So last night I get word from the SpoCon folks about what panels I’m on. Good to know in advance (another month would have been better, but still, three weeks is ample time to prep). Nervous, I admit it, but looking forward. I’m on:
Research for Search Engines on Sat, 08/13/2011 – 10:00am. This should be pretty comfortable for me because it’s right in the wheelhouse of what I do.
Create a Zine, Blog or Podcast! on Sat, 08/13/2011 – 1:00pm. Well, the zine I can probably talk about, having published my own long ago. Blog, no problem. Podcast? I’m helpless. Irony: I’m on a panel with the author who enjoined me to start this blog.
Steampunk Throughout History on Sat, 08/13/2011 – 2:30pm. My inclination is that it tends to begin with Jules Verne and such, but this will take a lot of reading to get up to speed on. At least I’ll be in costume for it.
Thinking Machines in Alternate History on Sun, 08/14/2011 – 10:00am. Hmm. Well, we can certainly start with mechanical computers…
I’d have preferred panels on the craft of writing and editing, but we get what we get.
One of the most important things will be to remember my fellow panelists’ names. Imagine wanting to make reference to ‘what the other panelist said’ (the cards face forward) and forgetting her name. So awkward. Cannot let it occur. This is a good time for a lot of listening, not too much talking, just be the quiet one who keeps his trap shut unless he has something pretty intelligent to say (and very briefly).