Sandra and I have dropped our kids off in Idaho with a troupe of gypsies (they owe me a favor for some curse-removal), and we are now off to DeepSouthCon 50, where I'm the Artist Guest of Honor. If you're in the area, come to the convention!
They've got me on lots of panels, so I won't be spending much time in the Dealer's Room. My books will be there with Glennis LeBlanc at her "The Missing Volume" table, and yes, The Sharp End of the Stick will be there too. I'll try to do a couple of signings at her table, but mostly I'll be out and about. I will always have my eldritchly sherpa'd Sharpie with me. If you can catch me, I'll sketch in your book for free!
In order to facilitate said capture, here, is my schedule:
FRIDAY June 15, 2012
4-5pm -- Main Programming -- First Contact: Create and Design Aliens:Travis Taylor, Stephanie Osborn, Howard Tayler, Tedd Roberts (m)
5-6pm -- Main Programming -- Schlock Mercenary vs. Tyler Vernon--the John & Howard Show: John Ringo, Howard Tayler
7:15-8pm -- Main Programming -- Opening Ceremonies: with the Ravenar Belly Dancers, Rocket City Rednecks theme song, welcome from the Moon Princesses, short speeches by all guests of honor, program participants acknowledged, and party announcements.
8pm -- TBA -- Planet Baen Launch Party
SATURDAY June 16, 2012
11am-12pm -- Madison -- Meeting of Art & Science Fiction: Incorporating Hard Science into Art: Howard Tayler, Krista Wohlfeil, Dr. Demento, John Picacio, Sandra Tayler (m) (note: holy crap, I'm on a panel with Dr. Demento, and my wife is moderating...)
1-2pm -- Main Programming -- Howard Tayler on Being Excellent
4-5pm -- Main Programming -- MilTech--Suit, Tanks, Guns and More: Travis Taylor, Howard Tayler, David Weber, Bart Kemper, John Ringo, Bill Fawcett (m)
SUNDAY June 17, 2012
12-1pm -- Madison -- Dying is Easy, Humor is Hard: Jody Lynn Nye, Julia Mandala, Linda Donahue, Danny Birt, Howard Tayler, Bill Fawcett (m)
1-2pm -- Madison -- Podcasting vs. Print Fanzine Smackdown: Guy H. Lillian III, Howard Tayler, Sandra Tayler, Curt Phillips (m)
3-4pm-ish -- Main Programming -- Closing Ceremonies:with all our Guests of Honor & the Moon Princesses, distribution of the Live Action One-Shot.
4:30-4:45pm -- Pool Area: Join Travis Taylor, Howard Tayler & Toni Weisskopf for 10-minute Trainer Yoga—Sweat the alcohol from last night out!
As an added bit of squee, the convention's Guest of Honor, top billing, is none other than Lois McMaster Bujold. I've been a fan of hers for more than half my life. Being on the same program cover is a both humbling and exhilarating. I'm going to have to dial my inner fanboy down as far as that knob goes, and then break the knob off. And he'll probably STILL be too loud.