Dublin WorldCon 2019 Recap

 

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And now it’s time for my long overdue WorldCon Recap.

I wrote up a piece for The Woolf Quarterly and you can check it out here. It focuses more on what WorldCon is. In this post I’d like to dive into my personal experiences and thoughts on what turned out to be an exceptional weekend.

My First convention

img_20190816_211719WorldCon 2019 was my first convention ever. almost twenty years ago, I’d worked as a banquet server at other conventions but this was my first time as an attendee.

My wife was in town for a business trip as well so I took advantage of the extra days and volunteered for setup. It was a great way to not only meet new people but also get familiar with the layout and organization of this massive convention.

My first day was a bit lonely. I’d see a face or two that I knew but I mostly spent my time exploring and attending panels by myself. It had its perks. I was totally free to absorb my first day as I saw fit. The loneliness really only set in with the thought of 4 more days of being by myself in a sea of people. Luckily day two fixed everything. Continue reading

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Scene Collecting

The worlds we create belong to some reality. Those realities must have some form of physics that governs the actions within. These physics must be the type that can create and sustain life or at least things that are capable of having and conveying experiences within that reality. No characters, no story. These factors combined with our limited imaginations as 3D, corporeal, mortal beings means that the realities we create are almost always analogous to our own.

So what does this mean for our writing? It means the world, our real world, is a treasure trove of inspiration. If our writing is doomed to be analogous, why not hunt for some bitchin’ analogs!

I’m a lucky man and I get to travel a lot thanks to my rad wife’s rad job. Wherever we go, I always like to keep an eye out for intriguing settings or details from scenes that could one day make it into my stories. IMG_20190411_135351This, for example, is an actual Victorian surgical theater smack dab in the middle of London. As a writer of mostly dark themes, I had to check this place out. Who knows when one of these rooms will creep into a story. So, I hopped on the tube and bought my ticket and hauled myself up the narrow stairwell, through the gift shop, and up to the vantage point where I took the photo. That photo, however is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the way I go about scene collecting. Continue reading

The Woolf: Using POV as a Mask

I’m excited to announce I’ve just had another article published in The Woolf, Zürich’s premier English language e-magazine on writing.

Writers are very used to thinking about the various styles of POV as means to deliver information but often ignore their power to hide it. In the Masks edition of The Woolf, I take a deeper look at POV as a tool for mystery and subterfuge. If you’re interested, follow the link below.

MASKS