Most urban fantasy draws upon folklore and legends. How do these old mystical beliefs inform modern fantasy? What place does … More
I attend cons — sf and fantasy conventions — a couple times a year. Of late, I’ve been attending more than a few panels on writing, editing, and publishing. With professional writers, editors, Editors, and agents as the panelists. Here is where you can find my notes!
Balticon 57 Recap
I got up to a LOT of stuff Memorial Day weekend. Here’s my Balticon 57 recap. Did you have a good weekend? Is there anything I missed?
Creating a Political and Moral Universe (A RavenCon 2023 Panel)
The ingredients of universe-building are morality, science, politics, art, and religion. The interplay of these creates a moral and political universe. Each ingredient packs its own punch, and getting the ratios right means you won’t have an overcooked souffle of a universe.
When you mix morals, ethics, and emotional fears, you get an array of Batman characters. Which match to what world viewpoints?
Post-Con Report: RavenCon 2023
I’m home after a weekend at RavenCon in Richmond Virginia. Final tally: 7 times a panelist, attended 5 panels, 1 launch party, and the opening ceremonies. And more!
6 Steps To Prep As A Convention Panelist
Are you interested in becoming a panelist?
Are you an experienced panelist? Tell me about your favorite panel — and any prep steps you take that I skipped!
Here’s what I do to get ready.
Positive Speculative Fiction!
Many people are craving stories right now with gentle plots and hopeful themes to contrast the recent dystopic trends in publishing, media, and real-life dramas. So, what makes for positive science fiction and fantasy and what are some favorite examples of the brighter side of speculative fiction.