We’re about two weeks away from Lilac City Comicon 2015 in Spokane, Washington. The event runs one day, May 30th, and I’m happy to say I will be there alongside the incredibly talented Josh Montreuil! Josh will be doing sketches and selling prints.
I will be bringing copies of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road as well as a bunch of Bell Caravan Patches and as always there will be a ton of free swag. If you’re in the Spokane area on May 30th and attending the convention come visit us at booth C-01. Map below:
I’m looking forward to hanging out with Josh, talking Lovecraft, slinging some books, and seeing all the cosplay. There’s a great list of participants (check out the guest list and the exhibitor list) it’ll be fun meeting everyone. So mark your calendars, I’ll see you there!
This weekend I wrapped up my second convention. That means it’s time for a con debrief! (See the last debrief here.) I spent four amazing days hanging out with the good people of Norwescon 38 in SeaTac, Washington. There’s something very awesome about small sci-fi/fantasy conventions. Everyone is always warm and friendly, and there is a lot of support from fellow attendees, the whole place feels a bit like a family reunion.
The convention was four days. I arrived on Thursday afternoon. I took what pictures I could but I didn’t get nearly enough. (There’s a few more on Instagram.) Unlike other dealers a guy with a couple of books doesn’t take long to setup. So I was ready to go pretty quick. Before the dealer room even opened I had already sold a few books.
Unlike SpoCon, I solo’d Norwescon. Not sure I’d do that again. I spent most of Friday and Saturday on my feet 11+ hours straight. Evenings involved me returning home, killing a martini, and then crashing out. That said, the exhaustion was worth it, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
My biggest news: by the end of the con I sold every copy of The Stars Were Right that I had on hand. I even had to bring in my last box for Saturday. Everyone was excited to pick up the series and honestly I hadn’t expected such enthusiasm. I hope everyone enjoys the beginning of Wal’s story. There’s a lot more to come and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.
Okay, to the highlights:
- Obviously, selling out of The Stars Were Right and most of my stock of Old Broken Road. I never expect this. (You can still get paperbacks from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, I’ll have more copies soon.)
- Meeting Ace, Rob, Dizzy, Xoie, Jennifer, Friday, Michael, Little Bear, Lee, other Michael, and all you other wonderful folks who I either missed or whose names I forgotten. You made a guy feel pretty darn great. Thank you. <3
- The cosplay. Oh, my stars and garters, the cosplay! It was all so good. You all outdid yourselves.
- Hearing from folks who had started my books before Norwescon was even over. I love it when folks are that excited. Thanks for stopping by and telling me that you were enjoying them.
- The official Norwescon social media stream. Seriously, follow them on Instagram and Twitter, they’re awesome.
- The Philip K. Dick Awards — Congrats to the winner, Meg Elison and to the special citation winner, Jennifer Marie Brissett. Well deserved.
- Seeing Matt and Shannon from Seattle Geekly. Great people.
- The name tag ribbons, no… seriously. I had no idea.
- Ace’s resonate reading of the first page of The Stars Were Right. (Seriously, dude, consider VO work. Say it with me: “In a world…”)
- Meeting the badass Michael G. Munz. Go buy his book: Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure.
- Having folks who attended SpoCon swing by to tell me they loved The Stars Were Right and were eager to dive into Old Broken Road.
- Finally meeting Lee French in person. We’ve followed each other on Twitter for a while. There’s a pic of us smiling over on her wrap-up post. I recommend checking it out.
- Whoever was playing the violin on Sunday. It was lovely.
- Having an entire group of roommates buy copies of my books. (Instant book club! I’m sorry I can’t remember everyones names.)
- Talking hiking with a con attendee. I learned about some hot spring in the Olympics I never knew existed. Now to find time to go hike to them.
- George R. R. Martin taking his picture on the Iron Throne with fans.
- Did I mention I SOLD OUT of The Stars Were Right? I need to hustle to get fresh copies for the next con!
- Everyone person who offered to spell me (especially you Diz, Ace, and Friday) your willingness to help me out meant a lot. I owe you one.
- I met the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa! He was as charming as you’d expect and also happened to be one of Norwescon’s founders.
- The diversity and openness and acceptance between attendees. Everyone was super considerate and really encouraging.
I’m still dealing with the comedown portion of the con. It was surreal going back to a world where folks didn’t wear steampunk costumes and didn’t dress like elven princesses every day. (Seriously, what’s wrong with the world today?) Sunday night I arrived home exhausted, feeling very accomplished, and missing all you crazy people. I’m glad I went.
There’s no rest for the wicked. Work had been crazy this week and I’m already waist deep in preparing for my next outing. After all, CthulhuCon is coming.
Just a quick update to announce that I launched a new section here on the blog. Behold! The new Appearances tab. This year I am really upping my sci-fi/fantasy convention attendance. I had a blast at SpoCon 2014 and I look forward to hanging out with readers at future conventions. I figured it’d be good to create a space where I list out where I am going and when. That way you can see if I’m coming to a con near you. Click here to check it out now or navigate to it from the main menu. I’ll see you at the cons!
Have a local sci-fi/fantasy convention near you that you think I should attend? Shoot me an email and let me know about it. I’d love to see if I can’t make it work.
Saturday comes to a close, and the weekend is half over. Still, it feels like a full weekend already. This morning Kari-Lise and I attended an antique event/sale in Enumclaw, Washington, which was a first for us. Neither of us have ever been out there but we both agreed it was beautiful. It’s nestled along the western edge of the Cascades. With the low clouds, the thin creeping fog, and changing trees, it really felt like fall. Fall is the best.
As far as projects go: today, I got some design work done for the upcoming launch. Continued finalizing edits on Old Broken Road (getting so, so close.) And, I finished the last bits of swag. Oh! Something new has cropped up on Goodreads. You should check it out here. Add it to your to-read list!
I’m not slowing down. Work will continue in earnest tomorrow. (Though I’ll pause for a bit as Greenbay plays the Bears. Go Greenbay!) Hope the rest of the weekend is great for everyone else.
We’re only a month away so it’s time to announce that I’ll be traversing the Cascade Mountains and traveling to the eastside of the state to attend SpoCon 2014 in Spokane, Washington! Woohoo! The show runs August 15th-17th and I’ll be there the whole time slingin’ books. If you’re attending, stop by my booth and say hello. I’m bringing plenty of copies of The Stars Were Right as well as a bunch of free swag.
Details are still being sorted out and I am sure I’ll have more information as we draw closer to the actual date. If you live in the area and are interested in attending you can find out more about SpoCon at spocon.org. Hope to see you at the con!