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Round Up Time #authorevents #outandabout #blogging #holdontothelight

trish-with-mister-fuzzypantsWhile October is usually extremely busy for me, being that I tend to write dark fantasy, dark SF, and horror, October 2016 is especially so! I’m back in my blogging saddle, so let me give you a quick round-up of things to expect (some of which do make blogging challenging because I’m not at home much). Here you go:

This week, I had a most wonderful time being on The Taco Society Presents television show!  You can see the whole thing here.

I also had a great dinner/marketing/shop-talking evening yesterday with the Massachusetts SciFi & Fantasy Authors.

TOMORROW, October 22: I’ll be at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival! I’m super excited about that, AND I will have a limited (only 18 copies) run of a glossy softcover edition of “Tea with Mr. Fuzzypants” for sale. They’ll be numbered and with some surprise original drawings inside by me! Besides myself, there are about 35 other amazing horror authors who will be signing, a great set of panels, and all sorts of Halloween surprises, so do come and check it out.

On Monday, October 24, I will have a special blog post as part of the #HoldOntoTheLight movement, where over 100 authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror talk about their experiences with bullying, mental illness, and more. Find out more about this important movement on their website, and check out my Monday blog for my experience.

About the campaign:

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

Please consider donating to or volunteering for organizations dedicated to treatment and prevention such as: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Hope for the Warriors (PTSD), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Canadian Mental Health Association, MIND (UK), SANE (UK), BeyondBlue (Australia), To Write Love On Her Arms and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

On Wednesday October 26, I’ll work out another #WriterlyWednesday post about…National Novel Writing Month and be at The Children’s Friend with the Worcester Writers Collaborative, getting in some fiction or poetry words before the big push of NaNoWriMo.

On Thursday, October 27, I’ll be running my Group Tarot Workshop at Generations in Oxford, MA. If you are interested in learning Tarot for divination or writing or your own personal interest, come join us! I’ll be looking at the “scariest” cards in the deck, and sharing a little surprise.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, I’ll be in the Salem Open Market festival with the New England Horror Writers, where we’ll be having a launch party for our latest anthology, Wicked Witches!

And then, Monday, October 31, it’s Halloween, and I plan on snuggling up to the hubby and watching scary movies and getting cheap take-out. Because that’s how you romance this girl, right here. ❤  (Also, due to our location, we don’t actually get trick-or-treaters… which is sad.)

What are you folks up to? Hopefully the rest of your Halloween Month is as full of treats as mine has been so far!

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Networking (aka Having Fun at) Boskone this Weekend!

Conventions are fun. 🙂  So is networking… or as I like to call it, “hanging out.”

 

I actually hadn’t intended on attending Boskone.  With all the traveling I’ll be doing with going to visit Scott, and several other unplanned trips that are now getting planned, I figured I could drop out of this particular New England convention. 

 

But Patty, my friend and owner of Annie’s Book Stop Worcester (which, by the way, could really use readers’ help!!), convinced me to go. 

 

I am not on any programming, save the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (8:00 Saturday – be there!).  I’ll definitely be at the Broad Universe table, helping out.  And I volunteered to help my friend, Elaine Isaak, with her Chai and Chocolate kickstarter party at 8:30, Friday night.

 

Which is a pretty free-time convention for me!

 

Patty says I need to make this my “bar-con.”  Do my social networking.  We’ll be each others’ wingwoman… because I have a lot to learn from her, and she (and other people, surprisingly to me) think I’m good at this networking thing.

 

In fact, my new housemate, Katie, is sharing a room with me and also hoping to learn some of this networking mystery.

 

Quite honestly, I just like getting to know people and hearing their stories.  If they find me interesting, too, we exchange contact info and possibly contact each other at a later date.

 

Or, someone runs into me and asks me if I know someone who…

 

I guess the trick of it, and “trick” makes it sound so dirty – it isn’t, is that combination of enjoying the company of others and having the mental facilities to remember them in both a social context and a potential business context.

 

In any case, I’m looking forward to my first low-key, non-programming convention in a very while.  Look for me there – I’ll be… just hangin’ around.

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A Resolution to… Party & Promote!

ImageOk, so, I didn’t finish writing up all my goals in a coherent post. However, I’ve got a convention this weekend!

 

I love Arisia, and I love being part of this convention, so if aren’t already registered, consider doing so.  It’s a fabulous time!

 

And, for if/when you are there, here’s how you can stalk me!

 

First, check the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room.  Find out about our awesome organization, get nifty Broad merch, hang with Broads, become a Broad… and patronize Broads who’ll have their books around! (Because, you know, you totally need more books!  Aside from Sunday, where I’ll barely manage to be there for opening and then be panel-hopping and putting on a show for the rest of the day (just look at my schedule below!), there’s a good chance you’ll find me at the table – or someone there can find me for you. 

 

Besides that, if I can manage to get a ride, I plan on being at the Memorial Service for Badger on Friday.  Badger was a great supporter of the New England area Broads, and an all round wonderful person.  Her passing is a great loss to the SFF community.

 

As for the Official Schedule (verbage borrowed from Arisia site):

 

Friday

 

5:30, Adams

Gender Limitations in SF/F

 

Often, strong female characters are portrayed in such a way that seem to be a rejection not just of traditional gender roles but of all things feminine. Similarly, male characters that take on what are regarded as traditional female roles are viewed as emasculated figures incapable of pro-active action. Where are the strong warrior women that can also be compassionate or the house-husbands that have a role beyond being the punchline of a joke?

 

I’m Moderating!  With Super-Cool Friends!

 

 

Saturday

 

11:30, Quincy

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

 

Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come hear samples from the works of several members of the Broad Universe organization.

 

There’s a bunch of us, I’m emcee-ing. 🙂  There will be chocolate.  Come!

 

1:00 PM, Paine

How to Design a Fun Role Playing Adventure

 

You need to come up with a roleplaying adventure for your friends, quickly! But nothing’s coming to mind. What to do? Our panel of experience gamemasters will share tips and tricks to come up with fun, challenging, and interesting adventures for your friends that will keep them coming back for more.

 

… It appears I’m the chick-in-residence at this panel. Cue evil laughter!!!

 

5:30, Galleria

Autograph?!

 

I’m at an autograph session with James MacDonald and Steve Sawicki!  Um… please come so I don’t feel like a loser with no one at my signing?  I ❤ you!

 

 

Sunday: Day of Insanity

 

11:30 AM, Quincy

UnCONventional Reading

 

UnCONventional is an [AWESOME!] anthology of sci-fi and fantasy stories set in cons that are a cover-up for something paranormal [‘cos, that’s the truth, y’know!]. Come hear [FANTABULOUS] samples from it by several of the contributing authors. [Brackets mine.]

 

Just be there!  I bribe you with chocolate and coffee!!!

 

 

2:30, Harbor Ballroom III

Tea With Special Guests

 

Squee! I’m a “Special Guest!”  But there’s, you know, ton of other awesome people, including all the guests of honor (the Foglios! Esther Friesner!)  and a few other fabulous friends of mine.  It’s a special thingamajig, so get the ticket and enjoy a lovely tea! 

 

 

4:00, Paine

Writing as a Business

 

You’ve got your manuscripts and cover letters ready, and you’re sending out submissions. How do you market yourself? Should you hire an agent, and how do you work with them? What are the rights that can be attached to a short story or novel for the author? When do rights revert back to the author? Is self-publishing a viable option, and what are the pros and cons of doing it? Where do you go for help and advice?

 

I’m Moderating, again – with another group of Super-Cool Friends!

 

 

5:30, Douglas

Food Communicating Culture in Literature

 

How do writers communicate things about their cultures and characters via the food they use? What can you discern about cultures based on if they get their food in pill form or if they are vegetarian/vegan, omnivores, or carnivores? How does the anatomy and physiology of your aliens or magical creatures dictate their food requirements? What about the terrain? Does the diversity of food culture–and what it communicates–on Earth get shown in literature?

 

I’m a-moderating again, with new people who have excellent reasons to be on this panel.  You gotta come check it out!

 

 

8PM, TBA

PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!!! 

 

Spencer Hill Press and Broad Universe co-host a kick-arse party celebrating the release of UnCONventional – and the all-round awesomeness of our writers.  There will be lots of lovely food and CAKE! and caffeinated beverages and who knows what else.  Make sure we’re on your party list!

 

… I may get some sleep in there, and then…

 

Monday

 

… I have Monday off!  I can sleep!  And go to panels!  And pack up the table! 🙂 

 

Hehehehe!

 

Hopefully I’ve excited you about going to Arisia.  I look forward to seeing you there!!

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