Previously on The Fog of Ward:
Not much going on around here over the past several days. Most of that can be attributed to our road trip to Denver for the annual StarFest Convention. For those keeping score at home, 2017 marked our 15th visit to the Mile High State for this particular show. As always, we had a terrific time catching up with old friends, making some new ones, selling a few books, and generally enjoying ourselves throughout the three days of full-on multimedia nerdity.
A big part of what makes the show so much fun is the staff. Headed up by KathE Walker and her husband, Stephen, StarFest is a family affair in more ways than one. The core group of people overseeing everything are either members of the extended Walker family or else close friends, and together they’ve been doing this thing for 40 years.
Their passion for this stuff extends to an army of volunteers, several of whom have been doing this since the beginning, and all of whom go above and beyond to make sure fans are enjoying themselves throughout the weekend. The StarFest gang made Kevin and me feel like part of their clan from our first visit in 2003, and the bond has only strengthened since then. It truly is one of the cons to which I most look forward every year, and it’s one of only two around which I schedule any other commitments or potential conflicts.
We tried to do our part to make it a fun weekend, starting with the Friday night “Meet & Greet” between con guests and fans. We also help out the con by acting as two of five judges for the Saturday night costume contest, and Kevin hosts the Sunday morning talent show while I help judge that event, as well. We also have a varying number of panels (only one this year), and our tables in the “Author Alley” area.
This year we were placed in proximity to the main autographing area, which meant an increase in foot traffic. Friends old and new found us throughout the weekend, and we had great “table neighbors” in the form of authors Shelly Wright, David Boop, Sam Knight, Peter Wacks, Kevin Ikenberry and Amity Green, as well as longtime friends Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta.
I can report that Hidden Universe’s Vulcan Travel Guide was mighty popular. After talking about it at the Meet & Greet on Friday night, I was pretty much bum-rushed the next day, and the copies I had for sale didn’t survive the morning. Planet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone also had a respectable showing, along with my own Headlong Flight and 24: Trial By Fire as well as various selections from our backlist. Kevin reports that our copies of Star Trek: Legacies, including the sets of all three books he put together specifically for the show, also did well.
And as quickly as it began, StarFest 2017 was over, and it was time to say our goodbyes, thank the people who helped make our weekend so much fun, and aim the car east toward Kansas City. Thanks again to KathE and Stephen Walker along with the entire StarFest cabal for once more for welcoming us into your circle. Let’s all get together and do it all again in about a year, okay?
For now, though? There’s work to do.
Yep, deadlines are looming, all right. I’ve got about a month to wrap up the manuscript for the novel in-progress, and I’m also polishing an outline for what will (likely) be the next novel. A few other things are percolating, and I’m hopeful they’ll all get the heat turned under them so that I can get on with make them real things rather than exercises in wishful thinking.
So, I should probably get my butt back to work, amirite?