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I’ve spent the last almost-three weeks in my own personal “con season.” It’s been an amazing time, albeit exhausting. The bulk of the insanity was a 12-day, cross-country excursion to Tampa and Portland. I left home on April 16 and didn’t return until April 27—and then Outlantacon was 5 days after that!

I started my trip in Tampa for RainbowCon, which was pretty awesome. We had some great panel sessions—I sat on panels about author etiquette and stereotypes in fiction—and the vendor room stayed pretty busy. I left with just one book left from the ones I brought, though of course I had a stack of new ones I purchased from others! I shared a table with the fabulous Nicole Dennis, and we were set up right next to Grace R. Duncan, so we had a great time. It was so great to see so many friends again and to meet some new people. Best surprise: Brandon Shire stopping by! (He’s freaking adorable, too. LOL)

Once RainbowCon ended, I went home with cousins who live nearby for a couple of days off. I mostly did as little as possible: soaked in the hot tub, sat by the pool, ate some great food, and slept a lot. I did write a blog post and worked on plotting my next books, but I focused on resting up because I knew I’d need it!

On Wednesday, April 23, after a quick trip to St. Pete beach, I hopped a plane to Portland by way of Detroit, getting to the hotel at 10:30 local time. Naturally, my body felt like it was 1:30 a.m., so after unpacking the absolute bare minimum and drinking a little chocolate milk, I crashed hard. Thursday, I took care of two Portland touristy essentials: lunch from a food truck (a really good gyro) and doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts. When I got back, I started meeting up with people, and if I tried to list them all, I’d leave people out. But I got to see many of my favorite people and meet a bunch more, and that is always awesome.

The workshop itself was fun and interesting. Lots of information about sales and marketing, suggestions for writing specifics, and plenty of laughter. I had a good talk with Elizabeth North, pinning myself down to a three-book series commitment in the process (eep!), and several other Dreamspinner staffers, in addition to a bunch of authors. Nothing like feeling like you’ve found your people. 🙂

I did manage to squeeze in dinner with a local friend, though plans with another fell through just because I was too tired to think by then. I did hit up a couple more food trucks and wander through the Powell’s location at the airport. Portland is a lovely city, and I’d love to go back at some point.

I flew home last Sunday, along with Nessa Warin and Paul Richmond, which led to quite a bit of insanity, some of which might actually make it into a book (pokes Nessa). Of course, by the time I got home, I was dead on my feet and pretty much only had time to collapse into a bed. I did have to work the next day. 🙂

I survived last week, barely, and picked up J.P. Barnaby and Kage Alan from the airport on Thursday to kick things off. I went to the Eagle with J.P. and William Cooper for the Outlantacon kickoff party, had to work briefly Friday morning, and then spent the weekend doing the panels I listed on Friday and the rest of the time in the dealer room, selling books. We had a big pile of print copies of Butt Ninjas from Hell and sold quite a few. And of course we’re already planning for the next anthology or two. 😉

I’m finishing this up Sunday night, and I’m so tired it’s taking me twice as long to parse things as I go. I should probably stop writing and go get some sleep. Back to the EDJ in the morning!

Outlantacon Panel Schedule

GconThumbnailI’ll be at Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon this weekend, mostly doing things related to the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. When I’m not on a panel, I’ll have a spot in the vendor room, but here’s where you can come to listen to me blather:

Butt Ninjas from Hell: The Back Story
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 PM, Dekalb Room
It’s the sequel to Butt Pirates from Space! Meet the authors of the new Butt Ninjas from Hell Anthology prior to joining them for their book signing party. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, and Eden Winters. 

Writers Workshop Series: Fan Fiction vs Pro Writing

Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM, Decatur II

Some rules are universal, but there are a few distinct differences between writing fan based fiction vs the big leagues. Our experts share their secrets. Mentors: Shae Connor, JP Barnaby, and Kayelle Allen.


Butt Ninjas From Hell Book Release Party

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 PM, Magnolia Room (Con Suite)

Check out this ninja themed party and get to know the authors of the hot sequel to Butt Pirates in Space. Refreshments provided. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, Eden Winters


Whedon Universe!

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 PM, Decatur I

Can’t get enough Avengers, Buffy, Angel, or Firefly? Neither can we! Let’s talk about it. Presented by: Shae Connor, Kage Alan, and TC Blue



Sunday, May 4, 2:00 PM, Dekalb Room

Potter-verse, Pottermore, and beyond. We’re just wild about Harry. Presented by: JP Barnaby and Shae Connor.


Inspiration and Process

Sunday, May 4, 3:00 PM, Decatur I

How does an aspiring author find creative inspiration, stay motivated, and get from the blank page to editing the final draft? Presented by: Shae Connor and JP Barnaby.

Where to Find Me in 2014

Now that I’m signed up for GayRomLit, my conference schedule for 2014 is set. There are several other events I would love to attend, but I’ve had to keep things reined in due to limitations on time and money. Here’s where I’ll be this year:

RainbowCon, April 17–20, Tampa
Attending author
Panels: Author Etiquette (Thu 3pm), Author Q&A (Thu 4pm), Using Stereotypes to Your Advantage (Fri 3pm)

Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon, May 2–4, Atlanta
Panels TBD

Dragon Con, August 29–September 1, Atlanta
Daily Dragon staff; panels TBD

GayRomLit, October 16–19, Bloomingdale (Chicago)
General attendee

Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon Schedule

If you’re coming into Atlanta for Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon weekend, here’s where you’re likely to find me. All times/locations/etc. subject to change. I’ll also be around the vendor room off and on in between panels. 🙂

Saturday, May 4
10:00 AM
From Hoe to Pro (Dunwoody Room II)
For the self-proclaimed writing whores that would like to go professional. With Eden Winters.

11:00 AM
Writers Workshop: Traditional vs Self Publishing (Clairemont Boardroom)
Here’s the inside scoop on how to do it. With Kiernan Kelly.

2:oo PM
Writers Workshop: World Building (Clairemont Boardroom)
The environment we live in engages all our senses, sets a mood, and changes the way we interact with others. Shouldn’t your written environment do the same? With Kayelle Allen.

3:00 PM
Writers Workshop: Marketing for Authors (Clairemont Boardroom)
Think all marketing is the same? Think again. These experts reveal tips and tricks that are specific to authors. With Kayelle Allen.

4:00 PM
Butt Pirates in Space—the Back Story (Dekalb Room)
Meet the authors of the new Butt Pirates in Space Anthology prior to joining them for their book signing party. With Kiernan Kelly, T.C. Blue, and Kage Alan.

7:00–9:00 PM
Butt Pirates in Space Book Release Party (Con Suite)
Check out this 2 hr space pirate themed party and get to know the authors of this hot publication. With Kiernan Kelly, T.C. Blue, and Kage Alan.

Sunday, May 5
1:00 PM
Audience Turn-Offs in Social Media (Dekalb Room)
There are just some things you should never do online… especially if you are trying to promote your work. With Kayelle Allen.

3:00 PM
Lusting After Joss Whedon (Dekalb Room)
Part genius, part madman, Joss Whedon has given us greats like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, and the upcoming Avengers 2. Join artists as the discuss why they just can’t get enough of him. With Lee Martindale and TC Blue.

Wrapup: Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon

My first “official” author event was a huge amount of fun. I didn’t stress out terribly, other than, as I’ve told several people, feeling like I was turned up to 11 all the time, which is exhausting! 🙂

I had a wonderful time with Ariel Tachna and Nicki Bennett, who are funny and fabulous and plied me with mimosas, mmmm. We spend quite a bit of time writing, both during lulls at the table and after hours. I also got to meet Kiernan Kelly and Kayelle Allen, who are awesome. And, in an astounding feat, Eugie Foster and I met at a non-Dragon*Con-related event and the world did not come to an end! (For our next trick, we’ll try something unrelated to any convention. Be afraid.)

We had a pretty steady stream of people at the table throughout the weekend, and it was interesting to me as a first-timer to see what drew their attention. While I did have something on the table (the Uniform Appeal anthology, all I have in print with Dreamspinner at this point), the convention is, of course, oriented toward scifi/fantasy, so that’s most of what we had available. I’ve been reading almost exclusively contemporary so far, but I picked up a ghost story and found a few more I want to read, too.

(Also, after telling Andrea Speed via Twitter that I’d sold a copy of Infected: Prey, I ended up in one of the most surreal tweet exchanges ever. It’s a very long story involving rental animal ripoffs.)

I spent other money, too, of course. The biggest thing: I ordered a corset. I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while, and the guys from Marvelous Mayhem were on hand with some of their beautiful products. Mine will need to be custom, since the standard size is too small in the bust and too large in the hips (as usual for me), so I won’t have it in time for this year’s Dragon*Con. But look out in 2012! 😉

Downside: I never did get to meet Amber Benson. Ah well. With any luck, she’ll be at Dragon*Con sometime soon!

Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon This Weekend

Coming up this weekend, May 13–15, I’ll be helping (wo)man the Dreamspinner Press table at Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon, along with Ariel Tachna and Nicki Bennett

The convention is at the Holiday Inn Select Perimeter here in Atlanta. Special guest is Amber Benson!

Dealer hours are 4–8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sunday. Come on by and say hi!

>Upcoming releases, submissions, and conventions

>I’ve been falling down on the job around here. A few updates:

  • Silver Publishing’s Never Say Never Valentine’s Day anthology, which includes my short story “Stripped,” will be out Saturday, February 12.
  • My standalone short story “The Cabin on the Hill” will be out Wednesday, February 16, from Dreamspinner Press.
  • I’ve just submitted a short story for an upcoming Dreamspinner anthology and have another in the works.
  • My first novel, “Sand and Water,” is progressing through editing and revisions. I’m shooting for a March submission.
  • I plan to attend two conventions here in Atlanta with Dreamspinner. Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon is May 13–15, and Dragon*Con is September 2–5. Hope to see you there!