On the road again

I’m headed south Friday morning.

Going to catch Amtrak’s 9:45 a.m. Coach Starlight run to Portland for a three-day stay to attend OryCon 31, the science fiction convention.

Amtrak's Coach Starlight

I’m a bit excited and nervous. A couple of firsts for me, don’t you see? The first time I’ve traveled by train — anywhere — and my first major SF convention.

You would think, at my age, that I would have managed to tick both off my list of things to do.

Sure, I attended Foolscap 11 in late September, but it was a pretty intimate affair. Fun, but not a lot of folks, not a lot of hubbub. And I only was able to stop by for one day.

Anyway, if you’re around the Portland Doubletree this weekend, look for me. I’ll be the silly fool with the goofy grin on her face. Thank God they’ll give us name tags, so I won’t forget who I am.

Jeez! Sometimes I wounder if I’m ever going to grow up.

Tomorrow at Foolscap 11

Foolscap 11, the SF convention devouted to the discussion of written science fiction and fantasy, started a three-day run today at the Marriott Town Center in Redmond.

Novelist Peter David and artist Jeff Sturgeon are featured guests.  A ton of other local writers, including two of my favorites, Jay Lake and David Levine, will be there, too.

I’m going to drop by tomorrow (Saturday).

It’s my first time at a convention devouted only to written SF and I’m looking forward to it.