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Why Everyone is Wrong about Claire Dearing’s High Heels

Why Everyone is Wrong about Claire Dearing’s High Heels

(Standard spoiler disclaimer applies to Jurassic World.) For a cynical bitch, I am quite a sentimental sot. These are the shoes I wore for my wedding.  I don't normally wear heels, but the height was necessary to avoid expensive alterations of the dress.  They've...

An Evening with Chuck Palahniuk

An Evening with Chuck Palahniuk

Rainy Day Books, a local indie bookstore (whom you might have heard about when they got plugged by Stephen Colbert) puts on phenomenal author events.  Seriously, I’ve been to more talks and signings since moving to Kansas City than I did the whole time I was living in Los Angeles.  On Friday night, they hosted Chuck Palahniuk (he of Fight Club fame) at the Uptown.

When we picked up our tickets, we were given our goodie bags: they had the promised copies of Fight Club 2 Issue #1 and Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread, conveniently pre-autographed.  But there was also a pair of glow sticks and a strange white package…

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This turned out to be a beach ball, which we were instructed to inflate, insert the glow sticks into, and inscribe with our names.  And that’s when I knew we were in for a good time.

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ConQuesT 46: Thoughts and Observations

On Friday and Saturday, I attended ConQuesT 46, a long-running local Kansas City convention that I heard about for the first time this year, despite having lived in the area for going on four years now.  (Advertising in the Planet Comicon program was a good move.)  I’ve only really attended big industry cons in the past; hell, SDCC was my first one, which is kind of saying something.  So this is probably the most intimate con I’ve ever attended, which I dug.

A few thoughts:

  • The programming was really densely packed.  The schedule was organized in hour-long chunks, and each panel ran pretty much from the top of the hour to the bottom.  But this leaves no time at all between panels, and that’s a real problem.  People were coming and going constantly during the panels, which could get really distracting (especially when panelists were running late).  One panel going over in a situation like that has a cascading effect that messes with everything else after it.  Most of the panels were on the same floor, but not all, and the elevator situation was kind of a mess.  There was very little chance to grab water or take a bathroom break if you didn’t want to miss your programming.  And honestly, spending six straight hours in panel discussions is draining as hell even when the panels are all great.  If they’re going to stick to a block schedule, I’d have preferred to see the panels limited to 50-55 minutes rather than going the whole 60.  Speaking of which…
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 Writing Stuff

Agent Savant

BookEnds, LLC *

Confessions of a Wandering Heart

Janet Reid, Literary Agent

Miss Snark *

Pub Rants

Query Shark

Rachelle Gardner

The Review Hart

Sarah Negovitch

SlushPile Hell

Terrible Minds

TV Tropes

Writer’s Digest

WTF Bad Fantasy Covers

WTF Bad Romance Covers

Not Writing Stuff

Amy Mebberson

Cinema Sins

The Comics Curmudgeon

Darths and Droids

Dear Prudence

Disney Gents from Last Night

Disney Ladies from Last Night

DM of the Rings *

Heal Yourself, Skeletor

Least I Could Do

Narbonic *

The Order of the Stick

Questionable Content

Scandinavia and the World

Skin Horse

Two Lumps

XKCD

Zero Punctuation

* No longer updated, but archives of awesome

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Goodreads

NaNoWriMo

Offscript Studios on Etsy

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