I don’t have a lot to say about today at ICRS, because I didn’t stay that long. I was pretty much done by around 11:30 in the morning. As I told several people on my way out, ICRS started making me feel bad about being a Christian today. It wasn’t any different than yesterday, really, I just reached a critical mass point with it. I had to get out. And I won’t be going back tomorrow. I’ve had my fill. I’m all done for this year. See you in Denver in next year, CBA.

Before I forget, let me say once again a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came to my book signing. 2008 hasn’t been my best year, professionally, so it did my heart good to be here for that. It was so nice to meet some true fans among the crowd, and I even heard several comments about how much some of you miss Infuze, which was also a really nice thing for these ears to hear.

(And fans of Infuze: stay tuned. I don’t have a website in the works, and Infuze isn’t coming back. It’s nothing like that. But I may have a bit of news in the near future that should be of great interest to Infuze enthusiasts.)

Speaking of Infuze, I ran into blogger/writer/thinker/speaker Andy Crouch today. He’s a guy after Infuze’s heart. We’d never met before, and he was doing a book signing for his new nonfiction title, Culture Making, which looks really good, and right up my alley. Super nice guy. Can’t wait to read that book.

I’m missing E3 to be here, and man, I do feel it. I could have gone and covered it for PopCultureGeek.com, but my wife and I both felt that ICRS was more important. (And probably less expensive.) I miss my annual video game fix, though.

Had a cool lunch meeting with Paul Higdon (the designer of all my book covers, I mentioned him yesterday), and we brainstormed cover ideas for Offworld, my next novel. (I’m writing it now; it’ll be out next summer.) He’s insanely talented, but this is a tricky one. It’s got a simple story hook, but that same hook represents an enormous challenge to communicate visually. Paul asked me really intelligent questions about the story, the characters, the thematic elements, and the entire plot. And I answered his every question as best I could. I could practically see the wheels turning in his mind. Sometimes when I answered one of his questions, his eyes would twinkle a little bit. We seemed to be on the same page as for the level of detail and photo-realism and how it should be presented. Now it just comes down to what he can come up with, image wise, with the limited budget BHP has. I should get to see something within the next few months, but I gave Paul all my info so we can stay in direct contact, and he can continue to grill me if needed.

Speaking of Offworld, after I left the convention center after lunch, I rented a car and drove out to Kennedy Space Center. I’d always wanted to go there, and this was too good an opportunity to pass up. Plus, it allowed me to do a little research for Offworld. (Don’t bother asking for details; my lips are sealed!) I took tons of photos and threw a few of them up on Facebook. Check it out if you can. They turned out pretty cool, especially the super-zooms I was able to get of the launching pads and gantries. Wish I’d had more than a few hours to poke around; there’s tons more to do there than you might think.

That’s pretty much it for me from ICRS this year. It was a fun experience. I loved connecting with friends, old and new. And I’m glad it’s over now and I get to go home and see my adoring wife and my wonderful little boy!

(And despite what Sharon Hinck may tell you, my 7-month-old son Evan really can say “I love Da-Da.”)