Wednesday, September 03, 2014

My Salt Lake Comic Con Schedule

Hot on the heels of Dragon Con last week, I'll be at Salt Lake Comic Con this week.

Both conventions have kept me very busy, and I'm looking forward to Salt Lake. I'll be sharing a booth with the rest of the guys from Big Shiny Robot! and some other great artists. I'll have plenty of books and will be signing them, including The Serpent's Head.

For those interested, here's my panel schedule:

Thursday

  • 4:00 pm - An Hour With Sam Witwer
  • 5:00 pm - Room 250a - What we know and what we think we know about Episode VII (Moderator)
  • 7:00 pm - Room 255c - Salt Lake Comic-Con Film School Part 1: Development, Screenwriting, and Pre-production
  • 8:00 pm - Room 255b - The Big Shiny Geek Show Pub Quiz
Friday
  • 1:00 pm - Room 250a - Star Wars Rebels (Moderator)
  • 2:00 pm - Room 151g - The Future and Legends of Star Wars Canon (Moderator)
  • 8:00 pm - Room 255f - The Cinema Behind Star Wars (Moderator)

Saturday
  • 2:00 pm - Room 255b - Nerds vs. The News
  • 3:00 pm - Room 255c - Salt Lake Comic Con Film School Part 3: Post-Production, Marketing, and Distribution
  • 4:00 pm - Room 255c - How to Create and Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign
  • 5:00 pm - Room 251a - Star Wars Roundtable: An in-depth discussion of Film, Comics, Television, Novels, Toys and more (Moderator)
  • 6:00 pm - Room 151d - Full of Sith podcast recording
  • 8:00 pm - Room 255e - The Princess Bride, John Carter, and other movie marketing failures (Moderator)
This is all still subject to change. I've heard tell they want to add some things to the schedule, but we'll see. In the meantime, I'd say your best bet to get a book signed will be on Friday, which is my lightest panel day.

I also promise I'll be updating this space more often. I've just been writing. A lot.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Serpent's Head!


After two years and two drastic rewrites, The Serpent's Head, is finally coming out. It officially comes out in time for release at the Origins Game Fair, though the paperback has already found its way onto Amazon.  It should be up on the publishers website soon (Silence in the Library.)

Here's the official synopsis:
The man called Twelve is a hired gun, taking his laser pistol from planet to planet, hiring his services out to the highest bidder. He finds himself on Glycon-Prime, a new colony at the edge of space. On the hunt for work, Twelve blows into a small, frontier town only to find a massacre. The only survivors? A trio of young children, devastated by the murder of their families and hellbent on hiring the gunslinger to help them get revenge on the leader of the vicious mutants responsible, the man known only as "The Serpent's Head."
I'm really excited for you all to read it.

You can also preorder it here from me to get a signed copy.

And don't forget to snag a copy of A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination:


It's available here as well, and from Amazon, and from the Silence in the Library website.

I'd really appreciate it if you all picked up copies and dropped me some reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and where ever else you prefer to review your books.

Friday, April 11, 2014

A quick thought on writing women...

I've been thinking about this a lot lately and just wanted to get this out there.

I think the reason female characters seemed so hard for me to write was that I live in a society that made me think they were the incomprehensible (and sometimes irrational) "other."

Writing women was supposed to be hard.

But it got a whole lot easier when I stopped thinking of them as this alien species and more just like people. They have the same wants, needs, desires, thoughts, flaws, and defects as everyone else. They just have it harder because everyone seems to forget that.

And it was because of the constant attention that's being drawn to this phenomenon lately that was able to change my pre-programmed and automatic thinking about this. Otherwise, I'd have continued living blissfully unaware. This is why we need more stories about women and featuring women, and not just in the "strong female protagonist" role, but as bad guys, side characters, main characters, everything. Slightly more than half of our population is women, the cast of our books should be, too.

We will never have a greater understanding of our fellow humans if we narrow our experience to only understand and read about and empathize with people that look, act, and sound exactly like us.

That's the great thing about reading and writing, we can be all these other people and broaden our experience.

We just need to be open to it.