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Wyvacon Weekend


This weekend’s Wyvacon schedule looks pretty exciting. I know I’m looking forward to a good time.

Bonus — Wyvacon has said that anyone under the age of 16 gets in for free with one adult paid admission. So if you pay for your ticket, your three kids get in for free. It’s that family-friendly.

It’s Wyvacon Weekend!

Saturday

10:00AMBreakout Room 1/2 — Kickoff w/ GoH Jason Cordova: We’re going to be just kicking things off here. No idea what we’ll talk about. Basically, I’m just going to be wishing everyone a great time while letting the Board of Directors welcome everyone.

11:00AMBreakout Room 1/2 — Mad Libs with Jason Cordova: Mad Libs are always fun. Since I’m keeping this PG-13 at the most, we’re going to be doing some creative things. Who knows? We could even build up a plot for a book!

3:00PMBreakout Room 1/2 — Four Horsemen Awesomeness with Jason Cordova: What’s the Four Horsemen Universe (4HU), you ask? It’s only one of the hottest properties in publishing at the moment, with almost 70 books in print from 20+ authors and no signs of slowing down. It’s on Kindle Unlimited as well, so you can read all of them on KU for free.

Cards Against Humanity at the pub with Jason Cordova (Guest Judge). I think this starts at 7pm at 7 Dogs Brewpub in Wytheville. 18+ please. I may or may not be impartial during the judging period.

Sunday

11:00AMBreakout Room 1/2 — Future projects with Jason Cordova: This is probably going to be a good one. I’ve got SO MANY FREAKING PROJECTS right now that we’ll have no problems with filling up the entire hour with what the heck I’ll be doing next. From 4HU books to Kin Wars to Monster Hunter Memoirs, we’ll be covering quite a bit.

12:00PMBreakout Room 1/2 — Mad Libs with Jason Cordova: I’m totally going to hijack this panel and talk to new and aspiring authors who want to get into the business but can never seem to get past the “gatekeepers”, including a huge push for my publishers on how to get in with them. Yes, spreading insider information on how to get published is my jam.

1:00PMBreakout Room 1/2 — Nerf Fun: I get to shoot people? AWESOME! I promise not to dance over your corpse like in GTA V.

2:00PMBreakout Room 1/2 Closing Remarks with Jason Cordova: We won’t be getting together and singing kumbaya, but at least we’ll get to talk about how AWESOME Wyvacon was and talk about what’s going to happen next year (hint: I won’t be the GoH but I will be attending. They can’t get rid of me that easily. Cordova in Spanish means fungus. Really).

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Release Updates


The release date was bumped up for “IT TAKES ALL KINDS“, an anthology set in Kevin Steverson’s Salvage Universe. It’s now coming out on September 13. I’ll have a link up once it goes live. I have a short story in this titled “A Most Dangerous Game.” Fun little short story of “who’s the best killer?”

I should have my panel schedule for Wyvacon up by Monday. I don’t know precisely what they are just yet, but I do know I’ll be on three panels Saturday and three on Sunday, plus my judging the Cards Against Humanity game on Saturday night. Between those times I’ll be around slinging books for those who want to buy them. I’ll also have a few challenge coins with me for sale as well.

Wyvacon will also be my final convention of 2021. Usually Dragoncon is my last but due to the unnamed virus of unspecified origins Wyvacon was bumped back to September. Hey, fine by me. Cooler weather is always best.

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WyvaCon 2019 AAR — Food Poisoning Edition


This week has sucked. Last weekend I got food poisoning while in Virginia Beach (I did not know that you are NOT supposed to eat a steamed mussel that had not opened, who knew…) and I’ve been battling all week to be remotely human for WyvaCon this weekend in Wytheville, Virginia. I’m not sure how long this convention has been around but it’s the second year I’ve attended and, as always, the little con that could shone like a diamond in the rough once more.

Despite it’s small size (or perhaps because of it) the staff are very attentive to the congoers needs, as well as to anything the guests might need. They had a “green room” of sorts for all professional guests to use which had little snacks and cold drinks inside, which was a godsend all things considered, and any time anybody needed anything a volunteer was on hand to answer the question or assist us in any way they could. Scott Martin, the current President of the concom with WyvaCon did an amazing job and my hat is off to him and all of his hard-working volunteers.

So… on to the After Action Review!

The con started early Saturday morning for me. I didn’t have anything planned on Friday and since they schedule the Literary Track events to go on Saturday and Sunday only, I didn’t need to be down there on Friday night. Naturally I was running behind because I never asked where check-in was and went to the wrong building. Wily E. Coyote Sooper Genius level author here, folks.

Once I got all checked in, I hustled off to get to my first panel, which was with NYT Bestselling author Jack Campbell. It was called Military Sci-fi: A Conversation & History, and I strolled in approximately 5 minutes late (a sadly recurring theme for the entire weekend on my part). Jack and the moderator were very gracious and good-natured at my tardiness, and it was a very interesting panel. It was also possibly our best attended panel of the weekend, since it allowed us to look into the history of MilSF as well as talk about who some of our early influences were. Jack and I are also both Navy veterans, though in two different generations, and that was interesting as well since it allowed us to explore the growing number of authors who are military vets.

I had a quick bite to eat of some bland quesadilla, since I figured that would be safe for my stomach (editor’s note: it was not) and after I sat down in the dealer’s room and checked out some of the vendors. Bought a cute little necklace for the girlfriend and a bunch of paintings for myself, as well as scoring a Tom Hardy autographed picture of him as Venom from the charity auction. That’s definitely going up in the office… somewhere. Dang, I’m running out of room in here.

Next, I was back on another panel with Jack. This time we were joined by author Tiffany Trent as we talked about the Science in Science Fiction. I must admit that I was a little out of my depth here, since I will be the first to admit that I will use handwavium whenever the science gets too crazy in any one of my novels. However, the audience had a good time and we got to talk about how science in every day life manages to work its way into novels, or how futuristic stuff we talk about in our books end up becoming a reality.

Then it was off to Getting Published, which had all four of the literary guests on hand to talk about how to get published in today’s crazy market. I said four because publisher and author Mike Allen joined us and all of us had good tips on what to do and, more importantly in my opinion, what not to do. I saw quite a few people taking notes and I think we were able to point some aspiring authors in the right direction.

I had an autograph session next, but since nobody showed up (so unloved…. *sigh*) I talked to one of the artists who was there selling his wares. He had some awesome digital paintings that made me really want to have him do some of my covers for the Kin Wars in the future. He understood combat armor and had some really cool designs. I’m hoping that I can get him for a few books in the near-future. I bought…. 3 pieces of his art? Need to go get some frames for them to hang up on the wall.

My final panel of the day was A Day in the Life of an Author, and featured all four of us scoundrels once more (well, Tiffany and Jack seem like reputable individuals. I could tell that Mike was a troublemaker just like me LOL). It became abundantly clear that we all lead surprisingly boring lives as authors, with none of us choosing the Hunter S. Thompson road to life and living. We were all pretty adamant about trying to keep a writing schedule, since it breeds continuity, though life has a way of throwing curveballs.

I was supposed to judge the Cards Against Humanity tournament afterwards but that plain, boring quesadilla I had earlier was not settling well, so I bailed and met up with Patty and Jay, where I was spending the night (there was no way I was driving all the way home). They suggested bison burgers and, since I’d been dying to try them, I threw caution to the wind and had one, praying to the Porcelain Gods that they would be gentle on me. It actually didn’t make me sick, which was a very nice change of pace considering it was the first real food I’d kept down in almost a week. We then hung out at their place in the hot tub, talked for a bit, and I… fell asleep before we could play Pandemonium. *sigh* Second year in a row I’ve done this, but at least this time I made it to the hot tub. Last year I fell asleep in the couch in the middle of a sentence.

Sunday morning we went to IHOP for breakfast and, sure enough, the moment I ate my stomach revolted. Granted, I was really giving the pancreas a workout, since I ordered the chocolate chocolate chip pancakes, but QUITTERS SUCK!

Ahem. Sorry.

Stomach roiling and threatening to dump contents everywhere but I was actually NOT running late this time, my noon panel on Sunday was Short Fiction Workshop. Unfortunately, nobody brought anything for us to critique, so Mike, Jack, and I spoke with a bright young lady who was working on her first book and offered pointers. She’d been at every panel over the weekend and had a lot of good questions. Fortunately, Jack and Mike were far better at answering them than I was, so I think that we were able to help her out some.

Form there we did the wrap up, where we pretty much had an open Q&A session. It was actually a lot of fun, since I got to ask the others on the panel some technical questions that I had which none of the attendees had asked or even knew to ask. From there it was a short talk with Scott Martin, the con chair, before I headed out to go home.

Horrendous traffic along I-81, by the way. God I hate that freaking freeway. Why does the busiest route through the entire state only have TWO ROADS PER SIDE??? Ugh.

Once again, I left WyvaCon feeling great. I really enjoy the smaller cons that allow you to get more facetime with the fans and attendees. I gave them a huge shout out earlier, but the volunteers all deserve huge high fives because their commitment to making this con run shows. I’m super excited about helping it grow as well, and I know for a fact that if they’ll have me back next year, I’ll be going.

If you’re interested in a smaller con that has a lot of stuff for kids and adults to do (they had a NERF battle that I unfortunately couldn’t partake in because it interfered with a panel), give WyvaCon a try.