Well, we’re about halfway through the year now and I finally get a break from the road. I just got back from Indianapolis and InConjunction. This was my first visit to Indy and it was a very pleasant experience. The Marriott was a great venue for the convention and was more than accommodating to the patrons who attended. I stayed across the parking lot at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and they were just as accommodating to those of us staying there. These two alone are enough to make me go back next year. The bartenders at the Marriott were awesome as well as the other staff members.
I wasn’t able to get into the programming but I’m hoping to do so for next year’s convention. Jeff Thompson did a great job with the dealers room. It was spacious and very well organized. The volunteers did a great job taking care of everyone as well. I had a good time at the BarFleet party on Saturday night. They are a great bunch to hang with. I didn’t get to stay as long as I liked but I’ve been trying to make progress on the Night Creeps sequel. It’s getting closer, everyone.
Now I get a chance to stay home for a little while until October when I resume the convention trail in Denver at MileHiCon. Join me again soon for news and updates on what’s happening in my world.
This past weekend, June 27-29, was SciFiValleyCon in Altoona, Pennsylvania. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to be part of this convention for the first time. I hosted a panel each day for New Writers, Screenwriting Fundamentals, and Books to Movies. Each was well-attended and the people treated me so well. The convention itself drew well over two thousand fans and was very well run by Casey Bassett and his staff. On the lower level of the Jaffe Center were the artists, authors, publishers and the car show. The car show featured Christine, Back to the Future’s Delorean, Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1, the 1966 Batmobile, and the Jurassic Park Jeep. The number of artists and writers was enormous on the lower level. Upstairs were the dealers with a diverse and interesting array of merchandise. They were joined by several of the Indie film producers as well. The convention had a comicon atmosphere with the film festival and other events. The volunteer staff were awesome. I have not seen a group of volunteers so committed to being successful anywhere. Kudos to Casey and his staff for a job well done.
July 4th weekend, I’ll be in Indianapolis for my first trip to Inconjunction. I’m really looking forward to appearing in the area for the first time and making new fans. I’ll have more on this event next week. In the mean time, I’m getting close to completing Night Creeps 2 – A More Adult Horror Story. My issue right now is how I want to end it. I’m sure this will make all my readers who wanted ‘more adult’ happy.
Princess Pain is doing well, aprticularly among the ladies. It’s a strange thing how women and anger seem to go hand in hand. Only kidding, ladies! I’m sure the ladies are pointing a finger at their men right about now. I’ll be listing a lot of conventions for 2015 soon. I’m hoping to add some new stops along the way but we’ll see how my schedule lines up. Next week, I’ll have a little more information on what’s happening so join me soon as we catch up on things. Happy July 4th everyone.
Welcome back, everyone. I’ve just returned from BaltiCon and I’m gearing up for a number of other events as well. I had the opportunity due to a favorable schedule of panels to spend time with many of my friends, both authors and dealers alike. I also had a chance to see my good friend CJ Henderson who has been very ill but was able to attend the convention. I ask all of you to keep him in your prayers. He has a tough fight ahead of him. The TV Gods launch party was a smashing success. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, this is an anthology where mythological characters are plugged into a modern day TV series with some hilarious results. Kudos to my friends at Fortress Publishing for a great job making this a fantastic success. This was the first time I’ve sold a short story that was published. I’ve often found it difficult to adapt from a novel length story to a short story.
On June 14th, from 10-6, I’ll be joining several other authors from TV Gods at the York Emporium at 373 W. Market St. in York, PA, of course. For those of you who can come by, my friends at the store have a whole day of events planned for “Sci-Fi Saturday” so come on down and see what’s going on. The store is gigantic and they have an awesome selection of used books at great bargains. Check out their site at www.theyorkemporium.com .
On June 27th to the 29th, I’ll be at Sci-FiValleyCon in Altoona, Pa. This will be my first time with this convention and it looks like it should be a great time. July 4th to the 6th, I’l be at Inconjunction in Indianapolis for my first time with the Indy crew as well.
I’m getting closer to the completion of Night Creeps 2 and its definitely a more adult horror story than the original. You’ll soon notice that ‘Space Frontiers: The Eye of Icarus’ will have a new cover. This is something that I’ve wanted for a long time and my publisher, Helm Publishing, has agreed to the change. I felt the old cover was so ‘lacking’ compared to the others. I turned to my very talented friend and publisher, Patti Hultstrand, to spin her creative magic and come up with something exciting. As usual, she was awesome. I’m sure all of you will appreciate the sci-fi appeal of the new look. Join me again soon for more updates and appearances.
I just returned from a ten-day trip to Arizona and the LepreCon Sci-fi Convention. The time flew by so fast as I did several radio and blog interviews during the week and then partook of the convention for the weekend.
I’d like to give a thank you to everyone at LepreCon, especially those who purchased books from me, for a great time. Patti H., Brick Cave Media, The Hay Girls (Song River & Co.), Cult Classics and the Blog Goddess (yes, you, Tina) deserve special thanks for the interviews, events and pictures. I’m really looking forward to returning next year. I thnk I need an extra day or two in Sedona as well. What a beautiful mountain region just an hour from Phoenix.
Coming up shortly is BaltiCon in Hunt Valley, Md. I’ll be doing panels and selling in the dealers room as usual so I invite all to come by and say hello. The anthology TV Gods will debut at the convention with my first short story, Greek on the Beach, to be published. Imagine mythical characters in modern day TV shows and you can imagine where this is going.
I’ve had a few requests for the Princess Pain script and also a few viewers (movie execs) on the Inktip website for the Princess as well. Let’s keep hoping that one of them is a match for the script.Inktip.com has been a great source for leads and for industry viewers for my scripts.
With all my appearances coming up, I’ve had a difficult time trying to finish Night Creeps 2. After the novel, I’ll definitely write the screenplay for this story. This is definitely a more adult horror story than Night Creeps. And then there’s the Queen of Pain, the sequel to Princess Pain. So many stories, so little time to write. Join me again soon to find out what’s new and exciting.
Hello, everyone. Here is an update on my visit to Phoenix. On Sunday, May 4th, I’ll be doing a live interview with KWOD from 7-9 pm. May 7th, I’ll be at The Refuge Cafe , 4727 N. 7th Ave. in Phoenix. I’ll be speaking there on Screenwriting and Books. On May 11th, I’ll be doing another interview with Brick Cave Media at 2:30 at LepreCon. I’m waiting for confirmation on another interview on Tuesday night but I don’t have that info yet. I don’t have a schedule yet for the programs I’m doing but I can tell you what they are:
The Big Bang Theory (the show); Writing for Different Mediums; The Piratey Panel (Ahoy, Maties); Ancient Aliens; Future of Money; Space Colonization. It’s already a busy but fun-filled week.
For those who didn’t know, I will be attending InConjunction in Indianapolis in July and MileHiCon in Denver in October. Check back for more news about appearances and projects.