ConFusion and Plush Goblin

First off, because it is awesome: A crocheted Jig the Goblin. (Crocheted Smudge the Fire-spider is also pictured.) This officially makes socchan my favorite person of the week.


I’m off to ConFusion for the weekend, where I have the honor of being Toastmaster. Basically, I get to MC the opening ceremonies and introduce our various amazing guests, including Pat Rothfuss, Harley Thronson, Tom Smith, Roxanne King, Peter Brett, Joe Abercrombie, Brett Weeks, and Robin Hobb. Those are just the guests of honor, mind you. Check out some of the other authors who’ll be in attendance. It is indeed epic.

So is my schedule, which looks roughly like this:


7:00 pm – I Suck! In which various authors compete in good fun to play “dueling suck.” I’m excited about this one, which I proposed after joking around with Pat Rothfuss at ConFusion last year. If all goes well, it should be mightily entertaining. Jim C. Hines [M], Patrick Rothfuss, John Scalzi, Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie.

8:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies I’m actually a bit nervous about this one. I blame Howard Tayler, who did his Toastmaster gig at Penguicon last year in a tuxedo. How can I top that? (I do have an idea or two…)


10:00 am – Jim C. Hines Kaffeeklatsch I’ve never actually kaffeeklatsched before, so this should be interesting. It’s in the Concierge Lounge, and it looks like you need to sign up at OPS if you’re interested. I’m thinking about bringing dust jackets for Libriomancer to sign and hand out. What do you think?

11:00 am – Reading with Me and Kristine Smith Kristine and I will be reading our stories from The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity.

1:00 pm – Science in Fantasy Jason Sanford [M], Catherine Shaffer, Jim C. Hines, Cindy Spencer Pape.

4:00 pm – Care and Feeding of the Writer Elizabeth Bear [M], Jim C. Hines, Catherine Shaffer, Gretchen Ash, Robin Hobb.

5:00 pm – Mass Autographing


11:00 am – Future of Publishing Roxanne Meida King [M], Jim C. Hines, Rick Jackson.

1:00 pm – Women in Combat Carrie Harris [M], Jim C. Hines, Scott Lynch, Kristine Smith, Kameron Hurley.

3:00 pm – Closing Ceremonies

And then I come home and collapse on the couch. This doesn’t even include things like barcon time or the Dungeons and Dragons game I’ll be playing in along with various other author guests. I wonder if they’ll let me play a goblin…

I’m really excited about this con. I’ve been going to ConFusion for roughly a decade now, and the con has just gotten bigger and better. Can’t wait to see everyone!

ConFusion Highlights

-Being invited to be Toastmaster for ConFusion 2012.  (And quizzing a few friends to find out what the heck the Toastmaster actually does.)  Among other things, I get to introduce author GoH Pat Rothfuss and Fan GoH Tom Smith at opening ceremonies.  I’ve been going to ConFusion for years, so the invitation … well, it means a lot, and I was both honored and delighted to accept.

-Having my brains eaten by balloon Cthulhu, courtesy of Elder Signs Press.

-Winning $1 from SFWA president John Scalzi by triumphing in the medium-range pen-tossing duel during the mass autograph session.

-I did a lot of panels this weekend, and had a blast.  I enjoyed my power trip as moderator, but the most entertaining panel by far was the political correctness panel on Saturday night.  Not what I would have predicted, but I laughed more in that hour than I did in any other panel, and I think we had a pretty damn good discussion, too.

-Reading the first chapter of Snow Queen.  To everyone who attended the reading … I’m sorry.  I had honestly forgotten how rude a cliffhanger that chapter ends on.  I hope you enjoyed it, though!

-The people were awesome, as always.  Got to spend time with old friends, get to know other people better, and meet some new folks.  This is the very definition of conventionwin.

-Coming home to find the on-signing advance for Libriomancer and Enforcer waiting in my mailbox, along with German copies of Mermaid’s Madness.  A nice way to wrap up the weekend!

Thursday Miscellany

This has been a pretty intense week for my little corner of the blogosphere.  I was tempted to find another argument to stir up today, but I think I’ve had about all I can process right now.  People have given me a lot to think about, thank you.  I’ll be doing a follow-up on the whole piracy thing, in part to address aspects of the problem which I hadn’t really considered until they were pointed out to me.

For the moment though, have some random and light tidbits.

1. I’ll be at ConFusion this weekend, and I’ve got a pretty busy schedule.  The program book is here.  I’ll be reading from The Snow Queen’s Shadow [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room, for anyone who’s interested.

2. Speaking of Snow Queen, I’ve been playing around and made a few LJ icons.  Please help yourself, if you’re interested.  (Credit mentioning me or the book is always appreciated.)  Snow and Talia both get quotes from the books, but I think the “Mother issues” one is my favorite.

3. I haven’t posted anything LEGO in a while.  Time to remedy that.  A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an evil empire wanted ice cream.  The All-Terrain Ice Cream Transport was created by Louis K, and it makes me happy.  Click the pic for more, including a close-up of Vader with an ice cream cone.

All that’s left is for a John Williams score to start playing in that ring-a-ding ice cream truck style…

Jim C. Hines