con nooga 2016

Con Nooga Post Mortem

Last weekend I made my first appearance at Con Nooga. Robby Hilliard, director of the literary track had invited me to attend, so I decided to venture south and check it out.

I like Chattanooga.  It’s a nice town that embraces its southern pride without being obnoxious about it. Tennessee whisky is a specialty there, one I enjoyed in a tasty and strong drink called Chattanooga tea.  Mmm.

The Apex table, despite its poor location in the vendor hall, did good business. All 5 panels I sat on were well attended. The convention, from my perspective, was friendly and well-ran.

I even enjoyed the concession stand hamburger I had Saturday.

While few people knew me, many knew of Apex. This was incredibly gratifying.

Here are 5 things that might…or might not have happened at Con Nooga last weekend:

1) cried out in fear due to a terrifying noise outside my hotel room in the middle of the night

2) Watched John Hartness insult a man just to make him cry.

3) engaged in a southern accent war with a diner waitress

4) scold a roomful of people for never reading anything by Thomas Ligotti…for shame

5) make a hotel clerk uncomfortable with a blank stare as he made terrible jokes (I had only had one cup of coffee!). Clerk finally gave up and said “Are all people from Kentucky so humorless?

Jason Sizemore

Pardon me, but I laugh all the damn time

My Con Nooga 2016 Schedule

I am a special guest at Con Nooga this weekend in Chattanooga, TN. This is my first time at this particular convention, and I look forward to the experience.

Here is my panel schedule:

4:00 PM Writing Believable Dialogue

7:00 PM Writing Openings that will hook your reader
8:00 PM Steven King and Other Horror Masters

12:00 PM Serious Depressing Dystopian Fictional Worlds
1:00 PM Terrible Writing Advice

The Sunday panels are in my wheelhouse. I like to think I live in a serious depressing dystopian fictional world. And any writing advice I give will be terrible!

Apex will also have a presence in the vendor hall. The vendor hall schedule is below. If I’m not at the bathroom, searching for coffee, or at a panel, you can safely bet I’ll be at the Apex table.

Friday – Noon until 7pm
Saturday – 10am until 6pm
Sunday – 10am – 2pm

If you want to find me or wish to avoid me, well, there’s the schedule. See you this weekend!