and chat, or buy me a drink.
Saturday, July 13
Writing Historical Fiction, Real & Fantasy
Howard Weinstein (m), David Mack, Kim Headlee, Roberta Rogow, Richard White
Joshua Palmatier, David Mack, Kim Headlee, Peter David
Selling Your Soul
Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, Heather E. Hutsell, Glenn Hauman, T.J. Perkins
Sunday, July 14
Return of the Serials
11AM, Salon A
David Mack (m), Jim Johnson, Glenn Hauman, Richard White, Peter David
Meet the Tricksters
David Mack, Jenifer Rosenberg, Christopher L. Bennett, T.J. Perkins
It is my pleasure to share the news that I will be the Author Guest of Honor of MidSouthCon 38, taking place March 20–22, 2020, in Memphis, TN.
This marks the first time that I have ever been afforded the title of “author guest of honor,” and as such it means a great deal to me. It is a genuine milestone in my authorial career, one that I have long hoped for.
I am grateful to the con committee of MidSouthCon for extending me this invitation, and to my good friend and fellow Star Trek author John Jackson Miller, who recommended me to them.
I eagerly look forward to my first visit to Memphis — to meeting new friends, to trying the famed local barbecue, and to taking part in the programming at MidSouthCon. It promises to be a great weekend, and I hope that if you’re a fan of my work and live within driving distance of the show that you’ll come out and say “hi!”
Once again, the Symposium’s panels, workshops, and other events will take place in the second-floor function rooms of the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown hotel, located at 350 West Maryland St., Indianapolis, IN 46225.
If you’re planning attending Gen Con, consider checking out the Writers’ Symposium. If you’re coming to GCWS, I’ll look forward to seeing you at the show and talking shop!
Thursday, Aug. 1
10:00 AM | Atlanta — Alternate Reality Fiction
David Mack, Cherie Priest, Linda Robertson, Daniel Myers (mod)
Noon | Ballroom 1 — Modern Sensitivities in Historical Contexts
David Mack, Kristen Britain, Richard Byers, Karen Bovenmyer (mod)
3:00 PM–4:00 PM | Signing Table, far end of Exhibit Floor Aisle 1000
David Mack, Kristin McFarland
5:00 PM | Ballroom 2 — Writing Tie-ins With Confidence
Joseph Carriker, Jr., Erin M. Evans, David Mack, John Helfers (mod)
Friday, Aug. 2
2:00 PM | Ballroom 1 — Get It Started: Irresistible Inciting Incidents
John Helfers, Linda Robertson, David Mack, Karen Bovenmyer (mod)
4:00 PM | Ballroom 4 — Worldly Fantasy: Writing More Than the Medieval Setting
Scott Lynch, Diana Pho, David Mack, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Steve Drew (mod)
Saturday, Aug. 3
2:00 PM | Atlanta — Does Magic Change With Time?
Linda Robertson, Kristin McFarland, David Mack, Susan Morris (mod)
4:00 PM | Atlanta — Firearms in Fiction
Patrick Tomlinson, David Mack, Bill Fawcett, Diana Rowland (mod)
7:00 PM–10:00 PM | Ballroom 2 — Night at the Forbidden Library, Part III
Elizabeth Vaughn, Karen Bovenmyer, Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, Dylan Birtolo, Gregory A. Wilson (mod)
If you’re coming to Farpoint in Hunt Valley, Md., Feb. 8–10, 2019, here is my schedule of panels and other events. At times not listed here, you can usually find me in the hotel bar, attempting to drink myself unconscious.
Writing Projects Gone Awry – 5:00 PM – Salon C
Farpoint Book Fair – 10:00 PM – Hunt Valley Hallway
Autographing (Davie; Mack) – 11:00 AM – Autograph Table 2
Readings (D. McPhail; D. Mack; Ransom) – 1:00 PM – Salon E
Publishing in 2019 and Beyond – 3:00 PM – Salon C
Writing Genre Mash-ups – Noon – Salon C
Autographing – 1:00 PM – Autograph Table 2
See you at the show, kids! (Reminder: Don’t bother me when I’m eating.)