Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Writing Updates, Upcoming Events, and my Origins Schedule!

Signing:



So, the first and biggest thing I'd like to tell you about is the signing for Apollo's Daughters that is happening in Salt Lake City this weekend. If you're anywhere nearby, I'd love to see you come out for it.

Here is the Facebook event invite, but here are the most important details:

Apollo's Daughters, and it's companion anthology Athena's Daughters, strives to highlight the female protagonist in a collection of short speculative fiction, Apollo's Daughters being written by male authors.  
Signing and meet and greet begins at 6pm, with readings from Bryan and Jason Young beginning at 6:30pm. Both authors and artists will be available until 8:00pm. 
You may purchase Apollo's Daughters at Eborn Books day of or snag it on Amazon now.
Eborn Books 254 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Friday, May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
It's incredibly important that you come out to readings and signings that authors do at bookstores. Not just me, but any writer. Bookstores will do just about anything with an author once, but if there's no turn out, they won't be doing much more with that author.

Origins Schedule:

I'm a guest again this year at Origins Game Fair, held annually in Columbus, Ohio. I'll be on a number of writing panels and my schedule is posted below. I'll be spending all the rest of my available time manning a table where I'll be selling and signing books. I hope to see you there.

Thursday:

  • 10:00 AM - Room C223 - Time Management and the Author Panelists: Gregory A. Wilson, Addie J. King, Bryan Young, Aaron Rosenberg, Sheryl Nantus
  • 11:00 AM - Room C223 - Networking Panelists: Bryan Young, Gregory A. Wilson, Jaym Gates, Aaron Rosenberg, Lucy A. Snyder
  • 2:00 PM - Room C223 - Freelancing 101 Panelists: Bryan Young, Josh Vogt, John Helfers, Jennifer Brozek, Aaron Rosenberg
Friday:
  • 10:00 AM - Room C223 - The Myth of Writer's Block Panelists: Bryan Young, Sheryl Nantus, John Helfers, Gregory A. Wilson, Kelly J. Swails
  • 2:00 PM - Room C222 - Screenplays and Narrative Fiction: Bridging the Divide Panelists: Bryan Young
Saturday:

  • 11:00 AM - Room C223 - Learning to Tell Stories Through Roleplaying Games Panelists: Donald Bingle, Addie J. King, Ronald Garner, Bryan Young
  • 8:00 PM - Room C222 - Story Hour with Janine Spendlove and Bryan Young
Sunday:
  • 10:00 AM - Room C223 - Researching Your Story Panelists: Addie J. King, Kelly Swails, Dylan Birtolo, Bryan Young, Donald J. Bingle
Updates:

I attended CONduit over the weekend and had a lot of fun. At my reading, I read the story Escape Vector which is a part of the upcoming anthology from Silence in the Library called Contact Light. I think the story works really well when read aloud and it's probably what I'll be reading at Origins for my "Story Hour."

CONduit was a great time as well. I talked a lot of Star Wars and got to be on panels with a lot of friends, old and new.

Though I took a couple of days off of writing over the weekend to spend some time with my son for his birthday, I got back to work this morning and cranked out a thousand words on a new short story and the first draft of the new fantasy novel. I think I'll be finishing that short story tomorrow and start a new one, both of them aimed at my collection of science fiction short stories.

I've been toiling away on a couple of freelance columns and stories as well that I hope will be shared with you sooner rather than later.

As for new published writing, I wrote a piece for StarWars.Com about the cinema influence of Busby Berkeley on the Star Wars universe. You can read that here. 

As far as my work outside of these things: I remain busy for Big Shiny Robot! and Full of Sith. 

As a reminder, you can get tickets to Stuff You Missed in History Class's first live episode in New York in October (which, coincidentally, will feature me) right here.

And don't forget to check out any of my books, drop reviews of them on Amazon or Goodreads, and follow me on twitter and Facebook!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Updates!

Last week, I offered my schedule for CONduit (which is this weekend, come see me!) as well as a self-imposed deadline to finish the latest rewrite of The Aeronaut, which is–hopefully–my next book to see release.

Well, I'm happy to report that I finished it that night. I powered through the last few thousand words that needed to be written and revised everything that else that needed changing. I drastically re-wrote the ending, which was incredibly difficult for me to do. The ending that was written originally was a series of scenes that I had been dreaming of years before I ever even began to write the book. In fact, I wrote the first pieces of the book as I'd originally imagined it back in 2008 after percolating the story for a while even then.

It's something that's been very close to me. It's a personal story and it's important to me that I get it right. But the ending wasn't working. My original idea wasn't what the story morphed into. It's not what the book needed.

And that's what is most important. When you're editing, it's vital to do what's best for the piece, not serve the prior visions of the story you might have had.

"Kill your babies," is sound advice I've received numerous times from a variety of mentors and it's served me well. Kill them without hesitation. It will hurt, but if it's for the good of the piece, what else are you going to do?

To that end, I received a look at the rough version of the front cover and was told I could share it. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and will only get better by the time it's finished:



I've been so lucky with my covers and their designs and this one takes the cake. I love how it's the colors of the French uniform...  And Preston there on the front...  I'm just really excited for you all to finally read the book.

The next big bit of news:


I'll be a guest on the Stuff You Missed in History Podcast at their first live show in New York in October as part of New York Comic-Con's "Super Week." We're going to have an incredibly fun conversation about presidential assassination and you won't want to miss it. You can buy tickets to the event here. 

Much sooner than that, I'll be a guest at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio from June 3-7 and I'll be doing lots of great panels about writing. I'll be publishing my schedule next week, be sure to come if you're in the area. It's going to be super informative. And Mike Stackpole and Timothy Zahn will be there, too.

Origins is also publishing their annual anthology, and my story, "Double Cross in Deep Space," will be for sale there.

You can get tickets to Origins here.

Sooner than that will be two other events. This Thursday, I'll be doing the "Write Out Loud" event at the downtown library in Salt Lake City. I'll be reading a science fiction story. You can get more information about that event here.

And next week, we'll be doing a signing at Eborn Books on Main Street in Salt Lake City next Friday for Apollo's Daughters. I'll have more information about that next week.

On the writing front, I started a new short story for my science fiction/space opera collection, as well as a new fantasy novel. I'm excited to tell you more but, to be honest, I've written four other books between The Aeronaut and this book that I can guarantee it'll be years before you hear more about this book except for updates here.

As for other writing: I interviewed Geoff Johns and Gary Frank for Huffington Post. We talked mainly about Batman: Earth One Volume Two, but there was a really fascinating exchange about designing the world in character. Batman's costume, for example, is designed quite specifically by the artist through the eyes of this particular Bruce Wayne and we spoke about how to get in the head of a character and create things from their perspective. It made me think a lot about getting deeper into the heads of my characters rather than the whims of myself as a writer. In any case, you can read that interview here.

As far as my work outside of these things: I remain busy for Big Shiny Robot! and Full of Sith. 

And don't forget to check out any of my books, drop reviews of them on Amazon or Goodreads, and follow me on twitter and Facebook!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

An Update and my CONduit 2015 Schedule

I will be appearing at the CONduit Science Fiction Convention held in Salt Lake City on from May 22-24. It's at the Hilton DoubleTree by the Salt Lake City Airport and I'll be there on panels all three days.

Here's my schedule:
FRIDAY:
4:00 (Zion Room) The Greatest Films Most Fans Have Never Seen 
SATURDAY:
12:00 (Arches Room) What We Know About Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
SUNDAY:
10:00 (Arches Room) Geek Journalism
12:00  (Arches Room) Star Wars: Canon Wars
I've been working on quite a bit this week, too. I had a new column come out for Salt Lake City Weekly. It was about the charm of a single-topic convention, using Star Wars: Celebration as an example. The headline was "Out in Force."

I also had a new piece come out for the official Star Wars website, this time I examined the cinema influences Ben Hur had on Star Wars. You can read it here.

The most exciting release this week comes in the form of a short story I wrote ages ago called "Dust in the Wind." It was set in Janine Spendlove's "War of the Seasons" series and features as a part of the fourth book in the series. It was a lot of fun to write and I was very glad Janine asked me to do it. You can pick the whole collection up on Amazon. 

There are a couple of interviews I did that should go live next week for Huffington Post. There are a lot of things percolating for other outlets as well. And a pitch I turned in for a book that could mean a lot to me. We'll see how it goes.

Aside from that, I'm just toiling away this week. I've set a deadline for myself on the latest revision of "The Aeronaut" and that should be done by the end of the week, come hell or high water. I find that it's important for me to self-impose deadlines, otherwise nothing would get done. Every draft of every book or story got finished because I forced myself to finish by choosing an arbitrary date to be done by. It's worked out well so far.

I'll let you know next week how that turned out.

As far as my work outside of all this: I've also been pretty busy for Big Shiny Robot! and Full of Sith. 

And don't forget to check out any of my books, drop reviews of them on Amazon or Goodreads, and follow me on twitter and Facebook!