New Year Updates

January is on the waning end, and I have exciting news.

LTUE is coming up in about three weeks, and I will be appearing on five panels, listed below. (You can also see my event schedule under the “Events” tab in the top menu bar). LTUE has been a huge highlight for me over the past several years, and I can’t wait to meet and get together with all you creative, writerly people once again for this fabulous symposium. Oh, yeah…and I’m scheduled to be on a panel with Todd McCaffrey and Brandon Sanderson! (And other cool people, too). *Freaking out over the awesome just a little*

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February 15-17 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo


  • 9:00-9:45 AM (Bryce) Terraforming and Colonizing Venus
    We tend to think of Mars as more hospitable for colonization than Venus, but Venus has certain advantages for colonization as well. What can we do to colonize Venus right now? What might we do to make Venus more hospitable to human life?
    Brad R. Torgersen, Scott R. Parkin (Moderator), Darci Rhoades Stone, Kevin Evans, Sarah E. Seeley
  • 2:00-2:45 PM (Maple) How Weather Works
    Weather is affected by all sorts of factors. How do oceans, mountains, latitude, tilt, and magnetic fields all contribute to weather? What happens when these variables are changed?
    Erekson Holt, Shannon Babb, Sarah E. Seeley (Moderator), Darci Rhoades Stone
  • 5:00-5:45 PM (Bryce) Paleontology for the Created World
    Now that you’ve created or discovered a new world, what can you expect its prehistoric life to be like? How would the fossil record be affected by life (mythical or otherwise) or robots that were created?
    Dr. Jonh K. Lundwall, Josi Russell, Nikhil Pillarisetti Rao, Sarah E. Seeley, Rowan North (Moderator)


  • 7:00 PM Mass Author Signing–Open to the public!


  • 10:00-10:45 AM (Arches) Biology & Physiology of Mythical Creatures
    Dragons, griffins, centaurs, werewolves, and so forth. What do we understand about the biology of mythical creatures?
    Nikhil Pillarisetti Rao, Sarah E. Seeley, C.A. Preece (Moderator), D.W. Dalton, Devon Dorrity
  • 2:00-2:45 PM (Canyon) What It’s Like: Writing in Somebody Else’s Milieu
    This is NOT a “how to write in somebody else’s milieu”; this is “what is it like?” Did you still like the milieu afterwards? We want stories from those invited to write.
    Karen Evans, Sarah E. Seeley, Todd McCaffrey, Brad R. Torgersen (Moderator), Brandon Sanderson

In other news, I have just finished up yet another round of grad school applications. I’m applying to one US school, two schools in Canada, and one school in the UK, all programs with specialists in paleoarchaeology. My plan is to try and shoot for a Master’s to see if that will help me be more competitive for PhD programs. Fingers crossed that this is my year!

I’m also giving a poster presentation of my Koobi Fora mentored research project at the Society for American Archaeology conference in April. Super excited!

Keep writing and dreaming  ya’ll! 🙂

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:

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



  • 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


  • 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)


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

LTUE 2016 Thoughts


My first LTUE behind the booth selling books was two years ago. I had an amazing experience again this year. I feel like I’ve grown so much since I first started out, and it’s been wonderful to speak on panels and make so many friends.

I wanted to keep this year’s thoughts short and sweet. To the many authors, writers, and readers whom I’ve come to know, may the coming years be bright and wonderful for all of you. You’ve all helped and enriched my experience as an author in so many ways, and I hope to have the courage to nurture others in the future as they begin their writing journeys as well.

Here are just a few I wanted to mention by name whom I met or reconnected with this year:

Dave Butler, Sara Butler, Jason King, Holli Lloyd Anderson, David West, David Brian Doering, C. David Belt, Kelly and John Olsen, Scott Taylor, J Scott Savage, Jay Barnson, Julie Barnson, Julie Frost, Deren Hansen, Adrienne Monson, Daniel Friend, Daniel Braithwaite, Craig Nybo, Robert J Defendi, Ben Ireland, Danielle Parker, Candace Thomas, UHWA people, the Fiction Vortex people, Joe Vasicek, Benjamin Keeley, Nathan Shumate, Andrea Pearson, Steven Peck, Michaelbrent Collings, and many, many more.

To all who organized, attended, and contributed, take care, get some rest, and enjoy the holiday!

(To see more pictures from this event, check out my album LTUE 2016 on Facebook).