This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll be at the Life, The Universe, and Everything Writing Symposium at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo.
I’ll be on a variety of panels, and selling my books at the Xchyler Publishing booth in the dealer’s room. I will also be selling my orc valentines again this year! Be sure to pick one up for the special nerdy someone in your life this weekend.
Check out my full 2015 Panel Schedule below:
- 9 AM: Pushing the Edge: How Far is Too Far in a Horror Story? (Nathan Shumate, Sarah Seeley, J. R. Johansson, Lehua Parker, Suzanne Vincent)
- 11 AM: Beginnings and Endings (Larry Correia, Jacob Gowans, Aneeka Richins, Sarah Seeley, J. Scott Savage)
- 3 PM: The Elements of Horror Fiction (Virginia Ellen Baker, Steve Diamond, Sarah Seeley, Nathan Shumate, Andrea Pearson)
- 7 PM: So, You Want to Write Horror? (Sarah Seeley, Cody Langille, Lehua Parker, Johnny Worthen, C. H. Lindsay)
- 8 PM: Mass Book Signing
- 1 PM: Modern Fantasy & Its Relation to Folklore and Myth (Tracy Hickman, Jaclyn Weist, Sarah Seeley, Megan Hutchins, Karen Webb)
Finally, Scott William Taylor did this really nice author profile of me on his blog yesterday. Check it out here:
I’ll bother to take pictures of some of the brave people who come in costume to these things someday. The costuming is truly one of the most creative and entertaining component of these convention experiences. :-)
The Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience was a blast! I wasn’t on any panels for the event, but that just made tending the booth and meeting people super chill.
I sold a few books…
Accidentally posed with an anthology that didn’t contain my writing, and so decided I had to pose with every other book on the table…for the pure joy of watching Candace Thomas weep with laughter.
I checked in with the Space Balrogs: Holli Anderson, Jason King, David J. West, D. J. Butler, James Wymore, and Sara Butler.
I was exceedingly delighted to discover that Jason King quoted my review of his book Valcoria: Children of the Crystal Star on this spiffy Styrofoam poster at the Space Balrog table! Now I can say I am cool enough to be quotable. Thanks Jason!
I put on my best psycho smile while chatting with bestselling horror author Michaelbrent Collings in his bloody barrister wig…
Schemed ways to take over the world through magic and steampunk technology with my fabulous “X-team” colleagues: Candace J. Thomas, Scott Tarbet, Jay Barnson, Scott William Taylor, and MacKenzie Dolan.
I bought myself this killer-awesome Smaug ring from Badali Jewelry Specialties, Inc…
And finally, I convinced everyone that cross-literary karma was a great idea.
(I am currently searching for the group picture that meets this description. In the mean time, imagine the lot of us Xchylerites posing with each others’ books instead of our own with goofy grins on our faces).
I had so much fun reconnecting; introducing eager new writers, editors, and the merely curious to Xchyler Publishing; and putting my creative hard work out there for others to find and enjoy. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello; to those who bought books at our table; and to peers and fellow authors who have given their advice, support, and encouragement over the years. It’s wonderful to have opportunities to associate with so many amazing people at these events, and to pass on the encouragement as well as what I’ve learned to others. Thanks to everyone who believes in us creative folk. And, to my author friends, thanks for believing in me and in each other.
You all rock!
I’ll see you all at the LTUE writing symposium in Provo next week!
Today through Saturday, I’ll be attending Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Come find me, along other local authors including Jay Barnson, Candace J. Thomas, Scott Tarbet, Scott William Taylor, and Mackenzie Dolan at the Xchyler Publishing booth (Purple 8 in the exhibitor hall).
I will not be on panels at this event, but be sure to catch Scott William Taylor‘s panels this weekend.
Beginning tomorrow morning, I’ll be selling copies of Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions along with Blood Oath, Maladaptive Bind, and my famous Orc valentines.
See you there!
I’m excited today to jump in on the Borderlands Anthology Review Tour and offer my review.
This is a fun and entertaining collection of stories from so many great authors. Each world within the Actuator universe is brought to life with highly creative imagery. The descriptive styles of many of the authors are vivid, and each story carries a distinct flavor. Characters are introduced with peculiar obstacles that challenge their goals, lives, and relationships in, at times, deeply humanizing ways. Also, there were lots of dragons. Dragons make everything awesome. Here are highlights of some of my favorite stories in the lot:
I loved Sara Wolf’s ability to bring the sensory aspects of the Actuator world to life with intriguing and beautiful descriptions woven seamlessly into Daniel’s urgent quest to find his girlfriend in “Remembering Emily.”
Matthew Cox’s “Stolen Orchid,” also has fabulous descriptions of an Oriental cyberpunk world, and I found the plight of the characters heart-tugging.
“The Blackbird’s Tale” by Dan Willis is an intriguing noir adventure. One of my favorite aspects was the black and white movie effect of the setting zone the main character, David, crossed into.
Mara Valderran’s “The Austenation” was just plain brilliant. I was entertained by the Pride and Prejudice-specific twist to this world alone.
“Escape,” by Patrick Burdine was awesomely creepy.
I enjoyed the rather bleak, post-apocalyptic style world of Jason Purdy’s “Anna and Lena.”
Juhi’s “The Search for Punarnav” had a cool setting in which a man is trying to diffuse a bomb in an Indian bazaar one moment, and finds himself in an old-fashioned realm of myth with a whole new set of dangers the next.
There is truly something for everyone to like in here. Great stories. Highly recommended reading!
Check out all the information on the Borderlands Anthology below, along with links to where you can find this great story collection online.
The Actuator 1.5: Borderlands Anthology
Genre(s): Anthology, Action & Adventure, Alternative History, Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: September 11, 2014
Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson at Blue Sky Design
When the Actuator breaks the earth into a patchwork of altered realities, the remaining Machine Monks begin looking for the Keys to put it back. In the meantime, everyone in the world has been transformed without knowing why. This collection tells about some of the people struggling to deal with the change.
- In “Remembering Emily,” by Sara Wolf, Daniel must rescue his distant girlfriend from danger. Worse, she might forget him.
- Matthew Cox explores Cyberpunked China in “Stolen Orchid,” where a man finds his wife has become a ghost. His only hope is to cross the border to an unfamiliar realm.
- In “The Blackbird’s Tale,” Dan Willis tells of a Machine Monk named David, who works his way through Chicago’s noir scene to find an Actuator Key.
- Nathan Yocum gives us “The Dream Journal of Oren Smith Wessely,” in steampunk Arizona where his dreams suddenly come to life.
- Mara Valderran’s “The Austenation” crosses Pride and Prejudice with werewolves so the young heroine is forced to do the unthinkable and take matters into her own hands.
- In “Escape,” by Patrick Burdine, a group of teenagers are caught in a motherless town where all the fathers have turned into faceless, soul-sucking monsters.
- “The Ritual,” by Whitney Trang, is a haunted house in Japan where a ghost seeks to sacrifice a young woman’s sister to save his family.
- “The Gatekeepers of Change” is James Pratt’s chronicle of the awakening of great power in a man preparing to enact terrible plans.
- “The Ringer” is Craig Nybo’s tale about a detective in New Orleans facing zombies and other undead monsters as he assists a client in taking on her crime lord husband.
- A Soviet soldier guarding Chernobyl, in Jason Purdy’s “Anna and Lena,” must escape the poisoning by crossing an unknown border.
- Jenny Persson brings us a teen in Viking Sweden in “Once Upon a Frozen North,” who looks to the steampunk airships just across the border as a means for her escape.
- Jay Wilburn tells of drug addicted Travis, in “Halfway,” who finds the sanctuary of the sanitarium suddenly turns violent.
- The author Juhi’s “The Search for Punarnav” takes us to India, where a man seeks to become a healer despite the dangerous Hindu mythologies suddenly made real.
- Jason A. Anderson brings us “15 Seconds of Fame,” in Steampunk London where a detective risks everything to save a child from her mob boss father.
- In “Forever Young,” Wilbert Stanton explores the fate of an old man who finds himself young again, after paying his life’s savings to gain admission into an exclusive realm.
- Finally, James Wymore’s tale, “Cult of the Actuation,” continues the story from book 1, as Dragon Star takes on religious zealots, organized in the wake of the Change, who have taken one of the Machine Monks captive.
I’m feeling deliciously sneaky right now. I’ve been working on a steampunk novel since November, and I decided to submit the first act to Xchyler’s “The Strange Island of…” contest for kicks and giggles. Apparently it worked… Holy moly!
I’m very excited!
The anthology is planned for release in May.
The next anthology releases on Xchyler’s list include The Toll of Another Bell (join the January 31 Facebook launch party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/621475937997967) and Mechanized Masterpieces II.
For any interested writers, be sure to check out the details for Xchyler’s next contest: “Losers Weepers!” They’re an especially great team for new writers to work with:
Also, if you happen to have read Legends and Lore: An Anthology of Mythic Proportions, we would very much appreciate a moment of your time to leave a review. If you haven’t read it, you should! Because Samson as a jinni, and other awesome stuff: http://www.amazon.com/Legends-Lore-Anthology-Mythic-Proportions-ebook/dp/B00OGLQ0QC.