Dragon*Con Coming Up!

Over Labor Day weekend I’ll be driving down to Atlanta to check out Dragon*Con, which is by far the largest sci-fi/fantasy convention I’ve ever been to. Potential celebrity highlights include:

Adam Savage
-Leonard Nimoy, aka DJ Spock
Terry Gilliam
Patrick Stewart
Ron Glass
-and William Shatner, among many, many others. (Is it too much to hope that William Shatner does some Sarah Palin-style beat poetry?)

Dragon*Con is large enough that it takes place simultaneously at four hotels, with a couple of dozen different event tracks available, including writing, gaming, costuming, science, comics, science fiction, robotics, and many others. The writing track looks most interesting to me (a lot of notable authors will be there, of whom my favorite is probably Peter Beagle), but I’ll probably be wandering all over the place, checking out the concourse, the events, the costumes, meeting people, and just seeing what there is to see.

Obligatory Intro Goes Here

Welcome to Off the Written Path, my little foray into the world of blogging… my own little clot in the Intertubes, as it were.  I suppose a few words of introduction are in order (although let’s be honest– if you’ve gotten here and this is the top post, chances are you know me personally.)

My name, as more astute readers may already know, is Andrew, although I also answer to Drew, Andy, and Hey Come Here for a Minute.  I’m an aspiring writer, an occasional international traveller, a computer nerd, an outdoorsman, a lousy cook, a skeptic, a believer, a gamer, an introvert, a frisbee player, a pinko liberal, and now, a blogger.  If a few of those things seem contradictory, well, you’re catching on.

Over time, this blog will touch on a lot of things, but the primary focus will be my writing, my love of storytelling (and story-listening, and story-reading, and story-watching… let’s face it, stories come in a lot of mediums), and my travelling.  Because all of these come from the same ultimate source: a desire to learn about, experience, and understand the world.  (Hence the tagline.)

So welcome, and pardon the dust.  I’m still moving in.