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Andrew Fox
Posted on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - 10:57 am:   

Dara and I are beginning to recover our footing now that our second little boy, Asher, is almost a month old. Not that we're getting any more sleep than we were three weeks ago. . . but at least our schedules have begun to settle into somewhat of a predictable pattern, and we're actually able to start thinking about things we might want to do and places we might want to go over the next nine months.

We've decided to dip our toes into the water and try out some road trips with the two boys. This weekend we'll be making an appearance at CoastCon in Biloxi, Mississippi, a con I thought we'd have to miss because it was scheduled for the weekend when Asher was supposed to be born (he arrived four weeks early). This year, rather than have the con at the Gulf Coast Coliseum a few blocks away from the con hotel, they'll have the whole CoastCon at the President Casino's Tower Hotel, which should be fun. Dara is excited because Walter Koenig of ST:TOS will be the featured guest, and she's a Trekkie from way back (she went to all the old Vulcons that used to be held in New Orleans in the 1970s). We'll also stop into the WaldenBooks at the big mall in Biloxi, where the manager had me do a signing last spring and has asked me to come back to sign more copies of Fat White Vampire Blues and Bride of the Fat White Vampire she's brought in.

While we won't be hitting as many cons this year as we have the last two years (traveling with one itty-bitty is hard enough; traveling with two might make the labors of Hercules seem like a day in bed), we're going to try to make ones that will allow us to combine con-going with family visits. We'll do Oasis Con in Orlando over Memorial Day Weekend (I got friendly with Adam-Troy and Judi Castro when I did a phone interview with their South Florida Science Fiction Society readers group recently), Crescent City Con in New Orleans and ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas in August, and return to Capclave in the Washington, DC area in October. Plus, I'll be making a visit to New York City during the week of October 19 to participate in Ellen Datlow's KGB Bar science fiction reading series, probably taking the train up from DC following Capclave. We've never done Oasis Con before, so I'm looking forward to meeting a whole new group of fans and professionals in Orlando. Crescent City Con is our hometown con, and ArmadilloCon is one of the best-run cons I've been to, with one of the most intriguing lineups of guests and wonderful book-related programming. We were pleasantly surprised by Capclave last year, a very warm little literary relaxicon, and it's near where my stepdaughter Natalie lives, so we'll be returning there this year. World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin is a slim possibility in November, too (it falls during my birthday weekend this year, so maybe I'll splurge).

So, even though we won't be running around quite as much as during prior years, we'll still be staying active in fandom and getting out to meet new readers. Not to mention acclimating Levi and Asher to the wonderful world of SF and fantasy. . . little geeks-in-training.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - 11:07 am:   

Hope to see you in Madison, Andy....
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   

Thanks, Lucius. I'll see how things are going with both the family and the finances come late summer, and then I'll make up my mind as to whether I or the whole family will make it out to World Fantasy. I hope you've been doing well. By the way, I thought "Beast of the Heartland" was a fabulous read (it's also one of Barry Malzberg's favorites of your stories).
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - 01:11 pm:   

Fingers crossed, Andy.

Glad you liked the beast.
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adam-troy
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 08:27 am:   

Andrew:

You're still not listed as a guest at Oasis. Have you been in touch with them? ATC
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 08:57 am:   

I exchanged emails with Terry Dahl on February 28. They should know I'm coming. I'll email him again and ask him what's up. Thanks for letting me know. By the way, "Marionettes" was a terrific read; the story lingered with me all day yesterday. Great job!
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Mikal
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 02:51 pm:   

See you in Austin again, then, Andy!
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 03:28 pm:   

Looking forward to it, Mikal. I'm not sure whether I'll be driving over there on my own or with the whole gang this time; we'll see. Hope you've been doing well.
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Michael Walsh
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 09:43 pm:   

Glad Capclave made your list of cons!

BTW, book two nights at the con hotel and get a free book, either Pat Cadigan's HOME BY THE SEA or Lew Shiner's THE EDGES OF THINGS. Yes, we'll bribe folks to book a room at the con hotel <g>.

Oh... we also will be doing a chapbook of 2 *new* Waldrop stories. Available only with con membership. Yes, we are also Evil.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 10:42 am:   

That's terrific, Michael. I'll look forward to that Waldrop chapbook, especially. You've got a great lineup of guests for this year's con. My family and I are planning to book a suite so that my stepdaughter Natalie can come up from Fairfax County, Virginia and spend the weekend with us. After the con, I'll be taking a train up to Manhattan to do a reading at the KGB Bar, part of Ellen Datlow's SF reading series.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 08:42 am:   

This afternoon the family and I are packing up the car and driving over to Mobicon in Mobile, Alabama. We're looking forward to getting together with our pals from Pensacola's Nightmare Theater, an ongoing tribute to the TV horror hosts of the 1950s and 1960s. Levi's been suffering with a bit of a cold this week, but he's on the mend. I feel like I might be coming down with a touch of it myself, so I'm sucking Cold-Eez losenges like my life depends on it. I'll be on four or five panels and doing a reading and book signing. Participants in a trout fishing rodeo will be housed in the same hotel that's hosting the con, so it should be an interesting mix of folks down by the hotel bar.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:28 am:   

Can't say I was at my best during Mobicon, due to ye ol' headcold, but it was a pretty decent trip, overall. Smooth sailing driving over to Mobile, with both boys being nice and mellow, although on the way back we sat on I-10 with our motor shut off for ninety minutes, seventeen miles west of Mobile, while police and wreckers cleared a massive smash-up off the highway. This was one con where almost none of my scheduled programming went off as planned; just as well, I guess, due to ye ol' headcold. The family and I mostly hung around in the dealers' room chatting or talked with various folks while waiting for panels and readings that failed to occur. Friendly crowd and gracious hosts, though, just like last year.

One major bit of unwelcome excitement came went I took Levi to the men's room with me so I could wash some of his excess nasal fluids off my hands (yes, he was suffering from ye ol' headcold, too). Turned my back on the boy for half a second, and he made a beeline straight for. . . the urinal cake!!! (White. . . round. . . smells funny. . . must TASTE. . .) Had it in his paws and almost in his mouth before I managed to grab him with soapy hands, wrestle him over to the sink, and spend the next three minutes scrubbing his hands and mine. Ah, the joys of fatherhood. . . Jim Minz and Lou Anders, see what you have to look forward to???
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Adam-Troy
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 09:47 am:   

Andrew, when are you and the family showing up in Orlando? We're doin' a dinner theatre Thursday nite, and I'd very much understand parental unavailability, but still...
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:59 am:   

Hi, Adam-Troy! Looking forward to seeing you and Judi in a couple of weeks. Actually, we'll be leaving New Orleans on Thursday after work, stopping off in Niceville, Florida, and getting into Orlando sometime in the mid- to late afternoon on Friday. Then we'll start heading back to the Big Easy after the con ends on Sunday afternoon. Thanks so much for the invite to the dinner theater show, though. I hope we'll be able to do some other fun stuff together, at least a meal or two.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - 10:21 am:   

The family and I will be at Crescent City Con in beautiful Metairie, Louisiana this coming weekend (August 5-7). I'll be presenting a slide show on the career of my old mentor, George Alec Effinger, in the company of his ex-wife, Barbara Hambly. I'll also be participating in a couple of panels on the publishing biz, which should be interesting, given my recent (foul) experiences. It looks like the highlight of this con for me will be sharing a panel called "Vampires in Comics and Popular Culture" with none other than the esteemed Marv Wolfman, scribe of the classic Marvel Comics series Tomb of Dracula. I cut my teeth (almost literally) on TOD back in the early seventies, and I still think the series, taken as a whole, offers one of the most compelling portrayals of the Dracula character in any media. Needless to say, I'm extremely excited by the opportunity to meet Marv and go all gushing-fanboy on him.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 02:47 pm:   

The final Crescent City Con is now history. The con went out on a high note, I must say. This one had the best programming of any of the CCCs I've been at, and all the panels I saw or participated in were much better attended than panels in recent years. Barb Hambly joined me to do the George Alec Effinger slide show, which, despite some technical snafus, went off very well, and I learned some new things about George. I had a chance to catch up with Kathleen O'Shay David, who was an assistant editor at Del Rey when I first submitted there and who was one of the first readers of Fat White Vampire Blues; she was let go when little Random House was merged with Ballantine, but this gave her an opportunity to be a full-time mother to her then-brand-new daughter, Caroline (who has turned into a gorgeous little person). The highlight of my con weekend was sharing a panel with Marv Wolfman, which I (somewhat selfishly) turned into an interview about Tomb of Dracula. I don't think Marv minded all that much. He was a real gentleman, who kept trying to steer the conversation back to my books. Since he and Gene Colan are mentioned in the dedication pages of my first book, I couldn't let him go without giving him an inscribed copy of Fat White Vampire. Hope you enjoy it, Marv!
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 10:20 am:   

This Friday I'm off to ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas. I'll be traveling on my own this time, as the nine-hour drive from New Orleans to Austin would be a bit taxing for the two little ones, especially given the brevity of my stay in Austin. ArmadilloCon is always a wonderful get-together that draws terrific participants. I'm looking forward to seeing John Picacio, recent Chesley winner, and Chris Roberson and having them both sign a copy of Chris's new book from Golden Gryphon Press, which John painted an outstanding cover for. I'll also be meeting my new Del Rey editor for the first time and talking with him about the upcoming mass-market reprinting of Fat White Vampire Blues, which is scheduled for March of 2006. Jules D. would fit right in at Wal-Mart and Costco, that's for sure! Same fat white vampire, new, more convenient package.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 07:27 am:   

ArmadilloCon, as always, was a great time. It's one of my favorites. Part of it is the fact that Texas is privileged with such an amazing writers' community, so every year I go, I get to rub shoulders with Bradley Denton, Howard Waldrop, Neal Barrett, Jr., Joe Landsdale, Bill Crider, and Chris Roberson. And plenty of the ArmadilloCon regulars have become good friends, especially John Picacio, Mikal Trimm, and Mark Finn. Plus, this year I met a couple of new friends, Josh Roundtree (a stalwart of Lucius Shepard's football discussions here on the Night Shade boards) and Eric Marin. I was honored to moderate a couple of the best panel discussions I've ever participated in, one on book collecting (my fatal weakness) and the other on finding ways to finish that stalled novel. But the most fun panel of all was "Monkeys versus Dinosaurs: Who Would Win?" Where else could one find an opportunity, in public, yet, to fondly reminisce about Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy and to speculate on whether Barney is actually the illegitimate purple love lizard of King Dinosaur? (I mean, look at the photographs -- the family resemblance is unmistakeable.)

This weekend, I'll be schlepping the whole family, infant and toddler included, off to Albuquerque for Bubonicon. Bubonicon is another of my favorites, a small convention loaded with book lovers. The only sad thing about the con is that they moved from their old Howard Johnson's to the much nicer and more spacious Wyndham Airport Hotel. What makes it a little sad is that the con is no longer right next to the Owl, a 24-hour greasy spoon shaped like (of course) a big owl, that used to attract all the writer and artist guests like flies to raw hamburger meat. Oh, well; you can't have everything, and I guess having adequate meeting space trumped being next to the Owl. New Mexico, like Central Texas, has a fabulous writers' community, and I'm really looking forward to seeing Suzy McKee Charnas, Walter Jon Williams, and Jane Lindskold. Ben Bova will be there, too, and, health permitting, maybe the amazing Jack Williamson will drop by to say hello. But the real reason to take the whole gang is to show off the grandkids to my folks, who've lived in Albuquerque for the last fourteen years or so. I just wish there was a direct flight between New Orleans and Albuquerque; changing planes in Houston with two tots ain't gonna be easy!
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 09:45 am:   

Have fun in New Mexico!
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 10:10 am:   

Thanks, Josh! I'll let you know how it goes; maybe this'll be one you'll want to make sometime in the future. I hope I'll be seeing you at other cons in the coming year. Tell your missus I say "hi!"
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Eric Marin
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 04:07 pm:   

What Josh said! :-)

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