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: (groupies)
I am very impressed with Tor.com

I love this story. The Courtship of the Queen by Bruce McAllister

You can read it for free here:
http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=59249
jasonandrew: (Default)
I am very impressed with Tor.com

I love this story. The Courtship of the Queen by Bruce McAllister

You can read it for free here:
http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=59249
jasonandrew: (supervillian)
Several respected writers have started a new website called The Chain Story Project.

Check out the site at: http://chainstory.stormwolf.com/?p=1

Jess Hartley has a crowd funding project at http://www.jesshartley.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218:shattered-glass-project&catid=38:personal-blog&Itemid=62
jasonandrew: (Default)
Several respected writers have started a new website called The Chain Story Project.

Check out the site at: http://chainstory.stormwolf.com/?p=1

Jess Hartley has a crowd funding project at http://www.jesshartley.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218:shattered-glass-project&catid=38:personal-blog&Itemid=62

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