Tuesday, February 28, 2012

So, I Said to February, Thanks

Two events in February went by as quickly as the month.

Early in the month was MS PulpCon in Jackson, MS, piloted by Chuck Jett and Java Ink; fun and much too brief. It was a single day event about comics, the paranormal, and pulp fiction with guests zombie artist Billy Tackett, dancer Alia Thabit, filmmaker Richard Landry, and author Dr. Alan Brown. I arrived as Alexander Brown and Jennifer Mulvihill were setting up their respective booths. For a look at their displays, check my Facebook album. Besides catching up with Jen and Alex, I got to meet Kalila Smith, a fellow Kerlak author, in the flesh. I touched base with David Childers and the Truthseekers, spoke with SPARS about an interview for the Digest, and discovered a new venue for a possible story submission in future - Twisted South Magazine. (More photos)

The last weekend of February saw Jennifer Mulvihill, Herika Raymer, and me headed to Roanoke, VA for Mysticon. The convention is well outside the usual range of events I attend, but it gave me an excuse to also connect with James and Marcia Miller, old friends who now live in Maryland. It was great getting to spend a little time with them, even though the convention was very busy. Check my Mysticon album on Facebook for pictures about the convention in general.

I sat on several panels at Mysticon, but the one that I will always remember (read: will haunt me forever) was the Iron Author panel. The concept was similar to Iron Chef, where 3 teams of 3 authors each were given the ingredients for a short story which they had a total of about 10 minutes to write in relay. Plot points came from the audience, which in and of itself is a recipe for disaster (and hilarity). To give you an idea of what I mean, the plot points for the first story were 1. Sentient Mohawk, 2. Cow-tipping, and 3. A kosher vampire eating a pickle. It went downhill from there. Our team lost, but I am proud of what we were able to accomplish anyway.

Both events were a lot of fun and I would love to be able to do them next year. Next month comes Midsouthcon, so I need to burrow into the notebooks and get some writing done before that.

Til next time, stay low and keep your powder dry.