Beginning the countdown

by Doc Coleman on January 16, 2013 · 4 comments

in Balticon, Galley Table, Short Stories

January is a time to look forward to the rest of the year. One of the things we look forward to each year, is Balticon! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Balticon is the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention put on each year by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, or BSFS. Balticon is held each year on Memorial Day weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland. So, in January, we start making plans…

We’ll be going back to Balticon again this year. I hope return as a panelist for the New Media track, although I am still waiting for an official invite. Kee will be going with me as a part-time vendor again. It looks like she’s going to be involved with the Knitter’s Tea again, although that event is looking to be on a smaller scale this year than it was last.

Unfortunately, some of our favorite people from past Balticons will not be able to make the trip. Nathan Lowell has already said that he won’t be able to make it this year because it conflicts with his daughter’s graduation. Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine won’t be able to attend, as they’ve been invited to a steampunk convention that is on the same weekend. Seeing as they’re working towards bringing their third steampunk novel to print, you can’t blame them for marketing to their target audience. Val Ford won’t be back this year, as that weekend she and her husband are planning to move into their new home.

On the other hand, we can look forward to seeing some old friends who couldn’t make it to Balticon 46 coming back this year for Balticon 47. Word is that Chris Lester and P. C. Haring will be coming back to join us. And we’ll be welcoming back many of our favorite regulars, such as Helen Madden aka Cynical Woman, Veronica Giguere, John Taylor Williams, and Scott Roche to name a few.

This is also the time to start pitching ideas for Balticon panels. Oddly, I find that the projects that I am working that are sparking panel ideas all seem to be other people’s properties. Some ideas I’ve had have included a live, full cast reading from P.C. Haring’s new novel, Slipspace: Harbringer, which is still in development, but would be a great tease to generate interest; a collective reading of excerpts from Scott Roche’s Way of the Gun anthology by the authors; and getting Myke Cole and Guest of Honor Joe Haldeman together for the Galley Table to discuss military sci-fi. I don’t know if any of these ideas will happen, but they all seem like the kind of cool stuff that would make for great panels at Balticon.

And, since we’re talking Balticon, it is time to bring the countdown clock back, counting down until May 24th at 4 PM EST, when the first Balticon panel starts and the con is officially under way.


While I’ve gotten some podcast work done the past week, I haven’t gotten much writing done. Need to turn that around for this week and get those stories moving. But I suspect that I’m still going to spend a lot of time thinking about Balticon..

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I’ve created a couple of Google+ communities for Balticon attendees. Balticon Early Birds is for folks who will be arriving on Thursday and want to get together with other con goers. Apres Balticon is for  anyone who will be staying through to Tuesday morning, and could use some company on those lonely, post-con Monday evenings. Both communities are open, so feel free to join in the fun.

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1 Melissa (My words and pages) January 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Wonderful! And sad. Sorry to see those that won’t make it this year. But great to see those who didn’t make it last year come.

I’m hoping to make it again as I felt so at home last year when I went. I just need to find where everyone hides during the day… But I’m waiting until February to see if my brother (fellow fantasy lover and con person) can go with me…money and time off work. I know my husband prefers I travel with someone, although I would totally come alone if I thought it wouldn’t make him a nervous wreck while I was gone.

But my brother was rather impressed with the whole thing as was I. So, I think we have a home to go to as long as we can get off work and save the money. I’d like to try to make it Fri this year, but might only be able to come up Sat thru Mon again.


2 Doc Coleman January 18, 2013 at 6:26 am

So, if your husband is so concerned about you travelling alone, why doesn’t he come with you?

As for finding people during the day, I think you’ll find that folks are either sleeping, or off in panels. Then there is the dealer room, and almost always a few folks hanging out in the bar. Of course, twitter is usually the best way to locate folks.

Hope to see you back again this year!



3 Melissa (My words and pages) January 18, 2013 at 7:39 am

I told him after last year I think he would enjoy himself even though it’s not his…thing to do (not a reader or much into books and stuff). But everyone is great and he would really enjoy the atmosphere there. But also, with the kid and two dogs (who we don’t have someone they have taken to yet to dog sit, they are very skittish with others) we usually only get to go one at a time to things. Kid’s getting older, but not a long weekend old enough for me. 🙂 We could kennel the dogs, but that’s more money to pay out. And ends up easier to leave him at home. *sigh* Or I’d love to have him along, even for one time so he can see.


4 Doc Coleman January 23, 2013 at 6:26 am

Any chance you can take the husband and leave the brother at home to take care of the dogs?



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