Diary Thursday 26th March 2015


Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

I spent the remaining afternoon and early evening in the public library, reading through plays, including Antigone, and D H Lawrence’s The Widowing Of Mrs Holroyd (to each be reviewed on these pages). I am always happy to pass time reading good quality literature.

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What Is Band Fanfiction?

March 12, 2015 | Posted in FAN FICTION | By

Limited Edition Art Print Beatles at Shea Stadium by Anthony Parisi.

You may be familiar with fan-fiction based on popular movies, books and tv series like Star Trek or Harry Potter. But what about fan-fiction based on popular music groups?

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Running a Fan-Fiction Secret Santa Exchange

February 13, 2015 | Posted in FAN FICTION | By

The Avengers: One of the biggest media and comics fandoms today.

Within media fandom, one of the most popular holiday activities is to participate in a Secret Santa-style gift exchange. More often than not, these exchanges revolve around fan fiction, where participants receive a story they’re requested in return for writing a story for someone else…

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Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention Art Shows: A Guide for Artists

November 3, 2014 | Posted in ART, CONVENTIONS, CRAFTING BUSINESS | By

Star Wars Celebration V - the ACME Art Show area

Visual artists and crafters are always on the lookout for new markets for their work. One type of market which many may not have considered are science fiction and fantasy convention art shows. A long-standing part of many science-fiction conventions is the art show, where artists display their work for either direct sale or auction-style bidding…

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CON.TXT 2014 Convention Report

June 28, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

A CON.TXT tradition: panel notes posted along the hotel corridor.

Two weekends ago (June 13-15, 2014) I attended the CON.TXT fan convention, which is held biannually in Silver Spring, Maryland. CON.TXT is a slash-focused, multi fandom convention, so it is always interesting to see…

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Can you teach an old convention new tricks?

June 2, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

Flyers on a hotel corridor window at MediaWest*Con 34.

Last week I posted my MediaWest*Con 34 convention report, where I talked fairly extensively about the greying of the convention as a whole and how the event seems to be slowly dying. This has been an issue with MediaWest for some time…

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MediaWest*Con 34: Post-convention report

May 27, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By

MediaWest*Con 2014 dealers room.

2014 marked MediaWest*Con’s 34th year as the self-proclaimed “definitive gathering of Science Fiction/Media fandom”, held annually in Lansing, Michigan over the Memorial Day weekend. I question whether that description truly applies any longer…

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Building a Niche Interest Wiki

April 23, 2014 | Posted in FANDOM | By

Screencap of a portion of the front page of The PoliceWiki.

We are all surely familiar with Wikipedia today – the user-edited online encyclopedia that we often turn to for facts, trivia, and all kinds of information we may search for. But Wikipedia is far from the only “wiki” online today…

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Being a Convention Dealer: Tips and Advice for Getting Started in the Business

April 20, 2014 | Posted in CONVENTIONS | By


Working the dealers room at various science fiction, fantasy, media or anime conventions can be a profitable part-time—or even full-time—business for many individuals and businesses. Whether you already have a physical storefront and are looking to expand your customer base…

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5 Myths About Fan Fiction & Fan Fiction Writers

April 17, 2014 | Posted in FAN FICTION | By

"Supernatural": One of the more popular fan-fiction fandoms in recent years

You’ve probably heard about “fan fiction”, even if you have never read it or written it yourself. “Fandom culture” is becoming increasingly mainstream, and fan fiction is no longer something only enjoyed at private conventions and…

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