So the Dragon Awards are coming up. These are fan awards for the books that readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy like the most. They’re hosted by Dragon Con, they don’t require membership to nominate or even vote, and the award is a fantastic thing for all of us.
There have been a lot of good books by tons of authors released this year. Support the authors you love and vote. This is an awesome award that belongs to all of us as writers, readers, and fans of science fiction in general. The great thing about it, all it requires is an email.
Here’s some works that I’ll be nominating (if you haven’t read them, give them a look, I think they’re pretty good):
Uncharted (Alternate History) by Sarah A. Hoyt and Kevin J Anderson
Monster Hunter Siege (Fantasy) by Larry Correia
As a note: I’ll be at Dragon Con this year. You know what would be an awesome gift from my readers and fans? A Dragon Award nomination! (Seriously, I know I’m not going to win, but y’all can nominate me and get my name in the running!)
Here’s what I’ve published this past year that’s eligible:
Hey everyone, sorry for the delayed post, this was supposed to go up yesterday. Here is my schedule for Denver’s new Steampunk convention!
Merging Steampunk and Fantasy
Mesa Verde A
Fri Mar 2 7:00:pm – 7:50:pm
A discussion on laying the ground work for creating a believable world using the elements of both Steampunk and fantasy.
A.M. Burns, J.A. Campbell, Kal Spriggs, Lou J Berger
Mesa Verde B
Sat Mar 3 9:00:am – 9:50:am
The Steampunk genre doesn’t have well defined edges or boundaries. How do you write a Steampunk aka sci-fi, fantasy, punk, futuristic, Victorian story?
Kal Spriggs, Terry Kroenung, Tonya L. De Marco
Discussing Combat in Fiction
Wind Star A
Sat Mar 3 10:00:am – 10:50:am
The good, the bad, and the ugly scenes of combat and action including the differences between games, movies, and literature. Also a discussion of the morality and emotional impact both upon the audience and the characters involved.
Kal Spriggs, Melissa Koons, Sam Knight, Traci Cartwright
Ow, My Spleen!
Wind Star B
Sat Mar 3 2:00:pm – 2:50:pm
All too often in a book or movie, the characters undergo severe physical trauma, only for them to undertake heroic acts in the following scenes. How do you write realistic fiction where your characters are injured and face the consequences yet still manage to allow them to do what you need?
Apologies for the delay in posting this. Between the long drive out and back and the backlog of stuff I had to do once I got home, I’m a bit behind on posting.
LTUE is always a fantastic convention. It is predominantly a writing convention, which makes it more focused and the group, as a whole, is filled with writers more than fans. Pretty much everyone there is there to improve their writing craft and to network and socialize.
The panels, as always, are fantastic. There’s a huge range of panel topics, which offer great topics that are useful for new writers as well as experienced writers who are looking to learn about new subjects. Unlike some other conventions, though, the big draw is the time spent between panels, chatting with other authors and having the opportunity for one on one discussions.
If you are a prospective author, the convention is fantstic and I can’t recommend it enough.
Hi, everyone. I’ll be at the LTUE convention in Provo, Utah this week. Below is my schedule. If you are in the area, feel free to swing by. LTUE is a really great writing convention and for those of you who are aspiring authors, I can’t recommend it enough. Even for those of you who are published, there are some great panels on everything from producing audiobooks to networking with authors to improving your craft. Besides that, it’s fun and there are a lot of great people.
Thursday 10:00:00 How to Feed an Army (M) Arches
Saturday 09:00:00 Powered Armor: Design and Tactics (M) Amphitheater
Saturday 14:00:00 Building Seaworthy Ships (P) Elm
I’ll be at Myths and Legends Con this weekend. Here’s my schedule. I’ll also have a table so you can meet me there outside of my panels. Saturday is my main day.
Myths and Legends Con is one of my favorite Denver conventions because it’s a smaller, more personable place. There’s lots of time to talk with authors and panelists, and it’s probably the best run convention in Denver (maybe even Colorado!)
Mason McGann is a smuggler, a liar, and a cheat. With his ship impounded by customs, he figures he has no choice left but to auction off information about the lost Dreyfus Fleet. But things are never what they seem when you hold information that can change the course of history.
Look to the Stars is a short story in the Shadow Space Universe
Young Midshipman Wachter is about to face the rope.
Troubled by the rumors spread throughout the Southern Fleet, the young officer turned to the Marines and Sailors under his command… yet he and they were betrayed, arrested, and convicted of mutiny, all under the orders of the ambitious Lord Admiral Hennings.
Faced with the prospect of not only his own death, but that of the men under his command, Wachter must somehow find a way to do the right thing. Yet there is little hope with he and his men jailed, weaponless, and condemned, while the town of Freeport lies under martial law and the threat of dark sorcery.
Only one course lays open to him, to break his oaths and to swear allegiance to the cause of another, to become exactly what his enemies have accused him of being: a mutineer.