Logan O’Neill?

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(1) Two of the main characters in The Order of the White Guard are Logan Blevins and Peter O’Neill.

(2) NCIS Los Angeles is my current favorite TV show, and Bryan are binge watching like crazy. Last night we were watching an episode, and Callen, who is one of the main characters, went undercover as an attorney. His name was . . . wait for it . . .

LOGAN O’NEILL.

I literally screamed, and I laughed so hard that I almost fell out of my chair.

Character Development Series – Starting with Real People

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Oh, no, it’s the “DREAM CAST” article! Yep, it sure is.

Every character I have ever created, all the way back to my first story as a child, was based in some way on someone I could see and watch. Some are based on people I know in real life, but I also use celebrities or fictional characters from TV, movies, and videogames–and to be honest, a handful of professional wrestlers. The reason I do this is simple. I’m a visual person, and having someone or something to look at helps me write. In addition, it’s easy to people watch when they’re plastered all over every screen in the world. I use some people for their faces, others for their personalities, and others simply for the way they move, and one character might be based on three different people.

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White Guard on YouTube

BlackWyrm Publishing has a channel on YouTube called Friday Fiction, in which local actors do readings from their books. This week, it’s the hubby’s and my turn! They’re reading a scene from The Order of the White Guard.

WARNING:   It’s not the best excerpt, and there’s s a reason these guys are local actors and not in Hollywood. The acting is…well, let’s just say we’re not watching Hugh Jackman here. But it’s still pretty cool.

Here’s the link: Enjoy! Or just laugh your arse off. Link

Keeping Louisville Weird.

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The hubby and I will be spending Saturday afternoon hawking The Order of the White Guard at Louisville’s Buy Local Fair, hosted by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance. LIBA’s motto is KEEP LOUISVILLE WEIRD. What a great place to live!

If you’re anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky, come on out, stop by the BlackWyrm booth at the festival and say hi. We’re supposed to have good weather up until about suppertime, so I’ll be stocked up on sunblock and have my little Sharpie ready to sign the tons of books I just know we’re going to sell.

The Geek Convention

Spent the weekend at ConGlomeration, hawking the book, speaking on panels, eating fattening food, and complaining about the hotel. All in all, aside from the fact that THERE WAS NO WI-FI IN THE HOTEL, it was a great weekend. ConGlom is a small fantasy/sci-fi convention with only about 600 members, and it’s a really neat, tight-knit little community. The hubby and I have been going for years, but this time the experience was just a little different.

If you’ve never been to one of these things, the easiest way I can describe it is “Star Trek convention.” It is definitely that, but it’s so much more. The cons touch on all facets of fantasy, science fiction, gaming, cosplay, and anything else the geek mind can come up with. You’ve got Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Dungeons & Dragons, H.P. Lovecraft, videogames, anime, fairies, vampires, werewolves, cyborgs, pagans, Christians, storm troopers, Klingons, retirees, families, and fans who are enjoying the con nestled safely in mommy’s womb. There’s a fantastic art show and a masquerade costume contest, and of course a dealer’s room with people selling all sorts of fantasy and sci-fi items—action figures, books, games, dice, costumes, magic wands, steampunk blasters, jewelry, tarot cards and crystals, comic books, swords and fantasy weapons, t-shirts, crafts, yadda yadda yadda. They’re also very big on the parties. Up until the last few years, my con experience has been mainly focused in the areas of cosplay and partying. Recently, my weight has gone way up and way back down, so none of my costumes fit. Also, I’ve hit the age where partying all night just leaves me tired—plus, my kids come to con with me, so all-night partying just isn’t a good idea to start with, even though they’re now in their teens. This con, however, set me on a new path.

Having just signed with BlackWyrm Publishing, the hubby and I were part of the company’s stable of writers working the con this year. When we weren’t sitting on panels, we sat in the dealers’ room, selling our book and those of the other authors. I don’t know how many books the other guys sold, but we sold ten. Ten may not sound like much, but considering that there were only about 600 people at the con, I’m thinking it’s not so bad. This is the second printing of The Order of the White Guard. In the first printing, we sold a total of about fifteen copies. Fifteen books in a year, and then ten in three days. The hubby and I are lovin’ life. It was pretty scary, though, being on the other side of the dealer’s table.

One of the major events at cons like these is the panels. A bunch of people sit in a room for an hour and talk about a specific topic. Others might work on a craft; some might watch a movie, etc. Last year, a group sat around and made up a plan for a potential zombie apocalypse. The panels I spoke on involved religion and the supernatural, monsters and folklore, and romance in fantasy and sci-fi. This last one was particularly interesting because I was able to talk about my Skyrim fanfic, which is has more romance than our novel.

I also learned a lot this weekend. The hubby and I sat on most of the panels with another author, L. Andrew Cooper, who has a bit more experience than we do. We did a reading in the same time period, and it was really neat to watch him talk about his book and read portions of his story. We took away quite a bit on how to interact with one’s audience.

Okay, intellectual pursuits aside: the best part of my weekend? I bought a FANTASTIC corset! I keep trying it on to show people, and then we forget to take pictures. As soon as I get a pic, I’ll post it. It really is gorgeous. WAY overpriced, but still.

Upcoming cons: Origins in Columbus, Ohio; GenCon in Indianapolis; and DragonCon in Atlanta. Come out and enjoy the conventions, and visit me and the hubby in the BlackWyrm booth!

Our book is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Order-White-Guard-Book/dp/1613181442/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365378143&sr=8-1&keywords=the+order+of+the+white+guard or http://www.amazon.com/Litos-Children-Order-White-ebook/dp/B00BRM2SKU/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1365378143&sr=8-13&keywords=the+order+of+the+white+guard. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, the Kindle version is available for a free rental, and we actually get royalties from the free rentals!

Other BlackWyrm authors you might like to take a look at:
Burning the Middle Ground by L. Andrew Cooper: http://www.amazon.com/Burning-Middle-Ground-Andrew-Cooper/dp/1613181388/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365378314&sr=8-1&keywords=burning+the+middle+ground
The Man in the Box by Andrew Toy: http://www.amazon.com/Man-Box-Andrew-Toy/dp/161318137X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365378380&sr=1-1&keywords=the+man+in+the+box

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