Another Archon is in the books and I had a fantastic time with Jay Noel, Janet Maria and Hydra authro Stuart Thaman. Sales were down a bit from last year (a common theme from the vendors I spoke with) and we had a small kerfuffle over whether I did or did not order electricity for the event. But it is always great seeing familiar faces and making new friends. The talented J.J. Sherwood, along with her husband Michael and editor, Alexandra, won the costume contest (like there was every any doubt). The Cosplayers were few on Sunday, but we did have a couple.
The fun continues at Archon 2015 Day II in Collinsville, Illinois, outside of St. Louis. Hanging out with Hydra author, Stuart Thaman along with Jay Noel and his wife Janet is a great way to spend a Saturday. The only draw back to the day is a good one: I am running out of books!.
And an Archon recap is not complete without the Cosplay pictures.
I am once again near St. Louis for Archon 2015. The great thing about conventions like Archon is you see a ton of familiar faces. With this being my third visit to Archon, the faces I recognize are many. I am set up with talented Hydra Publications author, Stuart Thaman and next door to Jay Noel, steampunk author extraordinaire. Added thanks to Roy and Optimus Prime (that’s what his name tag said, but he might be running around as Art) for the new tag line for fans of the series: Vic-tims. Pun intended. And Archon would not be Archon without Cosplay pictures.
From time to time, in between novels, I will be releasing shorts stories in my Victor McCain series to tide fans over until the next novel. Today I am releasing the first of the short stories, Nightmare.
Victor McCain is used to fighting demons, Satanists and even fallen angels. But when God’s bounty hunter travels to the Windy City to take on one of Chicago’s most notorious Mob bosses, he is confronted by an assassin the likes the world has never seen. Literally.
I had a great time at River City Comic Expo in Little Rock, Arkansas. Many thanks to Tommy Hancock of Pro Se Productions for the invitation. I enjoyed being across the way from Post Mortem Press head honcho Eric Beebe and local author Brad Carter.
And of course, there were the Cos Players.
Kentucky Sports Radio is the largest sports blog in the country with millions of unique visitors to the site. Today, I was featured in an article by Josh Juckett. We met during FandomFest and discussed sports, writing and the life at a comic con. You can read the article here.
I will be on Reddit.com on the r/books subreddit, Tuesday August 18 from 9 a.m. until midnight. During an AMA you can ask me ANYTHING about ANYTHING and I have to do my best to answer. Knowing my friends, this could either be a blast or a disaster! Stop by and find out which.
I will discuss my books, Hydra Publications, attending comic cons and if I think Elvis is still alive. Really.
Family crack. That’s what Ancestry.com has become to me. I’ve always been a history buff, but always other people’s history, particularly pre-WWI. My own family dealt with enough drama without me digging up things about past relatives.
However, I decided to give Ancestry.com a try a few years ago and wasn’t a fan. Sure, there were plenty of things to check out, but the databases weren’t all that integrated or useful. Then again, perhaps it was user error. Entirely possible. I left my membership behind and never gave the site a second thought.
Until recently. The death of my mother made me more interested in where I came from and from whom. I recalled my old password, signed in and then it happened. I found stuff!
Within minutes I was looking at my parents marriage license and the changes began. I found out I was an oops baby. It makes no difference to me one way or the other, but it puts my earlier years into perspective.
The databases which I found unwieldy in the past, now work together incredibly well. In short order, I had my paternal line filled out. Now, I will have to verify the veracity of the links I’ve made, but that’s part of the fun. I do think the price of membership for world wide access is a bit high, but when you get hooked, you won’t care. You will pay the price. And love it!
Another FandomFest is in the books and I’m exhausted. I had a blast hanging with Stuart Thaman, Rebekah McAullife, Rachael Rawlings and Dave Creek at the Hydra Publicatioms table. Stephen Zimmer and Robin Blankenship once again did a fantastic job with the literary track. Lee Martindale is the MC extraordinaire and a wonderful table mate.
I met a talented new writer, J.J. Sherwood, her husband Michael and cousin Alexandra. J.J. Even won the Cos Play contest. Well done.
Speaking of Cos Players.