We weren’t even in the main part of the King’s wing, and I was already starting to feel the scope of the imposing size. (But then felt very disappointed by the smallness of the rooms in the King’s wing.)
Hello book lovers,
Can*Con is this weekend and it’s easily our favourite convention.
We will be selling coffee (including limited amounts of advent calendars) and crochet in the dealers room.
I also have a few panels and events I’ll be at:
Opening Ceremonies and Aurora Pin Ceremony
Friday, October 18 • 6:00pm – 6:50pm
I’m getting pinned for my novel A Sign of Faust, which was nominated in the YA category for the Auroras.
Panel – Who’s Our Hero, Anyway
Saturday, October 19 • 10:00am – 10:50am
Why have one protagonist when you can have a dozen – or none? These days, SFF with loads of characters and no designated hero have a certain appeal. Series like Malazan, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Walking Dead comics offer fans plenty of options to love, and real danger for your faves. But they also run the risk of a meandering plot and a death-weary audience. What are the benefits of having so much choice in who to root for? Does having tons of characters set us up for disappointment, or is it ultimately the reason we keep turning the page?
Saturday, October 19 • 12:00pm – 12:25pm
I’ll sign any books you like (Hopefully the ones I wrote).
2019 Aurora Award Ceremony
Saturday, October 19 • 6:00pm – 9:50pm
The Can*Con co-chairs and organizing committee are pleased to invite you to join them for the Aurora Award ceremony, which will take place off-site, at the Christchurch Cathedral’s Great Hall. A reception will be hosted there, with paid bar and appetizers served round. There is no entry fee, and all Can*Con attendees are welcome to join.
Sunday, October 20 • 12:00pm – 12:50pm
I’ll be reading from Everdome.
Hope to see you there!
I could almost imagine myself being a visiting royalty as we pulled up to Versailles.
Yet again, we arranged a private tour of Versailles. The company that we went with, Artventures, was worth every penny (every Euro?) and I highly recommend them. The guide picked us up from our hotel and drove us out to Versailles, took us to a side entrance for tours, found a way for me to get inside to sit down so I could nurse Keladry, gave us a wonderful tour full of incredible anecdotes for every room we were in, and was super patient while I took many many pictures with the TARDIS.
The only thing I did not like was the massive amount of people and the lack of places to sit. I was in so much pain that by the end I couldn’t concentrate and was in tears. Literally the worst pain I’ve ever been in, and I include childbirth in that (I did have an epidural, but that’s besides the point). So if you get pain from standing for long periods of time, I recommend viewing the gardens rather than the interior of the palace of Versailles.