Actually a bit more so, as there's bigger names than every before, and I'm getting to meet a slew of people I've been friends with online for ages. Not to mention I'll get to find out who'll win the short story contest in which I have an entry.
This year is different in other ways. For one, I won't be dressing in costume at the Award Banquet. I simply had less time and motivation this year, and the one costume I did try working on for a little while quickly became obvious that it was not going to come out the way I'd hoped. It's okay, though. I'm looking forward to seeing the cosplayers that are present, and sitting with my non-costumed peeps.
Also, I've actually got some work to pitch to agents/editors this year--something I couldn't do the last couple of years partly because I didn't have anything ready and partly because there wasn't so much agents and editors to pitch to. This part has me really nervous, but fortunately my buddy Mike Duran wrote an excellent article about writers conferences that reminded me to just chill out.
Another cool new thing is that in addition to selling books, I'll be selling pendants with my artwork. Here's an example:
(If you want to see some more of them, I posted on Facebook.)
I'm looking forward to checking out some of the other artsy stuff for sale, too!
I promise I will try to post updates and photos on Facebook-- you can follow my author page, or my personal page. And if you don't do Facebook, I'll be posting a summary here afterward.
So, wish me luck...and say a little prayer for me Thursday because I hate flying :P.