RavenCon 2014: A Homecoming in April (Hail, Hydra…)

This week has been one temptation after another to rant a bit on topics ranging between Game of Thrones to pretentious nitwits in steampunk, but I have chosen a different direction for my weeks blogpost:


That’s right — RavenCon! Finally, after years of trying to make my hometown event happen, I am finally coming back to the weekend in April that I helped kick off seven years ago alongside Con Chair Michael Pederson. I, for one, am looking forward to the weekend!

It’s been a little frustrating not being able to make it, mainly on account of things like the lack of a day job; but after balancing the books and making sure the numbers weren’t misleading me, I can finally come back to my hometown (the second time within the month!) and enjoy some good old-fashioned geekery alongside such terrific people like Bill Blume, Gail Z. Martin, Michael A. Ventrella, the Geek Radio Daily crew, and Guest of Honor (and all around great lady!) Elizabeth Bear!

Want to know where I will be this weekend?


Nothing on the books other than signing up the Boom for a weekend of S.H.I.E.L.D. Training. Check out this KidsTrack! I have a feeling we will be politely blown off for the entire time we are at RavenCon this weekend.

UPDATE: I will be judging (or joining — still not too sure what I’m getting into) the Midnight Reading of The Eye of Argon. Check your con schedule for details!


This is when my schedule kicks in…

Doctor Who Through the Ages, 9 a.m.

UPDATE: I have been recruited (with Sonic Boom) to judge the Robotics Competition happening from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. My alma mater competes with other schools in the county, pitting science, engineering, and wits against one another. (Don’t worry. It’s been so long since I’ve attended Monacan High School, I have no vested interest in the winner. *ahem* Go Chiefs! *ahem*)

A Reading from The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Boardroom, 11 a.m.

Beyond Kickstarter, 4 p.m.

Spy Themes (or Why I Want to Visit Portmeirion), 6 p.m.


Comedy in SF/F, 9 a.m.

Homage in SF Literature, 10 a.m. (Moderator)

Self-censorship, 1 p.m. (Moderator)

Don’t be shy! Bring your books to panels (or our reading), introduce yourself, say “Hi” and by all means join Pip and myself for what promises to be a great weekend in Richmond. We hope to see you there!


  1. I am pretty sure you’ll see me Saturday at 9 AM. I’ll probably be sitting next to you.



  2. I can tell we’re writers, we don’t count very well. This is year *9*. 😉
    Boom is going to LOVE the kid’s programming. I’ve been helping off & on with it and I think it’s going to rock. If I wasn’t so tied up with my Sunday morning project, Craft-tastic, I’d be going to more of your panels. And John and I want to meet up with you for a bit. I think he’s looking for el-stinko cigars, or at least some decent ones. 😉


Leave a Reply