While I haven’t had a chance to post as often on the blog this month, I wanted to check in and say things are going great. I’m currently spending much of my time researching and preparing to apply to graduate schools, which will probably be the case for the next couple of months as well. I’m really excited to send another round of applications out. I’ve been wanting to go to grad school for a long time, and would be delighted to continue my schooling if that opportunity works out for next year.
In the writing sphere, my story, “The Armadillo’s Song,” is coming out in the Windows Into Hell anthology next month, October 24th! This will by my second fiction publication this year, and it’s been a really fun project to be a part of. I can’t wait for you all to read what we’ve come up with. If you are so inclined, feel free to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29908858-curiosity-quills-anthology.
I have a couple of short stories out on submission still, and I’m also still working on a couple of novels–including one with orcs! I’m taking things a bit more slowly right now, to make sure I devote the attention I need to grad school application stuff, but I’m hoping to finish my orc novel by the end of this year, and see what happens in terms of publication from there.
Enjoy the crisp fall weather!
How to Create Science Fiction panel, with me, Eric Swedin, Callie Stoker, Angie Lofthouse, Cecil Castellucci, and David Farland. Photo from Angie Lofthouse.
I had a blast this year at Salt Lake Comic Con. It’s become a highlight event that I look forward to as an author going to conventions all year long, and I’m really so honored to have been a part of this again. I was on some fantastic panels with amazing people who all brought their own skills, weirdness, and awesome to make for interesting and fun discussions about science fiction, creativity, and horror. Thank you to my fellow panelists for your preparation and fabulous personalities. Thank you to everyone who came–I hope you enjoyed our panels as much as we enjoyed sharing our knowledge and making attempts to be entertaining. (I loved throwing brains to the hard-core fans who came at the very end of the con to the Mass Consumption of Brains! panel. You guys had amazing energy after a long three days, and it was fantastic to share the room with you.)
It was so nice to reconnect with people I know: Angie Lofthouse, Lisa Mangum, Michael Rupp, Dave Butler, Dave Doering, James Wymore, Jason King, Holli Anderson, Bob Defendi, Nathan Croft, Julie Frost, Johnny Worthen, Eric Swedin, DawnRay Ammon, and so many more. It was great to get to know other authors and experts better through panels, like Charlie Pulsipher (Have you seen his mini paper sculptures? They’re amazing!), Shannen Camp (who pulled off a really cool Star Wars cosplay all weekend), Callie Stoker, Brian Durfee, and Kristyn Crow to name just a few.
We had a great time selling books at booth 2226 on the vendor floor with our group: Kelly and John Olsen, Julie and Jay Barnson, Scott Taylor, Ben Ireland, Candace Thomas, Scott Tarbet, and Melissa McShane. Jodi Milner even stopped by to catch up!
Thank you to all my friends, and even family, who stopped by the booth to say hi, and to all the cool people who came to chat with me and ask me questions after my panels. I hope you had an amazing experience at this convention.
Finally, a really big thank you to the convention organizers and staff volunteers for pulling off another great convention. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible, and none of us in attendance could have enjoyed this amazing experience without all that you do.
Thanks to all for another great year at Salt Lake Comic Con!
For any of my blog readers interested in seeing more of my pictures from Salt Lake Comic Con this year, check out my photo album here on my Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2c2vG2J.
The panel schedule for Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 is live, and I’m delighted to share both the topics I’ll be participating in, and the beautiful artwork for each panel I’ll be on at the con. The organizers have gone to amazing lengths to make advertising for the event both easy and elegant, and to make this one of the biggest and best pop culture conventions in Utah. It is an honor to be included as a guest once again. I can’t wait to discuss science fiction, horror, and creativity with the very fine panelists listed below, and to make this an unforgettable experience for everyone who attends.
Salt Lake Comic Con takes place September 1-3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Friday, September 2–10:00 AM: Writing Science Fiction: An Inside Look at the Art of Creating the Fantastic (room 251A)
Cecil Castellucci, David Farland (Moderator), Angie Lofthouse, Eric Swedin, Callie Stoker, Sarah E. Seeley
- Friday, September 2–3:00 PM: Creativity as an Act of Courage: Allowing Your Art to be Seen, Read, Heard, Etc. (room 253A)
Shannen Camp, Kristyn Crow, Brian Durfee, M. Todd Gallowglas, James A. Owen, Charlie Pulsipher (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley
- Saturday, September 3–7:00 PM: “The Whole History of Mankind is nothing but Science Fiction.” How Science Fiction Has Shaped Our Future (room 253A)
William Neidermeyer, Damon Ricks, Sarah E. Seeley, Blake Smith, John Steiner, Eric Swedin (Moderator), J. Christopher Thompson
- Saturday, September 3–8:00 PM: Mass Consumption of Brains! How Horror Reflects the Current State of the World (room 255B)
Jason A. Anderson, Michaelbrent Collings, Angela Hartley, Sean Hoade, Carter Reid (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Johnny Worthen
I’ll also be selling books at the Xchyler Publishing booth, #2226 on the vendor floor, all three days! Come say hi! Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some squishy brain swag while you’re there–I’ll have more!
I had the opportunity again this year to attend Salt City Steamfest with the wonderful Xchyler Publishing authors of Utah. (The picture above features Kelly Olsen–our local convention sponsor who happens to be a very clever real estate agent and knows just where to find the perfect Victorian-era home for you in Utah; John Olsen, Scott Tarbet, Jay Barnson, Julie Barnson, and Scott Taylor. And me. :-).
Steampunk fans really love what they do, and the cosplay at these events is creative and often elaborate. There were fantastic and interesting booths to explore this year as well, from fossils and reptiles on display, to the costume and gadget vendors, to the harpist and other entertainers who helped create a delightful atmosphere. It was fun to be among you all once again.
I wasn’t on panels this round, but it was nice to relax back at the booth and reconnect with my friends and colleagues. We–Jay, Kelly, and I–had a particularly fun time teasing Candace Thomas (who stopped by the convention briefly to peruse corsets) about her visceral aversion to green pear taffy (“Pear is poison,” she says). (If you feel so inclined, you can watch the video that we authors have been enjoying for our own entertainment here on Facebook: http://fb.me/79VajjeZ1)
Thanks for another great event, Salt City Steamfest! Until next summer!