cream city review @ AWP

Next week I’ll be at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C. I’m looking forward to attending some great panels (like “The Animal That Therefore I Am: “I”-ing and Eyeing the Animal), going to great readings, reconnecting with writing friends, and discovering great journals at the Book Fair. If you’reContinue reading “cream city review @ AWP”

NerdCon Schedule

The first Rocket City NerdCon starts tonight! Here’s an updated listing of my panel schedule: Friday, 5:00PM – Readings by the North Alabama Science Fiction Writers and Cake Appreciation SocietyLocal writers belonging to NASFWCAS read their science fiction and fantasy short stories. Friday, 7:30PM – Residential Science Fiction and Fantasy WorkshopsWhat’s it like to attendContinue reading “NerdCon Schedule”

Upcoming Event: Panel at NerdCon

I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting a panel at the first Rocket City NerdCon. I’ll share photographs and stories from my experiences at Clarion West and Kij Johnson’s Beginning Novel Workshop at the University of Kansas. I’ll discuss the benefits of residential writing workshops and compare them with the experience of gettingContinue reading “Upcoming Event: Panel at NerdCon”

My Ace Outfit: Doctor Who Cosplay

When I found out that Sylvester McCoy would be in town for our local Dr. Who convention, I knew I wanted to try to dress up as Ace, his companion. Ace is a kick ass partner for the doctor. She’s a chemistry whiz, and uses her abilities to make an explosive she calls Nitrus 9.Continue reading “My Ace Outfit: Doctor Who Cosplay”

Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014

Art by Carly Strickand On Saturday, Bryan of Geek Notions and I traveled to Birmingham for the Alabama Phoenix Festival. This was an excellent con – just big enough to have a great variety of panels, guests, and vendors, but not so huge that it was overwhelming. Everyone I interacted with was laid back andContinue reading “Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014”

Con*Stellation XXXI: Perseus

This year I dove into Con*Stellation, spending more than twenty hours there over the course of the weekend. I went to many panels, attended the art auction, nibbled on cashews at the Friday night reception, and hung out in the dealer’s room with my fellow Trek club friend Laura.  Here are my favorite moments fromContinue reading “Con*Stellation XXXI: Perseus”

Con*Stellation Time Again!

Art by David O. Miller This weekend is my local science fiction convention, Con*Stellation. I had a wonderful time last year at the 30th Anniversary con, and I’m looking forward to a great convention this year. On Friday evening at 7:00PM the local writing group, the Science Fiction Writers and Cake Appreciation Society, will be readingContinue reading “Con*Stellation Time Again!”

Gaming with Strangers (Deep South Con 50)

I’d just come from a panel and I was making my way to the autograph table to see which authors had signed up for a time slot. A woman stood in the middle of the walkway with the top of a game box in her hand. “Want to play a game of Munchkin?” she askedContinue reading “Gaming with Strangers (Deep South Con 50)”