So SteamCon is over once more, and it’s Monday, and now it’s time for all the unpacking and catching-up which follows being out of town for the weekend.

It was a good weekend. Caitlin came into town and crashed at my place (and shared our hotel room); I got to hang out with many awesome friends – some older, some brand new; and I got to wear some killer threads from Kambriel for the fashion show … so really, things were pretty much awesome from a me-having-fun standpoint.

However, I do want to apologize to the attendees for the confusion regarding my schedule. Most notably: My only signing was slated for an indistinct Hilton location at 4-5 p.m. on Friday, but I’d been double-booked – that is, I was also informed that I must appear at the Marriott at 4:30 – so I know I missed some folks who’d wanted to get things scribbled upon. I hope most of you caught up to me later …? If not, again, my apologies. I hope I can make it up to you at some other event.

At any rate! I did want to get a few things out of the way before I log off to start my day in earnest. Here goes:

  • Gail Carriger and I have now officially met – And subsequently demonstrated that we are not, in fact, the same person. The universe did not explode! I threw horns and gave rage-face; she opted to hang ten :) Much fun and goofing off did occur, and I was delighted to (finally!) make her acquaintance.

  • Backstage candid from the fashion show – Yours truly with the fabulous Kambriel, waiting for our chance to strut. (I was holding still and looking serious, trying to keep the bird from falling off my head :)) It was likewise wonderful to (finally!) meet Kambriel, with whom I know about a zillion people in common. And yes, I ended up buying that outfit – plus the shirt I wore under it, which I might wear when the death-metal-mega-butterfly-sleeves feel like a little much. I have loved Kambriel’s wares so much, for so long; it was an absolute joy to wear these special pieces, and to meet their maker.

  • Speaking of the fashion show – Behold, highlights from photographer Miss Amber Clark. Also – behold, I am making a silly face. Par for the course, really. But Amber’s shot gives you a good idea of exactly how fantastically over-the-wicked-striped-top my ensemble truly was.

  • BittenByBooks reviews Dreadnought – Bestowing five happy tombstones upon it! Many thanks, BBB. You guys rock!

  • Cheesemonkey alert – Yours truly while signing stock at the Fountain, in Richmond – with a link to their ordering page. Because if you want signed copies of … well, anything of mine, really … for the purposes of oh, say, Christmas gifts in the greater Richmond area … they’ve got your hookup!

  • Speaking of holiday signature hookups – Don’t forget that you can always order personalized copies of anything I have in print via the University Book Store. Click that link and follow the directions, and in mere days you too can have a message to grandma saying, “Spoon gumption pony weasels!” or however you like to best express your affection. I’ll write just about anything you want.*

* Some restrictions apply, including declarations of undying love, promises of inappropriate favors, and other as-yet-to-be-determined no-nos. Use your best judgment.