I just got my schedule for the Big Honkin' Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, and I'll be reading from The Happiest Days of Our Lives on Thursday, August 9, at 6:45 in the evening. There will be signings before, after, and all day Friday and Saturday, but the performance is on Thursday. At 6:45. Awesome time slot, ain't it? I'm sure all the people who can't come in until the weekend are as thrilled as I am, but I had nothing to do with the decision.
Creation will only cover two nights of hotel, so If I want to stay until Sunday to meet more fans, I have to pay for it myself. I find this outrageously lame and insulting, so I won't be staying through until Sunday. Something about paying my own way to appear at a convention really annoys me, and makes me feel like it's "pay to play," which I'm not going to do. It's not the money, really, as much as it is the principle, you know? (Note that it's not just me. This is, apparently, Creation policy for everyone who is, as we say, "second tier or less" in this particular world).
However, I'll be there from about 1pm on Thursday until they close up shop and kick us all out on Saturday, so I'm confident there will be plenty of chances to meet up and talk with WWdN:iX readers.
I should have all my books, and maybe even copies of Just A Geek: teh Audiobook, as well as a limited-edition, convention-only chapbook of all my TV Squad TNG Reviews to date. There will, of course, be the obligatory photomagraphs and automagraphs.
I wanted to do a poker tourney, but I without knowing well in advance how many people are going to play, it would be hard to convince the Hilton to block off some tables and give us dealers and a Tournament Director. In fact,it's a damn unreasonable request, and I'm not going to make it. Instead, I think we'll just end up asking them to open one or two semi-private tables to spread a mixed game on Friday night. I'll have the final details on that once I get to the con.
If you're coming to the show, would you visit the Eventful page I made and let me know? I'm trying to get an idea of just how many readers are going.