|My vendor table|
I spent all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at an amazing new convention called Imaginarium in Louisville, Kentucky. It's a unique con specifically for creative writers. There were panels galore for everyone. Whether you write novels, short stories, songs, screenplays, poetry, or anything else you can think of, there were panels for you.
I spent almost all my time manning my vendor table where I sold all three of my books: Dragonfly Warrior, Shadow Warrior, and Death Knocks. Overall, I know many of the vendors were disappointed. After all, we were all selling to fellow writers.
So I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I did way better than most. And I had a NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author actually buy my book. Believe it or not, we met at a bar in downtown Louisville, and when I told her that I wrote "Asian Steampunk," her curiosity was piqued. First thing next morning, she sought out my table and bought a copy of Dragonfly Warrior. I hope she likes it.
The best part was getting to see my fellow writer friends and make a bunch of new ones. I hope to see them all next year, and maybe the con will open up the vendor hall to the public and get more pure readers in there.
Underrated Treasures Blogfest time! Everyone has a favorite movie or band that no one else has ever heard about. For whatever reason, they remain undiscovered and underrated. Now is my chance to tell the world about my underrated treasure! Thanks so much to Alex for creating this fun blogfest. I decided to share with you an underrated movie and book.
Underrated Movie: The Power of One. This powerful movie from 1992 was based on Bryce
But this movie packs a punch. Literally. The sport of boxing becomes central to the story, but it's vital symbol of the struggle many South Africans had to overcome during a very dark period in South African history. This film didn't do much in theaters, and critics were lukewarm to it. I personally thinks it's a pretty amazing film.
Underrated Book: This book isn't underrated, but it is quite unknown. It's the young adult novel, Fade, by Robert Cormier. It's about a young man who discovers he has the power of invisibility. It's apparently an ability handed down from uncle to nephew. Although it sounds like a run-of-the-mill paranormal YA book, it's not. Holy crap. Not even close.
The main character, at first, thinks being invisible is awesome. I mean, many of us would think so. But as he starts to wander around town spying on his neighbors, he witnesses all kinds of horrors. He sees things he can't unsee, and it really messes with him.
As he ages, he finds that he cannot control the power of The Fade, and he'll just turn invisible at any random time. And then he learns he has a nephew who has been using his invisible power for evil, and he has to confront him.
It's just an incredible book, and I strongly recommend you check it out. It happens to be one of Stephen King's favorites.