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Mary Sue Cthulhu Conquers Fandom Fest

Published August 7, 2013 by admin

So most people think I do everything myself. This isn’t true. I have a lot of people I enlist for help. I also have a presence that skulks around me. It’s usually too shy to say anything other than to whisper all the ideas that I should be working on in my ear. After all, how do I manage a persona that’s so sweetly evil? Well, cons apparently bring this elusive muse out of hiding and for the first time ever I was able to capture her on film when she thought I wasn’t looking.

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SH Roddey and I had set up our booth with all our lovely books and swaggy items. The problem was that we both had panels at some point, so we needed help to watch this thing and network for us. Just when I thought all was lost, I suddenly realized that someone had tagged along with me…

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While Booth Babe Bill is more than capable of handling things, sometimes genre stuff takes a special touch. Enter Mary Sue Cthulhu. She accompanied me last year to panels, but was picture shy. This year she has a new zombie sock monkey hat that apparently gives her the confidence to show herself to the masses. Here she is handing out Lost in the Shadows swag.

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Thankfully Susan didn’t mind when Mary Sue Cthulhu tried to give her pointers on engaging the public.

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She really hit it off with J. Cornell Michel (author of Jordan’s Brains)  in the booth next door. She either has developed a taste for zombie fiction or liked feeding on her brain purse.

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At one point I was back and forth at panels so I lost track of where she went. Then we all turned around and saw that she’d got herself into a bit of a, well…situation…

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Sigh. I keep telling her she can’t taunt ghostbusters, but she never listens to me.

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Thankfully, she got away and hid among the Seventh Star Press stacks.

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She’s an old-school sort of girl, so she’s not sure how to take urban fantasy. She and John F. Allen had words, but I think they finally reached an understanding.

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She was really intrigued Haunting Obsession, though.

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….Although she may have been a little too enthusiastic when she got a chance to meet the author, Rj Sullivan.

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I’m not surprised to find that she really loves Poseidon’s Children, especially with all the killer fish people in it.

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She may be the epitome of a sparkly evil eldergoddess, but she’s also a fangirl at heart. Michael West totally made her day!

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At this point J.L. Mulvihill came along and reminded us that we had the cosplay panel.

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She was a little self-conscious since she only had the one outfit. Thankfully, J.L. graciously let her borrow another hat so she could be appropriately steampunk.

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She took a break after the panel to admire Alexx Miller’s jewelry…

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Then she noticed Josh Young of Jitterbug PR giving out free stuff, so she wanted to check out the bookmarks…

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She may have gotten a little carried away with the free candy, but to be fair she hadn’t devoured many souls so she had to keep her energy up, somehow.

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But then it was back to business. She feels that I need to bump up my publicity, so she sat down with Josh to discuss my options for me.

I’m lucky to have such a great muse and helper (even if she is either too shy to show her face or a complete ham once she gets going). She definitely kept things interesting. Who knows? Maybe she’ll show her face again in the future. You never know where a sparkly eldergoddess will pop up…

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Fandom Fest Picture Fest: Meet my author buds!

Published August 3, 2013 by admin

So what would a con be without a picture post or three thousand? I’m going to share some of my misadventures with everyone in visual format. Not only will you be able to put faces to names, but you’ll be able to put links to faces and names as well, so you’ll get to check out all these authors’ work along with seeing their wondrous visages!

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Was so excited to finally meet the uber-talented John F. Allen, author of The God Killers. He’s a trip and a half and he treated us to an impromptu, rather intriguing reading of his book. It was also fun times to see my bud J.L. Mulvihill again. We did the cosplay panel and improv panel together, and fun times abounded (along with talking camels and corsets. It’s a long story, trust me). Her book Boxcar Baby is just out, and definitely worth a read!

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Rockin’ it out with Rj Sullivan, whom I met in person for the first time! He’s the author of Haunting Obsession, definitely worth a read!

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This is Alexx Miller mugging with J.L.’s Steampunk Squirrels. Her blog is amazing and you should check it out right now. Her husband is the always-insightful Charlie Kenmore, who writes some really great stuff of differing types, as well.  He’s usually behind the camera, doing his artsy avante-garde style photography thing, thumbs and blurry photos and all! <g>

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John Allen again, with his utterly incredible personal assistant living it up in the background. S.H. Roddey is also there with me, and judging by how happy we are, this is probably after we got to check out John’s impromptu reading.

Note: I have no idea why I have no normal shots of Eric Garrison  (Four ’til Late) or Michael West (every new horror book ever), but they are incredibly talented, as well. Also not pictured is our table-mate M.B. Weston who is a rockin’ YA author, and L. Andrew Cooper, who was incredibly insightful on the horror panel with me (and has suffered my author interviews on this blog in the past <g>)

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This is Stephen Zimmer, rock star among authors. Not only did he coordinate the lit track, save us when we got locked out of the hall, get us badges, and get our schedules up, but he also allows us to mercilessly harass him by claiming it’s his birthday while out to eat (not my doing) and taking obnoxious, spur-of-the-moment photos of him (obviously totally my doing).  I’m not entirely convinced that he’s human and not some super-author android sent to outdo all us mere mortals with his works of epic and urban fantasy.

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This is Ali Justice, adorable steampunk girl and PR Person extraordinaire. Seriously, she’ll blow your mind with how much she knows. She’s part of the powerhouse behind Jitterbug PR, which you should check out if you’re an author.

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No idea who this weirdo is, other than that he kept following me around all weekend. Actually, that would be the other part of Jitterbug PR, Josh Young. He does know what he’s doing even if he follows me around making faces like that instead of working his table.

So now that you’ve met most of the gang, next picture post we’ll take a look at the very serious, very literary things we all get up to at these things.

WeWriWa: The Legend of Shadow Trace

Published July 28, 2013 by admin

So since I’m doing a panel at Fandom Fest about the challenges of Coauthoring today, I thought my eight for weekend writing warriors would be from my latest release with S.H. Roddey, the short story collection, Lost in the Shadows.

This is from my short The Legend of Shadow Trace, Idea Thief. It’s a story I’ve had kicking around for years, and it’s so quirky and weird I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I think it definitely belongs in this collection, and I’m proud of its uniqueness.

The Eight:

Notorious burglar Shadow Trace dreamed last night. He dreamed long and deep of a time long ago when he wore khakis and wire-rimmed glasses, and answered to Clemmy Floyd. Back then he fumbled with stealing a paperclip from the office, never mind a toaster or a heart.
With itchy fingers he walked through the desert, his loafers battered with the scritch of grains from the hourglass. His skin boiled to a lovely shade of crimson, burning away to peel off and reveal the hardened chameleon inside. He trudged past cleaned bones and jutting cacti, not lookin’, not thinkin’, just walkin’, and waitin’. He walked ten years without needing anything at all. He took no food, no water, no soul, no air.

Want more snippets? Then check out Weekend Writing Warriors!

To find out what happens to Shadow Trace (along with other awesome stories), check out the new book!

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Journey with authors Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey to a world where every idea is a possibility and every genre an invitation.

In this collection of forty-seven short stories, lines blur and worlds collide in strange and wonderful new ways.

Get lost with the authors as they wander among fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other speculative musings.

Shadows can’t hurt you, and sometimes it’s all right to venture off the path.

Tidbit: Candles, from Lost in the Shadows

Published July 27, 2013 by admin

So since today one of the panels I’m moderating is about horror, I thought I’d give you a taste of my zombie story. This takes place on Christmas Eve, and is about a makeshift little family trying to keep some sense of normalcy while the undead stalk their hiding place.

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“Joy, joy, joy!” Andy sing-songed. He was always doing that, making up little tunes from something one of them said. It had been cute when they’d lived in a nice house and had only the usual things to worry about. The last time he’d done it he’d alerted a shuffling corpse that had gone off on its own for some reason, though that wasn’t usually part of zombie behavior.
No. You know why that thing was on its own. She cleared her throat and blushed when Tony rolled his eyes. He knew how she covered her emotions all too well. You didn’t cover them up then, did you? You ran out and saw your little boy about to meet the same fate as your baby girl. You did what any mother would have done. She shivered and wrapped the blanket tighter. It was so hard to get warm when she’d lost so much weight and her clothes hung on her. You rushed right out, Grant’s advice be damned, and tore that bastard apart limb from limb. She could still feel the blood oozing over her hands, the cold flesh soft and slimy in her grip and smearing dirt on her clothes. It was only once she’d taken the head and gone to retrieve the pieces for burning that she thought to look at the face.
Jason. The thing after her son was half-eaten and had suffered more decay than any living thing had a right to, but it had been Jason. It was hard to feel joy after that.

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Want more? You know where to find it!

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Journey with authors Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey to a world where every idea is a possibility and every genre an invitation.

In this collection of forty-seven short stories, lines blur and worlds collide in strange and wonderful new ways.

Get lost with the authors as they wander among fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other speculative musings.

Shadows can’t hurt you, and sometimes it’s all right to venture off the path.

Tidbit: On Fire, from Lost in the Shadows

Published July 26, 2013 by admin

So presuming Susan and I haven’t taken Louisville by storm and made everyone our minions yet, Fandom Fest officially kicks off today! My commitment tonight is helping out with Author Karaoke at 8:30 pm at Room 106, so in honor of that, here’s a short little blurb from one of my stories in the new book, Lost in the Shadows. This short bit is from the story On Fire, about a DJ who suddenly has to find a change in direction…or else.

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The part of him that knew when to switch songs and when to hold back, the part that lived by the downbeat and the catchy hooks knew without a doubt that there was someplace he had to be. He exited his apartment, braced himself at the entrance to his building, and squinted into the oncoming night. His feet began to walk and he felt every step, every moment of contact against the crumbling street. Once he had danced on angels and demon
wannabes before bedding them, but now he trudged down the road with his long coat flapping to the crooning melody of a melancholy piano.

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Intrigued? You can find the rest of that story along with many others in Lost in the Shadows!

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Journey with authors Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey to a world where every idea is a possibility and every genre an invitation.

In this collection of forty-seven short stories, lines blur and worlds collide in strange and wonderful new ways.

Get lost with the authors as they wander among fantasy, horror, science fiction, and other speculative musings.

Shadows can’t hurt you, and sometimes it’s all right to venture off the path.

Fandom Fest, ahoy!

Published July 25, 2013 by admin

So at the moment I’m going through the frenzy of packing, juggling some irritations and disappointments, and just plain rushing around the house like a maniac.

Yep, must be con-time. I’ll try to schedule some little posts here and there to amuse you, and I may try to post some pics to my twitter feed as they happen (no promises on FB – I’m bound and determined to not be one of those that’s plugged into everything all the time, but we’ll see how long I last). Anywho, expect many stories of my misadventures on my return! You know there’s going to be some, because I’m going to be bumming round with Susan Roddey, John Allen, Jen Mulvihill, Stephen Zimmer, Ali Justice, and many others. Fun will about and mayhem will occur! (or so I’ve been told…not that I would ever encourage anything like that…)

As a reminder, here’s where you can find me:

 

Friday: Author Karaoke 8:30 PM, Room 106

Saturday: Cheap and Easy Cosplay, 10AM, Room 109

Author on author interviews – 11:30 AM, Room 106

An Exploration of Horror: 4 PM, Room 106

Improv Storytelling: 5:30 PM, Room 106

Sunday: Challenges of Coauthoring: 11:30AM, Room 107

 

Other than that, I’ll be at the table right across from Seventh Star Press, and I’ve got books and other goodies, and some awesome swag. You’ll definitely want to stop by and see what we’re all getting up to!