Just returned from Santa Clara where BayCon, the Bay Area's annual sf&f convention took place.  I was invited as a guest panelist which enabled me to promote my books and meet some fabulous and talented people like D.M. Atkins and Allison Lonsdale.  During the LGBT-themed reading, I read excerpts from Dreaming Sparta and The Nexus, both of which were well received. It was also good to see some old friends and witness some very creative costumes,art, and music. One afternoon I took the light rail down into San Jose and attended the SJ Museum of Art exhibit of Mapplethorpe portraits: simply sublime!  All in all, it was a memorable holiday weekend.