Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!

ChessielogoThe time is upon us! We have been doing ChessieCon for years… since before it was ChessieCon, in fact. Last year I was invited as Guest of Honor, but sadly the event was forced to go virtual again because they lost their hotel and did not have sufficient time to secure another one.

This year they are at the Hunt Valley (formerly the Marriot, currently, I believe, Delta… but I could be wrong. This hotel has more identities than Sybil, but tell someone you’re going to be at the Hunt Valley, and they will know exactly where you mean!) In any case, I am invited back again this year as Guest of Honor, and I am so excited about the line-up they have scheduled. We will, of course, have a space in the dealer’s room where I can be found when I am not on panels or committed to other official things. Here is my schedule for the weekend:

Danielle Ackley-McPhail


5pm – Salon F
Danielle Ackley-McPhail Reading
7:30pm – Salon D
Basics of Crowdfunding


10 am – Valley Room
Mass Signing
11:30 am – Salon C
Bug-Eyed Monsters and Other Alien Menaces
S/FF literature is rife with all sorts of threats to humanity. From literal Bug-Eyed monsters that want to harvest your organs to ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ and “The Thing”, to benign-seeming aliens that want to control your mind. How might actual extraterrestrial threats manifest themselves?
4 pm – Salon C
Alien Cultures vs Human Cultures
Aliens have often been portrayed as humanoid-sorts of beings, particularly in visual media. But what sort of cultural differences might come about if an alien weren’t at all humanoid?
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Con Suite
The eSpec Book Launch Party – Come help us celebrate our 2022 new releases, including Daire’s Devils and The Play of Light by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, The Clockwork Solution by Michelle D. Sonnier, Esprit de Corpse by Ef Deal, Chessie At Bay by John L. French, and the anthology Devilish & Divine, edited by John L. French and Danielle Ackley-McPhail
We will have author readings, goodie bags, books, and a prize raffle


10 am – (wherever they are)
11 am – Salon D
Stand-Alone Books vs Series, Salon D, Sunday 1100
So, you’ve written a story. It’s complete, it’s coherent, it has an interesting plot, believable world-building, engaging characters, all that good stuff. But has your story come to an actual end? If this part of the story is over, is there a need or room for another part of the story? In other words, does it need a sequel, a prequel, or a somehow related different story?

Mike McPhail

Dealers Room – Mike is taking a pass on programming this weekend to help cover the dealer’s table while I am off doing Guest of Honor stuff.

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