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Fire and Ice: Spooky Empire Con

October 11th, 2009

I’m traveling home from Spooky Empire Con in Orlando, Florida.   I did not have an internet connection for my computer, and my apologies to anyone waiting on replies to me from the last couple of days.   I’m at the Orlando airport with a few minutes to start catching up here on the blog and on my email (and more!).

The con was a great experience, and I’m really happy that Owl Goingback suggested that I come down for it.   He is the devil, and I say that in the most loving way.   There were a few things worth noting in particular.

The first shocker was leaving Laramie Friday morning with freezing weather (30 degrees Farenheit) and landing in Orlando with muggy, humid heat (mid 90s at 7pm).   Then I got a shuttle van to my hotel, and they screwed up which hotel, and it took a while to sort out.   I still made my first panel (Horror 101) at 9pm with 5 minutes to spare.

I also woke up with a cold Friday morning at 5am, sneezing like crazy.   Just what I needed!   I took a Sudafed and started in on the Zicam immediately.   By the time I went to sleep Friday night, I was feeling fine and essentially symptom free.   Nice.

Over the weekend I was also on panels concerning regional horror, cryptozoology, and how to published.   There were good interested crowds, and luckily my small handful of published horror stories gave me enough credentials to feel like I deserved to be on the panels instead of in the audience.   The con is not that big on the writing element, epmhasizing movies and celebrity guests.   Our “rockstar” writer, whom I didn’t get a chance to meet, was Max Brooks of World War Z fame.   There were other actors there I did enjoy seeing, like the guy who played the king in the Princess Bride, Adrienne Barbeau, the Love Machine from From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, and others.   Lots of people running around in costumes.   Lots of tattoos.   Lots of great horror merchandise.

I picked up a vampire skull to decorate my secret home improvement project downstairs, and a dragon centerpiece to replace the candle on my living room coffee table.   Maybe I could hold out for something more astronomical, but the dragon was nice and had the right colors.   I also picked up a bunch of cheap horror dvds that will be available for scary movie night on Halloween.

Now back to catching up my emails and other outstanding things.   I have several deadlines to meet in the next day or two, so be patient with me if you can.   I just hope I don’t get stuck in the snow heading back home tonight…

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