Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Archon 40: What I took from it

I had the privilege of going to Archon 40, the Sci-Fi Fantasy convention in St. Louis, and it was a lot of fun. Mostly.

There were a number of authors, artists, editors, etc that came to the three day event, and the programming was filled with seminars for aspiring writers and editors, activities for kids, meet and greets with writers and Babylon 5 star Claudia Christian, and a number of cosplay events.

All in all I had a good time, but it was tiring as the panels were all back to back to back, sometimes with no more than two minutes to be ready for the next one. On the first day I spent seven hours in panels, and had two hours of break in which I could eat or shop. The next day was eight hours of panels, and again I only had about two hours to my own time between them.

I did get some good stuff out of the convention, as well as a few good books and baubles. Here are some of my highlights.

Friday, September 16, 2016

New Submissions, Defunct Publishers, and a Reading Challenge Update.

It's September already. Where does the time go?

If you care to know, I am currently working on several writing projects, while also staying incredibly busy at work. Not to mention, I've got to get my PS4 time in, and football season means Fantasy Football on Sundays, even though I officially hate the NFL.

Yeah, busy. Here is the breakdown.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sword Art Online: What the video games are missing

Sword Art Online is a very popular anime/manga that follows the story of a young man trapped in a virtual reality MMO. Ten thousand people log into the game only to find they cannot log out. Their bodies are in a state of slumber/comatose until someone beats the final boos and everyone is released. If someone in the real world tries to disconnect a player from the physical hardware, the person will die. If their avatar is defeated in the game, they will die in real life.

And so begins the drama of living in a death game.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Rams to LA: It Wasn't "Good" Business

From the moment it was announced the rhetoric began. It came from the owners who had voted and lobbied for it. It came from the lawyers on staff at ESPN. It came from the the hall of fame players who spent time on the team. They were all saying the same thing about the St. Louis Rams being moved back to Los Angeles:

"You have to understand the business side of it."

Most would agree, those of us in St. Louis had a right to feel upset, disappointed, and even betrayed. Yet, many insisted it was strictly business. This was the best move for the Rams and the NFL because it meant more money would be made for the League and the team. This meant it was a smart business decision, and an acceptable outcome. Money makes the world go 'round after all.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

End of June Updates

It's been longer than I'd like since I last posted in the ol' blog, so it's time for an update post.

I have been working on some material for this outlet, however, I've found myself working through a lengthy post on a topic I'm very passionate about, and I'm taking my time to get it right. This is what's been happening in the meantime.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Friends and Patrons: Available on iBooks for Free

Last year I started a GoFundMe to visit a hotel in western Missouri, the subject of a short story I was writing. Every person who donated money got a special short story written just for them. I compiled the shorts into a collection and called it, Friends & Patrons. Just last month I distributed it to everyone who had been so generous as to help me pursue my story.