Worldcon

My first convention of any sort was last weekend. It was AWESOME! I’m not sure how but I’ve never been to one before but I’m glad that Worldcon was my first. Worldcon was in Spokane a few years ago and I remembered thinking then that I probably should go check it out but never did. So when I found out that it was going to be in San Jose this year I immediately made plans to go.

I was able to convince my fellow science fiction and fantasy nerd friend from work, Derrick Seiner, to go and then my friends Doug and Jess said they were down and we were on our way. Jess is an amazing artist and she has been gracious enough to work on some Harbingers maps and drawings for me, all of which are amazing. When I did The Brainery online workshop she even let me use one of her paintings for my cover and I now have the original hanging in my geek room. I hope to use her maps and artwork in Harbingers some day soon. IMG_3605.jpg

By some awesome chance of fate the Anthology, Alternative Theologies, which has my first ever published story was also going to be sold at the B Cubed Press table at the convention. There was a snafu with shipping so I ended up bringing the only copy of the book but it was so awesome to meet some of the other authors and editors, like Phyllis Irene Radford and David Gerrold and get them to sign my copy of the book. I also got to meet and hang out with the crew/family that helps Bob Brown make B Cubed Press so fantastic; Cheyenne Brown, Nathan Ockerman, and their daughter Eden/Hermione.

I’ve got a ton of stories from the convention and a few pictures to boot but I’ll just share some of my favorite moments here on Cuppa. The convention started off with a loooong line to get our badges. It was fun to see some familiar faces and chat with people as we made our way up to get setup. I found out that one of the things that you do at Worldcon is collect Ribbons. IMG_3606I ended up with a nice variety but I saw some people walking around with nearly a hundred attached to their badge. The only one I regret not finding was a Star Wars themed one that said Rebel Scum. I’m still sad I never found the person handing them out.

My favorite ribbon is the one with the feather that I got from Becky Chambers. She had an amazing panel with her mom Nikki Chambers, who is an Astrobiologist, on how to consult with scientists when writing Science Fiction. So when I saw she was doing a signing, even though I hadn’t read any of her books (I currently can’t put down The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet) I bought a copy of Wayfarers #1 and had her sign it. I asked if she had any ribbons for her books and she made me answer what my favorite starship is and why I would want to fly around on it (Millenium Falcon because I would get to go on awesome Star Wars adventures). Now that I’m almost done with her book I know the meaning of the feather and it makes it that much more awesome.

The ribbon with the craziest story is the In Loteria We Trust. The first night, after Derrick and I had got our badges and checked out the opening ceremony. We headed back to our hotel room trying to figure out what to do. Right next to our room there was a suite, with a door open and an obvious party going on inside. Derrick went and peeked in and saw that it was Worldcon related and so I also went and peeked in. We were then hurried inside by the catering crew who were setting up a giant spread of delicious food.

We didn’t know anyone but we had our Worldcon badges so everyone was super nice and friendly. Naturally we made our way to the dresser in the second room of the suite that was filled with bottles of liquor. I went and got some ice while Derrick chatted with a fellow we had seen on our flight from Seattle. As we were filling our cups, expecting to be kicked out of this obviously exclusive party, I looked in the corner of the room and saw none other than George R.R. Martin.

I naturally freaked out and didn’t go say hello like I wanted to. It was early enough in the party that he wasn’t surrounded by a gaggle of people yet but Derrick and I didn’t want to make assess of ourselves spluttering over how much we love Game of Thrones. But we stayed and met tons of great people and had several adult beverages while George R.R. Martin sat in the corner about 10 feet away from us, holding court like Jon freakin Snow or something. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

My favorite part of Worldcon was getting to meet the authors and get books signed. I came back with 20 new books. But getting my first edition, first printing of Old Man’s War signed by Scalzi was my favorite moment of the convention. He immediately recognized that it was one of the 3700 first printings and tried to talk me out of having it personalized. He said that when he died in a dolphin incident that it would be worth more if it just had his signature. I didn’t care and asked him to personalize it anyway.

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There were so many great panels and the Star Wars ones were some of my favorites. I even bumped into the Senior Editor of Star Wars fiction, Jennifer Heddle, after a panel and told her how much I love all the new Star Wars books. One of my goals as a writer and as a human being is to write for Star Wars in some capacity. So I hope to meet Jennifer Heddle again someday.

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Besides the convention we went and checked out the Winchester Mystery House. It was cool but super touristy.

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This is me with Doug and Jess in the couryard of the Winchester House.

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Crazy bird fountain selfie!IMG_3572

(It’s 220,000 square feet total with all the buildings on the estate)

We ate lots of delicious food in San Jose and I was really surprised how much I liked the city itself, it had a great vibe. Of course one night when we went out to meet Bob, Irene, and the B Cubed crew there was a Harry Potter pub crawl going on. Naturally Newt Scamander was there.

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There was a ton of cool artwork and costumes and cosplay going on at the convention so naturally I had to get a picture with Han Solo frozen in Carbonite.

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The convention wrapped up for us on Sunday night with the Hugo awards and we flew back Monday. Well we tried to fly back but smoke and the fires currently blazing all across the Pacific Northwest had other plans, but we eventually made it home.

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I can’t wait to go to more conventions and to another Worldcon. I met so many great new people and the community was so friendly and welcoming. I hope one day to attend when I’m a nominee and not just a fan. I felt really inspired and motivated to keep on writing and grinding, so I think I’ll do just that.

The Road So Far

My first published story comes out tomorrow and I’m amazed that I can actually now say that I’m a published author. It’s been quite the journey over the past 9 years since I decided that I wanted to be a speculative fiction writer. As with many things in my life I found that it’s not necessarily about what you know it’s about who you know and I’m happy to say that I know a small press publisher.

Bob Brown has been very encouraging ever since I told him that I was writing a YA Science Fantasy book. He has enthusiastically told me to submit stories for each of the books he has published. Somehow my story, “Temple Tantrum,” was accepted and I’m still over the moon about it.

Alternative Theologies is the third in the Alternative series (all published by B Cubed Press) and the lineup of writers and contributors that my story is included with is nothing short of amazing. I feel very much in awe of the awesome storytellers that my tale about what it might be like if Jesus returned to modern times gets to be included along side.

I’m not used to this whole being published thing. I finished the first draft of Harbingers a few years ago and have been working on revision ever since. It’s been a slow process but I’ve kept at it and just recently submitted to short stories and a novella version of Harbingers to publishers. They were, as I expected, all soundly rejected. Being rejected is part of publishing though so I took it in stride and kept on writing and revising.

I’ve dabbled in short stories, mainly with a few of my Harbingers characters, but I’ve tried my hand at writing and submitting a few for B Cubed’s Anthologies and “Temple Tantrum” was somehow accepted. I still can’t quite believe I’m setting up author pages on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m even working on setting up a signing at the local bookstore Adventures Underground.

I would also like to give a special shout out to Derrick and Brie Seiner for reading and providing excellent feedback on everything I write. Most importantly, I definitely could not keep writing without the love of support of my amazing wife Ellie Allen Cook. One of the most amazing things she has ever done for me was to look me straight in the eye, shake her head yes and say “Yeah, of course,” when I asked her if she could believe it that I had actually sold a story and would be published author. I can’t wait to keep on writing and getting better at story telling.

Please go check out Alternative Theologies and give it a read. I will be at Worldcon, my first writing convention, August 16th through August 20th. Bob Brown and B Cubed Press will have a table at the convention, I will gladly sign your book if you have a copy and enjoy my story enough to want a signature.

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form – Wonder Woman

In general I have been much more of a fan of the MCU than the DCEU. Even growing up I never read DC comics, I was all about X-men and Spider Man 2099 (Which they need to make into a movie or TV show). The Marvel movies have been far superior, in my opinion. However, DC hit it out of the park with Wonder Woman. After the horrible Batman Vs. Superman I really had my doubts about whether or not they would be able to make Wonder Woman work. Only a few weekends ago did I finally watch Justice League and I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed it. Wonder Woman was probably the best part but the Flash was a close second.

Back to the Wonder Woman movie I think that DC and Patty Jenkins made a lot of excellent choices that really made the movie work. We get a decent amount of time with the ass kicking Amazons on Themyscira and they also set the movie in WW I. There was a decent amount of humor and the casting, especially of Gal Gadot was pretty spot on. I think I could watch Gal Gadot read the phone book for 2 hours and I’d pay to watch it. The fight scenes were also fantastic.

That leads into my main complaint about the movie. It lasted a little too long and I didn’t particularly care for the big bad. The final fight scene just dragged a little bit for me, I honestly thought the movie was over and then there was another 15 minute fight scene. I thought the big bad in Justice League, Steppenwolf, was much better than Ares who didn’t even reveal himself until the very end of the movie. Overall Wonder Woman was awesome and if you haven’t dipped your toes into the DC cinematic universe I would suggest you watch Wonder Woman first.

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form – Star Wars – The Last Jedi

I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. As you can see from the picture above with my home made Jedi robes, plastic light saber, and frosted tips (It was 1999 believe me they were super cool back then). I like Star Wars a lot. I have my Episode I ticket that I camped out for in a 1/4″ thick plastic case. I don’t even really like The Phantom Menace and I’ve seen the movie in the theater 9 times. So of course the release of a new Star Wars film is kind of a big deal for me.

I honestly never thought that we’d get more Star Wars after the critical reception of Episodes I-III. But thankfully George Lucas sold the rights and Disney will churn their Billion dollar making machines out like candy. I started getting super obsessed with Star Wars in high school. I collected the cards, had my mom buy me tons of prequel toys (some of which are worth surprising amounts of money now), and watched the special edition re-releases A LOT. I had my mom make me a Jedi costume (As seen above) for the Episode I premier and I even practiced a choreographed light saber fight with my buddy the entire weekend before. I now am the proud owner of an Obi-Wan Kenobi Cosplay that cost me a shameful amount of money to put together. But I love it and Star Wars.

I really liked The Last Jedi. It was surprisingly funny while still keeping the darkness and gritty feeling that most 2nd movies of the Star Wars triple features usually have. In terms of the overall Star Wars Universe I’d say it’s in my top 5 films. I’ve been thinking about my ranking of Star Wars films lately. Mainly because I’ve been watching Rogue One every weekend for the past month or so. I don’t have any kids and my wife travels to dog shows on the weekends a lot so I have a lot of free time. Sue me.

Rogue One is in my top 3 favorite Star Wars films and probably top 5 or 6 movies of all time. It perfectly captures how I imagine the Star Wars universe to look and feel during that time period. I’ve read almost every Star Wars books and the nixing of what is now termed the “Legends” canon is one of the saddest things about the Disney acquisition. I loved so many of those books but I’ve been voraciously reading all of the new books as well and they are pretty solid so far. Especially anything by Timothy Zahn.

Along with Rogue One I’ve also caught up on the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, which means as usual I’ve got Star Wars on my brain all the time. Rebels has some of the best characters in the Star Wars Universe. Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the best big bads period. He was awesome in the Zahn Legends trilogy and he is awesome in the new timeline and canon. I’m very excited he’s a part of the universe still and I hope he comes back for Episode IX since the finale of Rebels left a lot of unanswered questions. Speaking of best characters ever Ashoka Tano is one of my favorite characters of all time in any universe. so with all that said here’s my rankings of the movies (shows not included but they are awesome).

Empire Strikes Back

Return of the Jedi

Rogue One

A New Hope

The Last Jedi

The Force Awakens

Revenge of the Sith

The Phantom Menace

Attack of the Clones

 

One of the goals I’ve set for myself in this crazy journey to become a writer is to work on/write for Star Wars. Someday It’ll happen.

Journey through the Hugo Award Nominees

As I mentioned the 2018 Hugo Awards Finalists list was released last weekend and since I get to vote and attend the ceremony this year I’m going to try and consume as many of the nominees that I can before August. I will post the finalists list as a sticky on the blog and then update it as I make my way through the list and post about each entry. The list is as follows:

2018 Hugo Awards Finalists

Best Novel

  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor) My Review
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) *Will likely be the April book club selection for my sci-fi fantasy book club, Fantastical Voyagers*
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit) *I read the first book in this series and liked it so I may have to finish the trilogy*

Best Novella

  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing) MURDERBOT!
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),”by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette

  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,”by Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
  • “Extracurricular Activities,”by Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017) *I love TOR so I will read this one first*
  • “The Secret Life of Bots,”by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, September 2017)
  • “A Series of Steaks,”by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,”by K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Wind Will Rove,”by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, September/October 2017)

Best Short Story

  • “Carnival Nine,”by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,”by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots,”by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk,”by Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 19, 2017) *Sticking with my TOR theme and will read this one first*
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust”by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,”by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Related Work

  • Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
  • Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press) *I’ve started reading the Culture series so I will tackle this one first*
  • A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
  • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)

Best Graphic Story

  • Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel) Review Blog Pending
  • Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
  • Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics) *I’ve been wanting to read saga for a long time now so I will make my way through this one right off the bat too, but I will start with Volume 1*

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form

  • Blade Runner 2049, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures) My Review
  • Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
  • The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.) Star Wars, Yeah!
  • Thor: Ragnarok, written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios) Hulk and Thor, Smash!
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers) WW Review

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form

  • Black Mirror: “USS Callister,”written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow) *I will start with this one*
  • “The Deep”[song], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
  • Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time,”written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales) *I’m not fully caught up on Dr Who but were on the current doctor before he regenerates into Jodie Whittaker, which I’m really freaking stoked about*
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,”written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television) *Love me some good place, I’ve already watched the whole series but I will rewatch and then blog this episode*
  • The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem,”written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television) *ditto from above*
  • Star Trek: Discovery: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,”written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios) *I’m not quite done with the first season yet but I did like this episode, blog post coming soon*

Best Editor – Short Form *I’ll so some research on these folks before I vote*

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Lee Harris
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form *I’ll so some research on these folks before I vote*

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Joe Monti
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist *I’ll so some research on these folks before I vote*

  • Galen Dara
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine *I’m familiar with several of these so I’ll check out the rest of the nominees before voting*

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • Escape Pod, edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
  • Fireside Magazine, edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine *Not familiar with any of these so will give them a look see before voting*

  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • Galactic Journey, edited by Gideon Marcus
  • Journey Planet, edited by Team Journey Planet
  • nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast *Hooray podcasts, I don’t listen to many of them but I will give each of these a listen then vote*

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
  • Sword and Laser, presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
  • Verity!, presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Writer *I will check all these out then vote*

  • Camestros Felapton
  • Sarah Gailey
  • Mike Glyer
  • Foz Meadows
  • Charles Payseur
  • Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist *I will check all these out then vote*

  • Geneva Benton
  • Grace P. Fong
  • Maya Hahto
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

Best Series

  • The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
  • The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
  • InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK) *I’ve been wanting to check out this series for a while so I will start here, these will be tough to get through the series before August so I’ll try to read the first book in each series*
  • The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
  • World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

 

2018 Associated Awards (not Hugos)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer *Hopefully I’m on this list someday*

  • Katherine Arden
  • Sarah Kuhn
  • Jeannette Ng
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Rivers Solomon

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book *Hopefully Harbingers is on this list one of these some days too*

  • Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman (Knopf) *I’ll start with this one because Knopf published a lot of Crichton books*
  • In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
  • A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
  • Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)

 

As you can see I’ve got my work cut out for me before August. The voting period ends July 31 so lots of reading and devouring amazing artists work. But I’m looking forward to the journey, now I’m off to find, purchase, and mark want to read on Goodreads for all the nominees. Yeehaw, happy Summer!

No April Foolin’

Spring has officially arrived in the Tri-cities. Along with spring Camp Nano and the Hugo nominees have arrived. I’m attending my first writing convention with my co-worker this year. It’s WorldCon in San Jose and I’m pretty damn excited. One of the most exciting things about going to WorldCon, other than potentially meeting a bunch of awesome folks in the publishing industry, is that we get to vote on the Hugo awards and go to the awards ceremony. Along with Camp Nano, I’m going to start making my way through as many of the nominees for the Hugo’s that I can before we have to vote. Oh yeah we get to vote on the awards too! I’ll post a list of all the nominee’s and then start tracking what I’m reading and watching and blogging about.

My goals for April are to blog every day, write every day, and read or watch something from the Hugo awards list every day. I’ve officially listed book 2 of the Harbingers series as my Camp Nano novel but I’m also going to work as much as possible on book 1 revision. My plan is to have the first 30-40k words on Harbingers book 1, a query letter, a synopsis, and some art work and maps ready to try and give to agents or publishers at WorldCon. I’m not even sure if that’s how it works but I guess I’ll find out. My friend, who is doing the artwork for my books, and her husband will, also be at the convention along with another writer friend from work, so we should have some fun and have people to hang out with.

The book club my buddy and I who are going to WorldCon is going strong. We have our meeting for our 4th book here in a few weeks and we might assign a nominee or two as books to read. There’s lots of awesome things to read and I’m very much looking forward to it. That’s all for now, time to go revise some more and then watch a Hugo nominated episode of Black Mirror.