Those of you who’ve followed me for any length of time know that I’ve made a habit of attending the annual Shore Leave convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland (just north of Baltimore), which usually is held during the second weekend in July, but this year is being held the first weekend in August. You know, this coming weekend, and whatnot.
Some of you who are reading this will be attending this year’s con, and most of you likely know that Kevin and I won’t be there. Scheduling conflicts, and all that.
As it happens, it looks like I’ll still be at the con in some limited capacity, after all.
Friend, fellow word-slinger and fellow Vanguardian David Mack and other friend and Vanguardian Marco Palmieri will be conducting a panel discussion at the convention, the topic of which will be the Star Trek: Vanguard novel series. Specifically, it will be a discussion about the series’ last two books, which weren’t released at this point last year and which work together to bring the series to (what we like to think of as) a rousing conclusion. Since Kevin and I can’t be there to take part in what likely be a “post-mortem” discussion, Mr. Mack has hatched a plan of sorts.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the plan is for me to join the panel via Skype, assuming fickle deities and mischievous technology gremlins see fit to play along. Unfortunately, Kevin’s schedule is such that he cannot attend even in this capacity, so it’ll be up to me to carry on in his stead. Neither Mr. Mack nor I have any idea if this actually will work, but I guess it’s worth a shot, if for no other reason than so that my disembodied voice can greet him with, “Good morning, Dave.”
So, there’s that.
For those of you who will be at the con and, more specifically, the Vanguard panel which will take place from 4pm-5pm* this coming Saturday in the “Salon A” panel room, I’m looking forward to hearing you then.
(* Eastern time, but if you’re already in the room, this really isn’t vital info.)