Writer, Podcaster, Gamer, “Con”er

A lot of hijinks have gone on since I last made a non-show notes post.  Here’s a quick recap of some of my activities on and offline.

First off, I’ve been writing again.  I’ve finally finished a solid draft of my cyberpunk/horror story and it is off in the queue at Critters.org, the online speculative fiction writers workshop.

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I’m looking forward to the critiques on that, as I hope to enter it into the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Amateur Writing Competition!  It’s got a nice cash prize and the award is actually handed out at our own Capclave!  Right alongside our own WSFA Small Press Award, for which I am woefully behind on my committee readings/judgings (don’t worry, I’ll power through it in time).

Speaking of Capclave, don’t forget to buy your tickets for this Fall!  George R. R. Martin is our Guest of Honor, but even without his magnificense, I would expect Capclave to continue to be an awesome reader/writer-focused weekend.

Speaking of cons more soon to come…Balticon is coming up in May and I am prepared with my tickets and buddies to room with.  It’s my first non-Capclave con and I’m super excited about it!  Joe Haldeman is the Guest of Honor, so I guess I’d better get working on The Forever War before I attend…

pseudopodlogoBack to writing.  I’ve got a super short story submitted to Pseudopod’s 500 words or less competition.  The top winners will get purchased and read by Psuedopod proper!  It’s too late to submit your own work, but now you can help judge, voting on each block of 10 stories as they come out every 2 days.  We’ve been organizing little reading parties where I read them out and we all…enjoy the quality writing.  Occasionally there is a gem in there.  I’m pretty proud of my story, so I’m bracing myself for when the forum folk rip it to shreds!

Last month I got the opportunity to participate in a little audio fiction myself!  Marshal Latham of the Journey Into… Podcast asked me to play the part of Dr. Coleman in “The Mask of the Red Death (1920)” by Lee Lackey.  The story came about as the result of an Edgar Allen Poe-themed contest and it was an honor to play a part across from narrator Laurice White.  Take a listen if you’re so inclined!

Another fun area…I’ve been diving deep into gaming!  Think tabletop, but not role-play.  I’ve been in a board game group for almost a year now, but recently I’ve been hitting the games with a renewed passion, playing more complex games like Space Alert, Betrayal at the House on Haunted Hill, Arkham Horror, and AH’s Mansions of Madness.  I’m so glad to have all my gaming friends, as they’ve become one of my core support groups.

Now, last, but not least, I have a pretty big shake-up planned for the Synthetic Voices podcast discussion I hold monthly at Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) meetings.  I haven’t got the details hammered out yet, but I’m thinking of moving the discussions away from 3rd Fridays and toward…some external event.  I LOVE WSFA, but I just can’t always attend when I want to.  Plus there are some other good reasons I’ll go into later.  That’ll be it’s own post at some point.

P.S. – I think my beard is here to stay.  A beard trimmer is in the mail, so my scraggly features may now become a manly fashion statement!

P.P.S. – Oh, and yes, I’m still hunting for a job.  It’s a grind, but for the moment I’m committed to staying in the area.  I seem to have found a FEW things to keep me busy here!

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