October was a busy month, so I’m a little behind on my blogging. Ellen and I visited three major cities, Portland, OR, Atlanta and Nashville, TN, Ellen’s home town. The most recent visit was to Nashville for Geek Media Expo, an excellent FanCon that was hilarious fun. It was only GMX’s third year of operation, but they had somewhere between 1200 and 1600 very energetic fans there and they partied like it was 2011!
Ellen and I got to participate in a live Portal 2 party where Ellen supplied the live voice of GLaDOS and I got to improv as Wheatley! Total gas. We also sat on several panels talking about the voice-acting business and the computer game world. Everybody seemed to get a lot out of it. We also judged a costume contest and talked to about a gazillion fans about GLaDOS, The Sniper and my new book, Dancing with Eternity!
I was also asked as a newly published author of a science-fiction novel to sit on panels discussing writing, publishing and world building for sci-fi. I met several very talented authors including M. M. Buckner, a Philip K. Dick Award winner and resident of Nashville. Everyone was very nice to work with and I think we gave some good information to everyone. The discussions were lively and the questions were intelligent and interesting. Once again I was struck by the level of talent exhibited at these cons.
The final highlight of the con was at the closing ceremonies, where all of the guests got up on stage and sang a ‘We Are the World” version of Still Alive with Ellen taking the lead and me lending my support on the banjo. All in all, a wonderful Con and a wonderful trip!