SFContario 2017

This weekend I’m heading back to SFContario! It went on hiatus for a while, and I’m delighted it’s up and running again.

What follows is my schedule for the con, with panel times and descriptions:

 

Friday 6:30 PM; Parkview, Reading

I’ll most likely be reading from The Five Demons You Meet In Hell, but you never know… I might decide to read from my Trump story. Or something completely different.

Saturday 11 AM; Parkview

Editors Are Not the Enemy: Editors and Author-editors discuss the role of editors and authors as partners in the creative process, how to identify a good editor, why you need an editor, and more. Erik Buchanan, Timothy Carter, Cathy Hird(M), Rati Mehotra.

Saturday 1 PM; Parkview

Plot Complications: Characters in a story are attempting to solve a problem. In the best stories, their attempts go horribly awry. Who can forget the moment when the Crew of the Enterprise, attempting to defeat the Borg, is faced with the announcement from their beloved Captain–“I am Locutus of Borg.”  And the course of the story is changed. Or, when Boromir falls to the lure of the Ring and tries to take it, splitting up the Fellowship and changing everyone’s paths. Panelists and audience are invited to present their own favorite heart-stopping moment from books and film.  Timothy Carter; David Clink, Alyx Dellamonica (M), Cathy Hird.
Saturday at 3 PM; room TBA

QUILTBAG in the media: Our media may be starting to feature more characters and situations from the queer/questioning, undecided, intersex, lesbian, transgender/transsexual, bisexual, allied/asexual, gay/genderqueer (QUILTBAG) perspective, but there’s still a long way to go. How do we move from tokenism to full inclusion?
Saturday 6 PM, Solarium

Hitting The Wall: How Not to Crash and Burn Before Publishing Your Story; From great idea to market-ready story. How to save headaches, heartaches, and $$$ while avoiding the Author Imposter Syndrome.  Timothy Carter (m), Herb Kauderer, Joe Mahoney.

Sunday 3 PM; Gardenview

“Aaaaaaaaassssssssssss You …………. Wishhhhhhhhh” An audience participation panel where the moderator will give a line from a SF& F movie, and the audience is invited to guess the movie and other details. And, since turnabout is fair play, the audience is invited to stump the panelists. An old favorite returns to SFContario. Timothy Carter, David Clink(M), Sephora Hosein.

 

Hope to see lots of you there!

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I’m In A Trump Anthology!

Remember that dick joke I was working on for a story a couple of posts ago? The story in question is about Donald Trump, and will be published in the anthology Trump: Dystopia or Utopia from Dark Helix Press!

This will be my second anthology appearance in as many years (the first being Robotica). I’m so very grateful to the editors for giving me an opportunity as cool and amusing as this one.

Click here to read a short synopsis and see all the author bios, including my own. Check back here for the publication date and launch details.

Con-fusion?

So, it turns out I had a con to go to this weekend. I’d paid for a table and everything! But I didn’t go. Because I completely forgot about it.

Completely.

It wasn’t a case of “What? That was THIS weekend?!?” No, I didn’t even know it was coming up because it just wasn’t in my head.

Whoops. Crap! Opportunity lost… wasted.

Brain, you let me down.

At least I’m fully aware of SFContario, happening next weekend.

Win some, lose some. Blog about both.

A Source of Humour, My Pen Is

I went to a lot of trouble recently to make a dick joke. Seriously. I went on Google and Yahoo and searched for the right word to sell this joke, and it was not an easy thing. The life of a writer is hard, hard work I tell ya.

Took me half an hour. So many options to choose from!

Basically, it’s a joke about the US President’s dick. But I want to call it something presidential. My first thought was cabinet, but it wasn’t funny enough.

Administration, maybe? Not as good as cabinet. Staff? Too good or too obvious? And would people get it? I mean, get all of it?

Member? Good, but like staff it doesn’t necessarily sell itself. Congressional member? Congressional sub-committee? Don’t want to make it too complicated…

Chief of staff… I think we have a winner here!

Writing that one down. Where’s my pen?

What’s my favourite tool when my muse is playing the fool? My pen is!

What has T.C. been up to?

Timothy Carter hasn’t done much writing lately. I’ve done plenty of writing, mind you; a couple of new short stories, a fanfic, and I’m well into a new novel. Trouble is, it hasn’t been Timothy Carter writing them.

The fanfic is a new Transformers story featuring the movie character Crosshairs. As with my other fanfics, I write under the name RodimusDoctor. It’s not a secret; I post links to those stories all the time. Here’s the link to this one: Crosshairs – Targetmaster Down.

The new novel, on the other hand, is a secret. So is the pseudonym I’m writing it under. The new short stories will likely go under that name as well.

So, while I’ve been writing plenty, Timothy Carter hasn’t been doing all that much. He needs to get back in the game, if he doesn’t want his readers to forget about him!

Finished ZJD, New Merc vs Metal

It’s been a good week for me as a writer! A bad week for me as a human. Nothing serious, mind you – I’ve got a cold that’s pretty nasty, and not much fun. First cold in a very long time. Lucky me.

But enough about that! This week I am proud to say I finished the first draft of my new novel, Zombie Jesus Day (or ZJD)! I’ve been working on this one for at least two years, on again and off again, and I’m glad the story is finally down. Editing and revising will be another huge milestone to reach, but for now I’m just glad to bask in this current accomplishment.

I’ve also posted a new fanfic story on Archive of Our Own. Continuing with my Merc vs Metal series, in which I pit the Marvel Comics character Deadpool against the Transformers live action movie universe. This time, the Merc with a Mouth tangles with some Decepticons in the Mexican theme park of Xel-Ha. I’ve already received a Kudo for it, and a wonderful comment! It is so very rewarding, receiving comments. It’s called Merc vs Metal: Skullcruncher gets Skullf#&ed. Ooh, what naughty language! I should be ashamed. I’m going to keep writing in this series – I’m building toward something big – but I can’t say for sure when I’ll start the next chapter. I’ll keep you all posted.

Correction/Update: I have now received 2 comments! Joy.

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!

2017 – A Year To Get Busy

It’s 2017, and high time I blogged again. I’d all but abandoned this medium – life got in the way. A lot of loss. Maybe I’ll write about that on my other blog. Suffice it to say, I’m back in blogging spirits again. Sort of. Kind of. Well, a bit.

Professionally speaking, 2016 started well but ended badly. There was the anticipation of the release of The Five Demons You Meet In Hell, and then there was the launch at Ad Astra. Things were great. I announced a sequel. Then, late in November, Pop Seagull closed its doors, and 5 Demons was orphaned.

It was a good year for fanfic production. I wrote three stories set in the Transformers cinematic universe, two of them featuring the Marvel character Deadpool. Those two got a decent number of views and even a few comments! That was nice, but not enough to significantly increase my brand awareness. If you are interested, you can read them here and here.

Oh, and Apoca-Lynn got one more sale. That brings its total to 9. Still can’t break double-digits. I’ve basically given up on that book. A shame, since I spent a considerable part of last year writing a sequel. And plotting the next several books. Sigh.

I wrote a considerable chunk of Zombie Jesus Day, too. More than 2 thirds. It won’t be much longer now before I write The End on the first draft.

I’m also typing up the third installment of my Merc vs. Metal fanfic. I have big ideas for further installments, too. No doubt that will keep me busy after I put ZJD to bed.

I’ve asked a bunch of friends to beta read an older manuscript of mine, titled Young Nostradamus. I’m thinking of taking the self-publishing route with it, depending on the feedback I get.

I’m also developing a pseudonym. I’m giving a lot of thought to branding, and there’s some stuff I want to write that doesn’t quite fit my squeaky-clean, goodie-two-shoes Timothy Carter name.

That’s all I have to say about that. For now, I’m keeping Timothy Carter and the new name separate. Soon, ‘he’ will be blogging and promoting himself, and I hope the right audience finds him.

2017 looks promising. A year for hard work, certainly. For creating product to put on shelves in 2018 and 2019. A year to rebuild my career as an author.

A year to get busy once again.

I Didn’t Go To GenreCon 2017

Last weekend, GenreCon returned to Guelph after a two-year hiatus. And I wasn’t there.

I went to GenreCon twice before, and had a wonderful experience both times. And, both times, the programming team asked me to come! For an author still trying to find an audience, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I was greatly saddened when the con went on hiatus. When I learned it was coming back, I was overjoyed.

But I didn’t go. There are a few reasons why. I wasn’t asked, for one thing. That meant I would not get a complimentary membership like I had in the past. My request for programming information went unanswered, so I didn’t get a jump on panel selection.

I also have very little to promote this year. Yes, I released The Five Demons You Meet In Hell less than a year ago, but without Pop Seagull to back me up, I’d have to do all the work myself. Normally I’d be happy to do it – I’ve done it many times before – but I’m not prepared to this time. Not for a book that no longer has a home.

In the end, though, it all comes down to money. It would have cost around $500 to attend, with hotel, transport, food and membership. More, if I’d wanted to rent a table to sell books from. There’s just no way I could do it this year.

Hopefully next year my fortunes will have changed, and I’ll have something new to promote. Until then…

Musical Accompaniment

Writing today, I was stuck for over half an hour trying to choose a song for my characters to listen to as they drive off to fight a town full of zombies. I kept choosing and rejecting, writing down possibilities and then crossing them out and trying again.

I have the same problem when trying to come up with a new character’s name.  It all depends on what I want the mood of the scene to be, or what I want to convey. Do I want the song (or name) to fit the mood of the scene (or personality of the character), or be ironically funny for its inappropriateness? In either case, I can’t carry on with the story until I work it out!

In the end I settled for Jump, by Van Halen. And while I was able to carry on with the story after making my choice, I’m still not completely happy with that selection. Other possibilities include Eat It by Weird Al, Enter Night by Metallica, Baby One More Time by Brittany Spears, and the theme song from Sesame Street.

It’s a fluid situation.

 

Character Conundrum

There comes a moment in every writer’s life where they put down their pen (or keyboard) and say, “What the fudge am I doing?” A similar question is, “where the hell is this scene/twist/plot point going?” Most times, the answer you’ll get is, “that’s why you should’ve written an outline, crap-for-brains,” which is a hard thing to hear. Especially if you did write an outline. But I never do. Just not the way I roll.

Anyway, I’m having trouble with a scene in my latest project, ZJD. I have introduced a new minor character, who has conflict with one of my main guys. He has a story reason to be there – he serves a function – but I can’t quite get a handle on how the scene ought to go. And if that weren’t enough, this minor character is insisting on more page time. He wants to go with my main characters into the novel’s climax, and the narrative is bending to his will.

I may have to kill him off.

Why can’t characters just do as they’re told?