A Slice of the Pi…

Panel in the Pool participants clamber to escape an alligator (I’ll explain later).

Panel in the Pool participants clamber to escape an alligator (I’ll explain later).

I’m back from 8Pi-Con and here’s the pix (and by tomorrow I should be recovered!). Next year’s event, 9Pi-Con, has been moved to the end of April – April 24-26, I believe. I’m bringing friends next year, because this is a great weekend with something for everyone, and much like Conbust in Northhampton, Mass., in March, it’s all about the topics—on just about everything imaginable from writing and science to film, television, genre work and art—and is completely inclusive and welcoming. They truly live up to their tagline “The friendliest little convention in New England.” Get it on your calendars and keep up to date at http://pi-con.org/ Hope to see you there in 2015!

02 8Pi-Con It’s always fun to check-in and get the badge (and yes, those are camels on my shirt…)

It’s always fun to check-in and get the badge (and yes, those are camels on my shirt…)

02A 8Pi-Con …and the hotel key! I was an idiot, though. I thought the door key didn’t work. That wasn’t true. I just couldn’t read the guy’s handwriting on my key card; I thought it said ‘326.’

…and the hotel key! I was an idiot, though. I thought the door key didn’t work. That wasn’t true. I just couldn’t read the guy’s handwriting on my key card; I thought it said ‘326.’

02b 8Pi-Con The view out my room at the Enfield-Springfield Holiday Inn at One Bright Meadow Lane in Enfield.

The view out my room at the Enfield-Springfield Holiday Inn at One Bright Meadow Lane in Enfield.

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04 8Pi-Con  Here we go with the mandatory bathroom photos…

Here we go with the mandatory bathroom photos…

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07 8 Pi-Con The refrigerator was surprisingly large.

The refrigerator was surprisingly large.

08 8Pi-Con This was a gift from someone at work. How awesome is that? Let me tell you, it saved me a couple of times at 2 a.m. when I needed some food. The hotel didn’t have vending machines, which I thought was weird.

This was a gift from someone at work. How awesome is that? Let me tell you, it saved me a couple of times at 2 a.m. when I needed some food. The hotel didn’t have vending machines, which I thought was weird.

09 8Pi-Con The Broad Universe Dealer’s Room. Basically, at Pi-Con, vendors reserve a room on a designated floor which isn’t only the room they stay in, but their “store front.” Broad Universe is an international organization of writers, editors, librarians, readers, and reviewers whose mission is to celebrate and help promote the work and careers of women who are writing and marketing their science fiction, fantasy, and horror works. I’m a member. You can find out more at www.broaduniverse.org.

The Broad Universe Dealer’s Room. Basically, at Pi-Con, vendors reserve a room on a designated floor which isn’t only the room they stay in, but their “store front.” Broad Universe is an international organization of writers, editors, librarians, readers, and reviewers whose mission is to celebrate and help promote the work and careers of women who are writing and marketing their science fiction, fantasy, and horror works. I’m a member. You can find out more at http://www.broaduniverse.org.

10 8 Pi-Con Trisha Wooldridge, president of Broad Universe, poses with her newest book SILENT STARSONG.

Trisha Wooldridge, president of Broad Universe, poses with her newest book SILENT STARSONG.

11 8Pi-Con Trisha’s husband Scott. He is awesome. That is all I need to say.

Trisha’s husband Scott. He is awesome. That is all I need to say.

12 8Pi-Con From left, Terri Bruce (author of the Hereafter series), me, and Trisha.

From left, Terri Bruce (author of the HEREAFTER series), me, and Trisha.

13 8Pi-Con Terri and I doing work to help set up the BU store.

Terri and I doing work to help set up the BU store.

14 8Pi-Con And after all that work, Terri and I needed a break. Here she has some yummy almonds. I am off-camera, having a glass of wine.

And after all that work, Terri and I needed a break. Here she has some yummy almonds. I am off-camera, having a glass of wine.

15 8Pi-Con Welcome to the BU store!

Welcome to the BU store!

16 8Pi-Con The free swag table; visitors to the room can pick up some neat things for free.

The free swag table; visitors to the room can pick up some neat things for free.

17 8Pi-Con The Spencer Hill Press Table.

The Spencer Hill Press Table.

18 8Pi-Con The BU general members’ table. I sold a few books during the event, which was awesome, because it allowed me to have enough gas to get home!

The BU general members’ table. I sold a few books during the event, which was awesome, because it allowed me to have enough gas to get home!

19 8Pi-Con The checkout counter.

The checkout counter.

20 8Pi-Con Promotional posters on the wall!

Promotional posters on the wall!

21 8Pi-Con Unfortunately I am the one who was guilty of eating most of these Starbursts…

Unfortunately I am the one who was guilty of eating most of these Starbursts…

22 8Pi-Con Flyers for our Friday night party and Saturday’s Rapid Fire Reading.

Flyers for our Friday night party and Saturday’s Rapid Fire Reading.

23 8Pi-Con The “Developing Deep Characters in Speculative Fiction” panel. Left to right, writers Vikki Ciaffone, Allen Steele (3-time Hugo Award Winner and author of the COYOTE series – visit http://www.allensteele.com/), Trisha Wooldridge, Kate Kaynak, and me. Photo by Lori Claxton.

The “Developing Deep Characters in Speculative Fiction” panel. Left to right, writers Vikki Ciaffone, Allen Steele (3-time Hugo Award Winner and author of the COYOTE series – visit http://www.allensteele.com/), Trisha Wooldridge, Kate Kaynak, and me. Photo by Lori Claxton.

24 8Pi-Con The spread for our Friday night gathering. The party ran from 8 until 11:30 and featured hourly raffles (free entry just for coming by and having some food).

The spread for our Friday night gathering. The party ran from 8 until 11:30 and featured hourly raffles (free entry just for coming by and having some food).

25 8Pi-Con A swag-covered wall.

A swag-covered wall.

26 8Pi-Con Early on in the Friday night party.

Early on in the Friday night party.

27 8Pi-Con A guest and Scott hang out.

A guest and Scott hang out.

27a 8Pi-Con An ad outside our door.

An ad outside our door.

28 8Pi-Con Raffle prizes. We ended up throwing in a few more toward the end of the night.

Raffle prizes. We ended up throwing in a few more toward the end of the night.

29 8Pi-Con Lori Claxton won the first raffle of the night. She got the bag full of stuff I put together…

Lori Claxton won the first raffle of the night. She got the bag full of stuff I put together…

30 8Pi-Con …which included a Mickey Mouse bank…

…which included a Mickey Mouse bank…

30A 8Pi-Con …and lots of other good Disney-related stuff! I wanted to do something special for this event.

…and lots of other good Disney-related stuff! I wanted to do something special for this event.

31 8Pi-Con Kate Kaynak, author of The GANZFIELD Books, shows off her cool buttons.

Kate Kaynak, author of The GANZFIELD Books, shows off her cool buttons.

32 8Pi-Con Me and this guy talked serious Godzilla for like an hour. That’s one of the great things about cons…interesting conversations with people into the same stuff you are.

Me and this guy talked serious Godzilla for like an hour. That’s one of the great things about cons…interesting conversations with people into the same stuff you are.

33 8Pi-Con Our second raffle winner got a set of four posters from THE HOBBIT. These are on thick cardstock and are gorgeous enough to frame.

Our second raffle winner got a set of four posters from THE HOBBIT. These are on thick cardstock and are gorgeous enough to frame.

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35 8Pi-Con Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, author of Interview with the FAERIE (PART ONE): AND OTHER POEMS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, won copies of both New England Horror Writers anthologies, WICKED SEASONS and EPITAPHS.

Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, author of Interview with the FAERIE (PART ONE): AND OTHER POEMS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT, won copies of both New England Horror Writers anthologies, WICKED SEASONS and EPITAPHS.

36 8Pi-Con I didn’t get a chance to formally meet this lady, but her costumes all weekend were amazing. This one was my favorite, though. The glowing screen actually worked and had active, old-school graphics. It was pretty awesome.

I didn’t get a chance to formally meet this lady, but her costumes all weekend were amazing. This one was my favorite, though. The glowing screen actually worked and had active, old-school graphics. It was pretty awesome.

37 8Pi-Con Ari Alpert hangs out at our party.

Ari Alpert hangs out at our party.

38 8Pi-Con Justine Graykin, author of ARCHIMEDES NESSELRODE and 8Pi-Con’s Guest of Awesome, hangs out at Broad Universe’s Friday Night party.

Justine Graykin, author of ARCHIMEDES NESSELRODE and 8Pi-Con’s Guest of Awesome, hangs out at Broad Universe’s Friday Night party.

39 8Pi-Con A magician (yes, a real one! – Jeff Kempton) stops by to entertain us. He was lots of fun.

A magician (yes, a real one! – Jeff Kempton) stops by to entertain us. He was lots of fun.

41 8Pi-Con Saturday morning breakfast. This was seriously the crispiest, most awesome bacon I’ve had in two or three years. I can’t wait to go back in April so I can have it again!

Saturday morning breakfast. This was seriously the crispiest, most awesome bacon I’ve had in two or three years. I can’t wait to go back in April so I can have it again!

42 8Pi-Con Jan Kozlowski, author of DIE, YOU BASTARD! DIE!, and me, swapping serious industry gossip. I love Jan. She is a blast!

Jan Kozlowski, author of DIE, YOU BASTARD! DIE!, and me, swapping serious industry gossip. I love Jan. She is a blast!

43 8Pi-Con Jan knits just about everything you can think of with a Cthulu twist….

Jan knits just about everything you can think of with a Cthulu twist….

44 8Pi-Con …made by Jan…

…made by Jan…

45 8Pi-Con …made by Jan…

…made by Jan…

46 8Pi-Con Me and Catt Kingsgrave after our reading on Saturday morning. I read SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE: TALES FROM HAUNTED DISNEY WORLD’s title story.

Me and Catt Kingsgrave after our reading on Saturday morning. I read SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE: TALES FROM HAUNTED DISNEY WORLD’s title story.

47 8Pi-Con I moderated the “Day Jobs for Writers” panel. From left, me; Trisha J. Wooldridge, author of SILENT STARSONG; M.L. Brennan, author of GENERATION V; Morven Westfield, author of DARKSOME THIRST; and Ellen Larson, author of IN RETROSPECT.

I moderated the “Day Jobs for Writers” panel. From left, me; Trisha J. Wooldridge, author of SILENT STARSONG; M.L. Brennan, author of GENERATION V; Morven Westfield, author of DARKSOME THIRST; and Ellen Larson, author of IN RETROSPECT.

48 8Pi-Con Me and Justine Graykin: ready for THE PANEL IN THE POOL!

Me and Justine Graykin: ready for THE PANEL IN THE POOL!

49 8Pi-Con The indoor pool. This hotel has a pretty sweet outdoor pool, too!

The indoor pool. This hotel has a pretty sweet outdoor pool, too!

50 8PI-Con The Panel in the Pool is just what it sounds like: a Panel in the Pool, swimsuits and backstrokes included! This year’s topic was Aliens of the Seas, moderated by Jeff Warner (8Pi-Con Chair) and Guest of Awesome Justine Graykin. From the program guide: “Recent reports from neurobiologists on the results of genomic sequencing of comb jellyfish reveal that Ctenophores are from a different branch of the Earthly evolutionary tree. “Parallel Evolution of a Nervous System but with a completely different chemical language, evolving independently from the rest of the animal kingdom.” So, what does this portend for Extremophiles that might be living in the Oceans of Enceladus? Or Carl Sagan & Edwin Salpeter’s Gasbags of Jupiter?(an idea that both Ben Bova and Iain Banks, liked, grabbed, and ran with) Join us Floaters, Sinkers, and Punters in a giant container of DiHydrogen Monoxide as we generate lots of hot air!”

The Panel in the Pool is just what it sounds like: a Panel in the Pool, swimsuits and backstrokes included! This year’s topic was Aliens of the Seas, moderated by Jeff Warner (8Pi-Con Chair) and Guest of Awesome Justine Graykin. From the program guide: “Recent reports from neurobiologists on the results of genomic sequencing of comb jellyfish reveal that Ctenophores are from a different branch of the Earthly evolutionary tree. “Parallel Evolution of a Nervous System but with a completely different chemical language, evolving independently from the rest of the animal kingdom.” So, what does this portend for Extremophiles that might be living in the Oceans of Enceladus? Or Carl Sagan & Edwin Salpeter’s Gasbags of Jupiter?(an idea that both Ben Bova and Iain Banks, liked, grabbed, and ran with) Join us Floaters, Sinkers, and Punters in a giant container of DiHydrogen Monoxide as we generate lots of hot air!”

51 8Pi-Con I’m such a pool addict, I made sure I blocked off a two-hour slot to enjoy the hotel’s gorgeous outdoor pool. It was a hot day, so the dip was refreshing! This is my art-house version of a photo just so the world knows that I really did go to the pool! The book I’m reading, WINTERGIRLS, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a high recommend, and, in fact, if you enjoyed my book Bad Apple then this is a must read. You can check that out here: http://amzn.com/014241557X

I’m such a pool addict, I made sure I blocked off a two-hour slot to enjoy the hotel’s gorgeous outdoor pool. It was a hot day, so the dip was refreshing! This is my art-house version of a photo just so the world knows that I really did go to the pool! The book I’m reading, WINTERGIRLS, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a high recommend, and, in fact, if you enjoyed my book Bad Apple then this is a must read. You can check that out here: http://amzn.com/014241557X

51A 8Pi-Con The “Scary Movies We Love” panel and roundtable: from left, Suzanne Hanniford Crowley, author of VAMPIRE KING OF NEW YORK; science fiction writer Terry Franklin; Jennifer Allis Provost, author of COPPER RAVENS, and me. Photo by Lori Claxton.

The “Scary Movies We Love” panel and roundtable: from left, Suzanne Hanniford Crowley, author of VAMPIRE KING OF NEW YORK; science fiction writer Terry Franklin; Jennifer Allis Provost, author of COPPER RAVENS, and me. Photo by Lori Claxton.

52 8Pi-Con The “Scary Movies We Love” panel and roundtable! We did the whole panel with the lights off, the doors closed and the windows curtained! It was so awesome!!!

The “Scary Movies We Love” panel and roundtable! We did the whole panel with the lights off, the doors closed and the windows curtained! It was so awesome!!!

53 8Pi-Con Morven Westfield reads from her novel DARKSOME THIRST at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, which is when a group of writers get together and have a brief amount of time--in this case, four minutes--to read from their work.

Morven Westfield reads from her novel DARKSOME THIRST at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, which is when a group of writers get together and have a brief amount of time–in this case, four minutes–to read from their work.

54 8Pi-Con Jennifer Pelland reads a short story from a recently published anthology.

Jennifer Pelland reads a short story from a recently published anthology.

55 8Pi-Con Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert reads poetry from her collection FAERIE (PART ONE): AND OTHER POEMS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT.

Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert reads poetry from her collection FAERIE (PART ONE): AND OTHER POEMS OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT.

56 8Pi-Con Roberta Rogow reads from her newest novel.

Roberta Rogow reads from her newest novel.

57 9Pi-Con Terri Bruce reads from her newest novel THEREAFTER.

Terri Bruce reads from her newest novel THEREAFTER.

57A 8Pi-Con I read from my short story “The Thing Inside” from the anthology UNNATURAL TALES OF THE JACKALOPE. What was super amazing was that I gave the copy away as part of the giveaway, and whoever correctly answered the question “Who was the actor who played the fourth Doctor?” first (I know, that is terribly lame, but I had to come up with the question and I just couldn’t think of anything better) won a copy. It turns out fellow Broad Ellen Larson, who desperately wanted to finish reading the story to see how it ended, was the winner! She was really happy. It made my night! Photo by Lori Claxton.

I read from my short story “The Thing Inside” from the anthology UNNATURAL TALES OF THE JACKALOPE. What was super amazing was that I gave the copy away as part of the giveaway, and whoever correctly answered the question “Who was the actor who played the fourth Doctor?” first (I know, that is terribly lame, but I had to come up with the question and I just couldn’t think of anything better) won a copy. It turns out fellow Broad Ellen Larson, who desperately wanted to finish reading the story to see how it ended, was the winner! She was really happy. It made my night! Photo by Lori Claxton.

58 8Pi-Con Trisha J. Woodridge reads from her book SILENT STARSONG.

Trisha J. Woodridge reads from her book SILENT STARSONG.

59 8Pi-Con Ellen Larson shares some of her latest work.

Ellen Larson shares some of her latest work.

60 8Pi-Con Jennifer Allis Provost reads from her latest novel COPPER RAVENS.

Jennifer Allis Provost reads from her latest novel COPPER RAVENS.

61 8Pi-Con The “Bad Endings” panel. From left, George Claxton, Jennifer Allis Provost, and me. I like this picture. Jenn and I look like we’re posing for animal crackers. Poor George!

The “Bad Endings” panel. From left, George Claxton, Jennifer Allis Provost, and me. I like this picture. Jenn and I look like we’re posing for animal crackers. Poor George!

62 8Pi-Con The “That Good Old Fashioned Nuclear Apocalypse” panel, which focused on discussing films like The DAY AFTER. From left, writers Terry Franklin (moderator), Catt Kingsgrave, me, and Eric.

The “That Good Old Fashioned Nuclear Apocalypse” panel, which focused on discussing films like The DAY AFTER. From left, writers Terry Franklin (moderator), Catt Kingsgrave, me, and Eric.

62A 8Pi-Con I moderated the “Fiction has No Place in Our Curriculum,” which was about the (quite frankly, disgusting) marginalization of fiction in the Common Core standards. It was hard staying off the topic of how the Common Core is going to Harrison Bergeron everyone and keep to the topic at hand—all four of us on this panel were very passionate—but wow, what an amazing discussion. From left, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Justine Graykin, me, and Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert. Photo by Lori Claxton.

I moderated the “Fiction has No Place in Our Curriculum,” which was about the (quite frankly, disgusting) marginalization of fiction in the Common Core standards. It was hard staying off the topic of how the Common Core is going to Harrison Bergeron everyone and keep to the topic at hand—all four of us on this panel were very passionate—but wow, what an amazing discussion. From left, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Justine Graykin, me, and Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert. Photo by Lori Claxton.

63 8Pi-Con OMG! Selfie! What I was trying to do was get a picture of this cool new hair clip I got. See next pic.

OMG! Selfie! What I was trying to do was get a picture of this cool new hair clip I got. See next pic.

63A 8Pi-Con The hairclip. I love this because it features my favorite color combo, green and pink. It was handmade by an artist who’s a member of Broad Universe. That’s one of the other great things about cons…you can buy stuff you just can’t find anywhere else!

The hairclip. I love this because it features my favorite color combo, green and pink. It was handmade by an artist who’s a member of Broad Universe. That’s one of the other great things about cons…you can buy stuff you just can’t find anywhere else!

64 8Pi-Con …and we Broads know how to leave a good tip (if I were cleaning a room I’d be psyched to get 21 bucks, chocolate, and a beer!)

…and we Broads know how to leave a good tip (if I were cleaning a room I’d be psyched to get 21 bucks, chocolate, and a beer!)

65 8Pi-Con It was a winning weekend for me as me-who-never-wins-anything ended up winning this really neat movie package at the Barfleet (an SF party) on Saturday night.

It was a winning weekend for me as me-who-never-wins-anything ended up winning this really neat movie package at the Barfleet (an SF party) on Saturday night.

 

 












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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, is a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her horror novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

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