Back to happy thoughts. Some photos from Ad-Astra:
|I was manning a table for Neil when photos were taken.|
Someone mentioned the mirror behind me was ruining the shot, so I ducked?
|James Bambury & I in action on the Comics as Literature panel|
|Panel action. We had great participation and great panellists!|
|I'm keeping things professional|
|What a sexy book that is at the Pickwick Book's table. I tell ya.|
Shut up Dr. Who.
|It's shots o'clock after some home-brewed mead tasting in the dealer's room!|
The crazy shit I was quoted saying and doing on Twitter:
As I said previously, it was an incredible experience and one of the happiest weekends of my life. Minus the time this amazing guy took me to the Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto for our first date, that was pretty damn awesome too. I'm hoping for more weekends just like that- W00t, w00t!
Looking over these photos I am reminded that one: I need a hair-cut and two: I need to try and hold on to that feeling, that special convention-high that I feel only the panellists and dealers get from a good convention weekend. The other participants get another type of high, but we panellists are consumed in this overwhelming vortex of success that tells us to press on! That we are doing well and we are being heard/seen and that it's been worth the struggle all these years!
Sadly though, a couple days after the con you're back in your real skin and working your day job and slowly your con-high starts to chip away. Doubt sets in, there's a re-assessment of your life and where you're going, how you can get there faster, stronger, better, harder, and then you start to lose sight of short term and long term goals, but never fear five readers, I have vowed not to lose sight this time and get lost in the struggles of everyday life.
Oh no, I shall kick ass.
So, stay tuned for:
- Upcoming cover art for Detective Docherty and the Vampire's Mirror
- Cover art for Timothy Carter's new book, Apoca-Lynn
- A commissioned painting of two dragons
- Story ideas/concepts and the writing process of an adult graphic novel
- The publication of my short story, The Story of Iolite with new cover art
- Any art work I feel like doing on the side
P.S. I met Patricia Brigg's at Ad-Astra and while a good portion of me was screaming "Oh my god! It's Patrcia Briggs! Oh my god, get her signature, take her photos, touch her hair, get her to sign your boobs!" I kept my cool and instead we talked about books and TV shows. Turns out we both love Charles de Lint and Supernatural. Oh, and I found out that scene in her book where that scary vampire-demon summoner pressed his face against the window of Mercy's trailer is based on a true story that happened to Patricia as a kid!!! YIKES. I love how fantasy novels can be based on real life experience, even though there is magic, monsters, and fantastical hardships. Love it.