Just got back from Conjour 2012 this afternoon, and it was great. Conjour is a three-day SF/F/H/Gaming convention with a very strong writing track. I spoke to one of the committee members and asked why what is advertised as a SciFi and Gaming convention has so many writing panels.
She explained that since the convention was hosted at the University of Houston at Clear Lake, they were obliged to present the event with a strong educational element. The result has been the best “hidden” writing convention (that isn’t really a writing convention) that I know of. Some of the panels I attended were Character Development, The Business aspect of writing, Podcasting 101, Writer’s block, Plot Development, Researching your story, Setting, “She Walks in Darkness” (on feminism in writing), Real Ghostbusting (a discussion on paranormal investigation equipment by the Pasadena Paranormal Research Team), Science to Fiction – Fiction to Science, Publishing and Marketing realities for the Emerging Author, Plot Development 2, How to Start your own Publishing Company, and Technology for writers.
I learned a lot, got to meet and network with some other great authors, and had a great time overall.
Then, when I got back home, I found that our latest Red Adept Select author (Edward Lorn) has just gotten his book out of the gates at Amazon. I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of his book (Bay’s End), and I can see why Red Adept Publications voted him in as one of their Select authors. Bay’s End was a dark, disturbing, and amazingly well written book – a darker version of King’s “Stand By Me”, and (IMHO) written just as well. If you like dark and suspenseful stories, I highly recommend this one. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… reading the other Red Adept Select authors amazes me. I am continuously awed by the talent of these folks, and still thrilled to be allowed to play in the same sandbox as the big kids.
Okay sorry folks, but after three days of panels and networking, I’m exhausted. So please forgive me, but this is going to be a really short blog post tonight. I’ll make up for it by getting some more posted in the next day or two.
Stay safe, everyone.