Excuse me, meme. We prefer the term “geeks.”
Semantics aside (and I’m always up for semantics!) I’m off to sunny Atlanta for Dragoncon! It’s great to be returning after many years away – I think my last DC was 2015?
My reading is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Hyatt Marietta, and I hope you’ll come. I’ll be giving out a free chapbook to all attendees and will have books for sale. Likewise at my signing, which is at 2:30 p.m. Friday (with Timothy Zahn!) in Westin Overlook and I will sign (almost) anything you put in front of me.
Travelogue will post on Patreon as usual, along with any fun costume pics I get. I’m really looking forward to the annual crazy, and hope my poor bod is up to the abuse.
Beyond that, the Fall Deathmarch is batshit this year.
The weekend following Dragoncon, I’m signing at the Martin (Tenn.) Public Library before my 30th (!!) high school reunion.
Sept. 11 I’m speaking to the Plethora of Pens group at the Glen Carbon Library. Topic, er, to be determined.
On Sept. 23 it’s the Spine Book Fair in St. Louis! Note to self: we need a new festival tent…
Then it’s off to Las Vegas for the SPJ National Conference Sept. 28-Oct. 1, where I am a presenter (on freelance journalism) and doing a book signing. No, none of my books have jack to do with journalism unless you count the Dana Franks character in Nocturne Infernum, but they said that doesn’t matter…
Yes, that conflicts with Archon, so I will not be there (sadface) but Jim, Sela Carsen, Nikki Lanahan and Mary Koppenhofer will run the Literary Underworld in my absence. This is the first Archon I will miss since 2007, and I only missed that one because my dad was getting married. (Technically, a family unity ceremony.) While LitUnd will be there in force, we won’t be holding the Traveling Bar. So expect us back with both barrels in 2024!
• The Melting Pot in Granite City, Ill. on Oct. 7
• Writers of the Riverbend in Alton, Ill. on Oct. 14
• RWA/St. Louis Writers Guild conference at the St. Louis Central Library on Oct. 21 (speaking and signing)
• ContraKC in Kansas City on Nov. 10-12 (full LitUnd booth and traveling bar.)
THEN I UNPACK AND SLEEP.
Every fall I say, “Why do I do this to myself?” But seeing all of you makes up for the exhaustion and nonsense. If you’re in the vicinity of any of these events, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello. It’ll be good to see you again.
I’m honored to be hosted by the public library officially known as C.E. Weldon Public Library in Martin, Tennessee, where I am returning next month for my 30th (!!!) high school reunion.
I refuse to believe it’s been 30 years. I reject your reality and replace it with my own.
In the past three decades, the town where I graduated has built a beautiful new modern library, and I have been delighted to watch it grow via social media. I’m honored to be hosted for a book signing and casual Q&A during the Soybean Festival before attending my high school reunion. Come by and say hello! I’ll be there about 2:30 p.m.
Speaking of high school, I’m the one on the left with all the hair.
I’m delighted to be returning to Dragoncon after a long time away! Below is my schedule, where I get to meet up with some old friends and new faces as well. It’s a fairly light schedule, so I may have free time (!) to meet up and chat!
I will have a limited quantity of in-print books for sale at my reading and signing. If you want a book, you might message me in advance to reserve it. As I am flying, I can only bring so many.
See you in Atlanta!
2:30 p.m. Signing with Timothy Zahn (Overlook, Westin)
11:30 a.m. Vampire variety in urban fantasy (Chastain 1-2, Westin)
3:30 p.m. Reading (Marietta, Hyatt)
10 p.m. 101 Interesting ways to kill off a character (Embassy EF, Hyatt)
10 a.m. Writing effective short horror fiction (Peachtree 1-2, Westin)
2:30 p.m. Forecasting the future of fantastic fiction (Embassy EF, Hyatt)
I’m delighted to return to Imaginarium on its 10th anniversary, having attended nearly every Imaginarium since the first one (give or take a little pandemic.)
I’ll be giving my two-hour “business of writing” seminar on Friday afternoon, with several other panels in between running the Literary Underworld booth. LitUnd authors Jim Gillentine, Steven Shrewsbury, Sela Carsen, and Jennifer Mulvihill will be part of the fun!
Below is my schedule:• Friday: 1:15 p.m. Business of Writing (two-hour workshop)
• Saturday: 11:30 a.m. Space operas• Sunday: 10 a.m. Employment options for writers.
Saturday, of course, will be the Imadjinn Awards ceremony and banquet. I am a finalist for the Imadjinn film festival award for unproduced screenplay, and a nominee for the Knost Award, so cross your fingers for me!
We will also be opening the Literary Underworld Traveling Bar in our room on Friday and Saturday nights. Because of course we are.
If you’re in the Louisville area, please come by and join us! Imaginarium is always a lot of fun, and one of the conventions I enjoy attending to learn a little something more and talk with my fellow writers. If all that isn’t enough for you, the GOH is Terry Brooks!See you in Louisville!
I’m happy to add the Alton Night Market to this summer’s schedule! I’ll be appearing with Sarah Dhue at 7 p.m. July 20 with books and art. I haven’t done the Night Market before, but I hear it’s an awesome event and there is a lot of variety to the art offered.
Their Facebook page has lots of details. Come join us!
I shared my table with Rachel Brune, my editor at Crone Girls Press and newly minted acquisitions editor for Falstaff Books’ new horror imprint, Falstaff Dread. Rachel and I go waaaaaay back to the early 2000s and our mutual membership in the Sarah Connor Charm School, and it’s always a delight to see her.
Now home, for the next leg of the summer travel: PARIS. I’ll be doing a daily travelogue from the City of Lights for
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