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VCON 39 - Sometimes it's a matter of religion

I worked hard over the year from the last VCON, building up my writing repertoire, joining a writer's group and publishing another short story and the biography. Steps forward that led to the reward -- I was on three panels this time around. First Panel was Religion, Atheism and SF, which was much more about dissing science than I had thought.

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We are live!

Interviewing speculative fiction authors usually involves exchanging several emails, but two weeks ago I had the pleasure to conduct an interview in person. To promote the Chiaroscuro Reading Series in Vancouver and, particularly, the 7 October event, which features Lynda Williams as one of the authors, I met up with reading series host, Colleen Anderson.

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Adventures in interviewing

In April I had the fortune to be celebrated as an author by SFU, where I met Lynda Williams, who penned the Okal Rel saga. Interestingly, I had already seen her at VCon last year, but this time we talked more about our interests and realized we shared the enthusiams to start a science fiction writer's group at SFU, which we named SFU^2 (where SF stands for Science Fiction as well as Simon Fraser). She also asked me if I am interested conducting interviews with authors for her Reality Skimming Blog. I immediately loved the idea, enjoying the prospect to get to know more authors and editors in the field.

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Global Game Jam = Mathbot x 2

The atrium of UBC's Life Sciences building was brimming with activity. Over threehundred people came to Global Game Jam Vancouver with a level of enthusiams that rivaled the high ceiling.

I signed up for the event because the idea of interactive narrative tickled my interest as an author. Of course, creating a computer game in 48 hours doesn't involve a deep story, so my graphic design abilities came in more handy in the end.

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Taken apart and put back together

There was one event at VCON 38 I had been dreading as well as looking forward to and that was the writer's workshop. The first 5000 words of my Encounter at Nahfelis story had to stand the test of fellow writers. Three aspiring writers and three established authors took it apart. And they didn't hold back.

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