Context26 – Best. Event. Ever.

Thought it was going to be a disaster. There were miscommunications and mixups over panel assignments. I couldn’t find my room reservation information and the Holiday Inn 800 number said I had no reservation and made me one at double the convention price because all the convention rooms were booked.

Nevertheless, T and I loaded up our stuff and went, because we trust Context.

The trust was not misplaced. Nick Winks had assigned us panels where we were able to both learn and contribute. T did a reading that resulted in a book sale.

Oh, and the hotel? At the actual hotel, it turned out that I had made a reservation, they had two reservations for me, one at the low price and one at the high price, and they cancelled the high-priced one on the spot without the late-cancellation penalty. So here’s a shout-out to the Holiday Inn Worthington and its entire staff. Well done, you!

We saw some familiar faces and met some new friends.

Eric (Chris) Garrison and happy friend.
Michelle Brown and her evil cupcakes, about whom more anon.
R. J. Sullivan and his haunted books.
Denise Verrico apologizing for Cedric the badass vampire courtesan not being in attendance.

T, Tony Acree, Babs Mountjoy, and I took turns watching the table, with a little help from our fellow vendors.THoldsFortAs you can possibly see, I sold out of The Fall of Onagros, Book 1 of the SAGE trilogy.

Many of us squoze into a Usual Suspects picture.UsualSuspectsA fine time was had by all. We can’t wait for next year’s Context, and we’re all Facebook befriending one another in the meantime.

Special bonus nonsense: Anyone (besides #4 daughter) who can tell me why I took this picture wins a big fat shiny no-prize.griswoldA WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: There is a mixup in a reservation of some kind.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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  1. Tony Acree

    October 6, 2013 at 9:43pm

    I had a great time sharing the table with a group of wonderfully talented women. What more could a guy ask? If you are a writer of speculative fiction and have not attended Context, you need to do so. I’ll be back next year.

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      Marian Allen

      October 7, 2013 at 8:42am

      Always a pleasure to work alongside you, Tony! And you’re right: Context is one I would hate to miss. Sounds like Archon is one I need to add!

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