Category Archives: conventions

PORTLAND COMIC CON 2015

Okay, you just have to go to conventions. Unless you really live in the remotest of areas there is one nearby at least once a year, and if you’re willing to drive or even fly a few hundred miles there … Continue reading

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ONE OF THOSE WEEKS

Another late blog post this week, though I’ve really been thinking about it all day. I could write about this, I could write about that, I could write about the other thing . . . and though I always like to keep it … Continue reading

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PRECISELY WHAT NOT TO DO

I am a Trekkie. I’m not the slightest bit embarrassed about that. Star Trek in all its many incarnations is awesome. I love it, and I have loved it as long as I can remember. Though I have never been … Continue reading

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SUMMER’S END

Here it is after 5:30 PM on Tuesday and I’m only now sitting down to get this week’s post in. That’s a pretty good indication of how busy I’ve been lately. And no, this is not me complaining or making … Continue reading

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I GEEK, YOU GEEK

Let’s call this one a love letter to jocks everywhere . . . I’m a geek. I’m a nerd, too. In England they’d call me an anorak. If I were to travel to Japan I would be an otaku, I think. The definition … Continue reading

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READING WRITING ABOUT WRITING

Here at Fantasy Author’s Handbook, I’ve recommended a number of books I think every fantasy author should have, but this week I’d like to go a bit deeper, or is it wider? Anyway, let me make this blanket recommendation: BUY … Continue reading

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GETTING OUT THERE

I’ve been attending conventions since 1981, but didn’t start actually participating as a speaker until Gen Con 1996, where I was put on the spot to help run seminars as an employee of TSR. In the years since then, I’ve … Continue reading

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SCHOOL’S IN

I know that might be the opposite of what you expect this time of year, but the fact is, school is always in session, if you’re paying attention. I’m getting ready to teach another term’s classes at Bellevue College, starting … Continue reading

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MY BICENTENNIAL (AFTER A FASHION)

For all you wordsmiths out there, I know that “bicentennial” means “200th year,” but I’m going to use that word, however incorrectly, to point out that this is my 200th post here at Fantasy Author’s Handbook. As I did with … Continue reading

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THE JOYS OF TEACHING

There’s an old saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” This is crap. Though there are people in this world who would not consider me particularly old, there’s another old saying: “You’re only as old as you feel.” … Continue reading

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