Circuits & Steam cover by Jordan Bell
From May 16th-18th, I’ll be in New Jersey, attending the Steampunk World’s Fair with 3 Fates Press! 3 Fates is releasing Circuits and Steam, a brand-new crossover anthology of steampunk & cyberpunk short stories at the fair. My contribution features an opium-addled cocktail waitress and her slightly sociopathic automaton butler in post-apocalyptic Chicago. There are likely several related stories forthcoming, as I had way more ideas than I could fit into one short story for these characters and this bizarre future setting! I’ll also, of course, be selling copies of The Life and Death (but mostly the death) of Erica Flynn – and I’ve got some great Erica Flynn swag & giveaways for the table, too! Plus, I’m putting together some pretty sweet jewelry on the theme of steam/cyber and/or death – and what’s better than shiny death jewelry???
May 24th-25th (10-5 / 10-4, respectively), along with 3 Fates, I’ll be attending the Howard Steamboat Museum’s Art & Antique Jubilee in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It’s a free event!
I spent the weekend blissfully away from the traffic associated with Thunder Over Louisville, at ConGlomeration Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention. I’ve been going to conventions and writer’s workshops since I was fairly wee (9 years old on), but this is the first time I’ve attended such an event as a published novelist. It’s been awesome to get to share my book with other people, but I have to say, there’s something about walking in to the Con scene with a book to show for myself that finally clicked a switch in my head that I’m a really real, for real, actual author, actually. Maybe because writers at conventions and workshops were, aside from my mom and myself, the first people to take my writing seriously. And I’ve been on panels before to talk about writing, even been a guest speaker for creative writing classes now and then, but having a stack of print books in front of me with my name on them – that’s different. And it feels great!
I was one speaker on a panel about Mythology & Folklore, which is a natural fit for The Life and Death (but mostly the death) of Erica Flynn, since (twisted, quantum-physics style) Greek Underworld mythology is a huge component of the book. Since my follow-up Underworld novel will explore some Eastern mythology and folklore, it was fun to get to talk about some of that, too. I also did a reading from Erica Flynn (Chapter 17: Bad God! No Biscuit! and Chapter 18: The Deadest Little Town This Side of the Styx).
Even with low attendance due to sharing the weekend and the city of Louisville with the largest fireworks show in the nation, I feel pretty good about this weekend’s book sales, the folks I met and talked to, and the shop talk with other authors, artists, and readers. As always after these kinds of events, my brain feels chock-full of fresh ideas, excitement about my projects, and inspiration to take on new projects and ideas. Having brand-new books to read and love doesn’t hurt, either, and getting to spend time catching up with fellow 3 Fates Press authors T Lee Harris and Marian Allen (aka Mom) is always a blast
This lady’s costume was awesome – but she was flamenco dancing so fast for her performance that every photo I took was blurred!
http://www.thealleytheater.org/ – The Alley Theater crew performing “The Cliffnotes of Insanity” – The Princess Bride in 30 Minutes or Less! Hi-freaking-larious, the highlight of the convention!
Steampunked Smartcar! ❤
Signing books like a boss!
Friday’s book release at University of Louisville: I finally decided which chapter to read (Chapter Two: The Bright Side of Death), and had lots of excellent, fun questions from the audience. I’m deeply grateful to the people who came to my first event as a published novelist – for being there, for showing their support, and especially for keeping the Q&A lively and interesting. Some of those questions made me realize I need to be on my toes for future events! Good questions also let me know what readers want to know more about, which is good inspiration for the sequel. Oh, and not least…I’m grateful for the attendees’ purchases of books!
Next weekend: ConGlomeration!
I’m not sure what face I’m making here – maybe I was reading one of Erica’s smart-ass remarks?
Reading Chapter Two: The Bright Side of Death