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Saturday Morning Ramblings – 2/25/17

These guys attended my first writing panel and asked some poignant questions.

The first day of Con Nooga went pretty well. I did four panels total. The first two were on writing itself, more the nuts and bolts of how to sit down and write a book. The third was an overview of horror, which I was on because of the Sam Skeen Saga, and the fourth was The Golden Age of Science Fiction. All four were a blast and pretty well attended. I got to see several friends and catch up with them, which is one of the best parts of a con. Here are some images from the show so far. 

Had to park on the roof of the garage.

The cosplayers are arriving.
The magnificent Billy Tackett. If you don’t know his art, check him out
The illustrious Dan Jolley, who is a gracious as he is talented.
My good friend Tamara Lowery, who writes the Waves of Darkness series.
Another dear friend, Shon Medley, who is the director of the literary track this year.

Draxis Soaps

My friends Kevin and Sarah Jo are trying to expand their con circuit business. They make custom soaps with fandom themes. Please, take a look at their Kickstarter page and help them out. All levels of pledging receive samples. Kevin has been a big supporter of mine for several years, so I’d love to help drive a few backers his way. If you can, please help them expand their business.


A Great Weekend


There’s so much good to say about this past weekend it’s hard to know where to begin. First and foremost, a huge shout-out to Zack James, Nick Papworth, and all the staff at ETSU-Con for organizing such a good show. You guys did a spectacular job, and I hope you will have me back as a guest again. The event was well-organized, well-attended, and an all-around good time. Everyone involved in putting it together should be proud of what you accomplished. The university should be grateful to have such amazing students capable of running a convention of this scope. Considering that this was only the second year of the event and the first for most of you running it, I’m excited to see what you accomplish in the future.

I also want to give a nod to my fellow guests, who I would highly recommend to any convention organizer. Charles Martinet, you are a first class gentleman, and it was an honor to share a stage with you. Thank you so much for your kindness, professionalism, and advice. Hopefully, our paths will cross again down the road. Robert Axelrod, thank you as well for your kindness. My only real regret of the weekend was not getting to spend more time talking with you. Martha Harms, it was a privilege to share your first ever con appearance with you. You have such a great and positive attitude. I wish you all the success in the world for your career. Aki Glancy, you have a bright future as well, and it was a pleasure to spend the weekend across from you in the dealers’ room.

I’m grateful for this weekend and the time I got to share with Tracy. She really made it special and enjoyed her first con experience. It’s a breath of fresh air to share my career with someone who gets that I have to step into the spotlight and doesn’t attempt to sabotage that. I’m grateful to have a lady like her in my life at last. She accepts me as I am without reservation and allows me to be me.

Stay tuned, folks. There are so many good things happening right now I can’t keep up myself. The dwarven invasion is underway, and great things are just around the corner.