Wanna find me at next weekend’s WHEN WORDS COLLIDE conference?
Here’s my official schedule for the weekend:
(and if you don’t have tickets, come on down for #NoirBarYYC on Friday night, or the Autograph Session on Saturday! CALGARY DELTA SOUTH – Macleod Trail and Southland Drive!)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
3pm – Parkland
Does It Have to Be Murder?
Alice Bienia, P J Vernon, Therese Greenwood, Axel Howerton (PM)
Does the crime have to be murder to make a good mystery? What other crimes can fuel a great story? Panellists discuss what types of crimes engage a reader for an entire novel; whether the crime has to be violent; and consider whether there are crimes that are too grisly to captivate an audience.
4pm – Parkland
Where in the World?
Jonas Saul, Jayne Barnard, Jim Jackson, Axel Howerton, Robert Bose (M)
Location, location, location! applies not only to real estate. Your setting impacts tone, plot, character. It can include both time and place. Learn how and why our panellists chose their setting, from prosaicto exotic, city to wilderness, modern to historical time period.
8pm – Fairview
The Magic of Writing Magic
Axel Howerton, C.S. MacCath, Cat McDonald, Louise Marley, Marc Watson
We’re here. Some of us burn incense after every query we send, some of us wince every time a character turns over the Death card on TV, and some of us write about the occult world that is a living,breathing part of us. Pagans, witches, and occultists of all stripes get together to talk about the magic of the world as we see and write it.
9pm – Atrium Cafe
Canada’s first, and Calgary’s only, Noir at the Bar event.
Booze, Broads, Bullets, and Bullshit with the world’s best crime writers reading their darkest, nastiest, and most entertaining stuff while competing for the coveted Golden Skull Award! Check out the FB Event page for more!
***OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – 18+***
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
1PM – Fireside
Coffin Hop Press Presents:
A sneak peek at the newest titles and upcoming projects from Canada’s finest dark crime and weird fiction publisher – Coffin Hop Press!
Coffee! Door Prizes! Award Winners and Nominees! Book Giveaway!
8pm – Parkland/Bonavista/Willow Park
WWC Autograph Session
Come meet Coffin Hop Press authors like Axel Howerton, Robert Bose, Sarah L. Johnson and Golden Spur Award winner/Ellis Award Nominee Therese Greenwood! Pick up CHP books and have them signed by the authors!
***OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***
I know, I know. I’m terrible at keeping in touch. Online and in real life. With anything really, except my family and my day job, I am mostly unreliable.
So it’s been a long time… a long time since I’ve posted anything, and a long time since I’ve written anything new. I’m still mired in the mental blockage of edits on #DemonDays and I’ve been 139% blocked on writing any new stories or making any headway on anything outside of the occasional publishing work for Coffin Hop Press.
But today I wrote some new stuff. It’s just a couple of poems, but it’s a start.
The first one is below. It’s a little rough. Certainly not much of a valentine.
The other one turned out more in tune with the proposed spirit of the holiday, but that one is for her eyes only. Unless you know her, then she’ll probably share.
In any case. Here’s the first real new words in a year or more. Let’s hope this is the leak that causes the levee to break.
BEEN SO LONG
– A.R. Howerton
It’s been so long
Since I’ve given my words to you
Without reproducing and redacting
Reconsidering for recompense
Carving finer and sanding smooth
For the whole wide world
That will happen
To these words too
If there’s enough of them
To fill a page
Or use as kindling
They’re only for you
At least until the next chance I get
To sell my soul
For a moment’s delusion
That I’m full of talent
That I’m full of light that shines out on the world
That I’m worth their time
And their money
Convincing only myself
That any of it matters at all
When the only thing that truly matters