Thursday, June 26, 2014

Prompt: Magical Words and ConTemporal

Two years ago, I met and befriended many of the authors involved with, a daily blog site about the craft and business of writing. This week, I posted my first entry on the site, and it feels like a major milestone. I wasn’t alone—it was part of a group blog about a writers’ retreat we held after ConCarolinas at the beginning of June. I didn’t expect the thrill of seeing my post under the masthead, with the intro, “The Blogger”. Hey, that’s me!

And here’s the rest of the group: Writer’sRetreats — Our Thoughts, Part One 

Meanwhile, June sees another milestone for me: the first time I have served as Literary Track Director for a fan-run convention, this one centered around a steampunk theme. ConTemporal opens in Raleigh, NC on Friday afternoon, and I’ve helped to bring in a great group of authors and “crossover” guests (authors who are also costumers or gamers or makers):

Guests of Honor
Emilie P. Bush
Dave Lee
Aleta Pardalis

Literary and “Crossover” Guests
Suzanne Adair
Chris Berman
Danny Birt
Clay & Susan Griffith
JM Lee
Jean-Michel Margot
Misty Massey
Marina Sergeyeva
Winfield Strock
Tanith Tyrr & Todd Stewart
Mark Van Name
Suzanne Warr
Allen Wold
Darcy Wold

Check out the ConTemporal website , and if you’re in the area, come “step into the story” of this experiential steampunk convention for a day or the whole weekend!

Here’s a fabulous, fun video that gives you a taste of last year’s ConTemporal: 

Dogs in house:
Houdini, Brindle

Time writing
45 minutes

June word count


  1. Writing report:
    Novel editing, Ch28.

    Time: ~30 min

  2. Congrats on your Magical Worlds post! And best wishes for ConTemporal. It looks fun!