This year's Bouchercon is shaping up to be a major life event. Perhaps the reason is composed of a series of coincidences, or perhaps it's a confluence of fate, but it constitutes a collection of Big Events. There are four of them:
- My short story "Dead End" was nominated for an Anthony Award by Bouchercon attendees. This is my first short story award nomination and it was very exciting.
- My short story "Honeymoon Sweet" was selected to be included in the Bouchercon anthology Murder on the Beach. Though I've had several short stories anthologized, this was, by far, the most flattering and competitive acceptance.
- This will be my first time attending Bouchercon. Though my writing career is long and extensive, most of it was spent in nonfiction books and TV. My crime prose career is just getting started. With my agent still shopping my first novel, I've had nothing but an E-novella (Psycho Logic, Stark Raving Group) to promote and thus little motivation to travel far to attend conferences. This is the first time since I've been in this game that Bouchercon has been close enough to make economic sense for me to attend.
- We will have real poker chips for the first time at what has become the ritual writers' conference poker game. At previous games, such as Left Coast Crime and the California Crime Writers Conference, we've had to make do with colored paper clips, hard candies and bags of corn chips.
So I'm looking forward to an eventful event, and hoping real chips don't sour my luck at poker.