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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Home again, home again...

jiggidy-jig-- as my mother would have said.   Yes, folks, I am back from my very first Con as a professional pornographer.  And it was wonderful!  First and foremost I want to thank all the folks at Mysticon in Roanoke, VA for being such fabulous hosts.  Everyone worked really hard and I truly appreciated their efforts.  I had the honor of being on some wonderful panels with some wonderful artists.  I think I probably learned more this weekend than I have in years of schooling, and for that I am truly grateful.  I also had the opportunity to make some great new friends in the writing/sci-fi/fantasy/erotica realms.  I would like to think that they had as much fun meeting me as I did meeting them.  I also managed to find hundreds of new books I have to read and seemingly thousands of new ideas to explore in my own writing.  I just can't say enough good things about this experience.  Thanks everyone!

Now-- on to my recommendations....

I had the opportunity to meet some fantastic writers this weekend that I think all of you should check out as well.  The first new person I met was an extraordinary media personality, Bethany Halle.  She is the host of a BlogTalkRadio show called The Fire of Fantasy and Darkness.  She's an excellent interviewer and was my first victim at Mysticon. But she made me feel quite comfortable and not like the bumbling idiot I felt I was.  She spoke to me about Hellsong and just let me ramble on and it was wonderful.  You should give her a listen here, despite that horrid second guest (hehehe).

I also had the pleasure of being on several panels with another fantastic writer, Pamela K. Kinney.  Pamela has written several books of regional ghost stories-- which is how I found her.  My husband, Tally, is a ghost hunter, writer and rabid reader.  He had several of her books and passed them on to me.  I had the chance to talk with her a great deal during the Con and she has great insights on hauntings and writing.  She's also moonlights as an erotic paranormal writer, Sapphire Phelan.  Her stories are hot and well written-- highly recommended.

But not everyone I met was feminine.  I met another extraordinary writer named Stephen Zimmer.  He writes both urban epic fantasy (think Jim Butcher) and epic fantasy.  Those are two genres with which I don't have much experience.  However, just after hearing Stephen's descriptions of characters and plots--- I CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE HIS BOOKS TO THE BEACH ON SPRING BREAK!!  His sensibilities are right up my alley as a lover of horror, blood and mayhem.  I can't wait!  Check him out if you get a chance-- you'll be excited too.

Of course I had the chance to see some other authors that I had already met, and I was pleased to get to talk with them again:  Marcia Colette, Allen Wold and Cassandre Dayne.  And as always--- they were both inspirational and awe-inspiring.

I will stop rambling now, as my notebook is staring at me.  Hopefully soon I will be able to announce that I have actually finished my second book.  Of course if I keep blogging and going out to party, I never will.  So... later taters....

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