Come find us at Starfest!

Hey! You’re reading this on Friday (at the earliest, anyway), but thanks to the magic of scheduled posting, I’m writing this on Wednesday evening. That’s right, I’m like Doc Brown’s dog in Back to the Future, skipping over minutes and stuff in order to communicate with you through time!

(Well, it sounded good in my head, anyway.)

Since it’s Friday, that means Kevin and I are hip deep in preparations to get our Starfest on. What that really means is that we’re probably out eating somewhere…most likely Dave & Busters, where we do our annual pre-con ritual of food and games before heading back to the hotel and kicking things into gear. This year will be even more fun for me than normal, as I have Clan Ward accompanying me on the trip. Now I have cover and excuses for playing all of those games at D&B’s.

So, what are we doing this year? Well, as is usually the case, we’ll have our tables in the Author Alley outside the main dealer’s room. As for activities, you’ll be able to find us with the other con guests at the Friday night Meet & Greet. Later that evening, Kevin and I will host our second (annual?) Quote-Along movie in the Main Events room. Last year it was Galaxy Quest, and this time we’re going to try to top last year’s attendance with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.


On Saturday night, we’ll take our places right in front of the stage as we help to judge the annual costume contest, and on Sunday morning we’ll be helping to host and judge the Starfest talent show. There may also be other panels in the offing, but as I write this some plans are still fuzzy. So, if you’re going to the con, watch this space, or my Twitter and/or Facebook updates.

Meanwhile, you’re likely to find us in the Author Alley a lot of the time, so swing by and say Aloha. We hope to see you there!

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Novel Spaces – “That ’10 Things People Say to Writers’ List Thing”

writerWow. It’s the 16th, again. No matter what I do, it just keeps coming around, month after month.


Well, since it’s indeed the 16th, that means it’s my turn at the mic over at the Novel Spaces blog!

This time around, I (try to) have a bit of fun with that writerly-focused meme you may or may not have seen floating around on the intrawebz, “10 Things People Say to Creative Writers (but probably shouldn’t).” Yes, the list is as adorable as it sounds.


Just for goofs, I decided to take the list of ten queries, and supply my own answers. Fun for the whole family!

Novel Spaces – “That ’10 Things People Say to Writers’ List Thing”

Okay, writers of every sort: What questions to you field on a regular or even frequent basis that make you cringe?

My Novel Spaces archive.

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I’m coming to Phoenix for LepreCon in June, people. FIRST WARNING.

Put away your breakables, Phoenix. I’m coming your way.

I’ll be making my first Phoenix convention appearance at LepreCon 41, which will be held June 25-28. The kind folks at the con also saw fit to invite me as a Guest of Honor. Can you believe that? It’s actually my first time receiving such an invitation from a convention.

As it happens, my invitation and appearance are thanks to a co-venture with the con as well as the United Federation of Phoenix, a longtime Star Trek fan organization that is celebrating its own 40th anniversary this year.


And yes, Kevin also will be coming, so we’ll be able to do the usual 2-man act we roll out for cons.

(No, not that act. The other one. The family friendly one. You people and your gutter brains. Sheesh.)

Other Guests of Honor who will be in attendance?

Jennifer Brozek, whom I’ve never met even though our virtual paths have crossed once or twice over the years, so I’m very much looking forward to hanging out and talking in the Real World.

Ken Kelly, who really should need no introduction, but I’m doing it, anyway: Does “Artistic Badass” cover it?

Victor Moreno, a Tempe-based artist and graphic designer who creates a lot of cool stuff for an impressive list of clients. Check out his own site for more info.

Camille and Kennerly Kitt, aka The Harp Twins. I’ve heard some of their music, but this will be my first time seeing them perform before a live audience. This should be fun.

And Larry Hama. Seriously, people…Larry Freaking Hama. 80s G.I. Joe Larry Hama. The guy who basically created everything most people today associate with G.I. Joe. The word you want here is “EPIC.”

Oh, and me.

I’m still learning what all will be going on during the extended weekend, but I imagine Kevin and I will be all over the place, doing this and that. Expect panels, and book signings, and whatever other surprises the LepreCon folks might have up their sleeves.

Thanks very much to the good people at LepreCon and the United Federation of Phoenix for extending the invitation. As I said upstream, it’ll be my first time seeing anything of Phoenix beyond its airport, so I’m looking forward to the trip, putting some faces to names of people I know from Twitter, Facebook, and other online venues, and making some new friends. This should be tons of fun, y’all!

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A little goofiness while I work.

I need a bit of distraction as I take a crowbar to my head and force the words out, since they don’t seem to feel like playing, this morning.

Anyway, pretend for a moment that you’re living in the Star Trek universe.

I understand that there are those of you reading this right now who are thinking, “What’s he talking about? Aren’t we there, already?” Work with me, all right?

A family member or friend goes on vacation–again, somewhere in the Star Trek universe–and naturally they bring you back a souvenir. The problem is that it’s a sucky gift. You know, one of those cheap knickknacks that someone bought at an airport (spaceport?) gift shop because they remembered you at the last possible minute before their flight, and they only remembered you because you’re the one who’s meeting them at the air/spaceport. A bottle of decent local vodka would be asking too much, so instead they bring you something like this:


Okay, your turn: Hit me with your best bad ideas.

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…. “Behind my beloved waterfall, in the little room that was hidden beneath the cave, I
found it. I brushed away the dust of the years, and picked it up, holding it reverently in
my hands. I had no idea what it might be, but it was beautiful” ….
— Alex Lifeson & Neil Peart, “Discovery,” 2112

The things you find when you go digging.

So, today’s expedition involved journeying deep into my rather extensive archives. File cabinets, book cases, vertical files, and even a few boxes in a closet were surveyed as I went hunting for an elusive bit of arcane reference material which I hoped would assist me in the current writing endeavor.

It was while investigating a recently excavated file folder that I happened across this item, tucked between the leaves of some ancient parchment. This artifact from a long-dead civilization appears as pristine as the day sunlight last touched its surface. I wonder what stories this relic could tell, were it able to speak? To what events did it bear silent witness? The truth likely will forever remain a riddle, cast unwanted for all time into the vast darkness of history.

“What can this strange device be?”

Take your best guess, gentle readers.


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The Batcave Podcast, Episode 38!

All righty, then. I guess I’m back on track. For now, anyway.

It seems that yet another episode of The Batcave Podcast has dropped. Host John S. Drew marches merrily on with his continuing review of the classic 1960s Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. For the second season’s nineteenth story (and 38th and 39th episodes overall), he’s joined by 13th Dimension web dude Dan Greenfield as they discuss the return of the Catwoman in “That Darn Catwman” and “Scat! Darn Catwoman.”

From John’s write-up:

“The Catwoman is back in Gotham City and she’s training a protegee in the form of singer Lesley Gore as Pussycat. Catwoman’s scheme is to get Batman and Robin under her control with a new drug she’s designed. With their help, she’s hoping to rob the Gotham Mint. How does this episode fair compared to other Catwoman episodes? What did John and his guest think of the inclusion of not one, but two performances by Lesley Gore? Just how ironic was it that Robin was hitting on Pussycat?”

See what John and Dan think of these episodes: “That Darn Catwoman/Scat! Darn Catwoman

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Writing about Apes and Star Wars for Sequart!

Not together, you understand. I mean, that’d just be weird.

Those of you who follow this space with any regularity know that the good folks over at the Sequart Organization have seen fit to invite me into their fold here and there, so that I might contribute an essay or two on various pop culture topics of interest. Last year, it was New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, edited by Joseph F. Berenato. Coming later this summer is The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes, edited by Joe and Rich Handley.

Having not learned their lesson so far as what happens when you allow me to come over and puke in your punch bowl, Rich and Joe have taken complete leave of their senses and called upon me to contribute to not one but two more collections of Sequart essays.

(Overheard from the audience: “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?”)

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