Monday, July 21, 2014

Not Quite an "Iron Author" from DetCon1

We're home from the NASFic, aka DetCon1, and still trying to mentally and physically recoup. My husband Adrian took some great photos and put them up on Facebook for all to see. (Click here to see his photos.) I wanted to make sure that anyone who sat in on the "Copyediting--don't fear the editor" panel on Sunday and came looking for my testimonial page knew they'd found the right place. Just head to the top of the page and hit the link that says "editorial services". (No, this blog has not been copyedited. I'm tired. So there!)

We had a lot of fun in Detroit, met some nice folk, and got a couple invites to area conventions to talk about writing, publishing, whatever. Adrian sold two of his world famous bookends in the art show, so all-in-all, not a bad showing.

I thought I'd share a bit of the flash fiction I wrote in the "Iron Author Detroit" contest I participated in Sunday morning. (Yes, it was early on the last day of the con--not the best timing for a contest.) The winner was the fabulous author Lucy A. Snyder, so I don't feel too bad for losing to her at all. However, I do wonder about the sanity of the audience members who came up with the "prompts" we used to write a short story in five minutes. My example below will show you why I have some reservations on their mental stability, as these three words actually made sense or at least more sense than the last three sets of prompts. Enjoy! ;)

Prompts: a Watermelon, a Triceratops, and a Lost Shoe (the secret ingredient)

"Wherever could it be?"

Lilah looked at the trail behind her. No shoe. It must have fallen off after she had forded the stream, after she had eaten some of the delicious wild watermelon, but she was pretty sure she was still wearing it when she scrambled over the sharp rocks near the waterfalls.

"I knew this was a mistake. I knew I should have never listen to Marc (the panel MC). This is beautiful country, but really... What's so special about it?"

She sighed and plopped down on a boulder. That hiking shoe had cost hundreds. She'd never be able to afford another pair anytime soon.

"Why did I believe, Marc?"

Then she heard the sound far-off... Oh, my God! A triceratops was grazing in the meadow below where she sat.

"The Lost World!" she cried. This is why Marc had told her to come here.

I was writing with pen on legal paper since I didn't bring a laptop. I'm not sure the story would have been much longer or better written using a keyboard, but I certainly could have read it with less problems. Deciphering my horrible handwriting a day later is a challenge and a half! 

Feel free to leave a comment below, especially if we met at DetCon1, and feel free to like me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc., at the links on the right side of the page. It was great getting to know you, but now I need to catch up on my sleep. Zzzzz... :)


A J said...

I had a blast, and am so looking forward to next year. =)

Cindy said...

Me, too! I really should practice my Flash Fiction skills between now and then so I have half a chance of winning the Iron Author challenge next time. ;)

Tammy Coxen said...

Hate to disappoint, but there will be no next year. Detcon1 was a one-shot event - the North American Science Fiction Convention is a traveling con that only happens in years when Worldcon is outside North America. So it'll be at least 2017 before there's another NASFiC, and it won't be in Detroit!

Cynthianna said...

I realize the NASFics only happen in the years when WorldCon is located outside of North America, but I figured that Detroit area fans might want to keep the momentum going with a regional SF con like DetCon next year. I'm so sad to hear that they don't.

Anyone out there want to start a regional SF con with me? ;)

Tammy Coxen said...

We have a few regional SF cons already - ConFusion in January, ConClave in October, and Penguicon (which is admittedly broader than just SF) in April/May. If you've got conrunning energy, I bet ConClave would love to have some help - they just restarted last year after taking a year off, and would probably appreciate some new energy...

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