Megacon–today! Plus a Hot Springs Village report

First things first: If you’re in the Orlando, Florida area this weekend, you need to make a point to attend MegaCon at the Convention Center. Megacon is one of the premier comic/geek cons in the US. Yes, yes, San Diego Comic Con is the big one, but it’s become more exclusive these days and so other shows—like Megacon are booming. I’ve been there once before—in 1998—and had a great time. If you’re not in the Orlando area…sorry for you. 🙂

I’m set up in Artist Alley at Brown 9. Bring some stuff for me to sign. Better yet, buy something new from me there and I’ll sign it for you for free!

Last Saturday I had the privilege to lead the workshop in Hot Springs Village courtesy of the Hot Springs Village Writers Group. We talked about how to supe-up protagonists and about POV. I’d never done a presentation on POV before, but it seemed to go over well and all the writers seemed to have an enjoyable experience. Of course, I love the writing process so I’m hoping that love was contagious and they left with a desire to get to work and get busy writing.

Roughly my view while speaking to the Hot Springs Village Writers Group. Note they are busy WRITING!

Roughly my view while speaking to the Hot Springs Village Writers Group. Note they are busy WRITING!

The photo here is approximately the view I had (though I was standing on the stage when I took the picture…I did NOT stand on the stage when I spoke.)

I’d been to Hot Springs before, but Hot Springs Village is something completely different. Truthfully, I was floored by how remote and beautiful the place is. It IS a writers’ haven! Many of the (I didn’t do any sort of official poll, so it is just a guess on my part) writers in attendance who were from HSV are retired and enjoying the writing life that HSV allows, even encourages!

I haven’t told BJ yet…but I’ve decided it’s now on my top 5 list of places I’d like to retire to!

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2 responses to “Megacon–today! Plus a Hot Springs Village report

  1. patlaster

    Ooh, yes!! Retire in HSV so we will be neighbors (of a sort). Oh, wait, I’ll probably be viewing you from Heaven (hope,hope) when you are old enough to retire. LOL

  2. Chris

    Me, too, Roland. I had property there, and sold it during a divorce (HE was the golfer, not me). Now I’m sorry, because I have so many friends/fellow writers from there. Guess I have to start looking again! Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at this gathering, by the way. The exercises were wonderful, and I will share them with my writing group (White County).

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