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Dayton Ward's Trek Expo 2009 Report

Dayton Ward's Trek Expo 2009 Report

Star Trek writers Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore (Star Trek Vanguard Series, Starfleet Corp of Engineers Series, + Many others) headed down to Oklahoma over the weekend for the 20th anniversary Trek Expo in Tulsa.  Dayton recently posted his Trek Expo re-cap on his blog and since we didn't get to go we thought it a good idea to share the post with all the rest of you that missed out.

I'm a bit late getting this posted, but here we go:

Long story short: We had a pretty fun time down in Tulsa.

Long story longer:

We loaded up the kids and took off from Stately Ward Manor Friday evening. Four hours later we arrived at the hotel and I immediately ran into friend and fellow writer Selina Rosen, who also happens to be the founder of Yard Dog Press, the irreverent little micropress that I love so much. The tone for the weekend was set right there. After that, the first priority was getting the kids to bed, which proved to be something of a challenge, as they were all keyed up from the unfamiliar surroundings. Once they settled down, Michi and I collapsed went to bed.

We hit the ground running on Saturday. Ran into Chase Masterson at the hotel, with whom Kevin has been friends for years (Not "Hey, nice to see you" when they run into each other at cons, but "HEY, NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN! COME GIMME A HUG!" when they see each other in person after exchanging e-Mails throughout the year). Once we made it to the convention venue, we barely had enough time to get things set up before our first visitors of the day descended upon our table. We made some new friends and caught up with some old ones (writers Michael Vance and R.A. Jones were sitting next to us, so that was a nice reunion).

Then, before we knew it, we were being summoned to the main stage. Though Kevin and I weren't scheduled to go on until 11am, Master of Ceremonies Robin Wayne Bailey (robinbailey) asked if we could fill in a bit of time beforehand, as the previous guest had finished up a little early. Being the shameless whores that we are, we naturally said yes. We then spent the next 45 minutes or so interacting with a small yet enthusiastic audience, talking about our writing, fandom, and the new movie, asking (and answering!) trivia questions, throwing out free T-shirts, and whatnot. After that, we went back to our table and continued interacting with those folks who chose to check out our wares. (source Dayton Ward's Blog)

Read the full post here.

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