Hey all, Dani here.
I am getting so close to vacation time, and it is making me so darn excited. I just want to geek out with a bunch of other awesome gamer nerds, and hopefully learn some stuff and get some more writing motivation, and also do a little bit of relaxing and reading. We’ll see, because conventions tend to be fairly chaotic and busy affairs, but I also tend to be an early riser and so I can generally get an hour or two of reading time in each morning.
So yeah, at the end of the month Damian and myself (plus one of our buddies) will be driving the few hours it takes from our home in Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana, to attend Gen Con. It is an event that we spend a lot of time getting ready for. Between the tickets to the convention, the cost of the hotel, and of course, saving up spending money, it takes us six or seven months to really be ready to go. But the time is almost here, and I think we’re in darn good shape this year, which is great.
Gen Con is a 4 day Tabletop Gaming Convention, but it actually has so much more than just games there. Yes, I will be trying out a bunch of dice/card/board/tabletop games, and possibly buying some more games and/or gaming accessories, but there are other things there too. There are panels on anime and movies and TV and books and writing. Since I’m trying to get myself back into writing and all of that, I am attending a number of panels being held during the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium.
But then I heard the announcement for the summer session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, which is a Reverse Readathon. For their spring and fall sessions the readathon starts at 8 AM EST, but for the Reverse Readathon it will start at 8 PM. Unfortunately this time around they announced that the readathon will be from 8 PM on Friday August 2nd until 8 PM Saturday August 3rd.
Guess when that is?
If you guessed right in the middle of Gen Con, then you would be correct.
Did that stop me from signing up for the readathon? Nope, no it did not.
So for today, I figured I would take you through my panel schedule and then maybe toss out some ideas for what I can try and read for this readathon. I think I need help figuring out a TBR, because I will be running around Indianapolis, so it’s not like I’ll have a whole bunch of books on hand.
Gen Con Day One – Thursday, August 1st (coincidentally also my birthday–yay!)
10 am – 11 am: Patreon: Is It For You?
11 am – Noon: Mastering Fiction: Worldbuilding
Noon – 1 pm: What can SFWA Do For You?
1 pm – 2 pm: When to Go Full Time: Can It Be Done?
3 pm – 4 pm: The Many Forms of the First Draft: How Do You Get it On the Page
4 pm – 5 pm Storybuilding in Books and Games: Dungeon Mastering for the Writer, Writing for the Dungeon Master
Gen Con Day Two – Friday, August 2nd
10 am – 11 am: Being Your Own Boss: Trials and Tribulations of Self-Publishing
Noon – 1 pm: The Cost of Magic: Making the Unbelievable Believable
3 pm – 4 pm: All the World’s a Stage: Creating Vivid Settings
5 pm – 6 pm: Resistance is Futile: Dealing with Writer’s Block and Resistance
9 pm – 1 am(?) Critical Role LIVE
Gen Con Day Three – Saturday, August 3rd
10 am – 11 am: Sexy Times in Speculative Fiction: The Ins and Outs of Love Scenes
Noon – 1 pm: Blogging 201
4 pm – 6 pm: Dungeon Master Live: Against the Danger-Mancer with the Library Bards
Gen Con Day Four – Sunday, August 4th
As you can see, I have a pretty good schedule for most of the event. And when I have more than an hour between panels, I’ll likely be wandering the show floor, checking out games and such. Of course, they are still making some author announcements and such for the Con, so I might end up adding in more panels and/or signings
The point is that I think I can get an hour or an hour and a half of Readathon time in on Friday evening, just before Critical Role and during their mid-show intermission. And then I might be able to get a few hours of reading time in on Saturday.
BUT, I don’t want to be carrying a lot of books around the city, so I’m going to need to be pretty strategic for the readathon. I also don’t want to rely too heavily on e-books, because I don’t want to completely drain my phone battery in case I need it to get in contact with Damian.
So, what I know for an absolute fact: I will be bringing Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard, Green Rider by Kristen Britain, and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch with me to Gen Con, because all three authors are at one of the panels I’m attending, and I’m hoping to be able to get my books signed.
I also know that it is likely that I will be picking up a comic book or two from the comic book store on Wednesday, July 31, so whatever I pick up is a possibility for the readathon.
But I’m also looking at taking another couple of books. I just don’t know which ones specifically. I’m thinking I want “adult” fantasy. It’s weird because normally for 24 Hour Readathons I want to read shorter and faster reads, so I go with short SF/F or contemporary, or novella collections, or manga volumes to boost my books read count. Then again, there’s this feeling I get from being at conventions, and I just want to bask in my geekdom and delve into some truly epic fantasy.
Here’s where I’m at right now with my options:
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and An Affinity for Steel by Sam Sykes.
I figured if I post this now then I have a couple of weeks until we head out to Indy for Gen Con, so if I’m suggested a book that I don’t already own then I have the time to buy it and have it sent to me. So, please, feel free to offer up suggestions. Otherwise I might just end up packing a small stack of books to have in my hotel room for if the mood strikes.
All right, that is all from me today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.