Comic Con 2017 Panels: Steampunk Goodness and the End of the World, Ragnarok-Norse-Apocalypse Style

Yay! Comic Con time again. I’m very excited about my panels this time around, so here are the details.

First of all, let me just say that this is probably my favorite Salt Lake Comic Con banner yet–Gates McFadden, Dick Van Dyke, John Cusack–I mean, come on! This will be an awesome convention.

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My Panel Schedule

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I’m on two very different panels, but interestingly, they intersect in my series Peacock Lavine and the Aetherian Fates of Nótt: a steampunk adventure based on lesser-known Norse mythology–in Regency-era London, of course! I’ve published book one in this series, Piccadilly Valkyrie, but I’ve temporarily unpublished it so I can adapt it to the larger scope this story line has evolved into. I’ll post an update when this is available again.

The prequel Unwyrded is available for free if you’d like to jump in now. Find that in the post following this one.

So, without further ado, here are my panels! I’m so excited to be on these alongside authors I admire.

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Ah, a back-to-back schedule . . . what a beautiful thing. I don’t know how on earth that happened, but I’ll just be quiet and not ask any questions!

If you’ve never been to Comic Con, there’s always a lot to take in, but especially for writers, artists, and creators. A lot of people don’t know about the panels that take place during the whole thing. It’s a wonderful way to jump into writing and start understanding different aspects of the business, from craft to marketing and beyond. If you’ve ever thought about being a fiction writer, you should come to this. It’s three days of affordable, solid programming from a variety of authors. It’s all geared to help you out.

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Welcome to my site! I’d love to connect with you and share my book Unwyrded (prequel to the series).

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ICELANDIC AIRSPACE, APRIL 1812

VALKYRIE KÁRA IS UNDERDEVELOPED AND UNRULY.

When her ability to weave mortals’ Fate as a death maiden of Odin fails to develop on schedule, Kára knows her Eternal Band’s leader Freya will have little use for her. Already far from Freya’s good graces as a valkyrie who speaks her mind, Kára knows it’s only a matter of time before Freya decides her Fate.

Defying Freya’s rules to never leave the valkyrie training airship compound, Kára strikes out to find answers about her condition.

When she begins studying surprisingly convincing mortal ideas that make her question all Freya has taught them, her already unraveling world seems to spin faster. Kára must decide where an immortal with no power fits in, or the fast-approaching future will decide it for her, by catapulting her beyond the friends she is desperate to hold onto. 

A Norse Steampunk and Urban Fantasy Rollick and Tussle Through an Alternative Regency Iceland, England, and the Afterlife! 

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Also, if you’re looking for information about Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE) 2017, please check out my site called The Productive Author.

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My SL Comic Con 2016 Schedule: Stephen King’s “On Writing” and “A Celebration of Steampunk”

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SL Comic Con 2016 is right around the corner, and I’m excited to be presenting on some really incredible panels. Here’s what I’m promoting and where I’ll be.

First of all, I’ve had my Peacock Lavine covers redesigned, and I love how they’ve turned out:

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 Also check out my short story based on a side story in the Peacock Lavine series: “The Resurrectionist’s Kiss” in Psychopomps: Shepherds of the Dead.

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For more detail on these stories, please click here:

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SL Comic Con Panel Schedule

For this first one, I’m so excited to join a group of fun, dynamic authors as we discuss one of the best books out there on writing craft. I’m definitely only into “Horror Lite”, but I love King’s advice.

On to panel number two: a tour through steampunk fantasticness!! My Peacock Lavine series is Norse steampunk featuring a disenfranchised Valkyrie making her way in Regency Era London. Mayhem ensues. So yes, steampunk gets weird and wonderful, fast. These panels are always so much fun. And oooh, look! I’m moderating! So come check out the techno-whimsy!!

Check out this main Panel Programming Page for more details, and have a wonderful week!

 

Fellow writers and authors may also be interested in my book on how to write faster, or check out other resources on my site www.TheProductiveAuthor.com.

In addition, my book The Productive Author’s Guide to Dictation is FREE to anyone during SL ComicCon (September 1-3, 2016). Switch up your process and get more done while  reducing repetitve stress from other approaches to writing! Note that when you go to Amazon, you click to buy and the download should begin immediately (this confused me at first because I didn’t see a button for “Get this Free” or anything, so just a heads-up on that!).

Get this title on Amazon or learn more about this resource here.

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My Panels at SL Comic Con FanX 2016: Gaining Writer Resilience, Writing Tough Topics for YA, and Going Beyond Steampunk Goggles

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SL Comic Con FanX 2016 is upon us! Here’s what I’m promoting and where I’ll be.

First of all, this is my first time having a booth, so look for my boutique press Misch Masch Publishing in Artist’s Alley, with CrankLeft. Our address is Teal 3. Come say hi!

I’m promoting three books:

First, the Peacock Lavine and the Aetherian Fates of Nott series, about an immortal Valkyrie who lives among mortals in Regency London.

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“A Norse Steampunk and Urban Fantasy Rollick and Tussle Through an Alternative Regency Iceland, England, and the Afterlife”, Peacock Lavine and the Aetherian Fates of Nott includes notes of Jane Austen’s day but with airships, societal hermits, Luddites, and of course, Norse supernaturals.

And yes, it’s okay to go Regency rather than Victorian and still be steampunk because the Industrial Revolution began in the 18th century.

This has been incredibly fun to write, and it definitely covers a lot of ground, so it may need to be your next adventure novel.

Please note that you may want to preview this book before sharing it with your mature MG’s. It’s pretty tame but does reference violence (Valkyries are Shieldmaidens and this is during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, plus Ragnarok!), sex (that it happens, not a play by play), and garden variety swears. The protagonist is 18 years old, but she’s lived in a compound so she’s both figuring out who she is and where she fits in the larger world. For that reason, both MG and YA readers may relate.

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Here’s Contestant #2!

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A TEENAGE GIRL’S FIGHT TO SAVE HER NEWBORN BROTHER FROM THE PHANTOM OF DEATH WHO SEEKS TO STEAL HIS SOUL

Little Bundle of Death by BEN LANE HODSON  

A PIRATE’S REDEMPTION FROM INFERNUM TO AETERNUS WITH THE GUIDANCE OF A SEA REAPER MERMAID

The Sea of Ghosts by RAYCHEL ROSE

A CORPSE DUSTER’S INITIATIVE TO OUTPROGRAM DEATH

Mobile Dusters by E.W. FARNSWORTH

A BRITISH SOLIDER’S ESCAPE FROM LIMBO AFTER HIS VALKYRIE GUIDE GOES ROGUE

 The Resurrectionist’s Kiss by CINDY GRIGG

… AND MORE!

 

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The third book is for writers, detailing how I speak my drafts rather than typing them, which has helped me be active by going on Writer Walkabouts, increase my daily word count, and more. A total lifestyle-changer, whether you write fiction or non-fiction!

I include a system of drills that are hopefully fun, as they incorporate works of classic literature.

Once you master this skill, you will feel like you’re working with eight arms and an octopod’s evil genius mind!!

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Note: This is a new cover for the print version. The eBook features a previous cover until early April. Same content either way.

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Panels!

Friday March 25, 2016 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


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Check out this main Panel Programming Page for more details, and have a wonderful week!

Did You Know Students Get In LTUE Free?! Where I’ll Be at Life, the Universe, and Everything 2016

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It’s upon us! Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE) 2016 begins next week, and I’m so excited to be part of this fiction writing conference.

I’ve been attending and presenting at LTUE for a couple years now, but I’m only this year realizing that students get in for free!

This conference is a great opportunity to meet with authors, filmmakers, artists, gaming professionals, and other speculative fiction creatives.

Plus, Provo. Exotic!!

Here’s where I’ll be during Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium (LTUE) 2016.

I am looking forward to speaking on the Genre Innovators of Note panel at 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2015 (Arches room). I’ll be on this panel along with David Yurth, Michael R Collings, J. D. Raisor, and Callie Stoker. Here’s the description:

Sometimes a tale comes along that’s so startlingly different from previous works that it starts a new movement or subgenre. Jules Verne and Lord Dunsany kicked off the science fiction and fantasy era over a century ago. In the 1960’s Harlan Ellison rocked the science fiction world to its core as writer, editor and provocateur. In the 1980s William Gibson invented cyberpunk. Come learn about the Pandora’s that went before, and maybe speculate on who the next one might be.

It should be really fun, so come check us out in the Arches room.

This conference is where I’ve met many writer contacts in the past. It’s an awesome way to refocus on what matters and streamline best practices for this overwhelming thing called writing fiction!

And I mean, check out the lineup: LTUE Guests.

The Productive Authors Guide to Dictation 45For those who haven’t been to this conference, LTUE is less about dressing up than Comic Con or Fantasy Con, but if I see any awesomeness, it will be photographed and reported, as I did last year.

If you’re a writer who can’t make it, here’s my single best writing tip: Learn to Dictate! Check out my book about how I learned this skill.

Yes, dictation presents a learning curve. But it also has so many benefits, that any time invested pays off. It’s a drafting tool that can be a serious game changer for fiction or non-fiction writers, though I use it mostly for fiction.

Psychopomps (Shepherds of the Dead) Available in Digital or Print

Happy October 1st! Autumn is hands-down the best season of the year. Time for spooky, paranormal, and otherwise haunting reads!

My short story “The Resurrectionist’s Kiss” is featured in an anthology that is now available in print as well as e-book format.

Check out Psychopomps: Shepherds of the Dead on Amazon

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The anthology also features stories by Ben Lane Hodson (Author), E. W. Farnsworth (Author), Raychel Rose (Author).

So if you are looking for a way to check out our work while celebrating autmumn and Halloween, this would be a good way to do that!

Author Raychel Rose put together this awesome book trailer. Enjoy!