Hey everyone. Late post, but I’m headed to Life, the Universe, and Everything writers convention in Provo, Utah. I’ll be a panelist again this year. See below for my schedule.
I’ll be at Spike Con this coming week. Here’s my schedule:
|Thu Jul 4 5:45:pm||Thu Jul 4 6:45:pm||Cats in Speculative Fiction|
|Stratus 9||Our feline friends, big and small, have always been in our tales of fear, magic, and even science fiction. They feature as pets, threats, and even protagonists. Come discuss your favorite books with cats in them and what makes a fictional cat believable.|
|Dr. Karen Purcell Elektra Hammond Gibbitt Rhys-Jones John M. Olsen Kal Spriggs|
|Fri Jul 5 4:30:pm||Fri Jul 5 5:30:pm||Kal Spriggs Signing|
|Autograph 3||Kal Spriggs Friday signing|
|Fri Jul 5 7:00:pm||Fri Jul 5 8:00:pm||Yes, But What Are They Eating?|
|Stratus 9||World-building requires paying attention to all kinds of details, like government and monetary systems, climate, and more. But while food is something that every reader interacts with every day, it is often not considered during world-building. Our panelists talk about examples where authors have been successful in incorporating dietary habits into their world-building, and talk about what it takes to do it well.|
|Alastair Mayer K. D. Julicher Kal Spriggs Merri Halma Troy Lambert|
|Fri Jul 5 9:30:pm||Fri Jul 5 10:30:pm||Injury and Recovery for Character Building|
|Meridian E||The injuries a character can sustain vary widely, as do the impacts of these injuries on the character and how well they recover. A look into reasonable injuries for various settings and how authors can use injuries to further the plot.|
|Anna Marasco Kal Spriggs Paul Genesse Robert E. Hampson Thea Hutcheson|
|Sat Jul 6 11:30:am||Sat Jul 6 12:30:pm||Playing Nice With Others: Shared Universes|
|Meridian E||How do various shared universes work? Are contributors’ stories off to the side or integrated into the main plot? What happens when there are competing ideas of How Things Ought To Be?|
|Bradley H. Sinor Eric Flint Erika Kuta Marler Kal Spriggs Sue Sinor|
|Sat Jul 6 12:45:pm||Sat Jul 6 1:45:pm||Kaffeeklatsch with The Four Horsemen Universe|
|HIE Boardroom||Kaffeeklatsch: From the German for “coffee” and “gossip”, an informal social gathering at which coffee or other beverages are served while chatting. Join your favorite presenters for all their insights. Seats are very limited so sign up at the Information Desk in the Sky Lobby 8am on the day of the social! Welcome to the world of Human Mercenaries in Mechs, killing aliens and getting paid. A new fandom featuring the works of Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy Publishing.|
|Kal Spriggs Robert E. Hampson Thomas Coonradt|
Hey everyone. I’m going to be at Liberty Con this year, but I’ve got a bit more narrow of a window, as I’ll only be there Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s my schedule:
|Day||Time||Name of Event|
|Sat||10:00AM||Autograph Session (MJ Allen, Buettner, Del Arroz, Spriggs)|
|Sat||04:00PM||Chris Kennedy Publishing – The Year Ahead|
|Sat||05:00PM||Author’s / Artist’s Alley (S. Osborn, Spriggs, Swann)|
|Sat||08:00PM||Reading: Cedar Sanderson & Kal Spriggs|
|Sat||09:00PM||Seventh Seal Press & Rob Howell present the Chris Kennedy Publishing combined Room Party and Book Launch for Alabaster Noon|
|Sat||10:00PM||New Voices in YA Science Fiction|
|Sun||12:00PM||Author’s / Artist’s Alley (Duntemann, J. Hunter, Ibson, Spriggs, Weyand)|
|Sun||01:00PM||Author’s Alley (Q. Allen, J. Hunter, Malone, Spriggs)|
If you’re attending Liberty Con, I hope to see you there!
I’ll be at Starfest this weekend, so if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there! I’m on two panels:
Combat in SF and Fantasy (Friday 9 PM)
A discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly scenes of combat and action in Science Fiction and Fantasy. To include the differences between games, movies, and literature and examples of each. Also a discussion of the morality and emotional impact both upon the audience and the characters involved
These Aren’t The Drones You’re Looking For (Saturday 8:30 PM)
A look at modern cyber and drone warfare and delving into the future of where things are headed. Killer Robots aren’t just in the future, they’re here and now. We’ll talk about how to use them in writing as well as where it’s going in the future.
Hey everyone. If you haven’t heard, Liberty Con has shifted the date of their convention. I’ll still be there (I hope) but the date is shifted from 30 May-1 June and is now 28 June – 30 June. They’ll also be at a different hotel there in Chattanooga (Marriott rather than the Read House). Last year the hotel situation led to some issues with space, the Marriot is adjacent to the convention center, but the convention didn’t have much of the spaces over there and there were weird restrictions on food and drink. Hopefully they get all that ironed out, despite the short time to do so.
The change of dates makes Liberty Con back to back with Spike Con/Westercon/how-many-other-conventions-can-be-held-in-the-same-place-at-the-same-time-con (like, seriously, there’s at least 2 mini-cons and 3 official conventions, it’s sort of nuts). My plan is to attend both, but it’s going to be a crazy week (4th of July is in the middle somewhere too…).
The only other convention I have on my radar right now is Starfest, though I haven’t heard anything from them yet about panels. I hope to be attending, but since my wife is having surgery that month, I’m not sure how big my involvement will be. I don’t know that I’ll have time for any other conventions this year, mostly because it’s looking to be a very, very busy year for me.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see folks at Liberty Con & Spike Con!
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?|
|Jessica Lauren Gabarron, Kal Spriggs|
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.