Malcon 1

 It’s been a good year for first-run conventions. Malcon 1 in Denver was last weekend. This con is a catch-all for the oddball geekdom fans that don’t have their own dedicated event (with the exception of Whovians.) So, for a weekend, the Sheraton at the Denver Tech Center was home to fans from Doctor Who, […]

MileHiCon 45

 MileHiCon is celebrating its 45th year. Congratulations! Rose over at MileHiCon sent over the panel listings, and I’m on three plus the signing. Here’s my schedule: Friday: 7pm in Mesa Verde C: Animation for Adults M. Dane, G. De Marco, L. Givens (M), C. Kemp, J. Stith 8pm in the Atrium: Author Signing & Meet/Munch/Mingle Catherynne […]

Kill Your Political Audience!

 Looking at Facebook this morning, I see quite a few authors posting about the current state of affairs in politics. One called Democrats “Demtards”, one called Republicans “Rethuglicans”, and one even said if you didn’t agree with how she felt, you were free to drop her as a friend, thank you very much. Congratulations, you’ve […]

Eyeballs and Submissions

 Nothing like getting your eyeballs poked and puffed while having each iris large enough to drop a nickel through. Ah, the wonders of type-2 diabetes. Keep on top of your health, folks. Ended up getting two stories written and submitted. First short went to Shock Totem magazine. It’s a tough market to crack, hopefully they’ll […]

5 Lies Self Published Authors Tell

  1. I’m selling X books This is probably the biggest lie that self-published authors tell. Everyone wants to be successful, and the more successful an author is, the more they sell. It’s almost a self-fulfilling prophesy. Average readers want to read something that everyone else likes — think Harry Potter or Twilight. I’ve seen […]

Archon St Louis

 Unfortunately, it looks like I will not be going to Archon St Louis. I was looking forward to driving out there, but after a long hard look at the return on the investment, it didn’t make economical sense to make the trip this year. Since I’ve heard good things about Archon, hopefully I will be […]

Updates

 Hope all is well with you, faithful reader. I’ve been a bit remiss with updates, so I will be posting several from recent conventions and events. I’ve already updated my panel listing page. Working on several additional projects. Five short stories are due (so far) in October. Two are charity anthologies, two are pro rate, […]

Iron Writer – Summer Solstice Edition

 Yeah, I admit it. I love writing flash fiction. It’s a tough thing to do. One has to fit the right words together and make it drop into a box that can hold exactly 500 words—no more, no less—with the standard story elements present. Over at the Iron Writer website, my short 500-word story is […]

Compensating the Entertainment

 Something that has come up often concerns panelists at conventions. Many conventions require panelists to pay full price to get into the con. Most of the ones I attend grant the panelist at least one, but sometimes two, tickets to the show. Of course, this is assuming the panelist will be on a set number […]

Headshots! (Not the zombie variety)

 If you’re actively writing, someone is going to need to see your pretty mug. It may be for a book jacket (congrats!), or perhaps for a convention website (congrats again!) That picture from 20 years ago, taken with a Kodak Disc camera (you’re old if you remember those) will not do. Even if it is […]