What’s Your Poison?

September 18, 2015 • By

Choose a book, any book. You're going to like it.

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From the Imaginarium: Part 1

September 15, 2015 • By

The Imaginarium Convention has come and gone for 2015, and I was there for almost every moment. The reason I say almost is that I was not able to attend everything. Often there were panels or workshops happening simultaneously, and it would have been inhumanly possible for any person to attend them all. So, I will do my best to tell you about my experience.

I left home at 5:30 AM and hit the road before the rush hour traffic in Atlanta kicked up. I used my WAZE app to help me navigate the quickest route. WAZE is not only a good GPS but also warns of hazards along the way, construction, bad traffic, and the police.

The best thing about these author events is it is like spending time with family, the kind of family you get along with.

Around 9:30 AM, WAZE took me off the highway (that I have used to go to Louisville frequently) and routed me through the farm country of Tennessee. I am not aware of any reason for this, but it took me from an 85mph fast lane down to a two lane highway that stretched past corn and tobacco fields. On one of these roads, I had the nerve to pass one of the locals who was tooling along at 40 mph. As I passed with traffic closing in, he decided to speed up and try to make me run head on into the oncoming car.

After he failed at that, he decided it would be fun to stalk me, following every move I made to slow or speed up. I guess it was fun for him, but I ruined his excitement when I used a tractor-trailer to block while I cut onto a freeway and rolled away. It was heart pounding to say the least, but it worked out. I am just not foolish enough to give someone a chance to play road rage for an extended period.

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From the Imaginarium: Part 2

September 15, 2015 • By

Don't miss From the Imaginarium: Part 1

#imaginarium horror panel

#imaginarium horror panel

Immediately after the first panel of Day 2, I was to have a reading in another room. However, after about 10 minutes, another author who was supposed to read and I had no audience, so we agreed to go back to the vendor hall. We didn't take it as anything personal. It is not uncommon for this to happen when there there are other panels scheduled at the same time. Folks tend to go to the place where they can learn something valuable, rather than hear an up and coming author read my, er, his totally awesome and amazing tales. Ahem.

At 7 PM the vendor hall closed. I met with a publisher to discuss designing book covers for some of his upcoming titles. Looks like I’ll be giving that a go, and I look forward to doing something I really enjoy. I had a beer and headed out to my next panel about being an Indie Author. Since I am 100% self published, it was totally in my wheelhouse. The other three authors which included our moderator, J.M. Madden, and I had fun answering questions and talking about what it’s like to be indie.

When the panel was over, it was time to head down to the awards banquet. I gorged myself on catfish, chicken, veggies, and cake. It was so good and I hadn’t eaten all day. As I was eating, the awards ceremony began. I was surprised to hear my name announced to receive the Z-Force Award. It was presented by Stephen Zimmer for some work I did to help with promotions and some marketing designs I provided the authors to use for promotion.

After the banquet was over, a DJ took over and the partying began. For the rest of the night, I just hung out and visited with other authors and had a very nice time before going back to my room.

Day 3:

Up at 7:30 and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I have had enough of them for a while. I gave the rest of the box to the volunteers. I just couldn’t eat anymore. I went to my table and straightened things, spent some time there, and wandered about to talk to others. I spoke to an editor about an anthology I am planning, donated some books for the troops, and then went to my first panel of the day, called Romance for Boys.