Weekly Update – January 16, 2018

Arisia 2018 is a wrap!

I had what was, financially, my best show ever. This is not to say I am rolling in money, but the weekend was profitable — which can be a big deal to an indie author. These shows are not cheap to do and it’s easy to lose money — which is what happened in previous years — so it’s nice to be able to go home even a little in the black.

But the best part may be yet to come. I’m currently chatting with someone who is interested in having me work on a project for her small company, and the concept I’ve been pitched is intriguing. We’ll see where that goes, but I’m feeling hopeful.

WRITING PROJECTS

Well Behaved Women: I managed to sneak in a little bit of work during my busy week, but I’m mostly hashing out some plot issues for a while.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress. Got some work in on this last week, and I’ll pop back to jot down stuff as it comes to me.

Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War: Edited and formatted, waiting on cover art.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Third draft written.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Rough plotting in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES and EVENTS

For a variety of reasons, some voluntary and some out of my control, I am going to be passing on Boskone this year. I don’t have any other shows on the horizon quite yet, but I’m on the lookout.

MISC.

I’m taking part in a month-long cross-promotion with several other superhero fiction authors, and until January 31 you can grab Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins along with 32 other titles for free!

It’s the final countdown for the New England Speculative Writers group’s open call for its first anthology. If you’re a New England-based writer, you’re eligible to submit a story. The deadline for submission is January 31, so get cracking! Go here to get the full details.

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Panel Time! Fight Science for Writers

Just 15 minutes until my next panel:

Fight Science for Writers – Hands-On Demos – 4 PM – Otis (2W)

Have you ever wondered how your fight scene would look acted out in real life? Here’s your chance to play with some toy soldiers, see your fight scene acted out with authentic weapons, and listen to our panel of martial artists and authors SHOW you what works vs. doesn’t work in your or other writer’s fiction. Mark Millman (m), Michael Bailey, Rachel A. Brune, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Dan “Grim” Marsh.

Panel Time! Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress

My next panel begins in just 15 minutes!

Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress – 11:30 AM – Faneuil (3W)

A minute can seem so short when trying to put together a masquerade presentation, but it can feel like an eternity on stage. How do you use the time allowed to both entertain the audience and wow the judges? Can it be done in less than 30 seconds? Gaia Eirich (m), Michael Bailey, Jill Eastlake, James Hinsey, Anastasia Holt

And later today:

Fight Science for Writers – Hands-On Demos – 4 PM – Otis (2W)

Have you ever wondered how your fight scene would look acted out in real life? Here’s your chance to play with some toy soldiers, see your fight scene acted out with authentic weapons, and listen to our panel of martial artists and authors SHOW you what works vs. doesn’t work in your or other writer’s fiction. Mark Millman (m), Michael Bailey, Rachel A. Brune, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Dan “Grim” Marsh.

Arisia 2018 – Day Three Begins!

A day of rest? Ha! It’s another busy day here at Arisia 2018. The dealers room has opened for the day and will be open until 7 PM, and I have not one but two panels today! Hope to see you here!

Stage Presentation: A Minute or Less to Impress – 11:30 AM – Faneuil (3W)

A minute can seem so short when trying to put together a masquerade presentation, but it can feel like an eternity on stage. How do you use the time allowed to both entertain the audience and wow the judges? Can it be done in less than 30 seconds? Gaia Eirich (m), Michael Bailey, Jill Eastlake, James Hinsey, Anastasia Holt

Fight Science for Writers – Hands-On Demos – 4 PM – Otis (2W)

Have you ever wondered how your fight scene would look acted out in real life? Here’s your chance to play with some toy soldiers, see your fight scene acted out with authentic weapons, and listen to our panel of martial artists and authors SHOW you what works vs. doesn’t work in your or other writer’s fiction. Mark Millman (m), Michael Bailey, Rachel A. Brune, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Dan “Grim” Marsh.