Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I’m jazzed! It looks like I’ll be able to attend Bouchercon this year in Albany, NY after all. I didn’t think I could afford (actually, I can’t, but my wife Mary has graciously allowed us to go into bankruptcy so I can… thanks, Mary!).
As much as I travel, I’m something of an idiot… or at least a slow learner. I’ll go with idiot… I didn’t realize when I checked on airline prices that what I saw posted wasn’t the final price. Who knew? It keeps going up! When I first checked, a round-trip ticket from Ft. Wayne was listed at $348. When I went back to buy a ticket it had jumped up to $550+. Yow!
No way I could afford that. So, I looked for alternative modes of transportation and I just bought a ticket on the train. It’ll mean almost 13 hours each way of riding the rails, but round-trip only ran me about $140. Doesn’t get much better than that. Unless we derail or something… Not gonna think about that…
My buddy Jack Getze from New Jersey offered to let me share his room so I saved a bunch on that. Thanks, Jack! I’m bringing my bottle of Midleton that my Irish friend, Gerald O’Connor sent me.
This morning, I got an email from the conference directors and not only was I asked to be on a panel, but I get to be the moderator! And, it’s the best panel of all. From 1:20-2:15PM-Thursday, me and a bunch of really great writers will be sitting up at the front of the room for a panel titled:
Close to the Borderline-Pulp Fiction, Baby!
Yeah, baby! We’re gonna rock the house! It will be yours truly, Frank DeBlase, K.A. (Kate)Laity, Howard Owen, Josh Stallings and Jack Getze. How cool is that? These are some of the very best noir writers working today. Warren Moore was going to be with us, but unfortunately he had to cancel at the last-minute—we’ll miss him.
If you’re going, this is the one panel that you should mark down as a must-see.
And, please let me know if you’re going to be there. I’d love to meet you in person!