Leaving for Dragon Con this Week

Barbara Vey -- August 29th, 2011

Thursday I leave for Dragon Con.  I have mixed emotions as I enjoy the event a lot since it is heavy on fans, but I hate the set up that has you trudging from hotel to hotel to hit all the events.  I was looking over the schedule and it looks like I’m in for a treat this year.


There are quite a few authors going that I already know and will be happy to reconnect with Charlaine Harris, Susan Sizemore, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Laurell K. Hamilton.  Here’s the list of attendees, so let me know if there’s anyone special I should be stalking…I mean talking to.


I have my dream list of celebrities I’d like to meet, but with all the rules in place at Dragon Con, I’m not sure how close I’ll get.  Carrie Fisher, Mary McDonnell, Wil Wheaton, Colin Ferguson, Eddie McClintock, Ernest Borgnine and Christopher Lloyd to name a few.  Of course, my number one pick is William Shatner, but we go way back to the very first episode of Star Trek in the 60s when my friends and I would all stay home and watch the show on Friday night before we’d go out.  Our official weekend started with Star Trek.  So, if anyone has any pull with any of my wish list, please let me know and I will be forever in your debt.  Check out the whole list and let me know if there’s anyone else that you’d like me to try to catch up with.  I’m wearing my tennies and could probably take them in a foot race.


Bottom Line:  I know I should be packing all my costumes, but I’ll leave that to the professionals and just plan on taking a lot of pictures instead.


Monday Giveaways

From Romance University: During the week of September 5th, Romance University will have a book giveaway. Author Adrienne Giordano is giving away copies of her September release, A JUST DECEPTION, to three lucky commenters, plus some hand-crafted bullet jewelry. Stop by on September 7th for your chance to win and to help Adrienne break her rankings addiction.

From Mia Marlowe: Visit Mia every Monday (and other days too!). Mia spotlights fellow authors with interviews and original posts. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win not only a free read from her guest, but also one of Mia Marlowe’s backlist!
August 29th Bonnie Vanak and her new Nocturne The Shadow Wolf
September 5th Shana Galen and one of PW’s top 10 picks for fall, Lord and Lady Spy
September 12th Ashley March and her new Romancing the Countess
September 13th MJ Putney and her new exciting new YA title, Dark Passage
Sept 19th Linda Wisdom and her totally smokin’ Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend

From Romance UniversityKieran Kramer is offering a Regency-inspired porcelain tea bag rest along with some “tea time” goodies and a signed copy of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MARRIAGE to one commenter at Romance University!

172 thoughts on “Leaving for Dragon Con this Week

  1. Marilyn Baron

    I hope you have fun at DragonCon. I’ve never been even though I live in Atlanta. It sounds interesting. I can’t wait to read about it in your blog.

  2. dave

    Dragon Con is one of my favorite times of the year. You are gonna have a blast. Marilyn you should go down to the Parade Saturday morning if you dont’ have anything going on it is free and it is a blast to see everyone dressed up.

  3. Christine T.

    Wow–what of list of attendees, and yes there are a number of the film & TV people I hope you get the chance to ogle–uh, meet. However, if you have the opportunity, could you say ‘howdy’ to Todd McCaffrey? I’m sorry his mom Anne had to cancel but talk about spending your formative years with a book series–*love* the Pern books and so happy that Todd has been continuing them and that he’s collaborating with Anne on the next two. Have a great time!

  4. Stephanie Scott

    Wow, DragonCon has more special guests than Chicago’s WizardCon (which I went to for the first time earlier in the month). I would think your “in” would be your press pass, but you’ll still have to wait in lines to meet all your faves. Patience and money (for VIP tickets) are pretty much your only guarantees to Shatner!

    I would suggest seeing Felicia Day, she’s an adorable actor who wrote, produced and stars in the fantastic web series The Guild. She’s worked with Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and is a fan convention darling. Way to go for empowering women!

    1. Barbara Vey Post author

      I met Felicia Day at Comic Con in San Diego and put a picture of us in the blog a couple of weeks ago. I love The Guild. I also sent her a Tweet asking her to introduce me to Wil Wheaton. :)

  5. Eleanor V. (Ellie) Miller

    If you possibly have a chance to meet and chat with Terry Brooks and his delightful wife, Judine (who usually travels with him) drop everything and DO IT!! I had that pleasure some years ago (at length…LUCKY ME!), and it’s a star-spangled memory! Terry for all his many laurels (which might – frequently do – tend to distance some other writers from their admirers) is a warm, witty and utterly gracious conversational companion. NB: Personal note…I know times change and conventions with them, but looking at the attendee list, I can’t help regretting the heavy emphasis which Dragon Con of today seems to place on its media guests as opposed to the more literary focus of yesteryear. And what a shame that Anne McCaffrey has to be absent from what was always HER ‘home’ convention in years past!

  6. Kitti

    Will George RR Martin be there? I won’t ask you to relay any messages, but see if you can get his blood pressure. We’re all trying to figure out if he’s going to outlast his series or wind up with Kevin J Anderson trying to unravel his character list for a series wrap.

    Have a grand time!!

  7. Carolyn Clink

    I’ll be there too! My husband, Robert J. Sawyer is one of the author guests. So, we’ll be running around trying to see Shatner, too. :) Should be fun!

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