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:

Another Great Event: Salt Lake Comic Con 2016


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:

Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 Panel Schedule

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


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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!


Thoughts on FanX 2016


(Photo Courtesy of Scott Taylor)

I love going to these conventions, and find that I grow more and more with each one that I have the honor and privilege to participate in as a guest on panels and as a vendor. For all those who came to the panels on “Real Science in Sci-Fi Literature and Film” and “Science in the Universe of H.P. Lovecraft,” whether you were drawn to listen to me, or to the other wonderful panelists you knew, or to the subject matter, thank you for your interest and enthusiasm. I hope you gleaned some worthwhile information from the discussions, and that you had a good experience at FanX overall.


(Photo courtesy of Kelly Olsen, realtor for Keller Williams and the amazing sponsor of our booth)

To my fellow Xchyler-published author family, and the many authors I know and got to know at this convention, thank you for your friendship, understanding, and inclusiveness. I love seeing and collaborating with you at these events, and look forward to more encounters in the future.

I didn’t take many pictures this time, but there were some very cool costumes. (To keep a promise, here is a shout out to Saori Cosplay for letting me take a picture with them in their incredible Alien costumes featured below).


You can see more of my convention photos on my Facebook author page under the “#FANX16 Album”: