A lady can never have too many corsets.
I learned this at AnomalyCon, Denver’s Best Alternate History, Science Fiction, and Steampunk Convention held March 29 – 31, 2013. Author Vivian Caethe encouraged me to attend, and at $30 registration for the entire weekend, I couldn’t pass it up. (See “What Is Steampunk Made Of?” for one take on this genre. And consult The Steampunk Bible.)
Literature, fashion, music, film and gaming were available in abundance during this three-day con. All writers–new or veteran, independently or traditionally-published–could choose from a wide variety of high-quality sessions, some featuring New York Times best-selling authors Gail Carriger (whose debut novel Soulless won the Alex Award) and Hugo-nominated Colorado Author Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville series), S.J. Chambers (co-author of The Steampunk Bible), and award-winners like Emily France, whose Little Miss Life won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2012 award for best Young Adult novel.
Other authors whose sessions I attended and who were very generous in sharing their insights: Quincy Allen, Sherry Ficklin, Robert Hoyt, Sarah Hoyt, Daniel Hoyt, Dana Bell, David Boop, J.A. Campbell, Sam Knight, and Trae Dorn. You can see a list of all panelists at www.AnomalyCon.com.
I hope you enjoy the following photos from the weekend. In my next post, I’ll discuss what I learned while attending sessions such as Worlds Collide, Self-Publishing 101, Mash-Ups: Mixing Genres, Writing Professionally, FairyPunk: Steampunked, World-Building, Plot In An Hour, Flash Fiction & Short Stories, Character-Building, Marketing for Writers, and Strong Women in Fiction (which nearly came to fisticuffs during a debate about the merits, or lack thereof, of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer).
I attended a showing Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! This was my first time seeing it. What can I say? Joss Whedon rocks. My friends and I will line up for his new film, Much Ado About Nothing, in theaters June 7.
Here’s the official AnomalyCon event blog to see videos and more photos.
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