Over Easter weekend the SeaTac Doubletree enjoyed the presence of the 35th annual Norwescon, the largest science fiction and fantasy convention in the area. Due to a number of factors, I was only able to attend one day. Due to continued recovery from my ACUS con crud, I almost didn’t brave the drive down south and the need to be social for several hours. But I made the trek anyway and was glad that I had. I got to see some friends I don’t often see, plus sit in on some excellent panels. So here are some highlights.
Over Easter Weekend, I attended our local convention of geeky goodness: Norwescon. I had a much better time this year than last, due in large part to seeing people I know throughout the event. With all the workshops and writer events and conventions I’ve gone to, I’ve managed to connect with a lot of really awesome writerly types. So I had no lack of cool people to stop and chat with throughout the weekend.
Now, for the rest of the recap.
It’s been pretty hectic for the last couple months. Slamming words onto virtual paper in order to meet deadlines and get ready for NaNoWriMo, three trips to the emergency room, two conventions, and a trip out of state for Thanksgiving didn’t help my schedule any. So I’m doing lots of catch up right now.
It’s the first of the month, and I have lots of things to report.
First off, Rigor Amortis, the book of zombie erotic flash fiction, is available starting today. It features such writers at Nathan Crowder, Jennifer Brozek, Steve Scearce, Kay T. Holt and R. Schuyler Devin. Not for the faint of heart, but otherwise not to be missed.
Second, speaking of Nathan Crowder, the latest anthology from his company is now available: Cobalt City Timeslip. It features writing from Nathan, Rosemary Jones, Erik Scott de Bie, my beloved Dawn Vogel and the (so far as I can tell) Web-siteless S. Aarron Kemp and Michaela Hutfles. If you’re looking for some superheroes from different eras, this is the book for you.
Last, but not least, I AM A FINALIST IN THE JUST ONE BITE SHORT STORY CONTEST!
Or, rather, my female pseudonym is. You can read the story (and vote) at the All Rommance eBooks Web site. You will need to create an account to read or vote, but I encourage you to check it out. The story that is competing is titled “Something Fishy.” What’s the pseudonym? Well, you’ll have to go in there to find out.
Received an email from Ted Boone. Thought I’d try to boost the signal.
Okay, I’ll admit up front that the cake is a lie. You had to have seen that coming.
First off, my long time friend Joanne Uppendahl has put out a collection of her poetry called She Sho Gathers Stones. I’ve ordered my copy and you may be inclined to order it as well.
In more local to me news, I got a mention in my neighborhood blog. Because, you know, neighborhood newsletters are so last century. The article is about the launch of the Cobalt City Timeslip anthology, which I have a story in. There is also a reading and signing event at Wayward Coffeehouse on Ocotber 9th from 7-10. The girlfriend and I won’t be able to make it due to a conflicting engagement, but all the rest of the authors should be. You can also Pre-order the book here.
I’ve submitted a story to a pro market finally and received a rejection. This was one of the most discouraging rejections to date. Not only did they get my name wrong, but when offering feedback on the story they confused it with another piece they had read. I’ve turned around and re-submitted elsewhere. So here’s to hoping.
And now, the honeydew.
Author Ann Charles has an article on five tips she learned from best selling authors. I think it’s neat and worth a look.
Lots of stuff to talk about, but that’s a different post. I popped on here to pimp the mighty Sanford Allen. He was at the workshop in Kansas with me and the writing he brought to the workshop was some of my favorite stuff that I read. He will be at ArmadilloCon this weekend. He will be doing readings and sitting in on panels. If you are in the South-Central Texas area and are interested in the convention, I encourage you to seek him out.