Hello nerdlings! After burning a day on such enticing activities as expense reports, I’m back up and running from a weekend in Springfield, Missouri. VisionCon was once again a great experience. It was going to be tough to top last year’s performance, but I think the organizers did so masterfully. A few personal highlights for me included the successful launch of The Wererat’s Tale: The Collar of Perdition, judging the Saturday night Masquerade alongside the guest of honor, Aaron Douglas, (I hear he got his picture taken with the mayor) and drinking some excellent twelve-year-old Scotch with friends both new and old.
The diversity of guests was impressive, and the charitable nature of all the attendees was evident as the con raised over $4,000 for breast cancer research. Not bad for a local convention. As far as I know, VisionCon managed to break all previous records for attendance. It’s wonderful to see such a fan-focused con growing at a time so many others are struggling to stay afloat. If you’re anywhere near Springfield and like to party, come on by next February and say hello. I’ll be there to launch Book IV of the Wererat saga, and probably to get a tattoo. Yup, they had a temporary tattoo parlor setup in one of the hotel rooms!