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Where I’m Going, Where I’ve Been

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(I should totally apologize to Joyce Carol Oates for that title.)

Hey! It’s been a crazy couple of months, which has made for a lonely little blog. But it’s been the good kind of crazy. The kind of crazy that comes with pictures to share.


July started with a bang (ha) with a trip to San Diego for Westercon! While I’ve been to more than a couple comic conventions, I’d never been to a science fiction convention, so I didn’t really know what to expect. All I can say is, wow! What a cool experience! While most of the comic conventions I’ve been to focus on the latest pop culture experiences, Westercon was a convention about ideas. The panel topics varied from climate change to colonies on Mars. It was brainy and scientific and I absolutely loved it. One of the highlights was being on panels with William F. Nolan and Larry Niven. (!!!)  I also made some new author friends: Lisanne Norman, Fred Wiehe, Thomas Voorhies, and Jason V. Brock. Such a cool convention. If you get a chance to go next year (in Portland), definitely check it out.

Here are a couple of pics:

San Diego Comic-Con

Two days after Westercon ended, I turned around and headed back to San Diego for SDCC 2015.

Ahhh, SDCC. This year was magical to say the least. Not only were my books on display at the Random House booth:

But over the course of the con, I met Peter Capaldi, Guillermo del Toro, Tom Hiddleston, Greg Grunberg, and Curtis Armstrong. I also went to a bunch of NerdHQ panels, asked Zachary Levi to smolder, attended both Nerdist podcasts, played both Battlefront and Project Morpheus, and walked my feet off. It was amazing. Here are some pics:

Teen Lit Fest

The weekend after SDCC, I participated in Teen Lit Fest at the Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ. I was just one of a dozen or so authors appearing at the event. I not only got to see a few of my friends in the AZ author community there (Tom Leveen, Bill Konigsberg, Amy Dominy, Brian Augustyn, Sara Francis-Fujimura, Mark Rude), I also made friends with new authors and chatted with a bunch of teen readers. It was a really fun event, one I hope to be invited back to in the future. Here are a couple of photos:

Payson Book Festival

And this last weekend, I traveled to northern Arizona to participate in the first ever Payson Book Festival! I shared a table with my friend and fellow author, Patricia Grady Cox, and we had a great time spending the day together up in the cool Payson pines. Here’s a pic of us at work:


The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction Authors

This weekend I’ll be attending the Schrödinger Sessions at the Joint Quantum Institute a the University of Maryland. Holy guacamole, I’m getting a crash course in quantum mechanics! If I’m not too busy entangling my brain with quarks, I’m going to post some blog updates. We’ll see. If not, a full recap and pics when I get back.


To cap it all off, next Tuesday (August 4), my second novel, While You Were Gone, hits shelves! I’ll be having a couple of events in August to celebrate the launch. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for being on this journey with me!


San Diego Comic-Con, Saturday

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The last two days of Comic-Con were a blur, and now suddenly it’s Wednesday and I think maybe I slipped through a wormhole somewhere and have somehow woken up home again and maybe it was all a dream?

Like Friday, we had no specific plans for Saturday. We headed into the masses to see what the day would bring, and just like our previous days, we were pleasantly surprised. We mostly wandered the exhibit hall and saw the sights. Until I saw someone on Twitter was selling their tickets to the Nerdist Podcast that evening, at cost. We connected with the seller and got the tickets. What?!

Somehow, once again we were able to go to an event we hadn’t been able to get tickets to. So amazing how things kept working out!

We had a lovely Saturday wandering about, unexpectedly running into people and making new friends.

And then that night, we went to the Nerdist podcast and got to see Matt Smith — The Doctor — in person. Our seas were great: fifth row, center. The show started and then Matt loped out into stage (he’s like a big puppy) and soon I was overwhelmed with how bumbling-wonderful he is in real life. What a cool guy! And I know people gripe about his short hair, but I think he looks great. The only drawback to the whole evening was Matt Mira drank too much and interrupted a lot of Matt’s answers. *sigh* Ah well. I suppose they were just as excited as we were to see The Doctor.

I did a quick search but don’t see the podcast online yet. I’m sure it will be there soon. Then you, too, can hear how fun and adorable Matt Smith is.

Here are some photos from Saturday.