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I Have Stuff, Yanno…

Really, I truly do have stuff. Pieces I’m writing for people. Places I’m going to be to sell those writings.

That sort of thing.

This here post is to updated all you fine Brownies on said activities. Well, most of them. The ones I can talk about anyway.

June 18th marks my return to the Grove City Wine & Arts Festival. I’ll be selling with a couple of fine folks you may have heard of: Tim McWhorter and Violet Patterson. We only have one spot this year (as opposed to last year’s rainy fiasco, where we had two), so come by and see us. We’ll have horror, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction. Kind of a grab bag, really.

Did I mention the wine? Over twenty wineries are participating this year. Oh… and music, and artists (not just us authors). It runs from 11a-10p. Really no excuse not to get out and have some fun.

And the even bigger news, some that I’m really excited about is my appearance at Scares that Care Weekend July 22-24th. A twist of fate flipped over an ace in the hole and I’m going to make it this year, when I thought I wasn’t. You’ll find me at the PlotForge table hawking my books alongside Tim McWhorter (what is it with this guy? He’s everywhere… maybe he’s stalking me? Or maybe I’m stalking him…)

This convention… well, I can’t say enough about it. I attended last year, sold books, and the atmosphere was just wonderful. Horror for a cause. Read, donate, show up, have a drink or ten with me, and let’s give to those who need it more than we do. All the deets are on the website.

If you haven’t, check out my latest episode on The Lift. The episode, “The Burden of Others,” is right there on the splash page. You can also get the Kindle version of my latest short story, “An Unfettered Life,” in the anthology, Dystopian Express. You really should do both of these things.

And that’s it for now, Brownies.

Imaginarium, the recap

imageImaginarium was probably my last big convention of the year. Probably. There’s a slim chance I’ll show up in New Orleans in November, which would be stellar because I’ve never been and the wife really wants to go. But we’ll have to see how that all pans out.

I’ve often said that the point of a convention is to sell books, and that’s quite true, but every so often there’s an event where the business of writing is more important. Imaginarium is one of those (much like Context in Columbus used to be), and so I wasn’t nearly as worried about selling as I normally am. That said, I still think I managed to sell 6 of my books to the unsuspecting masses (or what I like to call really cool fucking people).

This was Imaginarium’s 2nd year. There were more people, more events, and more panels than last year. The first two are good things, the third might have been a detriment. I know some panels were really well attended, some were dead zones, so hopefully Year 3 can continue to improve on its draw and keep on with the stellar events, but streamline the panels and tracks so that each panel is well attended. That may entail cutting a few of the duds out, offering just a few less, or more creative time-scheduling… not too sure, since all of the above were issues with the panels.

Authors Gina Morales and Jessica McHugh

Authors Gina Morales and Jessica McHugh

The highlight of Imaginarium is the people, the panels, and the camraderie. I was able to hang out with the incomparable Kerry Lipp (look for new work from him real soon!), the always nice James O. Barnes from Loconeal, Violet Patterson, and Tim McWhorter, also met Rob Boley and Amanda Hard. Plus, it’s never dull hanging with my fellow Post Mortem Pressers, Jessica McHugh, Gina Morales, and the always-awesome KT Jayne. Not to mention my hometown writers: Mike, Carma, William Rayst, Nikki, and Jamie. It’s almost like we’re invading shit and what not. Maybe we are?

My panels were awesome, and the panelsts were outstanding on them all. I moderated the Q&A with Imaginarium Toastmaster Tony Acree, which was a blast. Tony’s a fun guy to talk to, with a great wit, and just an easy-going way about him. Any time you get the chance to chat with him, do so. Highly recommended for the conversation and the energy, despite him being a die-hard Marvel fan. (Ugh, I just can’t…)

That’s really all I have to say. I didn’t get out to anything but my panels this year. I skipped the concert and the masquerade ball, feeling that my time was better spent in my room writing and getting shit done. But I imagine they were both entertaining, if that’s your sort of thing. All in all, Imaginarium met the expectations I had for it.