According to my records, I had not attended Confluence in 5 whole years! (Even though they have been kind enough to repeatedly invite me back.) This year, the stars aligned, and I finally was able to make the trip out to Pittsburg for this fantastic event. Friday Since I didn't have anything on my schedule … Continue reading Con Report: Confluence 2023
I'm heading back to Pittsburgh for the second time this summer, this time in celebration of science fiction and fantasy! It's been a minute since I've attended this particular convention, so I was pleased that the stars aligned for me to return this weekend. Confluence 2023July 21-23, 2023Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport HotelPittsburgh, Pennsylvania I'm driving in … Continue reading Confluence 2023 Schedule
Funny story: I don't actually read horror. I can do hauntings and serial killers and a little bit of cosmic dread, but overall, being uncomfortable isn't relaxing for me. I also don't write horror (though this might eventually change since I actually come up with some pretty decent ideas). However, I do publish with a … Continue reading Con Report: StokerCon 2023
I was supposed to be at StokerCon in Denver in 2022, but unfortunately, it occurred less than 2 weeks after the only time I came down with a certain illness. Therefore, I'm thrilled to return this year for the first time since 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm incredibly excited to see a lot of … Continue reading StokerCon 2023 Schedule
Last weekend I attended Farpoint, a pop culture convention local to the Baltimore area, as a panelist and presenter on the writing and fandom tracks! As I explained to a handful of authors that I met for the first time during the event, I don't generally attend conventions for the primary purpose of selling books. … Continue reading Con Report: Farpoint 2023
This weekend, pending the status of the terrible cold I'm currently experiencing at the time of this posting, I'll be at Farpoint 2023 for my first convention of the year! Farpoint 30February 10-12, 2023Delta Hotel by MarriotHunt Valley, MD Friday 5:00 PM: Drive to Finish (panel, Salon E)Do you have the drive to finish your … Continue reading Farpoint 2023 Schedule!
Sorry for the delay with this post -- the spouse and I got home very late Sunday night, and the day job is trying to eat me alive this week. But I had an amazing time at FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022, and I'm happy to share some memories with you. Thursday We left … Continue reading Con Report: FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022
Two conventions in a row?! Yes. I'll be attending Capclave 2022 this upcoming weekend, hosted by the Washington Science Fiction Association! As this convention is local (or at least more local than Utah), I will be commuting from home, not staying at the host hotel. (Also, I think my cats would riot.) But since this … Continue reading Capclave 2022 Schedule!
I'm finally returning to Salt Lake City this year! Spouse and I are flying in Thursday morning and leaving Sunday morning, so we'll be around for all 3 days of the convention. I have a few panels and book signing slots, and most importantly, I'll be back with my interactive alternate history presentation. FanX Salt … Continue reading FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention 2022 Schedule!
I started May with all of the plans. Lots of writing while the spouse was away for work. Two conventions. Finally, some warm weather! I got exactly one of those things. Spouse came down with a cough the first weekend, and we discovered by the first Tuesday that both of us finally got the plague. … Continue reading May Wrap-Up & June Goals
Last weekend, I attended my sixth Balticon as a panelist. In some ways, this year was even stranger than the completely virtual conventions of the past 2 years in that programming was a mix of in-person events at the usual hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor and virtual panels open to participants worldwide. Due to a … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 56
May convention, take 2! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend StokerCon because the spouse brought COVID home from work. But I'm all better, tested negative, and ready to go! Balticon is my "home convention" so it has a permanent spot on my annual schedule. My weekend is packed with events, both live and virtual, so … Continue reading Balticon 56 Schedule
Yesterday, I was super excited to tell you all about my upcoming trip to Denver for StokerCon! What you didn't know, if you don't follow me on social media, is that the spouse and I both finally caught COVID last week. We're both vaccinated and boosted, but since the spouse is military, it was literally … Continue reading StokerCon 2022 Schedule [redacted]
Due to a series of fortuitous events, I will be attending StokerCon 2022 in Denver, Colorado, this week, from Thursday May 12 to Sunday May 15! However, for the first time in years, I am not attending a convention as a programming participant. (sad trombone noises) But JL! You are not a horror writer! I … Continue reading StokerCon 2022 Schedule
Remember how we all hoped that 2022 would be more chill than 2020/21? Yeah, that was hilarious. I'm side-eyeing a lot of what's going on in the world right now, along with some people's reactions to it. But all I can really do is focus on making the world a better place in my small … Continue reading February Wrap-Up & March Goals
Last weekend, the TARDIS (my electric car) finally fulfilled the mandate for which it was originally purchased -- it drove me to a convention! Said convention was only 30 minutes away from my house, so I commuted rather than staying at the hotel, but it was absolutely awesome to attend my first in-person con in … Continue reading Con Report: Farpoint 2022
Two years ago, little did I know that I would be attending my last in-person convention for the foreseeable future. Therefore, it's only appropriate that my first in-person convention in this brave new world we live in would be the same event. I look forward to soaking up the much-missed con environment this weekend at … Continue reading Farpoint 2022 Schedule!
I'll admit it -- I'm not cut out for the virtual convention life. I had a conversation with a friend earlier this week and brought up how late I was in writing this con report, and she pointed out that my experience with this year's In Your Write Mind 2021 was even more skewed than … Continue reading Con Report: In Your Write Mind 2021
We are officially less than a month away from the release of Steel Justice (Steel Empires #6)! If you missed the cover reveal, no worries -- you can check out the gorgeousness below, with a bonus teaser. The book is also available for preorder from the bigger usual suspects. However, if you order directly from … Continue reading June Wrap-Up & July Goals
For the second year in a row, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society hosted their annual convention, Balticon, as a virtual, online event. The perk to this is enjoying panels from the comfort of my own home; the drawback is the lack of social connection I generally enjoy at in-person events. The organizers did an amazing … Continue reading Con Report: Balticon 55