Meet Janae C. Stubbs

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One of the most supportive people in my writing career has been Janae Stubbs. I’ve known her since the sixth grade, when she went by Janae Card, and have somehow managed to keep in contact with her over the years. She is a wife and a proud mother of two fantastic, amusing children, whom she posts about almost daily in her personal social media.

Janae is one of my heroes. There have been many instances when she’s taken time out of her busy life to read both my unfinished manuscripts and my stories in print.

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She has gone out of her way not just to offer feedback and reviews, but to praise my efforts privately and make me feel good about myself. She also baked me a cake and cookies when I had my wisdom teeth out and foot surgery respectively in high school. She came to my grandmother’s funeral. She was an important part of my adolescent social life, and is still an active part of my current online social life. This woman is also really, really smart (she graduated from BYU in physics education). I love Janae. She is an amazing friend and human being, and I wanted to take the opportunity to draw attention to some of her writing that is available online.

I had the opportunity to read and help out on an early draft of a college study guide called The Best and Shortest Study Book Ever, which Janae currently has available on Amazon. This is a great resource for students entering college for the first time, and those who could use some ideas on how to prepare for classes, focus, take notes, balance time and priorities, and use learning resources effectively. If you’re looking for a guide on how to study and make the most of your learning experience, this is well worth your while. (I’m actually rather mortified that I’ve neglected to post an Amazon review until today).

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You can check out her awesome study book here: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Shortest-Study-Book-Ever-ebook/dp/B00GKAZE1O

Janae is also a columnist at the Nauvoo Times, where she posts once monthly about everyday experiences of faith and growth. Her most recent article is called “Most Embarassing Moment Ever.” That header alone is a good excuse to check it out.

You can find the article here: http://bit.ly/1P0PNLx

Or see the full list of articles she has written here: http://bit.ly/1Qj1P3n

Thank you Janae for all the awesomeness that is you, and God bless!

Thoughts on LTUE 2015

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The LTUE Dragon and Me

It has been a busy few weeks, so it’s nice to finally be able to sit down and write about my wonderful experience at LTUE. This was my second year as a panelist, and my fourth year in attendance overall.

(“The Elements of Horror Fiction” Panel with Virginia Ellen Baker, Nathan Shumate, Steve Diamond, Andrea Pearson, and Me)

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This year I had Xchyler Publishing and my family of “X-Team” authors to tote. The gang included Candace J. Thomas, Mackenzie Dolan, Scott William Taylor, John M. Olsen, Scott Tarbet, Jodi Milner, and Editor-in-Chief Penny Freeman.

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Since I still can’t find who took that FanX photo of everyone posing with everyone else’s book, we reenacted the photo:

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I had a blast bonding with these people, and Penny was kind enough to let those of us with self-published works sell our titles at their table.

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Jodi was a hoot! I loved getting to know her and her side-splittingly hilarious personality.

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Mackenzie Dolan is new working with Xchyler. It was fun to get to know her, and to swap rings for good luck before one of my panels. This girl is going to do great things with her career. And school. And life. 🙂

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It was wonderful to check in with BYU’s Leading Edge Magazine staff. Their new logo is awesome, so naturally I bought a t-shirt with said logo to wear at the symposium to show my support. I was directed to this wonderful little magazine post-graduation from BYU where I learned about the science fiction short story market, as well as what it takes to edit and write short sci-fi/fantasy. It continues to provide wonderful volunteer editing and publishing opportunities for university students of all writing levels, and I was excited to let people know about my short story “Driveless” featured in their latest volume.

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IMG_1743LTUE staffers Kevin Haws and Acasia Woodberry

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It was so wonderful to bond with author friends who are both self-published and working with a variety of small (and large) press publishers.

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Lisa Mangum

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Sara Butler, Angie Lofthouse, Nathan Shumate, Dave Butler

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The mass signing on Friday the 13th was a blast. I sold some books and made lots of new friends.

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(To various authors whose photos I’m sharing with my own, thank you!)

I was on a panel with Tracy Hickman called “Modern Fantasy & Its Relation to Folklore and Myth.”

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Michael Jensen, co-author of Woven, bought a copy of my novelette Blood Oath: An Orc Love Story! #socool

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Jodi and I had a lovely chat with David Farland about Writers of the Future, creativity, and life in general.

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Vladimir Chopine took and edited some amazing photos of each author attending the event. Here are some of mine:

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LTUE is never complete for me without attending the gala banquet. James Owen gave a wonderfully heart-warming banquet address. And I got to wind down at the end of a long, busy, exciting conference eating my fabulous gourmet dinner with the Space Balrogs: Jason King, James Wymore, and Holli Anderson (and two other guests).

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I want to give a shout out to all the people I shared panel time with at the symposium. You’re all amazing authors with great minds, voracious curiosity, and incredible talent. It was such a pleasure to engage creative discussions with you about writing horror, fantasy and myth, and our individual techniques for story generation. I gained as much listening to you describe your creative processes and perspectives as I did in sharing my own experiences.

LTUE felt like a big family reunion. There was so much energy, and everyone was willing to share and give their all to each other. It was hard to say goodbye at the end of the night.

Until next year, LTUE!

Being on the Other Side of the Table: Summing Up LTUE 2014

I can’t adequately express what a wonderful experience it was to be a panelist at LTUE this year…

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Or how much fun I had, cramped at a couple of tables with seven or eight other authors and artists on what we fondly refer to as the “Avenue of Awesomeness…”

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Dave Butler, pitching our books to some LTUE attendees.

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Michaelbrent Collings was stationed next to our table on the “Avenue of Awesomeness.”

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“Zombie Nation” web comic artist Carter Reid (left–he also did the cover art for Maladaptive Bind) and Brad R. Torgersen (right).

Or what it was like to sell books and orc valentines at my first ever mass book signing…

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My first legit book signing during the Mass Signing event on Friday night.

Or how many cool people I got to meet, swap books with, reconnect with, and encourage to keep up with their own creative endeavors…

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Angie Lofthouse (left) and S. A. Butler (right) at the Friday night mass book signing event.

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E. Marie Stirk (left) and Diane Cardon (right) manning the Leading Edge Magazine booth.

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Ben Keeley (left) and Joe Vasicek (right) at the Saturday night gala banquet.

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Orson Scott Card was the keynote speaker at LTUE this year! He’s also the uncle of my very good friend Janae, whom I have known since the sixth grade.

All I can say is thank you to all of the many, many, many, many people who made LTUE 2014 an amazing experience for me as I sat on the other side of the table in the dealer’s room and on panels for the first time. You guys inspire me so much. You make me feel like I’m a legit author, welcome friend, and the coolest, luckiest person alive. Thank you all for believing in me, for connecting with me, for being excited and invested in what I do, and for your sincere friendship.

I’ll keep writing if you’ll keep reading. And you guys keep creating too! I hope to see more of you next year on the other side of the table with me. It’s the best place to be!

Also, I can’t wait to get started on this sweet stack of books I’ve acquired…

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Love, your new favorite author. 😉