The family and I attended Westercon 66 in Sacramento this past weekend (July 4-7) as the central event of our little summer vacation. I came prepared to do a reading of QUEEN OF HUNGER (hell, I could practically recite the first 100 pages by heart) but I didn’t really think anything would come of it. That’ll teach me to doubt. Not only did I read, I passed out a grip of promotional materials and had my own cosplayer! Now you don’t have to be a fellow geek to know how cool it is to have a reader like your work enough to dress up like them in public. Thank you to my Mama Leah costumed friend, and all my other friends and supporters who came around to hear of Mama, Teach, Mona, and Wyatt. It really helps to know you’re out there reading, and listening and loving every minute.
The reading went quite well and I got to hear from a few other talented writers as well. Their names and book links are listed below in the order we read. I will say that it continues to be entertaining to read out loud and observe the reactions of some listeners to my “urban” style and frank language. When I drop that first f-bomb and the listener blanches I always think to myself, Honey, you ain’t heard nothing yet. I admit that I’m starting to wonder if the reaction isn’t just to the word fuck, but to me somehow. But that’s another post.
In addition to the reading, I attended several panels about issues facing women in gaming and geek culture, received a list of princess fairy tales from around the world, and learned to build a quickie air-propelled rocket. I’m finding myself falling in love with fan conventions. Where else could I do all of that in a weekend and attend a concert by the Phenomenauts and and go to several parties, see a drink mixing robot, sip margaritas with a guy who would later dress as Grimlock, and learn to play roulette with two very lovely spies? OH, and have my daughter photographed with Captain America? Yeah, a small hotel in Sacramento, CA.
Thank you to the organizers, programming staff, and all the fans at Westercon 66 this year. It was a blast.
Authors from the Open Reading:
Phyllis Kalbach, Blue Eden: The future after the ice melts
Eileen Rendahl, Don’t Kill the Messenger
Leslie Light, Queen of Hunger
Stephen Rose, Jr., The Fool’s Illusion
QUEEN OF HUNGER has been out for a couple of weeks now and it is slowly building momentum on Amazon — thanks in part to all of you. Please, continue to link it to your friends and if you enjoyed the read, a good review on Amazon would be awesome. Amazon reviews are the heart of the recommendation and ranking system for Kindle eBooks, so everything thing helps. Thanks in advance for that.
BUT! That’s not what I logged in to tell you today. Today, I have another announcement.
I, your local author, will be on three panels at my local science fiction/fantasy fandom convention — BayCon — May 24-27!
This is awesome for a number of reasons.
- My family has been attending BayCon as staffers and patrons almost every year for the last ten, so finally being on the other side of the panel table is a real thrill.
- This will give me a chance to introduce QUEEN OF HUNGER to my ideal audience — speculative fiction fans like myself.
- I’ll also get to chat endlessly about other topics that I care a great deal about to an interested audience.
My three panels:
- How To Be a Better Game Master: In which I’ll discuss various table top RPGs that I’ve run and how I kept my players coming back for more.
- Fans of Color in SF/F Fandom: In which we’ll review the current state of the art and hopefully inspire us all for what’s ahead.
- Themed Reading: Urban Fantasy II: This is the big deal for me as it’ll be my first public reading/discussion of QUEEN OF HUNGER. eeek!
Outside of these events, we’ll just be there enjoying our friends, trying out new things, and mostly romping around being fans. I’ll have badge ribbons to give and trade (if you’re not hip to the badge ribbon game, check here for a Doctor Who convention discussion on them) and will be ready to talk your ear off about the book.
Have a question? Find me and let’s discuss.
I look forward to the convention as it marks another mile on this journey. May your life continue to be an adventure. Mine certainly is.
EDIT: The dates for BayCon are May 24-27, 2013. My apologies for anyone I led astray with my bad information design.