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Hanging with Rocket at SpoCon 2014

Upcoming Appearances

Just a quick update to announce that I launched a new section here on the blog. Behold! The new Appearances tab. This year I am really upping my sci-fi/fantasy convention attendance. I had a blast at SpoCon 2014 and I look forward to hanging out with readers at future conventions. I figured it’d be good to create a space where I list out where I am going and when. That way you can see if I’m coming to a con near you. Click here to check it out now or navigate to it from the main menu. I’ll see you at the cons!

Have a local sci-fi/fantasy convention near you that you think I should attend? Shoot me an email and let me know about it. I’d love to see if I can’t make it work.

A SpoCon Debriefing

K. M. Alexander at SpoConHere’s my first con report! This last weekend I spent my time slinging books at SpoCon 2014 in Spokane, Washington. And what a weekend it was! The con was great and full of friendly people, great guest speakers, and amazing costumes. I’ve been to a few conventions before but this was my first as a sponsor/vendor. I’m excited to see what comes of it.
SpoCon Cosplayers!

Before I delve into highlight, I want to thank everyone who came by the booth and picked up a copy of The Stars Were Right. I sold way more than I expected and I hope everyone who grabbed a copy enjoy’s Wal’s story! Extra thanks to those folks who came back before the con was even over to tell me they were already reading and really liking the book. You made this author’s day.
SpoCon Cosplayers!

Some highlights:

  • Discussing Lovecraft his writing, influences, and style with a number of attendees. I could do this forever.
  • Meeting new people, fellow authors, and the supportive SpoCon team.
  • Seeing all the cosplayers. As you can see from my pictures they were great. I’ll admit that I came into this with a bit of a bias towards bigger conventions. I didn’t expect the level of quality I saw. I was glad to be proven wrong. Incredible work by everyone.
  • Hanging out with my buddy Josh Montreuil. The guy is a talent. Expect some rad stuff from him in the future.
  • Talking with a veteran author about the publishing industry, writing, and all his experience over the years. As a guy just starting out it was great to talk with someone with so much experience. I found the whole conversation really encouraging.
  • Seeing my rad little sister experience her first sci-fi/fantasy convention. She came as Dave Strider from Homestuck on Friday and as Spine from Steam Powered Giraffe on Saturday—her costumes were incredible and she got tons of reactions as Spine. (You can see her below.)
  • Watching two guys try and figure out what they loved about the cover of The Stars Were Right and why they were so attracted to it. While I didn’t agree with their conclusion, I did appreciate their kind words. I’m pretty particular about cover design and my thoughts are pretty straightforward, I even wrote a whole post about it.
  • Casual Thorsday.
  • Of course, Josh Montreuil’s Silver Laced Polish Tyrannosaurus. (I look forward to more of these.)

SpoCon Cosplayers!I’m still coming down from the high of it all. It’s exhausting but really fun. Glad I went, as with everything I learned a lot. Now to decide which convention comes next…

A Memo Of Things

Did you get that memo?
I have a little list of things I have been wanting to post about. I figured a single post is easier than a bunch of little posts. So anyway, let’s get to it!

  • Bad news first: there will be no Friday Link Pack this week. Sorry about that! Since I am traveling to Spokane for SpoCon I won’t have time to assemble a weekly collection of linky goodness. If you’re jonesing for a fix feel free to scroll back through the Friday Link Pack archive. I’m sure you’ll find stuff you missed.
  • If you are a regular visitor I’m sure you’ve noticed there have been some changes to the Project Tracker on the right. A few new projects have cropped up, and another one has finished. What could they be! I’ll have a full announcement coming soon but for now enjoy this little teaser site (with headphones!) It is exceptionally teasery.
  • I am currently obsessed with Hell on Wheels, which is good, as I need something to occupy my downtime until football season officially starts. I put it off for a while, but now that I am watching it regularly I am really digging it. It’s a solid western with some great characters. It is worth a watch.
  • SpoCon attendees: I’ll see you soon! I’m excited to meet folks, sell some books, and visit the city of my birth. My booth is located right outside of the dealers room so stop by and say hello and grab some free swag. I got a ton of stickers, bookmarks, and buttons that are yours for the taking. If you can’t make it to SpoCon hit up my Free Stuff page and find out how you can get a swag pack. It’s easy, and free, well… it’ll cost you two stamp. So it’s easy, and like ninety-something cents.

That’s it! I’ll be back next week with news and most likely a bunch of pictures of snazzy cosplayers.

SpoCon 2014

SpoCon
We’re only a month away so it’s time to announce that I’ll be traversing the Cascade Mountains and traveling to the eastside of the state to attend SpoCon 2014 in Spokane, Washington! Woohoo! The show runs August 15th-17th and I’ll be there the whole time slingin’ books. If you’re attending, stop by my booth and say hello. I’m bringing plenty of copies of The Stars Were Right as well as a bunch of free swag.

Details are still being sorted out and I am sure I’ll have more information as we draw closer to the actual date. If you live in the area and are interested in attending you can find out more about SpoCon at spocon.org. Hope to see you at the con!

The Stars Were Right at ECCC!

Get The Stars Were Right at Emerald City Comic Con
Right: Andrew Wilson‘s ConGirl (Detail) Left: The Stars Were Right

Sadly I will be absent from #ECCC this year. However that doesn’t mean a few copies of The Stars Were Right won’t be attending! My friend Andrew Wilson has graciously given up a bit of table space at his booth and it is there you’ll find signed copies of The Stars Were Right for a con only price of $10!

Andrew is an amazing illustrator and artist and he has a ton of awesome books and prints for sale of his own. Make sure you check it all out at BOOTH 702. He’s throwing in free postcards with any purchase and you’ll also find three flavors of free bookmarks available just because I love you. Who doesn’t love free swag?

Free Bookmarks
3 Bookmarks (Left to Right) – Skeletons, Saint Olmstead, and Russel & Sons

Look for the big Andrew Wilson ConGirl banner (pictured in the header) and make stop by and say hello. Have a great #ECCC! Wish I could be there with ya’ll!