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ConCarolinas 2014 recap

ConCarolinas 2014 was a blast. I’ll recap some of the fun non-writerly stuff first, from live music to shadow casting, and then delve into what I learned from the wide variety of awesome topics explored by fantastic science fiction and fantasy authors.

Note: Though George R.R. Martin was the guest of honor, I didn’t see him the entire weekend. So if you’re seeking a G.R.R.M. squee post, this isn’t the blog you’re looking for…

I’ll have to save my notes from the science fiction and fantasy writing panels for another post, as this one’s long enough as is. (And I definitely came down with a case of the con crud this week…)

Fun Stuff

Sherlock Holmes and Traci Loudin at ConCarolinas 2014, a scifi con in Charlotte, NCI decided not to cosplay this year. One reason being, it’s more fun to cosplay with friends than solo. (And easier — if you have a costume that makes using the bathroom difficult for one thing.) But I definitely saw lots of awesome cosplayers, which you can check out in my ConCarolinas 2014 album.
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    Treat It Like a Business

    Oftentimes, you hear the writing advice, “Treat it like a business.” When authors say that, most of the time what they mean is you have to write even when you don’t feel like it. Which is true. As E.B. White once put it, “a writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.”

    But sometimes, people go a little bit overboard. They interpret it as, “Thou must write every day to be a real writer!” and take it to extremes.


    Sometimes, Even Dedicated Writers Need a Break

    Traci and Dorian at the Academy of Science

    Traci and Dorian at the Academy of Science

    I’ve just returned from a six-week writing hiatus. Zealots of the “treat it like a business” concept might scoff. “I write even when I’m sick,” they’d say.

    I’ve heard numerous successful authors say they write even when under the weather, and they can’t tell the difference between what they write while sick vs. while feeling well.

    But does that mean we should never take a break? NaNoWriMo encourages people to write every day, after all.


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      The Big Con Roundup: Worldcon & DragonCon

      The Big Con Roundup: Worldcon & DragonCon

      Since I didn’t have a chance to attend WorldCon or Dragon*Con this year, I’ve been jealously watching other people’s adventures. So I thought I’d do a round-up, in case you’re doing the same. Plus, there’s lots and lots of great fantasy and science fiction writing and publishing advice in these posts.

      But first, +Scott Edelman tells us one small thing we can do to make others feel welcome at cons.

      Moaning Myrtle cosplay photo via

      Dragon*Con Fan Posts

      TONS of Worldcon posts after the jump!

      Worldcon: Mostly Writing Posts

      If you’ve made it this far, you should definitely check out this Dragon*Con Justice League vs. Avengers cosplay video:

      Have you been to a Dragon*Con or WorldCon before? Would you recommend the experience to other fans of science fiction and fantasy? Leave a comment below.

      And if you’d like a link to your Dragon*Con or Worldcon post to appear here, just leave me the link!

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