Convention Prep

As you may know, I will be at Escape Velocity at the end of the month, principally to help celebrate the release of LG Ransom’s new book, Legend of Hollin.  This week’s post is going to be a bit short because A) last week was Infinity War and one must have one’s priorities straight, B) work is crazy, and C) Escape Velocity is proving to be quite the new breed of show.

I’ve been doing cons for quite a while now and they all are a little bit different.  Each con has its own unique characteristics, quirks, and what-have-you.  But they do tend to fall into some predictable parameters.  Anime cons, for example, have a whole host of traits in common that they don’t share with comic book conventions.  Literary cons are almost an entirely different breed from video game conventions. Continue reading “Convention Prep”

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RavenCon, and know who you’re talking to

                RavenCon concluded.  It was an incredibly chaotic weekend, with ups and downs.  While the weekend didn’t go even close to how I think anyone imagined it, I will say unequivocally, it was a net-positive experience.  The Geek Debates were an especial highlight but the con as a whole was a damn-fine weekend.  Definitely a con to keep tabs on and attend if you ever get the chance.

                For me, it was a bit of a home-coming.  I got to see some dear friends I haven’t seen in ages, and also the chance to simply be at a literary convention.  Literary cons are quite different from anime/comic book/video game conventions that have been my world of late.  Not only do the attendees tend to skew a bit older, but they also tend to skew a bit more rowdy.  Sure, tweens at an anime con might take over a hallway just lounging around but forty-somethings at a literary con are going to have a sing-a-long.  You haven’t lived until you’ve been present for a hallway full of librarians and professors singing Never Gonna Give You Up in the original Sindarin.  But I digress.

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MAGFest 2018

We’re sixteen days away from MAGFest 2018.

Time sure does fly.

This year, MAGFest returns to National Harbor for an event that transcends description: part music festival, part convention, part fan experience, part industry meet-and-greet, and part…family reunion.  MAGFest remains the cornerstone of my year, professionally and personally.  In 2002, after publishing my first book – Crossworld – I netted an invitation to a tiny start-up convention called the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Festival.  It was my first convention.

In 2018, I will return to MAGFest to promote my newest books: RocKaiju and Proton. Continue reading “MAGFest 2018”

Status Update

With Irma battering the United States, from Puerto Rico to Tennessee, I found it difficult to find much to write about it.  It’s kind of hard to discuss the nuances of character development or neat exercise tidbits I’ve been exploring when some people are struggling with life and livelihood.  Still, I wanted to write something, so I thought a quick project update might be in order.

 

RocKaiju

My third novel with Caffeine & Ink, RocKaiju remains in development.  We’re at the copyediting stage and things are moving slowly, but well.  I am pushing to have RocKaiju available for Anime USA this December (more on that in a second), but that will involve hitting multiple subsequent benchmarks that are, shall I say, ambitious.  I think it is doable and my publisher does as well, so here’s to hoping.

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