Last-Minute Appearance Notice: Saturday at Context 24 in Columbus

The folks at Columbus’ Context 24 convention contacted me yesterday with some bad news: Their Guest of Honor, L.E. Modesitt, had to withdraw unexpectedly due to unavoidable personal circumstances, and they were hoping that I might be able to come in and help fill the sudden gap in their programming. I said yes.

I am unfortunately unable to attend the entire convention, but what I’m doing is a full block of programming from 1pm to 7pm on Saturday, August 27. Here’s what’s on my schedule:

1pm: Autographing/Meet the Authors

2pm: Panel: “Agents: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”

3pm: Panel: “Secondary Characters: More Than Just Window Dressing”

4pm: Question & Answer

5pm: Meal break (I’ll probably be hanging around in hotel lobby and/or con suite, so say hi)

6pm: Reading (I’ll read from the upcoming 2012 novel, plus other things)

Basically, an entire con’s worth of programming in one six hour stretch. I would love to be able to stay longer, but my own personal circumstances don’t allow it. Still, within that six hour stretch there will be lots of opportunities to catch me doing my thing, either individually or with other (certain to be fabulous) panelists.

If you were already coming to Context this year, I hope you don’t mind the substitution. If you weren’t coming to Context this year, maybe this will help you to give this well-regarded con a chance. And no matter who you are, please think good thoughts for the L.E. Modesitt and his family.

See you in Columbus this Saturday!

 

14 Comments on “Last-Minute Appearance Notice: Saturday at Context 24 in Columbus”

  1. You’re a good guy to sub in on such short notice John. And to L.E.’S family, nothing but good thoughts.

  2. I’m so glad you are able to make it, even for a short time. Context is a small but very friendly, interesting con. I’m taking credit for suggesting you to the Context concom, when they asked “what do we do now?”

  3. Definitely thinking good thoughts for L.E. and his family, even though I have absolutely no idea what’s going on. Love his work and I’ve heard him a couple times on Writing Excuses. Seems like a decent fellow.

  4. Just remember to take a couple of minutes to catch your breath, sir. I doubt I could make it through that much programming all at once.

  5. To L.E.: my thoughts are with you and your family.
    To John: nice of you to fill in on short notice.
    To anyone thinking of going to see John: I’m probably preaching to the choir, given the forum, but I have to say, “Don’t think about it. Just go.” I got to see him at his last Seattle appearance and asked him a question about agents, so I can guarantee his appearance on the pnel about agents will be worth seeing. The reading from the upcoming novel is also a lot of fun, but it will make you wish it would be released sooner.

  6. DAMMIT! I live in Columbus, but I have Great Huge Unchangeable Plans this weekend. I’m very sad right now. :-(

  7. Very sad to hear about L.E. Modesitt. My thoughts go out to him and his wife. I hope she recovers quickly.

    Thank you, John, for filling in on such short notice. Context is a very nice, laid back convention–one I try to make every year. Always fun.

  8. D. Paul Angel – I am in my 40’s (the new "20" they say!), am originally from California, and now live in Portland, OR, but would eventually like to "retire" to Hawaii. I am, most definitely, a “Nerd’s Nerd.” I can recite huge tracts of Monty Python, can force Star Wars quotes into nearly any conversation, find serenity amongst fireflies, enjoy hitchhiking to the beach with my towel in hand (remember the Hawaii bit), have found precious little to dislike about Tolkien, and find any argument favoring Picard over Kirk to be both fascinating and most illogical. My foundation in Science Fiction began with Asimov, but Heinlein’s wit brought it to the front of my conscious. Although I am still recovering from the amount of time spent wheeling through Jordan and Sanderson’s epic, I have found long series, such as Scalzi’s, no longer make me feel like an old man (The new 20, right!?). I've always had a love of comics, particularly the far side of Bloom County where Calvin lived, often casting pearls before swine whilst doing the foxtrot over the hedge. Even though I already have 2 puppy-dogs I love, Zack and Satia, I can’t help but think how awesome having a magical creature would be; even if I do worry that caring for it would leave me feeling hagrid. I am more comfortable tweeting than facebooking, and I'm not athletic enough to be a tumblr. I'm also an airplane nerd and a licensed, albeit non-current, pilot. I've travelled enough to know I want to travel more, I've read, cover to cover, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, Science and Health, and a smattering of Eastern philosophies, and I was one of the early board members of Cerimon House. I can bake bread from scratch, grill, and cook; and I've failed, miserably, in learning at least 4 different programming languages. I write, commit photography, and am learning the ins and out of drawing and illustration. I have long straddled that shady realm between the wholly physical and utterly imaginative, and I'm working towards taking up residence in the latter. I'm an expert in all forms of philosophocating, but find it is best done with open eyes, compassion, and humor; preferably with pleasant company, snacks, and an ample supply of delicious beverages. I have also been known to make the occasional pun.
    D. Paul Angel

    I absolutely agree with #7 Dave B. I saw John in Portland and it was well worth it. John, I would love to hear your panel on secondary characters as well. I am always impressed with the depth your secondary and even tertiary characters have with a minimum amount of words.

    #8 Jeremy You can always take the wedding party to the Con? :-)

  9. It’ll be great seeing you this weekend, though of course, I wish it were due to better circumstances. I hope Ms. Modesitt’s illness isn’t too serious, and that she recovers quickly.

  10. OMG, 6 hours of programming in a row?! (Well, maybe 5.5; you have a meal break. ;-)

    You, sir, are a trooper! I hope you get a good night’s rest before…and after. That’s a long time to be “on.”

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