I enjoy all of the Colorado SF & Fantasy conventions very much, but Myths and Legends Con is by far my favorite. I think it’s the fact that there’s no drama, everyone is there to have fun, things are extremely well organized, and it’s just all around a good time.
Jim Butcher was the guest of honor this year. I really enjoy the Dresden Files series (in many ways I think he has redefined the urban fantasy genre). It was fantastic to listen to him talk about what he has coming next and being on a panel with him was fantastic (standing room only, too, I wish they’d put us in a bigger room). I know that panel in particular was recorded, I’ll have to see if I can find the link.
In all, I was on eight panels, so it was a very busy schedule for me. The nice thing was that the venue for MALCon means there’s no fighting through long corridors to get to your panel room, everything is centrally located around the hotel lobby. So I never had any problems getting from one panel to the next, and trust me, removing that bit of stress is something that can’t be overrated.
I enjoyed every panel and even the ones without official moderators went smoothly enough, all the panelists were professional enough to talk through the subject.
MALCon is also family friendly and they had plenty of kids activities to keep children interested and having fun. I highly recommend it for just about anyone who is a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Better yet, they’re hosting Westercon next year, so it should be a blast.
Here’s my schedule for Myths and Legends Con 2016:
Kal Spriggs (7 panels):
Fri, 9:00 PM-9:50 PM, Writing Combat in Science Fiction & Fantasy (Lawrence, KS)
Sat, 12:00 PM-12:50 PM, Get’r done: Fighting the Day Job (Helms Deep)
Sat, 1:00 PM-1:50 PM, Sympathetic Villains (Helms Deep)
Sat, 4:00 PM-4:50 PM, How to Kill Your Best Friends (And Get Away With It) (Lawrence, KS)
Sat, 8:00 PM-8:50 PM, Ow, My Spleen! (The Shire)
Sun, 9:00 AM-9:50 AM, Mixed Genre Authors and Writing (Kings Landing)
Sun, 1:00 PM-1:50 PM, Humor in the Modern Action Story (The Shire)
It’s going to be a busy convention, should be a great time!
August is here. I’m excited because I’m doing edits on The Sacred Stars, the fourth book of the Shadow Space Chronicles. I’m also outlining and starting an as-yet untitled urban fantasy story that’s destined to be sent off to a publisher. My next book after that is the third Renegades book, which I’ll write in September.
This month is Myths and Legends Con (MALCON) in Denver, 12-14 August. I’ll be there with a busy schedule (7 panels, yikes!), but I’ll also have an author table. So if you get time and you’re here in Colorado, swing by and see me.
The Sacred Stars will be released in early September, but if you really want to start reading it, I’ll be giving a sample of the first five chapters in my monthly newsletter. I’m also doing a drawing for undetermined free swag which includes stuff from my store and maybe a signed book. So if you haven’t signed up yet, now’s your chance!
I’ll still be attending MALCon here in Denver from 12-14 August. It’s right around the corner so if you’re in Colorado, I highly recommend attending!
Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend Dragon Con this year. The expense of travel and hotels is too much.
I’ll now be attending Honor Con in Raleigh, NC from 28-30 October. I’m really looking forward to that one and I’m excited to attend. It’s a military science fiction convention, so if you’re in the area you should check it out.
Because Honor Con is the same weekend as Mile Hi Con, I won’t be able to be at both places at once. I will no longer be attending Mile Hi Con.
That’s all for now, I’ll keep you posted on further changes to my schedule.
Just a quick update since a lot of the conventions are posting guests and I have a good idea of my schedule. I’ll be attending a number of the same conventions this year, so I thought I’d post dates and locations for those of you who may attend the same ones:
Cosine – Colorado Springs, CO – January 22-23 (Completed, see my review here)
Starfest -Denver, CO -March 11-13
LibertyCon- Chattanooga, TN – July 8-10
MalCon – Denver, CO -August 12-14
Dragon Con – Atlanta, GA – September 2-5
Mile High Con – Denver, CO – October 29-30
I’ll keep this thread updated as things may will change. I’m looking at attending some other conventions, but it is hard to fit them into my extremely busy schedule.
Myths and Legends Con, also known as Malcon, is a Denver, Colorado convention. This was my first year both attending and being a guest. All in all, it was a fun experience. I met a lot of folks, both writers, fans, and that interesting group of people who just sort of show up, not really knowing what a convention is all about.
Malcon was not a large convention, but it had the feeling of a group of friends hanging out and talking that you don’t get at some of the other conventions I’ve seen. Everyone was friendly and was there to have a good time. There weren’t any arguments (well, okay, some rabid discussion about plot twists, character arcs, stories, etc. of some big name authors, but that was all in good fun and no one drew blood… mostly), and there was a very relaxed attitude for the whole weekend, with little of the stress of racing to the next event or panel.
Part of that was due to the excellent organization by the staff. They managed the entire event very professionally and with few of the issues I’ve seen at other conventions as far as double scheduling panels or guests and that sort of thing. They managed this despite having to shift venues at the last minute due to a conflict with the former location. They also had to deal with a major highway (I-25) being shut down in the middle of town, which obviously threw a lot of people’s schedules into a bit of turmoil.
All in all, Malcon was a lot of fun and I’d love to attend next year, as well.
August is here! As far as my updates, I’m still finishing up The Shattered Empire and I’ll be getting it out to my alpha readers in the next couple weeks. Echo of the High Kings is now available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback.
In addition, Look to the Stars is now available on Amazon. The short story takes place just before the events of The Fallen Race. Look to the Stars is from the perspective of the smuggler, Mason McGann. As an introductory offer, I’ll have it available for free this weekend, 10-11 August. You can get it here.
Lastly, I’ll be at Myths and Legends Con this weekend in Denver, Colorado. You can find their website here. I’ll have paperback copies of my books with me if anyone wants to get a signed copy.
That’s all for now, stay tuned for other updates and snippets/samples.