Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tell me - WonHundredWordWednesdays

As part of the Wonhundred Wednesday challenge today I present my response to the prompt "Is there something you want to tell me, son."

I want to tell you about the girl I met, the day I had, the dreams that came to me before I woke this morning.

I want to tell you tell you about the wind in my hair, the sun on my face, the breath in my nose.

I want to tell you thank you for these and all things.

I want to tell you I go on. 

I want to tell you how much I miss you.

I want to tell you I don't blame the water: I blame you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference Album

I attended the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado last week and I have to say that it knocked my socks off.

I taught six hours there; a three hour prequel and three one hour classes, two of which included the number “8” in their start times so you can imagine the stress these lazy bones were under. But it all came off swimmingly. My audiences were awesome, the staff welcoming and warm. The venue and space, the bar, even the weather—a dramatic Spring blizzard all seemed to come together to make the time I spent in Colorado Springs memorable and meaningful.

I’ll return there one day. They promised. I have them on tape with witnesses saying so. I can’t wait. PPWC is one of the premier writing conferences, one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend. Congratulations to every one, and humble thanks to all my new fans who bought out my books at the bookstore.

Here’s a little photo album of crap snapshots I found on my phone when I got back.

Warren Hammond, one of the first people to welcome me by reminding me we were old friends. Warren was at The Blog Mansion for the infamous bridge interview.  Glad he survived. Good people!

The Master of Ceremonies herself, Becky Clark, a funny energetic force I was lucky to meet right off. She taught me a new word: "Douchecanoe."*
*(not directed at me - just overheard it. I'm going to steal it!)

I was a table host which meant I got a sign to warn off the weak and easily startled. They didn't get my genres right so I took it upon myself to edit.

A selfie with agent Alec Shane from Writers House who'd sent me a rejection just a week before (his second). This is the moment just before I told him.

Bar Con: the time spent in the hotel bar after the conference ends for the day. A magic time. here is keynote speaker Jeff Lindsay playing guitar for the good folks. 

More editing of my dinner sign. Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Hanging with the big boys: Kevin J. Anderson, Joe R. Lansdale and me.

Jennifer Letwack (Thomas Dunne Books), me and Annie Berger (Sourcebooks) - The editors I wanted to meet. I got pretty close but only pitched to one. Annie declined to read more. I cried.

The media equated this storm to the end of the world. It snowed.

Me and M.B. Partlow an instant friend and kidnapper who led me to her mini-van with promises of candy. Good times. If the hat fits, wear it.

There were some familiar faces in Colorado. Steffi Floch and me doing stuff.

This dessert was a work of art, but I was on a diet and couldn't eat it. I ate some anyway. 

I met my doppelganger while I was there. It was uncanny how much we had in common. Here we are, me Aaron Michael Ritchey and more Kevin J. Anderson, keynote speaker and machine!

One of the nicest big named authors I've ever met. The wonderful Wendy Corsi Staub, keynote speaker. 

A personal moment of with Jeff Lindsay, keynote speaker and author of the DEXTER books. It's rewarding to see him so impressed/awed/terrified? of the hat.

The physical toll the conference took on me. My bad knee reminding me that there's a bionic replacement in my future. 

There were so many other great people I met. I don't know how I got home without a picture of me hanging with J.T. Evans, Angie Hodapp, Anita Mumm, Andra Watkins, Angel Smits, Jason Henry, Karen Fox, Hillary Dodge, or Kevin Ikenberry. Love all you guys! Miss you already.

Put this one on your bucket list. PPWC is the real deal.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Join me at Pikes Peak Writers!

This weekend I'm in Colorado Springs at The Pikes Peak Writers Conference, a premier writing conference, a gathering of the tribe for four days of words and craft and friends. Come by if you're int he neighborhood.

Pikes Peak Writer's Conference: Dare to Dream
— April 14-17, 2016

Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Check out my busy schedule.

Thursday April 14th, 2016

A Novel in 90 Days (3 Hour Conference Prequel Workshop)

Salon FGH
The odds are against us making it in this industry. You’d have to be crazy to try to do this. Challenge accepted.
A confidence building exercise in discipline and creativity. Using focused self-delusion and the magick of positive thinking we discipline ourselves into a routine to encompass an entire project from inception to rough draft. The class is meant to inspire a writer to overcome their greatest obstacle – a completed book. The course offers concrete advice from tools to times, inspiration, pre-writing tactics and thematic considerations. Think like an author, act like an author. Be an author.

Friday April 15th, 2016

Where Does My Book Fit In - A Study in Genre

8:45am – 9:45 a.m.
Salon BC
We’ll discuss the history of genre, its theoretical use and uselessness before focusing on the practical aim of genre today as a tool for marketing that uses the power of limited vocabulary to categorize art through imitation

Saturday April 16th, 2016

Foreshadowing: Give Us a Hint

8:00am – 9:00 a.m
Salon GH
A discussion on the importance and use of foreshadowing as a literary device. Breadcrumbs and clues as a way to involve the reader in the discovery of our stories. From the “A-ha” of a mystery, to the disappointment of the deus ex machina, the hints lie in foreshadowing.

Symbolism Theory: Connection and Reference

1:50pm – 2:50 p.m.
Salon A
A wide reaching discussion about the foundations of language itself and the use of symbolism to achieve deeper meaning through shared reference in writing. Guaranteed to confuse and enlighten students of all levels with deconstructionist emphasis on subconscious symbolic relationships and associative writing. We’ll study how symbols are used and suggest ways to identify and harness both acquired and created symbology to strengthen our own work.

4:30pm – 6:00 p.m.
Aspen Leaf

Thursday, April 7, 2016

FanX 2016 Photo Album

I had a great time at this years's Salt Lake Comic Con FanX. It's always a rush, emotion, sensation, fans and friends. Hard to put it into words. I could try, It's what I do, but I took a few hundred pictures. Below are a few of my favorites.