Bouchercon Daydreams

All week, I’ve been reading reports about Bouchercon 2009, which took place last week in Indianapolis. (To my international readers: It’s an annual mystery convention held in a different U.S. city every year where fans can hobnob with writers.) The festivities sound like a blast (check out blogger Jen Forbus‘s recap), making me really eager for next year’s B’con in San Francisco, which I plan on attending.

I was so excited, I even came up with some panels and authors I’d love to see at the 2010 convention:

  • Lee Child discussing “Maximizing the Hurt in Your Fight Sequences”
  • Sophie Littlefield on “How to Write 50,000 Words a Day and Get Buff Arms While Doing It”
  • Charlie Huston on “Who Needs Quotation Marks?”
  • Harlan Coben on “Deadly Sidekicks Can Wear Pink”
  • Sue Grafton speaking about her next challenge, “Tackling the Chinese Alphabet”
  • Gregg Hurwitz on “Writing Your First Novel at Age 12, Getting Published at 12.5”
  • James Patterson on “Whittling Down Your Chapters to Just One Comma”
  • Robert Crais and Michael Connelly demonstrating “Effective Greco-Roman Wrestling Moves to Subdue Bad Guys” (This panel will cost extra)

If you’re planning on going, which authors and panels would you like to see?



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    sophie littlefield
    October 21, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hey PCN, I think you should run the whole show. Can you imagine??!! Sign me up for whatever, I’m ready to roll…

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

      Can I schedule you for a second panel called “Using Sex Toys as Weapons?”

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    Kieran Shea
    October 22, 2009 at 4:40 am

    I’m thinking Robert Crais might pass on the wrestling moves, maybe focus on scrounging up vegetarian fare on the fly without ever stepping into an actual market.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm

      Oh, I think Crais would love the wrestling because of the short little outfit he’d get to wear. And he’s no vegetarian.

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    Elizabeth Duncan
    October 22, 2009 at 6:31 am

    PCN! I’ll be at Bouchercon in SF next year so we will finally be able to meet!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2009 at 5:06 pm

      Hooray, Elizabeth! I look forward to it!

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    Brett Battles
    October 22, 2009 at 7:00 am

    PCN…Bouchercon is a must! Total fun always had by all. And next year in SF? Couldn’t be better than that! Can’t wait.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Brett, Sophie told me about you and I went to the library to get The Cleaner. I’m fascinated by people in that profession. Do you need a college degree to do that?

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    Shell Sherree
    October 22, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I’d be willing to pay extra for your Robert Crais/Michael Connelly Greco-Roman demonstration, PCN, not to mention Sophie’s bicep technique. I like where your mind goes.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm

      Oh good, you can make the check out to me. I’ll tape the session for posterity, too.

      I’m glad you like where my mind wanders. It makes me worry a little less about whether or not I need medical attention.

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    October 22, 2009 at 11:42 am

    That’s a line-up! I wholeheartedly agree with Shell:

    I like where your mind goes.

    Thanks, PCN.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      See you there, lp13?

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        October 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm

        I am working to that end. Hopefully, yes.

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    Jen Forbus
    October 23, 2009 at 2:19 am

    hahahaha! This is hilarious! Love the Patterson panel…even though I’d probably skip it! You would have to add Michael Koryta to Gregg’s panel. Too fun!

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