I'm hoping that Mike Orenduff will come online soon and post about Epicon and the awards ceremony. This is the first one I've missed since the beginning. I was a finalist in the same category as Mike's, but no I didn't stay away because I knew Mike was going to win.
The con was held in Williamsburg Virginia and it was just too complicated to fly there. Back in our younger years we'd be willing to change flight so many times and rent a car to drive from Norfolk to Williamsburg, but all that stuff is getting harder. And at least I didn't have to embarrass myself like I did last year trying to wrestle Mike's trophy away from him. (In case anyone is worried, it was done in jest and for picture-taking purposes.) I love Mike's Pot Thief books and he deserves every award he gets for them--and there have been plenty.
Though I do have quite a few in-person events planned for the upcoming months, two were cancelled, Mayhem in the Midlands and the Jane Austen Fest. I've found substitutes, the Jackass Mail Run (that's in my own backyard), and Killer Nashville this summer.
What I'm doing right now is a blog tour, and if you're interested, visit my blog for the stops.