The curtain has closed on my final convention of 2017. For all the other drama of the year, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every convention (new and old) I’ve attended this year, and I can’t wait to do it all again in 2018.
Since ChessieCon is held less than half an hour away from my house, I commuted instead of staying at the hotel. After seeing Coco with my husband and mother-in-law in the afternoon, I ate a quick dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers and headed north. The first thing I did was reunite with my friends Cristin Kist and Jeff Grittman, of the science-fiction comedy Prison Dad series and Silly Talks About Science Fiction podcast.
My two events that evening where the rapid-fire reading with Broad Universe, where I read the prologue to Steel Blood. Then, I participated in a panel on “What We’re Watching on TV.” I plugged my current favorite shows, such as The Magicians, The Expanse, and The Good Place, and learned about some other awesome series to check out. The conversation didn’t just stick to the usual sources of television shows, but also branched out into YouTube series and short discussion about why SF/F has had a bit of a renaissance on television in the past decade. Continue reading
This weekend, I’ll be attending ChessieCon 2017 at the Radisson North Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, MD! This is a local convention to me, so I’ll be commuting from home rather than staying at the hotel. I’ll still be around most of the weekend if you want to grab a snack or drink with me!
Where you can definitely find me over the course of the weekend:
- Friday, 8 PM: Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
- Friday, 9:15 PM: What’s good on TV?
- Saturday, 12:30 PM: PowerPoint Improv
- Saturday, 8 PM: Author Meet & Greet
- Sunday, 12:30 PM: Reading from Steel Blood
Did you know that I did improv comedy in college for almost four years? Well, now you do. So I’m really looking forward to exercising my ridiculous, much-neglected talent on Saturday afternoon. Before that, on Friday night, be amazed by how much I DVR and catch on Netflix as I tell you about the best stuff on TV to catch these days.
Please let me know if I’ll see you there!
Getting to Salt Lake Comic Con was a hell of a ride. Some back story:
A year ago, you may remember that my husband headed to the wilds of Mississippi for 6 months for work. While Erik was there, he met a very cool guy, comedian and actor Jay Whittaker.
A few months ago, Erik and I were trying to figure out what to do for a vacation this year. Between both of our work schedules, we had some leave built up, but neither of us felt like blowing it all on a cruise for a week. Since Jay had talked up SLCC so much, and neither of us had ever been to Salt Lake City or a giant comic con, we decided to go for a shorter trip this year. We told Jay we were coming, and he asked me to send him my media kit so he could try to get me on programming. Which would have just been a bonus — honestly, we were going anyway at that point, and had even bought the fancy passes that came with the cool t-shirt.
But I sent Jay my media kit (after frantically putting one together), and lo and behold, I got an email from the person in charge of author guests! It was official — J.L. Gribble was going to SLCC, not just Hanna. Continue reading
On Wednesday morning, my husband and I are heading for both our first trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, and our very first giant comic con!
You can pick up my books from Shadow Mountain Publishing at booth 1807, or just hunt me down and buy a copy directly from me! (The perks of having the husband along to act as pack mule.) Drop me a line in the comments or poke at me on Twitter (@hannaedits) if you’re going to around and would like to meet up for a meal or drinks!
Here’s where you can find me while we’re there:
Friday, September 22
- 1:00 PM: Magic in Suburbia: Urban Fantasy in the 21st Century (255F)
Saturday, September 23
- 10:00 AM: Book signing! (Booth 1807, Shadow Mountain Publishing)
- 7:00 PM: So I’ve Written a First Draft: Now What? (150G)
The rest of the time, you can probably find me stalking the cool kids over at Geekshow Podcast! I’ll definitely be heading to their live taping at 50 West on Saturday evening after my last panel.
I was thrilled to once again be invited to Confluence, the annual SF/F literary convention hosted by Parsec. I have a ton of fun, and this year was no exception.
Road trip company is the best, and this year a friend drove to my place outside of Baltimore on Friday night to join me for the weekend. With her company, the 4.5 hour drive to Pittsburg was a breeze. We arrived in time for a late lunch at a bagel place up the street from the hotel, then I dove into my three panels for the afternoon and evening. Continue reading
This weekend, I’ll be in Pittsburgh for Confluence 2017, celebrating all things SF and fantasy!
I’ll have copies of all three books in the Steel Empires series, including the newest one, Steel Blood, available for sale! Make sure you snag me before they’re gone.
Here’s where you’ll definitely be able to find me:
- 4 PM: Genre Blending Panel: SciFi, Fantasy, and More
- 6 PM: Superhero Movies Panel: Why hasn’t the bubble burst?
- 10 PM: Paranormals and the People Who Love Them Panel
- 1 PM: Book Signing
- 6 PM: Reading
- 9 PM: Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
The rest of the weekend, I’ll be attending other panels and just hanging out with whoever would like to chat. I hope to see you there!
Since Balticon is my “local” convention, I was thrilled to finally be invited to participate as a panelist this year. I hadn’t been back since 2006, but the convention was just as great as I remembered, filled with fantastic panels, extraordinarily nice people, and amazing hall costumes.
Since I work in a nearby part of Baltimore, I headed over to the hotel after work. Checking in to the con was very easy, and I wandered the dealers room(s) for a bit, catching up with friends.
Later in the evening, I moderated a panel on world building in SF/F. Everyone on the panel was lovely, and the audience asked great questions. Main takeaway: Research, research, research (but be careful of whacking your readers over the head with it).
Afterward, I met one of my best friends for dinner and we had a lovely time catching up before I headed home. Continue reading