Post Hama-con Updates

I haven’t written in months. I’m genuinely sorry for that, but things have gotten so busy at my day job lately, then bad luck strikes at home; my AC died for the last month and then Hama-con and getting Totality 2 out. My yard has gotten over knee-height, so I’m going to have to find the time to put that back under control – hard to when any day I’ve got off lately, its been raining, or too hot to go outside at all. I’ve got a bunch of plants that need to be put in the ground still from this Spring, too… I just have no flowerbed in which to put them. Again, too hot to be out digging… or too wet. But now I’m borrowing my dad’s tiller and will be able to make flowerbed pretty quickly. The time consuming part will be spreading the mulch on it and putting the flowers in.

Since Hama-con has ended, I’ve been looking for new places to go that are local. I’ve got Huntsville Comic Expo lined up already (April 18-19, 2020). I’ll be going to Galaxy Con in Louisville KY in November (22-24, 2019). I don’t know what new release I’ll have available for that, but I do know I’ll be hanging out with the wonderful Randi Perrin again! I’m thinking I’ll have a sale on the old covers of my books, just to get rid of them. I’m tired of storing them, and the new covers Clockwork Joker made look really nice together. I’m almost out of book 1’s old cover, so I’ve just kept them as free copies to trade, but I’ve got a bunch of Phoenix Emperor and Symbol of Hope. Especially Phoenix Emperor. I had high hopes of selling out on that one when I ordered them. I’m learning to not order so many…

I’ve set up QR codes of the Natan Fleet Show so I can sell ebooks at my table! I’ll have the Totality series, Spar, and Touched by Death available soon. I need to do a little background stuff before that’s ready to go. I should probably make a flier for it or something… Clockwork Joker has been working on more fanart pieces to sell at the table too. I’m not really a big fan of selling fanart. Mostly because it’s very dodgy legality there. It’s making money off someone else’s intellectual property, but at the same time… it sells.

I’m working with Wayne on a project, it’s gonna be exciting! I haven’t sewn in a long time either, so I’ll have to refresh myself on it. In exchange, I’m getting Phyrra’s sword to go with the shield I’ve already got. I’ll need to revamp her armor though. My first attempt lasted long enough to do the photoshoot at AWA, but it fell apart and is now all flat in a bin somewhere. I’m only keeping it so I can make patterns out of the pieces for the next try. (I also need to lose some weight in order to fit into it again. Ugh. Why do anime girls have to be so SKINNY?)

Another project I’m working on is getting agreements with other authors on selling their books as an “affiliates” section of my table. Maybe if I get enough of those, I’ll open a roving bookstore in the dealer’s rooms at conventions. One day, I want to have a bookstore with a couple extra rooms for gaming and watching anime. I’ve got a location I really want to renovate in mind. I think it’s perfect. Especially if I’ve got a small coffee shop/bakery in it too. I already know who I’d hire to run things. I would just need the initial capital to set things up. But since I’m now over $5k in the hole from my AC unit replacement, that’s… even further out of reach. I still need to set up the heating option for my house, which will be some more money on top of everything else…

I did a panel at Hama-con this year. Publishing 101 again. I got a few people attending and asking questions at least. Public speaking is intimidating, but it’s something I need to work on. I also need to work on adding some more panels to my list of things I can do at conventions. Any suggestions? I’m going to post my PowerPoint slides on my Patreon this weekend from the Publishing 101 panel with all my notes on what I talked about. I’ve also got some more deleted scenes I can put on Patreon from Phoenix Emperor – such as the original version of Scheerahis and Vathion’s meeting. I still hate how the Shaxia draft is going and I’m not sure what’s wrong with it, other than maybe there are too many characters. I can’t figure out how to cut them, though. Politics suck. But life has been giving me more fodder for personalities to include… That will at least make the politicians more life-like and probably more satisfying to kill off- I mean!!!! Retire. Permanently. :3

I need to work on writing something a little less ambitious. I just need to work on writing, get back into the habit of it.

100MPH Chatter

I went to Hamacon 2: Hama Harder this past weekend. Though, I went as a staff member, since I don’t have book 2 ready yet. I’m aiming to have it done by the Hama’Mini 2, which is Nov 12th, 2011. I ended up working at the raffle ticket table. Raised $200 with my boobs for the Tornado and Tsunami/Earthquake Relief fundraiser the American Red Cross was doing. In total, we got over $1000 raised! (got blisters on my feet for my efforts, but I think it was worth it.) Also worked at the Maid and Butler Cafe as one of the servers. It was fun. I’ll be working it again next year, and I’ve got a few ideas of how to streamline some stuff…

I had a whole bunch of cons I’d planned on selling my book at this year, but some of it fell through due to Derping on my part, and some due to infeasible time-schedule requirements. Such as… me _actually_ getting SoH done in 2 months before Hamacon 2…. (hahahahaaa…ha…oh funny). So I suppose this is another lesson in the pitfalls of self publishing and being your own master when it comes to deadlines. (YAH! Call me queen! *cracks whip*)

Anyway. So here’s the rundown of what happened, for those who’re interested.

* Hamacon 2 – too early to get book done and in print. (since it was this past weekend, and I actually found out about when it was going to be in Feb.)

* Persacon – supposedly sold out of artist tables like… in January?? (I am surprised that the con is this popular with artists?)

* AWA – artist tables were gone the moment the artist alley opened for applications. I should probably wait until I’ve got book 3 on the way and SoH has been out for a bit before I try AWA.

* Dragon*con – hahahaaa. Maybe when I’ve got like… 3 or 4 books. Though I will be going just for funs.

* Hamacon Mini 2 – This is reasonable for me to achieve my goal of getting book 2 done in time.

* Crisis Con – …what is this? Does it exist still? I do not know. :(

I’m sure there are other cons in the area. Like Momocon, I think that’s nearby. But… uh. Not sure what the Tornados have done to it… Besides. I think I’d like to go for fun once before I go and get stuck behind an artist table the whole time. So I at least know what I’m missing.

On the bright side, I’ve got a solid outline for SoH. I guess becoming single again was good for my writing career. Lots more time to myself and lots less inclination to rely on someone else to tell me what to write (and then not give me time to write… but I probably shouldn’t talk about that here.)

(I like parenthetical comments.)

(No. My books don’t read like this. I edit this kind of crap out.) :)

I was thinking of getting a lamination machine to take to cons for when I do commissions. There are some pros and cons to the idea.

Cons:
I don’t do many commissions.
I rarely sell my originals.
Cost of the machine to begin with.
Then there is the choice between heated and unheated.
I would have to get a paper cutter to clip the laminate in the case of smaller pictures.

Pros:
When I DO sell my originals/commissions, I can have them laminated all pretty and they’d be more durable and, since I work primarily in pencil, the graphite won’t get everywhere/smear/degrade over time.
I’d be able to laminate the artwork I buy so it’s easier to hang on my wall without damaging the pictures.
The difference mainly in the 2 machines I found were whether they were heated or not (and priced, accordingly).

I really like the quality that a heated machine produces, and the laminate comes in 8″x11″ sheets already, so no waste if that’s the size of pictures I’m doing. These sheets are fairly economical to buy in bulk, at 150 sheets for $50. Heated also means powered and I can’t always count on there being a plug in spot nearby, and can’t exactly carry around a little generator to plug my stuff into.

However, the unheated machine has a long roll of laminate that is I don’t know how long… This would mean that I could laminate longer pictures, or shorter, and not waste lamination sheets. The quality is not as good – in my opinion. The laminate is kind of thin, so the pictures/papers laminated tend to be a bit floppy and there’s the possibility of the lamination coming undone at the edges.
I also wanted to get one of those little scanner machines that are just the scanner bar and the machine rolls the picture through it to scan. But, again, there is cost, as well as power requirements, and I would have to have my computer there, which also requires power. And the only reason why I would use this is because of my pack-rat tendencies about my artwork. It makes me uncomfortable to give away pictures I haven’t saved somehow. Even stupid little scribbles on the back of a notebook or folder. I have to scan them before I can throw them away. …because I’m totally going to do something with them later. /sarcasm.