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I Promised a Post This Week…

So, I promised a blog post this week, and here it is.  Unfortunately, it’s not the one I was hoping for — namely, a blog on the panel topic, “Mythology as the Basis for Speculative Fiction.”

It’s already a week and several days late, and it really isn’t moving as well as I was hoping.  I have a lot of things to say on the topic, but my views seem… disconnected, somehow.  I’m having trouble finding ways to transition from point to point.

If these posts on the panel topics were REAL panels, there would be no issue.  I’d be led by a moderator through his questions.  Or if I were the moderator, I would be asking different questions — ones which regular followers of this blog would have already heard my answers to several times.

I mean, if you don’t know (for example) that, when confronted by an editor who insisted that Elves and Dwarves and Dragons were played out, I drew from the mythologies of Japan, Finland, aboriginal Australia, Inuit, and Shetland Island folklore to fill out a replacement set of mythological creatures (Kitsune and Wulvers and Bunyips, among others) as I constructed the world for The Kitsune Stratagem, then you haven’t been reading here very long — I’ve certainly mentioned it often enough.  In front of a new audience like a convention panel, however, I could expound on that and, for them, it would be fresh material.

Again, though, I still had a number of points to discuss; things on mythological allegory, things on the different types of Elf you can find in mythology (High Elves from the Norse, brownie-like Elves from Wales and Elizabethan England, etc.), a discussion of the different mythologies that were brought together for Tolkien (he drew from Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Arthurian myths, among others, while putting together what he considered a “British” mythology.  Finally, I wanted to talk about how the fiction popular in modern geek culture was re-interpreting or forming mythologies of its own, citing fiction like Dragonball, Superman, and Star Wars in the process.

But… none of those points seemed to fit together.  I’m not happy with what I have, either in the structure or in the depth of my content.  I’ve been working on it for two weeks, and it’s not worth posting.  It’s been distracting me from my other writing projects, and it’s already too late to start a different blog to be ready Sunday.

So… this is it for a blog this week, no blog will be available next week, and if I do continue this series I’ll be skipping this panel and moving on to “Using Tropes to Tell Stories.”

Finally, some business:  I just learned that the current ebook price of the new anthology I’m in, Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders, is a special introductory price.  It’s expected to go up THIS THURSDAY, first to a (still discounted) $3.99 and ultimately up to $4.99 in another few weeks’ time.  So, if you haven’t bought it yet, NOW is the time to get your ebook copy.  (Or you could go ahead and get it in print, but any discounts of that will be Amazon’s call)

Ravencon Panels (I DID do): Why I DIDN’T Get a Book Launched

This was supposed to be a post on my first Ravencon Panel, “Swords Not Required.”  Those panel posts are going to be very long, however, and for various reasons this was a short week for me.  So, I figured I’d explain some things I didn’t get around to in last weeks post.

I mentioned during most of my panels that I would have had another book (a sci-fi novel) out, but I had to reject the cover art a month ago and therefore it was delayed.  That was… uh, not the full story (to put it mildly), but there was too much to discuss when just introducing myself.  But I can expound on it here, without restriction.

While I did not ask the convention for a book launch space, back around January I was hoping to launch a book at Ravencon.  That book was the long-delayed The Merrimack Event, which I’ve been talking about on this blog for years (literally).  It is a novel that’s actually older than my first-released novel (In Treachery Forged) but has been in the self-publishing version of development hell since before I filed the DBA for Fennec Fox Press.

I approached an editor for it; I checked him out, found I liked his style, negotiated a price for his service, and… he disappeared before signing the contract we’d agreed to.  Vanished off the internet, never responded to any more e-mails, etc.  I hadn’t paid him, nor had he seen the full manuscript, so it’s not like he was stealing from me… he just, well, vanished.

I like having different editors and cover artists for each novel series; I’d not had the time to investigate new editors, and every cover artist I queried with this book in mind (just to see if they were available, not even yet mentioning the project) never gave me any reply at all.

But around January, things were looking up.  It may have been piecemeal using beta readers, it may have been done in fits and starts, it may have partially been edited through a self-editing procedure I would normally never do because it was too labor intensive, but The Merrimack Event had reached a level of “edited” that I felt it was acceptable for release.  There were some minor tweaks that still needed to be done before the book could be built, but those tweaks were the equivalent of running a last spellcheck and fixing a few minor inconsistencies brought about through all the various edits.  The book could be released within days… if I could get cover art.

Then my budget was hit after I broke a tooth (or rather re-broke a tooth that had previously been repaired), and the money for the cover art went away.  I could pull the money from somewhere else, but that would slow one of my other projects.  However!  I had an option.  A professional artist was willing to do the cover for free (well, sort of; no money was to change hands, anyway).  Book covers weren’t their usual medium, but I’ve had success using artists who didn’t specialize in covers in the past.  So I said yes.

Unfortunately, come the start of April, their cover proposal showed up and was unacceptable.  It wasn’t completely hopeless, but you could tell this wasn’t the artist’s usual medium.  I tried working with the artist to maybe get it revised into something acceptable.  While things were getting closer and closer, I could tell the artist was getting frustrated.  I was struggling to get them to make the right changes (I am not an artist, myself; I have enough of an eye that I could see a problem, but I wasn’t sure how to explain that problem so that the artist would understand what I wanted).  I was taking more and more of their time away from the art projects they usually did.  Finally, I decided enough was enough; I pulled the plug and rejected the cover completely.

That’s not the end of the story, though.  There was still a month before the convention.  Both my mother (a professional quilt artist) AND my brother (who, for his first few years of college, studied mechanical design) decided they would make a go at trying to put something together; I might not have been able to get the print book out at that point, but if I could get an acceptable cover by the 25th I could submit the eBook and it would be for sale by the start of the convention.  Both of the cover proposals I received from them had possibilities, but both would need work… just like the first cover option did.  I didn’t want to go through all that again, so I just said “no” to both covers.  I’ve re-established a budget.  I’ll be hiring a professional cover artist… IF I can ever get one to reply to my e-mails, and then the book will (FINALLY) be out.

Incidentally, I had other observations from Ravencon which didn’t fit into last weeks recap:

  1.  I had produced some swag, but most of the other authors had much more than me.
  2. I did not ask for any book signing or reading times (during which an author can sell their book), nor did I rent a table in author alley to sell my books from, but maybe I should have (though I might need to replace my phone to something that will allow the use of a credit card reader, first).
  3. I was a little worried that I didn’t have the ‘pedigree’ to be a guest, but there were a number of guests at Ravencon who had the same sort of writing portfolio I had.
  4. Apparently, the end of April is the wrong time of the year for me to go down to Williamsburg; I have a lot of family in the area, but none of them were able to see me while I was there due to scheduling conflicts.  I like Ravencon, and plan to return, but maybe I should look into other conventions the area as well.
  5. I still need a name for my mascot fennec fox (stuffed animal).  Fortunately, no-one asked me what his name was when I was wearing him on my badge lanyard all weekend.

And… well, that’s it.  I’ll get that first “panel” page out next week, hopefully.  Until then….

Ravencon Panels I AM Doing: Next Week’s Schedule

So, Ravencon is next weekend (so I PROBABLY won’t be doing a post next weekend for that reason, but there is a chance; more on that later), which means I’ve run out of time for the series on Ravencon Panels (I’m NOT Doing) so I can talk about the Ravencon Panels I AM doing.

The schedule may still change (I’ve been at enough conventions to know that schedules sometimes get altered minutes before the panel begins, though I haven’t known Ravencon to be quite that bad), but it’s as set as it ever is.  So, if you’re at the convention and want to find me, here are the panels I’m on (complete with current room locations (the most likely thing to change), Amazon links to my fellow panelists, and the panel descriptions:

I. Swords Not Required
Location:  Room G
Time:  Friday, 6pm-7pm
Guests:  Nancy Northcott, Jeanne Adams, Charles E. Gannon, and myself (Moderating).

Panelists discuss ways to arm characters in fantasy worlds without always relying on swords.

(Yes, I’m moderating my first panel at my first pro-appearance at a convention.  Gulp)

II. Mythology as the Basis for Speculative Fiction
Location:  Room 8
Time:  Friday, 10pm-11pm
Guests:  Mercedes Lackey, Bishop O’Connell (moderating), Christopher L. Smith, Jennifer R. Povey, and myself

Our panelists take a look at mythologies around the world; discussing their similarities and why some of them are so appealing to modern speculative fiction authors. Should myths be updated for a modern audience, or do you respect them as canon and hold to their roots? Does an understanding of mythology make better speculative fiction, and what is its current role within SF writing?

III.  Using Tropes to Tell Stories
Location:  Room 8
Time:  Saturday, 9am-10am
Guests:  Jim Bernheimer (moderating), R.S. Belcher, Bishop O’Connell, and myself

Cliches in fantasy and science fiction are a big no-no… except when they aren’t. The internet contains a lot of rants against tropes, but are tropes really that bad? What happens to a fantasy story that tries to avoid every trope? Is such a story revolutionary or unmarketable? Is it even doable? Panelists discuss the use and avoidance of tropes in developing storylines. What are the most-used tropes in SF/F? Why are they so overused? Are they always bad? Are there ways they can be twisted to say new things about the genre?

IV.  Building Worlds for Fiction
Location:  Room G
Time:  Saturday, 11am-12pm
Guests:  Dave Joria, Rob Balder, Mark Wandrey (moderator), and myself

Building a comprehensive world—whether it is for a novel, comic, or serial—can be a huge challenge. Join our panelists as they discuss tools, strategies, and both successes and failures in world-building.

V.  Self-Publishing 2017
Location:  Room G
Time:  Saturday, 3pm-4pm
Guests:  Philippa “Pip” Ballentine, Alex Matsuo (Moderating), Toi Thomas, Thomas A. Mays, and myself

This panel discusses today’s self-publishing options and business models. Our panelists include authors who are both self- and traditionally published, in fiction and nonfiction, including people who are making an income entirely by self-publishing. We’ll discuss why we made the choice to self-publish, the pitfalls and lessons learned, and which business choices we’ve made on our respective self-publishing efforts.

VI.  Mechanics of Magic in Fantasy & SF
Location:  Room E
Time:  5-6pm
Guests:  Joe Wetmore, myself, Jeanne Adams, Nancy Northcott (Moderating)

Does a magical system for a story need rules? Costs, unintended consequences, social factors? What about reliability issues? How can we avoid worn-out tropes? How should magic in an RPG and story differ? Is some of the tech in SF “magic” and should the same considerations apply?

So that’s six panels, including a couple alongside the guests of honor.  Not bad for my first convention as a pro.

There are still quite a few panels that I’m NOT doing that are on topics I’m interested in.  I mean, I made up a schedule for myself, and if I did all the panels I’m scheduled for AND went to all the other panels I’m interested in, I would have a grand total of one one-hour break during the entire weekend (not happening; while I’ll be poking my nose into some of those panels as a fan, I’d wear myself out AND starve for the weekend if I tried going to all of them).  Unfortunately, if I haven’t gotten to those panel topics on this blog by now, I’m probably not going to any time soon, as I’m going to move into the Ravencon panel topics I will have actually been on.

I’d been trying to get The Merrimack Event done by Ravencon itself, but the cover art is going to be late (among other issues) and I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish building the book in time, even if it shows up between now and then.  I haven’t been talking about the possibility that often because, without the book cover, I don’t have anything I can show you guys… so maybe, if I DO get a blog post out next week, it will be with a Surprise! Book Release! Announcement.  (Heck, I don’t have anything scheduled for Sunday, currently, even if I’ll still be at the hotel… if the cover art comes in, and everything else is ready, I might spend the day putting the book together).  If not… well, it’s not like I asked Ravencon to fit a Book Launch into the schedule… (I thought about it, but thankfully didn’t; that would have been a mess).

And then, the next weekend following the convention, maybe I’ll start a new series:  Ravencon Panels (I DID Do):  My Final (?) Words.

Edit:  The convention is now over, and comments are closed because spambots keep trying to spam the comment section.

Catching Up….

A new year, and I’m back to work on my regular blog.  My (ir)regular Sunday Blogs will be returning, soon, but there are a few things that came up during my absence I think I should mention first:

  1.  I did manage to complete the anthology submission I was preparing that prompted me to suspend the Sunday blogs.  I’m hoping it will make it in to said anthology, but if it doesn’t I’ll probably self-publish it under Fennec Fox Press.
  2. Some software issues have cropped up on this blog regarding some of the plug-ins.  I need to contact my ISP before I can start these fixes, and I’m not sure how long they will take or if they can even fix it.  Don’t be surprised if there are temporary outages as I get this sorted out, or if certain features appear and disappear.  I might also test a few new themes that have become available, so don’t be surprised if the blog changes appearance a few times over the course of the next couple weeks.
  3. I’ve also had hardware issues; my laptop has been on the fritz (it’s taken to overheating at irregular intervals), so I took advantage of some Black Friday\Cyber Monday Sales and bought a new one.  The new laptop is here and running, and has all the software I need to make it go, but until recently I couldn’t transfer my files over easily.  I’ve just got the tools needed to make this transition, but there WILL be  a transition period.  I write this blog on my laptop, so it might take some time away from writing my next blog entry.
  4. My original plan was to try and get In Division Imperiled out by Ravencon (which, if you’ve forgotten, I will be appearing at as a guest).  This plan is looking less and less likely, as I’m far behind on my writing (having to set the project aside for a time in order to complete the anthology entry in time).  At the very least I wanted to have the cover art to show, but my cover artist is too busy to take on the job right now.  I might consider another artist, but I’d prefer someone who works in a similar style as the old covers.  I have a list of other artists who I’ve been considering for other projects, and one or two have similar art styles, but so far none of the ones I’ve checked out are free, either.  I’m still looking… and writing.
  5. One option I’m considering is to finally push The Merrimack Event out the door.  That would likely mean further delay for In Division Imperiled, but as it’s already a complete manuscript it would be easy for me to get everything done in time of Ravencon.  I haven’t made any moves in this direction, yet, but it’s something I’m thinking about.
  6. There’s been news in the world of self-publishing over the past few months I might comment on (for example, the closing of All Romance eBooks\Omnilit, an eBook retailer which (fortunately, it turns out) I had never puzzled out how to list my books on).  I’ve been too busy to comment on it when it was new news, however, and I’m not sure I want to bother with it now.  But maybe I’ll talk about them if new events come up.
  7. For Christmas, among other more practical gifts, I recieved a pair of toy fennec foxes (stuffed animals. two different sizes).  I’m thinking of making them mascots for Fennec Fox Press, but I need names for them.  Any suggestions would be nice.
  8. I badly need to update the convention calender.  It’s not been updated in over half a year, so a lot of data in it is missing or outdated.  Again, it’s something that will eat time away from the time I have to write my Sunday Blog, but I’m not going to fiddle with it until I can fix the plug-in issue and complete the new laptop transition mentioned above.

Well, that’s what I’ve got time to write about this week.  I may go into more details on one or two of the topics mentioned, above, or (more likely) I’ll come up with something else to talk about, but while it may be even more irregular than usual, I’m resuming my “regular” Sunday Blog starting now.

Sick Days

You know, when you’re self-employed, you don’t get such things as sick leave or the like. You do, however, still get sick, and sometimes it’s so bad you lose time.

For the last week and a half (almost two weeks), I’ve been fighting off the worst head cold I’ve had in years (surprisingly, I had all the symptoms of a case of the flu except the usual accompanying fever. I wasn’t always coherent during the worst of it, however). I haven’t been able to write at all, not in my book or on my blog (though I was able to manage a Facebook post or two).

During that time, my mother won a blue ribbon for one of her quilts at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.  During one of my less lucid days (the early phase of the cold brought on a bought of insomnia that left me unable to get much sleep for several days on end; I think this was about when I finally started getting some sleep, but I was still perpetually tired when I was awake), I also had my 39th birthday (egads!  When did I get that old?).  And I’m sure there were other “life goes on” moments that I just can’t recall right now…

The kicker is, though, that I missed last Sunday’s blog, and don’t really have much more of a blog than this for today.  I’m still a little under the weather (though I am VASTLY improved), but I hope to get back to writing this coming week and I think I’m still on track to get at least one, maybe two more books out before my appearance at Ravencon.  Wish me luck!

I’ve Been Neglecting This Blog Lately…

So, two of the past four weekends, I’ve forgotten my Sunday Blog. I almost forgot it tonight, as well, but I remembered in time to make this post. Oops.

Mostly, I’ve just been forgetting to post the things I’m writing.  That’s partly because I haven’t been very good about realizing what day of the week it is, lately (weekends and weekdays have seemed to be a lot alike), but part of it is just that I’m not sure what to write.

I have a lot of posts I’ve started waiting for completion for this blog, but all of them require more time to write than I usually put into this blog in a week (and, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know how long my blogs can usually get, so you might have some idea why these would take a while).

I could continue to talk up my already released books, like In Treachery Forged, In Forgery Divided, and The Kitsune Stratagem. I could give progress reports on my ongoing projects, such as The Merrimack Event (uh… yeah, I need to do something with that. I haven’t done anything with that manuscript since the last time I talked about it, even though it just needs an editor and cover art to be released) or In Division Imperiled (without giving spoilers, I can’t really say much about it beyond reciting my depressingly low daily word counts. I’m hoping the writing will speed up before too long, because I like the content I’m writing more than I usually do when my writing slows this much).

However, these are exactly the sorts of things I’m trying to AVOID talking about on this blog. I want to come up with content that is, you know, interesting — not stuff that will drive readers away.

I might have an idea I can get ready by next week, but if anyone has suggestions for what they want to see out of this blog in the future let me know. Otherwise, don’t be surprised if posting becomes a bit more irregular.

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Planned Future Articles for this Blog

Please note: The bulk of this post was written prior to my attending Ravencon, last weekend. If I’d successfully figured out my blog software well enough (I’ve been doing this over a year now, and I’m still a complete newbie. I keep trying to figure out how to disable the horrid auto-hyphenation that this theme enforces, for example, but have had no success), it would have auto-posted last Sunday. Instead, I’m just going to tweak the post a bit and send it out today.

So, before I started ramping up the publicity machine in the advent of In Forgery Divided‘s release, I had several ongoing blog series I was pursuing.  I hope to resume some of them, soon, including:

I.  The Self-Publishing Roundtable

The bulk of this series is complete, but I’m still coming up with new addendums for it.  Some of the things I learn at Ravencon may inspire articles for this.

II.  Wierd Things I’ve Had to Research

Honestly, I’d like to resume this one the most.  However, looking back over the articles I have already written, I’m a bit disappointed in myself.  Among other things, it seems like I’m doing a lot of linking to Wikipedia.  I don’t hate Wikipedia, and think it is a perfectly fine research tool if you double-check its references and understand its limitations, but this wasn’t supposed to be a survey course on using Wikipedia.  I will have to think of new ways to approach this series, but I do have at least one thing to start with: Using travelogues for research.  And the travelogue I’ll use will be the Michael Palin travelogues — Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Full Circle, and Himalaya.  I may start these in a couple weeks.

III.  This Book Cannot Make Any Money

For newcomers, this was a bit of a project taking otherwise useless scraps of writing I had done (a few fragments of poetry, much of it from my High School days; a single very short (but still too long to be listed as flash) short story set in genre (experimental, paranormal) that I have written nothing else in; a fantasy short story written entirely as an inside joke for a writing workshop; story fragments of various genre from permanently abandoned larger works; that kind of thing) and to use it to walk people through the self-publishing process on a budget of $0, eventually releasing is as an eclectic collection of stories through both Amazon and Createspace.  This project froze because I didn’t have time to finish the article on cover art while also completing the final details for In Forgery Divided.  It will resume the next time I’ve sent something off to an editor and I’m waiting for them to get back to me.

IV.  Convention Calender Listings

I’ve neglected this part of the website for too long.  I plan to update these at the end of this month.  I think I’ve covered most of the major fan-run conventions, but I know I don’t know about some of the more obscure smaller conventions, one or two-day conventions, and new conventions.  If anyone knows of conventions I’ve missed, please let me know.

V.  Reviewing Software for the Self-Publisher

This was a proposed series in a past blog article.  There didn’t appear to be any interest (while I never seem to be able to convince anyone but spammers to comment on my blogs here, I often get comments on my articles in private messages, Facebook comments, Twitter comments, real life, etc.  This proposed series generated none of those, however), and so has been abandoned.  Unless there’s someone particularly interested in it, now?

VI.  Getting the Print Edition Out, And Future Publishing Plans

While In Forgery Divided has been out for over a month now in eBook form, I’m still working on getting the print edition complete.  I’ve just ordered a proof on a corrected copy, so I’ll probably have a blog post announcing the completion of that.  Also, I intend to have another status report-type post some time in the next few weeks where I discuss which books I’m going to be focusing on for the near future, which books will be put on the backburner for a while (but not abandoned), and which planned books I’m going to be dropping entirely.  Also, I’ll be discussing a few plans for some experimentation in my marketing strategies, the difference between a short story collection and an anthology (as I’m planning for one or the other to be added to one or both of my two currently ongoing Fantasy series, plus a third Sci-Fi set that I thought of at Ravencon), and more.

VII.  Lessons Learned From Ravencon

This will be coming out next Sunday, and will feature everything I’ve gleaned from my notes on the various Ravencon panels I attended.  Not all of the things I learned were explicity said by the panelists, however, and not all the  panels were useful (hint: If you don’t know that Ingram Spark and Lightning Source are the same company, or you think you have to pay Createspace for expanded distribution, or you think Smashwords regularly distributes to Amazon, your information is old\incorrect and you shouldn’t be on a panel about self-publishing.  I’m not going to be shaming any of the panelists, but some of the things being said (especially things that went uncorrected by the other panelists) has me questioning the expertise of some of the panelists.  At least no-one recommended Author Solutions, which I suppose is a good thing).  So I won’t necessarily break down the things learned to the various panels I attended.

No Weekly Blog Post.

Obviously, I haven’t got a real post to post this Sunday.  I’ve been working on one for the last three weeks and it isn’t finished yet, and I don’t have any substitutes ready to go.  I’ll try to get SOMETHING up next week, even if it isn’t my planned post.

Status Report

With Thanksgiving (and a lot of chores), I didn’t quite finish everything I intended for the blog post I had planned for this week (the “Merrimack Event”‘s back-of-the-book blurb). In its place, I figured I would do a status report for all the things I’ve told you I was going to be doing.

First of all, I’ve applied to be a guest at a few conventions. I haven’t heard back from any of them, yet, but I haven’t been rejected yet, either. I’m hopeful.

In Forgery Divided is still with the editor and cover artist. I haven’t recieved any information from my cover artist recently, but my editor says he’s through most of it, but there were a couple “problem areas” he’s devoting more attention to. I’m as tired of these delays as I’m sure my readers are, but I can’t put it out without a cover or any editing.

Over the last week, I’ve started approaching some more potential cover artists to get estimates for “The Merrimack Event.” Haven’t heard back from any of them, yet, but that’s no surprise in this timeframe. I’ve identified four editors to try and vet, but I have yet to approach any of them.

The Back-of-the-Book Blurb for “The Merrimack Event” should be posted next week, but I’ve got new ideas going from there. I’ve been cleaning out my office desk as I prepare to move my new computer from it’s temporary set-up to its permanent home. Found some fun things I could take pictures of (maybe. I hate taking pictures of any kind) and talk about here on the blog, including badges for well over a dozen conventions I’ve attended in the past — all from 2009 or earlier. And I’ve started a fun little research project I may discuss here, as well, even though it’s research for a story I probably won’t be writing for years.

A belated Happy Thanksgiving. And I’m giving you guys even more thanks for reading this blog. (I might be even more thankful if a few of you commented now and then when I was asking you guys for comments, but I’ll take what I can get).

Two Blogs in One: On Conventions (and a response to the news of the week)

One administrative disclaimer before I get started:  In the past week or so, a number of stories have popped up in the press or commentary (or comics) about images being used and\or hotlinked to without the artist’s permission.  The webcomic the Oatmeal (particularly the issue entitled “You’re doing it for the Expo$ure”, though I also saw a story about the Huffington Post deep hotlinking one of their comics without permission) is centered on a couple of these stories.

I do occasionally hotlink to artwork — webcomics or whatnot.  As a policy, however, I try to use those images appropriately.  Either I’ve read and am following the artist’s policy on hotlinking (many webcomics have one), or I find the artwork using a “free for use” search.  Similarly, when publishing, I might use fonts or fleurons that are labeled (or licensed) “free for commercial use.”  Or might read an eBook which is being sold for free on Amazon.  I always believe, in good faith, I have permission to do so… but there is always the risk that something has been mislabeled or stolen and released as someone else’s work.

So, if you ARE an artist of an image I’ve used, and you don’t want me hotlinking and\or embedding said image, PLEASE let me know and I will remove it (or change the accedition, or whatever else you want me to do with it).  I know I don’t want my work used by someone else without permission, and I would never knowingly do so with someone else’s work.

And that takes care of the news of the week.  Now that that’s out of the way….

A couple days ago, in addition to adding more books to my A-Store, I updated my Convention Calender by adding new 2016 (and a couple 2017) dates for twenty-three conventions.  As always, I have to remind people that no, I am not going to all of the conventions listed.  I don’t think it would be possible even if I had infinite funds and resources to try.

I do, however, intend to attend a few of them — I usually attend two or three a year, and 2016 isn’t going to be an exception… but I have yet to make final decisions as to which conventions I’ll attend.  As In Forgery Divided and The Merrimack Event are nearing publication, I’m considering applying as a guest to some local conventions.

It’s going to be a new experience for me.  If it works out, I might wind up writing a blog about it.  I’ll also be “tagging” some of the conventions I have listed to reflect whether I’m attending, attending as a panelist, attending as a guest, or (in the future, if I’m lucky) attending as a guest of honor.

Oh, and I’m testing something for next week’s blog post (which would have been this week’s, or even last week’s, but I couldn’t get the first plug-in that I tried for this to work):  POLLS!

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