Okay, it’s not so secret, except that I keep wanting to tell people about but then I don’t.
I’ve been working on getting Dragons of Wellsdeep finished up. At this point, I still have a little ways to go. I’d really like to have it done for FanX. Not sure if I’m going to make it or not. I keep distracting myself — I work on it, then I want to tell people about it so I write up a social media post or this blog, then I don’t actually hit the post button. I usually end up deleting it all out and chiding myself to get back to the book. Yes, even know I’ve got the war going on in my head telling me that I need to not post such a dorky update and to get back to the real meat and potatoes of the work — getting the book done!
Well, except this time I really do want people to know that I am writing as well as painting. I’m trying to regain my balance. Which is why I’m just hopeful of having Dragons of Wellsdeep done by FanX.
Wish me luck. No, wait! Wish me, “Have fun storming the castle,” instead cause it’ll take a miracle.
I have more business cards (I thought I might run out at FanX!) and I have restocked my books. I have new labels for the backs of my paintings. I think I’m ready to go.
Snake River Fandom Con — let’s do this!
As I mentioned when I wrote my post for FanX a few weeks ago, one of the best thing about conventions is getting to meet up with people I’ve gotten to know at other shows. FanX was so busy that I didn’t get away to visit as much as I would have liked to. I did meet some great new people, as previously discussed, but I couldn’t visit with others as much as I wanted. And by the end of the day, I’m tired, hungry, and want to go get some sleep. I’m old!
I like participating in smaller cons, like Snake River Fandom Con in Pocatello, ID, because it’s not such a hectic pace. I will get to visit with people a bit more.
I’d like to introduce you now to one of my friends who will be there in Pocatello, Jeff Stagg. Jeff and I met several years ago at FanX (then called Salt Lake Comic Con). We were a line of three writers (with another writer, who had sci-fi stories) and we were bouncing people between us. I had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. It was really great to link arms with other writers, especially since our stories were so vastly different that we could “refer” pretty easily. If someone came up and said that they wanted scary, thriller type stuff, I’d send them to Jeff. If someone told him that they liked fantasy, he sent them down to me. Yeah, I thought it worked really well.
While I was at FanX, I had someone (Cody) ask if I could say a few words for a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. I laughed as I asked him if he’d read my blog; why sure, I can say a few words! I’ve been cheerleading the creative entrepreneur for years.
Then, of course, the instant fear set in. What would I say? I’m a writer, not a speaker.
It took me a good moment to settle down and get my act together. Then, as Cody and I talked, I was fine as long as I kept my eyes focused on his face. If I looked toward the phone he held to record us, well, things didn’t feel too good.
I had a great time at FanX. I went back to the hotel each night sore from being on my feet most of the day and tired. I still, somehow, got my words in each day. That was not an easy thing to do, especially when I was sitting in a chair at a desk not quite the right height and my feet were throbbing beneath me. I’ll have to find something to massage my feet after a long day on them. Must be portable.
The cool thing was the Jacuzzi tub in the hotel room. I’ve only used a tub like that a couple times before, but for me, it was a lifesaver this time. Warm (yes, I do like things toward the hot side) and massaging. It was my reward for getting my words done.
I did like being within walking distance of the hotel, so that was convenient. I do, however, suggest never walking alone in Salt Lake City after dark — scary.
But I know that you all would rather hear about FanX, especially if you weren’t there. Here’s a few pictures of cosplay:
I had a great spot. Beside me, I had Guy Kidd and Kimberli Johnson. Across from me was Kyle Shoop. I had a great time with these three. Other writer friends, Jeff Stagg and Jo Ann Schneider were there, but I didn’t have nearly enough time to visit with them.
I’m currently out at FanX Salt Lake. We’re still an hour away from the show’s official start with VIP’s entering.
I hope I’ll get out to walk around tomorrow, but for now I’m sitting at my booth trying to get myself psyched up for the day ahead. Yeah, I was ready for this a week ago (grin) and now I want to be out adventuring instead. Maybe that speaks to my vibe being off.
Oh, I’ll get there again. I always do. I’m ready to rock this. I have new titles on my table: 1-800-CallLoki (the Loki Adventures omnibus), Let’s Make A Deal, and Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. I guess Prince of the Ruined Land is new to this show too, so if you have the first 3, you better come get #4.
I forgot my hat. That makes me a little sad. I wonder where it went because it wasn’t with the rest of my show stuff. As I wrote that, I wonder if I had taken it home. I think I did because I’d been planning on re-packing my shirts in there as soon as I had the dry cleaned. After I did that, I went to plan be and forgot my hat. Yeah.
Outside, the crowd cheers. They are really getting worked up. I hope the attendees have a great time.
It’s time to show some fandom love.
Let’s get this game on!
I’m gearing up already for FanX next week. I half wish it were this week as I’m ready to go. I’m ready to get back out and share my stories with people. I’ve been by some amazing people at cons this year.
One of them was Thomas Estrada, who was one of the animators on several beloved films.
We met at Salt Lake Gaming Con earlier this year. It was fun to watch people’s faces as they realized he’d help to animate one of their favorite films.
We talked about animation for a bit. I was glad that I’d had my little foray into animation so I could actually ask intelligent questions to him. It also made me want to get back to my animation. (Time!) He’s fortunate enough to have someone else set up all the assets with their rigging (basically, that means that someone has already drawn the character and set up how they move), and Thomas makes that “asset” act in the scene. It’s probably a way oversimplification of what he does (you know, it sounds easier than it is), but I think he’s got the fun part.