I have received - and most heartedly accepted - an invite to be a panelist at Armadillocon 30, which will be held in Austin August 15-17.
The last time I went to 'DillonCon was in 2004. In 2005 and 2006, I couldn't have gone because its weekend coincided with an annual event I had to cover in the city where I worked.
Last year, I was in a new job and had no vacation days available, plus I was still recovering from the blood pressure attack and inner infection that sent me to the hospital while I was at NASFIC in St. Louis.
Looking forward to this year, I was over a barrel, because WorldCon (Denvention) is the week before Dillocon, I would not be going to both - that would burn up too many of my vacation days too early (my anniversary day is July 30) plus I simply don't think I have the stamina. So I decided that if Dillocon would have me as a panelist, I would go. It will keep me closer to home, and the people I want to visit with will be there (I think a number of people who are going to Denver will be slouching to Austin).
The lineup so far is (according to their web site) is:
Guest of Honor - John Scalzi the Fluffy
Artist Guest of Honor - Dean Morrissey the Silly
Fan Guest of Honor - Kelly Persons the Handy
Editor Guest of Honor -Sheila Williams the Liberating
Toastmaster - Bill Crider the Outrageous
Special Guests of Honor - Joe & Gay Haldeman the Accidentally Timely
Other panelists include:
David Lee Anderson
Neal Barrett, Jr.
Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Scott A. Cupp
Aaron de Orive
Melanie Miller Fletcher
Brad W. Foster
John K. Gibbons
Alexis Glynn Latner
A. Lee Martinez
J. M. McDermott
Paul O. Miles
C. J. Mills
Cary G. Osborne
Alan J. Porter
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Debbie Lynn Smith
K. D. Wentworth