It’s easy to forget that not everyone starts off writing. We meet these wonderful writers and imagine that they spent their time doing only writing and became successful. Perhaps it is because that is what we want, so we imbue it on others.
Often times, like ourselves, writing is something done on the side, a hobby hoping to make a career. We are all there, but the most important thing is to take a dream and try to make it into something real.
I introduce Austin Aslan, who has had a full life before becoming an author.
An interesting experience I had in meeting with Authors, especially novelists, is that they wanted to know more about me as a person over what I was writing. I admit that I myself want to know the people behind a book more than the book itself, though I thought I was unique in that.
It is great to find that some of your idiosyncrasies are shared by other successful people and you definitely feel you are in the right place.
One of the few people I remember really well from the con is Leanna Renee Hieber.
Initially when I went to Comicon, I was going only to meet the novelists. After my first day there, I met the majority of them. I then realized, that if I only did that, the rest of my time there would be quite boring. So I decided to go see everyone. To my surprise, those who I thought were artists, were also authors themselves. There’s a lesson to be learned here, cast a wide net.
In doing so, one of the people I met was Gerimi Burleigh. Not only is he a great artist, but also a fantastic writer.
Comicon brings out the most diverse group of people. It’s a culture like no other, with everyone having a different story to tell. It’s really good to talk to people, as you never know what hidden treasure awaits at the next booth.
For our next booth, we have Jamie Wyman. I do not remember a lot of details in our conversation, but I do recall getting some pictures and her having encouraging words.
Of the many things we see at Comicon, well… there are comics. Go figure. Oh, Comicon… now I get it. It’s been bothering me for years.
It should be noted I am not a fan of comic books. I respect the artists and the writers, and the stories they can present is truly amazing. I often like reading what the stories were about and love them.
Starting off our Blog-con is meeting James A. Owen. Like many booths you visit at comicon, individuals balance their time between being at their booths, hosting panels, attending panels, and exploring the scene.
It might seen glamorous being at a booth and hordes of people coming to ask you to sign their stuff and chat with you, but it is a lot of hard work. Though I imagine it is quite rewarding.
I remember thinking he was a pretty cool guy. Look forward to reading his book in the near future.
We are now on Day 1 of the Madness Blog-con PC 14. This is perhaps the least exciting of days, but I do promise to give you something wet your whistle. No, not alcohol. No matter how much you beg for it. But pictures, and lots of them. Be sure to click on them, which will give you a better view. Like Phoenix Comicon, the first day of Madness Blog-con is a prep day, so nothing too too exciting here.
Normally I use this post to talk about something bad and depressing. To get through life, I try to ignore my bad feelings and concentrate on my writing. I use this one post a month to let out some of my pent up feelings and hope that others find use out of it.
This month, I am proud to present something positive instead.
I am posting my schedule for Comicon this year. I’m sure on the surface, this is not exactly news worthy information. The reason I am posting it is to give my readers an insight on possible future articles. I plan to post a review of discussions I go to, people I meet, and any of interest I found. This will likely take me June/July/August to get all the information out. It will be a Writer’s Guide to Phoenix Comicon.
Knowing what this series of articles have to offer, I’m sure you want to dive in and get into designing you world. I don’t blame you as designing a world is a lot of fun. But before we can do that, the first few articles goes over preliminary information.
Many people approach worldbuilding as randomly placing objects where ever they look good and giving no more thought than that. There is a logical pattern that must be followed in how our world is built and the best way to understand that is to look at our own planet.