After the Flash Fiction contest, I stopped off at the Borderlands Books party. I met a lot of great people, including an interesting character named Rabbit and another con attendee who I will call the “Beatallica Dude,” since I never actually got his name. The Beaticalla Dude and I had a long, enjoyable conversation about music and one of my favorite cities, Milwaukee, WI. Alan and Jude from Borderlands are gracious hosts and a good time was had by all who attended.
A few short hours of sleep later and I was off to work at the Twilight Tales table in the dealers room. I successfully convinced several people not to leave without a copy of Martin Mundt’s “The Crawling Abbatoir” and the debut offering “Candy in the Dumpster” from Dark Arts Books (the latest creative effort of last year’s Stoker winner author, John Everson) which features stories from John, Martin Mundt, Jay Bonansinga and Bill Breedlove.
The afternoon was filled with second session of both Mort Castle’s writing workshop and Nancy Kilpatrick’s editing workshop.
I enjoyed dinner at The Grubstake in the company of fellow TT’ers, Eric Cherry, Ed DeGeorge and Larry Santoro.
Saturday evening, I attended the Art Show, the Gross-Out Contest and the WHC 2007 preview party. I heard many fellow writers express their happiness with how their pitch sessions went. While I am happy for them, it also reminds me that I came to the con with nothing to pitch. I am pledging to myself now that I will not go to WHC 2007 empty-handed. It’s time to either finish the revision of the novel I started last year or get off my butt and start something new.
The con ended for me with shared shuttle ride to the airport with F. Paul Wilson at 6am Sunday. Overall, it was good experience and I am looking forward to Toronto in 2007.