So…guess what? I’m gearing up for my first-ever attendance at the World Fantasy Convention next month, which is conveniently being held in Toronto. Convenient for two reasons: first, I can drive there (sooo much cheaper than flying!), and second, said driving will (fingers crossed) take place before the snow sets in.
Factor in the fact that I don’t have to cook for the entire weekend (or make my own bed, for that matter), this year’s dual theme of gothic fantasy and urban fantasy (woot!), and a guest list that includes Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Tanya Huff, and Charles de Lint and you’ll begin to understand my level of excitement over this event.
But wait! There’s more! 🙂
I found out last week that I’ll be moderating a panel discussion at the Friday session:
11:00 a.m. DEFINING URBAN FANTASY There are almost as many definitions of what constitutes “urban fantasy” as there are readers. Is it simply a supernatural story in an urban setting? Does this mean the “mean streets” of urban fantasy are more metaphorical than actual? Is the fantastic in urban fantasy a part of the landscape, or can it just be an intrusion? The panel will look at different explanations, interpretations, and expectations that writers and readers bring to the genre. Linda Poitevin (M), Ginjer Buchanan, David Coe, Adria Laycraft,Tim Powers, S. M. Stirling.
How very cool is that?!? I was already looking forward to the entire con experience, and this? Well, this just makes it shinier than ever. 😉
So…any one else planning to be there?