My Schedule for FantasyCon 2014 in SLC – #JoinTheAdventure

Fantasy Con

I have the opportunity to be a panelist at next week’s FantasyCon 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naturally, I’m so excited!!

My panel centers around my travel and research for HULDUSNOOPS, a middle grade fantasy and mystery series about the Icelandic Huldufólk or “Hidden People” many Icelanders believe in to this day.

The first book in the series, THE CASE OF THE SMELLULAR PHONE, is available on Amazon!

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“Iceland’s Influence On Fantasy” – Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 6 PM – 6:50PM room 150 DEF

Iceland’s compelling landscape alone is enough to inspire fantasy writers, filmmakers, and other creatives. But did you know this country’s Viking history, Icelandic Sagas, and unique culture influenced Jules Verne, J. R. R. Tolkien, and others?

Embark on this visual journey to find out more about the dragons, trolls, elves, and other beings that inspired works such as “Lord of the Rings”, including the Huldufólk or “hidden people” many Icelanders still believe in to this day. 

You may find yourself inspired to plan your own inspiring adventure to the Land of Fire and Ice!

If for whatever illegitimate reason 🙂 you can’t make it to FantasyCon in SLC, I’ll be making the rounds and posting pics. But hopefully you can #JoinTheAdventure and attend the conference.

I’ll also be posting my presentation in one form or another so check back if you’re interested (I mean, it’s awesome, it’s Iceland!).

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Steampunk Lite – Writer Cindy Grigg on the Sci Fi Subgenre

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My personal taste for the aesthetic should be termed Steampunk Lite. I like brushing by it, picking up traces of it on my plotline or characters, but I don’t actually want steampunk in its full manifestation. Here’s why.

Steampunk as an aesthetic is more a fabulous concentration of things than it is unique, which makes it hard to define. That’s also actually why I first resonated with it. Goggles, corsets, Victoriana, dirigibles, steam technologies–we’ve all seen them, but steampunk, a subgenre of sci fi, made me feel like I was looking at them under a selective magnifying glass.

The elements common to the aesthetic popped out from familiar things I’d seen along these lines, so that they were no longer props but the main artistic elements. That was something I would have never concocted, so I marvel at its evolution.

My working definition of steampunk is art, literature, film, fashion, or anything else which unites futuristic technologies with those of the steam age, often in London and often in terms of an alternate telling of history due to those achronistic pairings.

Given my recognition of the aesthetic’s intense visual and ideological potentcy, it is perhaps paradoxical, then, that my personal taste for it should be termed Steampunk Lite. I just want it to be more vulnerable to scale, rather than composing the main jist of a scene.

I like brushing by it, picking up traces of it on my plotline or characters, but I don’t actually want steampunk in its full manifestation. Rather, I am eagerly glad it exists as a dense social reference point,  so that I can happily imbue my fiction writing with a muted version of it.

So I don’t and probably won’t dress up and go to conventions. I don’t build clockwork anything as a hobby. But I am extremely enthusiastic that so many in the steampunk community do, and hope the trend continues and expands. It’s so cool!