Okay, I’m registered for BoucherCon. Whoever decided that Labor Day weekend in da Windy City was a fun idea does not have my vote, but my buddy Dana (Stabenow) told me I had to and I always do what she tells me, even when it comes to writing a short story (WILD CRIMES). So I’m registered, and I will do my best to be there on Saturday afternoon for our panel on “The Thrill is Gone”, so I can talk about what to do short of killing off a character to keep a series interesting. Or maybe not short of killing off a character, who knows?
For the uniniated, you blessed many who don’t do conferences, BoucherCon (named after the critic and writer Anthony Boucher, thus pronounced Bowcher, not as if it was French) is the yearly mystery world conference–take a look at the page of registrations to get an idea of the authors who attend. It moves around the country, which was nice when it came to my backyard in Monterey a few years ago but not so great when I have to fly to Chicago. Two years from now it’s in Anchorage, but Dana promised me there’d be no snow and no mosquitoes, so I’m going to that one, too.
In the past, Dana and I have done panels with Barbara Seranella (about whom there is a note on the BoucherCon home page) that have been remarkable, but we’ll do our best this year on our own. Come and join us, we’ll have a gas.