Videos and Writing and Conventions, Oh My

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Let us start with the conventions.

I will have an author table at Con Nooga X in the Exhibitor hall, Row B, table 8. I have 9 full sets of all six titles currently available in the Waves of Darkness series. (I am short one copy of Blood Curse of having 10 full sets.)

I will hold the drawing for the next to last Red Shirt spot in Maelstrom of Fate during the convention.

I do not have any panels this year at this convention, so I’ll be in the exhibitor’s hall from open to close each day, and wandering the con the rest of the time.

I am currently working on the second video in my Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus series. I should have it live on Youtube sometime tomorrow.

Finally, on the writing front I’ve been making decent progress on the episodes for the second season of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe. I’ve reached new territory on it, meaning I hadn’t plotted this far ahead when I set it aside a few years ago to finish up Waves of Darkness.

I will probably start shopping the serial around to publishers in late summer or early fall. Hopefully, I can have the first episode live by the start of next year.

 

Video Readings Series Launch!

The first edition/episode of my new Readings from the Log of the Pirate Ship Incubus has been uploaded to Youtube. (The link on the title will take you to the video.) This first video is of the Once Upon a Tide from Blood Curse; A Pirate is Born.

This has been a learning experience for me, and I’ve already thought of a few improvements to implement on the next video in the series.

Now it is up to you, maties, to make ‘er go viral!

Random Thoughts

I hate having the creative urge hit when I’m at work, and I can’t DO anything about it. Not only have I gotten off my regular blog posting schedule this year, I have not been able to get time this week to work on the recording portion of my readings videos. Only just today have I managed to snag enough time to collect a few of the static elements: background texture for text, images from the blog media file to denote which portion of the Readers Refuge the chosen selections are posted in, and the font I want to use for the title and captions. I bought music and a video clip of a tall ship this weekend from Pond5.

Next week, I have to take two days off (at least) for one day of jury selection. I’ll be on night shift, and I just don’t see working an 11 hour shift then staying up all day in a courtroom or vice versa. Normally I work 10 hour shifts, but the past two weeks have seen an increase in overtime. When I’m on day shift, I’m pulling a 50+ hour work week. Thankfully, my employer isn’t requiring five-day weeks for night shift (yet), so those weeks only go up to 44 hours.

It is striking me as weird typing this, and I just realized why. I’ve been texting a lot lately, and my computer keyboard doesn’t make little boop noises for each keystroke like my phone does.

I just hope if I do get picked for a jury that the trial doesn’t overlap/interfere with ConNooga. Payment for table space and a membership badge are non-refundable. Still, if it happens, at least it will only interfere with the Friday, not the entire weekend. Never heard of court being in session on Saturday or Sunday.

I still haven’t heard if I’ll be on any panels or not. If not, I can spend most of my time at my author table. It’d be nice to not have to bring books back home.

I have acquired a new fan at work in my former department (I was transferred to the prep line from hang-on-parts back in October). This was a direct result of my campaigning for The Daedalus Enigma during the P&E Readers’ Poll. One of the new hires is an avid reader and checked out the books. He’s already on Silent Fathoms and trying to get his wife hooked on the series!

I need to wrap this up. I need to shower and go to bed; and we’re also starting to get the leading edge of a severe storm front…. I think the shower might have to wait until morning. Crud.

Goodnight.

Not So Secret Seekrit Projekt

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I am preparing to start production of a series of Youtube videos. I plan to do readings using the excerpts posted on this site in the Readers’ Refuge. This idea started forming about a week ago; and it just feels like a good way to reach a wider audience and boost readership and book sales.

We shall see.

When each video is completed and published, I will link it on the relevant excerpt page as well as announce it on the main blog.

Fred Korematsu ~ January 30, 1919 – March 30, 2005

By Hook Or By Book

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Today’s Google Doodle which is illustrated by artist Sophie Diao, honors the birthday of Fred Toyosaboro Korematso who was a civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. He bravely challenged the orders of Franklin D. Roosevelt and subsequently became a fugitive, before eventually being captured and sent to an internment camp in Utah with his family until the end of the war. Both California and Virginia are the only two states who recognize this courageous man each January 30th.

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If you have the feeling that something is wrong, don’t be afraid to speak up.

~ Fred Korematsu ~

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Captain’s Log: Chattacon 42 and Other News

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Despite only selling one copy of Blood Curse at the convention (to my tablemate J.L. Mulvihill), I had a great time at Chattacon. I made some new friends and said hello to some old ones I hadn’t seen in person since last year. The weather was unnaturally balmy for January, but crowds were almost as small as they’d been two years previously when the temps were in the single digits (also unnatural weather for this area). I think this was largely due to the lack of available hotel rooms at the Choo Choo.

Slowly but surely, the facility is shifting away from being a hotel. Already one of the three hotel buildings has been converted to apartments, and a second is in the process of being converted. This left only one hotel building and the rail cars for hotel space. What this means for future conventions which use the Choo Choo is uncertain.

Another factor which hurt was the passing of one of the largest, and longest attending vendors Friday morning before the start of the convention.

Since I only had a signing and two panels, I spent most of the convention in the dealer room. I forgot to get over to the art show, something I usually manage to do; but I did attend Jen’s reading. She has a delightfully twisted imagination, I must say. I also attended the LibertyCon room party, the Molly Maguires concert, and most of the Vamp Valley Vixens burlesque show.

They did a silly game show, The Giant Wheel of Whatever!, during intermission and gave away prizes. Winners got nifty donated prizes ranging from anime toys to a pair of Hypericon tickets. Losers got their choice of white chocolate or milk chocolate dick pops with real nuts in the nuts. (Those were exactly what they sound like.)

The theme of the convention this year was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, yet a very large portion of the cosplay was Steampunk. It varies year to year. One year saw several pirates at the convention.

I’d like to congratulate Brandon Garrison for winning the dubious honor of being red-shirted in Maelstrom of Fate. (The link is for the Youtube video of the drawing.) There are still two spots open and six current entrants in the running. If you’d like your name added to the hat, just comment here, Facebook, or Plurk.

I also picked up three new books from Stephanie Osborn: Division One: Alpha and Omega (her new SF series), Fear in the French Quarter: Displaced Detective #6 (I LOVE this Sherlock Holmes series), and Science Fiction by Scientists anthology.

I will be back in the dealer room at next year’s Chattacon.

In other news: I will be an author guest at Hallowcon this year the last weekend of October. This convention is under new management determined to revitalize the convention, and has been moved from Dalton, Georgia to East Ridge, Tennessee. Joe Dog plans to have at least 20 hours of programming. The theme will be The Late Night Double Feature Picture Show (you know the one). Last year’s theme was Vampirates. Really wish I could’ve made that one.

Anywho, I will be starting on my first round of revisions on Maelstrom of Fate very soon, so I can get it in to my publisher. I hope to get the book out IN October this year. I’d like to launch it at Hallowcon.