jasonandrew: (bat)
This was my first real convention alone.

No wife. No friends. No Camarilla buddies to back me up. No House of Pain distractions. No Crew of Monkeys to lead me onto temptation.

Jason Carl convinced me of the need to network for my career. The more I thought about this, the more I agreed. Where did this shyness come from? Maybe it is a fear that all writers must eventually kill and I am very glad that I did.

And more importantly, I’ve been really craving contact with other writers. There’s a distant loneliness in putting words on papers, especially in the beginning of your career.

Here is my mini-review of my experience at Crypticon.

Holy crap! Ernie Hudson is monstrously buff. Seriously, slap a wig on him and he could play Conan. Who is this guy? He's most famous for Zedmore from Ghostbusters. Or the warden from Oz. This guy is in good shape. When I first arrived, Mr. Hudson was waiting in line for the maddeningly slow elevator in swim trunks; he was very friendly and kind. Fangirls were giggling and appreciating the outline of his Ghostbuster junior in his wet trunks. I just tried to keep eye contact which was difficult since he is taller than I am.

Later, I had a photo snapped with Mr. Hudson with him posing as though he was giving me a very stern mock lecture. What can I say? I'm a huge Oz fanboy.

I had a bit of time before the panels and so I wandered the Vendor’s Room. It was set up in the downstairs garage and had the proper feel of a low budget horror film.

Some of the awesome vendors included:

Apex Book Company was there hawking their awesome books. I picked up the Dark Faith anthology and I am looking forward to reading it.

• NW publishing house Eraserhead Press represented.

Third Place Books, which is turning out to be an awesome genre-friendly bookstore.

Comic Evolution showcased their wicked new comic book Zombies vs Cheerleaders complete with booth babes.

• Famous local video store Scarecrow Video

Afterwards, I started hitting as many panels and readings as possible. The readings were not as well attended as I wished they would have been.

I think it is very important for writers to go to the readings and listen to how others put together their words. The great writers of the past all had a community and benefited from helping each other. This is a way to get proper feedback, to learn about new writers, and to enjoy the community.

My true treat of the weekend was meeting William F. Nolan. This man is a true gentleman and was very gracious about spending time and giving advice to “youngsters” like me. This guy wrote Logan’s Run and hung out with Ian Flemming and raced cars with Charles Beaumont. He gave a reading of his short story “Listening to Willie” that was chilling with awesome personal details. Nolan has a new anthology out that he co-edited titled Bleeding Edge.

Angel Lee McCoy hosted a couple panels. I’ve known her for years through a mutual friend. She introduced me around to dozens of talented writers. After listening to her tell The Last Zombie, I can understand why she won second place in the Undead Nation Writer’s contest. She is the editor of Wily Writers.Wily Writers.

The award for best reading of the weekend goes to a writer named Cody Goodfellow. He read a story called “Earth Worm” that was a strange mash-up of Cthulhu Mythos, the Rapture, and environmentalism. One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time. You should check out some of his work.

I spent some time talking with James R. Beach, the editor of Dark Discoveries. I was very impressed with their magazine. Horror and dark fiction really needs a professional voice in the magazine market. Cemetery Dance just doesn’t cut it anymore. This morning, I looked through the Lovecraft tribute issue and I look forward to reading more issues. James took time to hang out with me after the panels and we discussed our love of horror movies.

The surprise of the weekend for me was Nick Mamatas. I had the very mistaken impression that he was an insensitive jerk due to reading some of his posts on various forums and as a result took to avoiding him in general. The truth was quite different than I imagined. Nick was friendly, kind, and quite genial. The real mark of a gentleman is someone that tries to make the people around him comfortable. When I missed the reading, Nick invited me and others to join him back at the bar for a good chat. A real class act. Check out his collection titled You Might Sleep.

I saw Angel Lee McCoy and Jennifer Brozek at the Wily Writers panel. Jennifer is one of the editors for Close Encounters of the Urban Kind and she read a very interesting story that you can find here.

I enjoyed listening to Rose O’Keffe of Eraserhead Press on the various panels. She has an interesting perspective.

During one of my breaks, I watched Slime City Massacre from director and writer Greg Lamberson. I was very impressed with how much he accomplished without much of a budget. If Syfy insists upon making a movie of the week every week, they should consider hiring him to improve their overall quality. Then maybe the stories would at least make sense.

I popped into Robert Englund’s Radio EightBall Show. Listen if Freddy Kruger wants to sing and dance, no one is going to tell him otherwise. Freddy does what Freddy wants.

The only downside of the convention is that I missed out on seeing Felissa Rose of Sleepaway Camp fame. I wrote about that movie in the upcoming book Butcher Knifes and Body Counts and it would have been fun to meet her. Alas, choices had to be made.
jasonandrew: (bat)
This was my first real convention alone.

No wife. No friends. No Camarilla buddies to back me up. No House of Pain distractions. No Crew of Monkeys to lead me onto temptation.

Jason Carl convinced me of the need to network for my career. The more I thought about this, the more I agreed. Where did this shyness come from? Maybe it is a fear that all writers must eventually kill and I am very glad that I did.

And more importantly, I’ve been really craving contact with other writers. There’s a distant loneliness in putting words on papers, especially in the beginning of your career.

Here is my mini-review of my experience at Crypticon.

Holy crap! Ernie Hudson is monstrously buff. Seriously, slap a wig on him and he could play Conan. Who is this guy? He's most famous for Zedmore from Ghostbusters. Or the warden from Oz. This guy is in good shape. When I first arrived, Mr. Hudson was waiting in line for the maddeningly slow elevator in swim trunks; he was very friendly and kind. Fangirls were giggling and appreciating the outline of his Ghostbuster junior in his wet trunks. I just tried to keep eye contact which was difficult since he is taller than I am.

Later, I had a photo snapped with Mr. Hudson with him posing as though he was giving me a very stern mock lecture. What can I say? I'm a huge Oz fanboy.

I had a bit of time before the panels and so I wandered the Vendor’s Room. It was set up in the downstairs garage and had the proper feel of a low budget horror film.

Some of the awesome vendors included:

Apex Book Company was there hawking their awesome books. I picked up the Dark Faith anthology and I am looking forward to reading it.

• NW publishing house Eraserhead Press represented.

Third Place Books, which is turning out to be an awesome genre-friendly bookstore.

Comic Evolution showcased their wicked new comic book Zombies vs Cheerleaders complete with booth babes.

• Famous local video store Scarecrow Video

Afterwards, I started hitting as many panels and readings as possible. The readings were not as well attended as I wished they would have been.

I think it is very important for writers to go to the readings and listen to how others put together their words. The great writers of the past all had a community and benefited from helping each other. This is a way to get proper feedback, to learn about new writers, and to enjoy the community.

My true treat of the weekend was meeting William F. Nolan. This man is a true gentleman and was very gracious about spending time and giving advice to “youngsters” like me. This guy wrote Logan’s Run and hung out with Ian Flemming and raced cars with Charles Beaumont. He gave a reading of his short story “Listening to Willie” that was chilling with awesome personal details. Nolan has a new anthology out that he co-edited titled Bleeding Edge.

Angel Lee McCoy hosted a couple panels. I’ve known her for years through a mutual friend. She introduced me around to dozens of talented writers. After listening to her tell The Last Zombie, I can understand why she won second place in the Undead Nation Writer’s contest. She is the editor of Wily Writers.Wily Writers.

The award for best reading of the weekend goes to a writer named Cody Goodfellow. He read a story called “Earth Worm” that was a strange mash-up of Cthulhu Mythos, the Rapture, and environmentalism. One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time. You should check out some of his work.

I spent some time talking with James R. Beach, the editor of Dark Discoveries. I was very impressed with their magazine. Horror and dark fiction really needs a professional voice in the magazine market. Cemetery Dance just doesn’t cut it anymore. This morning, I looked through the Lovecraft tribute issue and I look forward to reading more issues. James took time to hang out with me after the panels and we discussed our love of horror movies.

The surprise of the weekend for me was Nick Mamatas. I had the very mistaken impression that he was an insensitive jerk due to reading some of his posts on various forums and as a result took to avoiding him in general. The truth was quite different than I imagined. Nick was friendly, kind, and quite genial. The real mark of a gentleman is someone that tries to make the people around him comfortable. When I missed the reading, Nick invited me and others to join him back at the bar for a good chat. A real class act. Check out his collection titled You Might Sleep.

I saw Angel Lee McCoy and Jennifer Brozek at the Wily Writers panel. Jennifer is one of the editors for Close Encounters of the Urban Kind and she read a very interesting story that you can find here.

I enjoyed listening to Rose O’Keffe of Eraserhead Press on the various panels. She has an interesting perspective.

During one of my breaks, I watched Slime City Massacre from director and writer Greg Lamberson. I was very impressed with how much he accomplished without much of a budget. If Syfy insists upon making a movie of the week every week, they should consider hiring him to improve their overall quality. Then maybe the stories would at least make sense.

I popped into Robert Englund’s Radio EightBall Show. Listen if Freddy Kruger wants to sing and dance, no one is going to tell him otherwise. Freddy does what Freddy wants.

The only downside of the convention is that I missed out on seeing Felissa Rose of Sleepaway Camp fame. I wrote about that movie in the upcoming book Butcher Knifes and Body Counts and it would have been fun to meet her. Alas, choices had to be made.
jasonandrew: (Default)
I very much enjoyed day 1. I will write about it later.

There is something downright unsettling about Freddy Kruger singing show tunes.
jasonandrew: (Default)
I very much enjoyed day 1. I will write about it later.

There is something downright unsettling about Freddy Kruger singing show tunes.
jasonandrew: (Default)
OK, who else is going to Crypticon this weekend?

I'm bad at the networking thing, but this weekend I'm determined to try.
jasonandrew: (Default)
OK, who else is going to Crypticon this weekend?

I'm bad at the networking thing, but this weekend I'm determined to try.
jasonandrew: (Rome)
Last weekend, I attended NWRE. It was awesome. Most of the weekend will be chronicled in the next Tales of the Miscreant Monkey Crew article.

However, there was a special occurrence that I wanted to discuss here. I was asked by the NWRE staff to assist with a writer's panel. I have thus far avoided writer's panels when invited as I've always felt "like an egg" to quote Stranger in a Strange Land.

The panel seemed to go very well and those that attended seemed to appreciate what I had to say. The other guests were Jason Carl (who wrote a lot of the Mind's Eye Theater material for White Wolf) and novelist Ree Soesbee. I am not too proud to admit that I learned a great deal from my fellow panelists.

This weekend, I needed a break. Four days of wild parties, hard-core gaming, and late nights wore on my constitution. This week at work I felt exhausted. I went to bed early all week.

Friday, I watched Stargate Universe and then napped. I've really started to enjoy this series. It is everything that Star Trek Voyager could have been.

I woke early on Saturday and then visited the Half-Price Books Warehouse Sale. I secured a number of paperbacks and history books that I have been craving. And then I had lunch with Mario.

I returned home and spent the next six hours writing. I managed to make some progress on my magical pirate story titled "The Elixir of Tears."

And then, completely by surprise, I started my next novel I had been having trouble figuring out to tell the story in the universe I've been working on for almost a year and a half. Once I decided that I could simply split the novel into books ala The Lord of the Rings, everything else fell into place.

And so, I'm very glad that I've finally started my Mystical Rome novel. I think the title might be The Soothsayer's Stratagem. I'm not certain if that works or not.
jasonandrew: (Default)
Last weekend, I attended NWRE. It was awesome. Most of the weekend will be chronicled in the next Tales of the Miscreant Monkey Crew article.

However, there was a special occurrence that I wanted to discuss here. I was asked by the NWRE staff to assist with a writer's panel. I have thus far avoided writer's panels when invited as I've always felt "like an egg" to quote Stranger in a Strange Land.

The panel seemed to go very well and those that attended seemed to appreciate what I had to say. The other guests were Jason Carl (who wrote a lot of the Mind's Eye Theater material for White Wolf) and novelist Ree Soesbee. I am not too proud to admit that I learned a great deal from my fellow panelists.

This weekend, I needed a break. Four days of wild parties, hard-core gaming, and late nights wore on my constitution. This week at work I felt exhausted. I went to bed early all week.

Friday, I watched Stargate Universe and then napped. I've really started to enjoy this series. It is everything that Star Trek Voyager could have been.

I woke early on Saturday and then visited the Half-Price Books Warehouse Sale. I secured a number of paperbacks and history books that I have been craving. And then I had lunch with Mario.

I returned home and spent the next six hours writing. I managed to make some progress on my magical pirate story titled "The Elixir of Tears."

And then, completely by surprise, I started my next novel I had been having trouble figuring out to tell the story in the universe I've been working on for almost a year and a half. Once I decided that I could simply split the novel into books ala The Lord of the Rings, everything else fell into place.

And so, I'm very glad that I've finally started my Mystical Rome novel. I think the title might be The Soothsayer's Stratagem. I'm not certain if that works or not.
jasonandrew: (Default)
I had hoped to go to PAX, but the badges sold out!

Wow!

I've never heard of a con selling out like that!!!!!
jasonandrew: (Default)
I had hoped to go to PAX, but the badges sold out!

Wow!

I've never heard of a con selling out like that!!!!!
jasonandrew: (Love)
I can’t actually believe I have to post something like this.

OK, that’s technically a lie. There’s nothing making me post this, except a desire to pass along information and to engage in not so subtle mocking.

I’ve been to enough conventions to see very unhappy and socially awkward men and women. If nothing else, perhaps I can help horny young men and women continue the geek circle of life.

Finding a special lady friend at a convention without being the creepy stalker guy or using a button can be painless if you know the proper steps to take.

I wrote this based on my several years of experience of being a polite con flirt and my own complete and utter failures. Mastery of these concepts is how I met my wife and we’ve been together almost ten years now.

These rules apply to both men and women, but in general the worse offenders are men.

I’m including a Social Powergaming Benefits section to explain the benefits of polite behavior for the socially maladjusted.

NOTE: My wife has vetted this process so at least one female convention visitor has vetted these instructions. Caution: Follow these rules at your own risk.

Read more... )
jasonandrew: (Love)
I can’t actually believe I have to post something like this.

OK, that’s technically a lie. There’s nothing making me post this, except a desire to pass along information and to engage in not so subtle mocking.

I’ve been to enough conventions to see very unhappy and socially awkward men and women. If nothing else, perhaps I can help horny young men and women continue the geek circle of life.

Finding a special lady friend at a convention without being the creepy stalker guy or using a button can be painless if you know the proper steps to take.

I wrote this based on my several years of experience of being a polite con flirt and my own complete and utter failures. Mastery of these concepts is how I met my wife and we’ve been together almost ten years now.

These rules apply to both men and women, but in general the worse offenders are men.

I’m including a Social Powergaming Benefits section to explain the benefits of polite behavior for the socially maladjusted.

NOTE: My wife has vetted this process so at least one female convention visitor has vetted these instructions. Caution: Follow these rules at your own risk.

Read more... )

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