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March Updates

Salt Lake Comic Con FanX is this upcoming Friday and Saturday, and I am excited and honored to be a guest on a panel discussing why we love horror. Here is my official schedule, and the fantastic panel artwork provided by the convention creators:

  • Saturday, March 18 @ 7:00 PM–The Art of Horror: Why People Loved to be Scared (room 151G)
    Courtney Alameda, Michaelbrent Collings, Robert J. Defendi (Moderator), Sarah E. Seeley, Nathan Shumate, John Steiner

The past month since LTUE has been a long stretch for me. I’ve been rejected from three graduate schools, though I am still waiting to hear back on the fourth school I’ve applied to. In good news, after my deposit check to secure my spot in the Koobi Fora program got lost in the mail (I sent a second check), both checks eventually arrived, my spot is secured–and I’m going to Kenya this summer! I’m still waiting to hear back on the second round of fellowship considerations. But I’m excited either way, and looking forward to a wonderful adventure and an educational experience of a lifetime in just a few short months. Thank you once more to everyone who donated to my GoFundMe to help me pay the deposit. I shall be thanking you many times over in the months to come as I move ahead.

Writing has slowed down for me as things in my life have gotten busy the past few months, but I am indeed still working on my orc novel and my novella Woodcutters. I’m hoping to complete these projects sometime this year (and hopefully sooner than later).

And last but certainly not least, the Association for Mormon Letters has nominated Windows Into Hell for an award in their 2016 short fiction collection category. I am delighted by this news and honored to have this anthology be considered among two other collections. I am also honored to be included with so many amazing authors under consideration in all of the categories. You can read more about the AML awards and the nominated stories, poetry, and more here: http://associationmormonletters.org/blog/2017/03/2016-aml-awards-finalists-2-poetry-and-short-fiction/

Thoughts on LTUE 2017

Each year that I have had the opportunity to attend the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium, I’ve had a wonderful time making new contacts, reconnecting with the Utah writing and art community, and participating on panels. This year was amazing. Participating on panels and helping up-and-coming writers find resources and contacts has allowed me to grow so much over the years, and I love the atmosphere of learning and camaraderie that is always present there. Thank you to the LTUE organizers for having me back again this year, and for all of your hard work behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly.

As I love to do after conferences, here is a shout-out to many of the amazing authors, artists, and friends I had the pleasure of associating with other the weekend:

Angie Lofthouse, Caryn Larrynaga, Ben Ireland, Candace J. Thomace, Kelly and John Olsen, Julie and Jay Barnson (and Rowan, and Brenna), Ben Keeley, Joe Vasicek, Daniel Friend, Kevin and Acacia Haws, Trevor and Destry Downs-Robertson, Scott Tarbet, Jodi Milner, Colton Goodrich, Collin Jensen, Scott Parkin, Howard and Sandra Taylor, Beth Meacham, Nathan Shumate, Lehua Parker, Andrea Pearson, Nihon Joe, Julie Frost, Holli Anderson, James Wymore, Nathan Croft, Jason King, Travis Dunn, Craig Nybo, Cody Langille and the UHWA, the League of Utah Writers, the Leading Edge Magazine, Immortal Works, Futurehouse Publishing, Xchyler Publishing, Fiction Vortex, and so many more!

Thank you all for an amazing weekend! If I get into graduate school in faraway places in the fall, I may not attend this convention for a few years, so this has been a bittersweet experience this time around. I have truly grown so much and found a sense of community with nerdy people like myself by attending and participating at this conference year after year.

To all my readers, friends and associates, do good, and keep writing!

To see all my photos from LTUE 2017, check out my album here on Facebook: bit.ly/2l0TKYk.

LTUE 2017 Schedule

I can’t believe LTUE 2017 is less than two weeks away! Here is my schedule for this round. I’m honored and excited to participate again. Keep writing, and I’ll see you there!

Life, The Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium

February 16-18 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo

Thursday

  • 11:00-11:50 AM: Natural Disasters (Birch)
    What makes natural disasters so devastating? How do we mitigate these effects? After a disaster, how do people and civilizations recover? This panel seeks to explain the answers using historical events.
    Daniel Friend, James Ganiere (M), Beth Meacham, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 12:00-12:50 PM: How to Make a Species: Adaptation and Evolution (Cedar)
    This panel will seek to explain how a species (real or fictitious) might come to be through the science of evolution and adaptation.
    Derick William Dalton, Helge Moulding (M), Scott R. Parkin, Howard Tayler, Sarah E. Seeley

 Friday

  • 3:00-3:50 PM: Geology…in Space! Or, How to Make a Planet (Aspen)
    Using the theories of astronomy and geology to explain how a planet is formed, as well as planetary characteristics that might support life.
    Daniel Friend (M), Colton Goodrich, Sarah E. Seeley, Collin Jensen
  • 6:00 – 6:50 PM: Book Signing (2 hours)
    (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Timpanogos)

Saturday

*I’ll be in the vendors room at the Immortal Works table all three days!

Another Great Event: Salt Lake Comic Con 2016

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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.

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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!

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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.

Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology and loves exploring the science of human origins.

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