Remember To Use Stones (StokerCon 2017)

I just endured two and a half days of pure horror! But that’s kind of what you’d expect from a conference called StokerCon, which is organized by the Horror Writers Association. This past weekend, I attended the second annual StokerCon on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Once one of the finest ocean liners in the world, she now serves as a hotel and historic site. The ship actually saw some action during WWII, when the Queen Mary was conscripted into the war effort. She was then known as “The Grey Ghost” due to her new paint job, and she played a role in transporting troops from the United States to Europe. Oh, and she’s also haunted.  (more…)

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction (AWP Conference Report)

Last weekend, I attended the AWP Conference.  It was my first time going to a writer centric convention.  I had some odd run-ins at the end of the day (more on that later), but the conference itself was a fantastic experience.  The event ran from Thursday to Saturday, but I was only able to attend the final day’s festivities.  I have to save my vacation time for two more future trips to Maine.  At the very least.  🙂


Excelsior! (A Review of the Long Beach Comic Con)

I’ll just say it up front: I’ve been to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) multiple times, the most recent being in 2013.  Without a doubt, that con is the biggest and baddest one in terms of famous guests, exclusive swag, exciting announcements, and amazing booths.  Because of the magic of SDCC, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of my heroes in the field of entertainment, such as Kevin Eastman (Ninja Turtles co-creator), Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra), and Sean Astin (Mikey from The Goonies, Samwise from LOTR, and Raphael in the current TMNT cartoon).  A large con like that, however, has many downfalls.  There are lines that stretch on forever, hot bodies squished into narrow passageways, limited places to sit and rest, no guarantees on attending that dream panel, and the prices for food, hotel rooms, and other necessities will make any grown Jedi weep for those long-lost days as a padawan frolicking amongst the Ewoks.