Story Con 2015 Will Not Take Place

Barnes and Noble Closing: Periodicals

Since I created and ran StoryCon 2014, I’ve been thinking a lot about StoryCon 2015. I’ve held exploratory meetings. I’ve worked to find a site that would work with us, and all of that part has gone well. From an organizational point of view we are set up pretty well.

What I have also been doing is making sure that this project of creating a reader focused convention is sustainable with my core mission of developing my writing career. That part… well it hasn’t gone so well, and I have come to the conclusion that I cannot do both.

So, I need to announce that I will not be creating StoryCon 2015. I’m not capable of doing that and advocating for my writing at the same time. If there is someone who wants to step up and create the convention. I would be happy to meet with them and consult with them along the way.

Thank you so much for your support and interest. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
Erik Wecks

photo credit: B.K. Dewey via photopin cc

Story Con 2014- Recap and Photos!

It’s very hard to believe that Story Con 2014 is now over. Last Saturday, October 18th, from late morning to early evening authors and readers all participated in discussions about books and reading.  I attended the event as a ‘reader’ but also to take as many photos as possible and to see where things might need improvement for next year.

This is my recap of the event, but remember, there were three things running each hour and I could only attend one each hour. So this really doesn’t even cover half of it!

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I arrived at Story Con for the first panels of the day and attended the panel called “The Wicked West” which was authors Kate Dyer-Seeley (Scene of the Climb), Angela M. Sanders (The Lanvin Murders) and Christine Finlayson (Tip of a Bone). They  are all Pacific Northwest mystery writers and so the discussion was about the setting. Why the Pacific Northwest is such a great place for mysteries (one example). It was a wonderful discussion with the audience getting very involved as well. In fact, the audience got involved in many of the panels because this is a READERS convention. So it’s about the READERS and not about writing, or even focusing solely on each authors books.

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Author Kate Dyer-Seeley and her book Scene of the Climb credit: Candace Robinson

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Set up for author Christine Finlayson for her book, Tip of the Bone. credit: Candace Robinson

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From left: Kate Dyer-Seeley, Angela M. Sanders and Christine Finlayson credit: Candace Robinson

The next panel I attended was called ‘Game of Tomes’ and was about series. How series have become so popular now it can sometimes actually be hard to find stand alone books. So why do we like series so much? This panel was fun because it had a variety of authors of different ages, age groups and genres. It was a lively discussion and brought up a lot of fun topics.  This was Ripley Patton (Ghost Hand- The PSS Chronicles), Lisa Nowak (Driven, Redline, Deadheat), Stacey Wallace Benefiel (Glimpse, Crossing, Day of Sacrifice), Athena (Murder of Crows), Wendy Wagner (Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers, Women Destroy Science Fiction) and Baer Charlton (Stoneheart, Death on a Dime, Night Vision).

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

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credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

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credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

I had to take a break and get something to eat but on the way I stopped and snapped photos of the authors sitting to sign books.

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

I didn’t sit through the panel because it was happening right when I needed to eat, but I stepped in and snapped a few photos of the panel ‘The Rise of the Machines’. This was discussing what is possible in science fiction, if it should be more realistic, etc. That’s what I got in my two minutes there.  This was with Erik Wecks (The Far Bank of the Rubicon, Aetna Adrift, Unconquered), Daniel H. Wilson (Robopacalypse, BRO-JITSU: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, Amped) and Will Hertling (The Last Firewall, A.I. Apocalypse, The Case of the Wilted Broccoli, Indie & Small Press Marketing).

Credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

After lunch was what ended up being my favorite panel of the day ‘Paranormal as a Metaphor’. This was great because it was discussing how zombies, vampires, etc can be used as a metaphor. It was a deep discussion but was loads of fun too. Very thought-provoking! This was with Wendy Wagner (Pathfinder Tales: Skinwalkers, Women Destroy Science Fiction), Ripley Patton (Ghost Hand- The PSS Chronicles), Athena (Murder of Crows) and  Laura Whitcomb (The Fetch, A Certain Slant of Light, Under the Light).

Credit: Candace Robinson

Credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ was up next and this was about favorite books. Books that inspired at a young age, books that helped inspire the desire to write and much more. It was a fun panel and at the end they took the audiences recommendations. Mine was Eleanor by Jason Gurley (and he just happened to be on the panel) and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

credit: Candace Robinson

 The last panel I attended was mostly authors sharing their worst reviews and their best reviews. It was a lighthearted way to show that everyone gets bad reviews. Ripley Patton also shared some of the classics reviews from Amazon which is funny because these are famous pieces of fiction and they also get bad reviews. It was a fun interactive panel.

Story Con was a great success! The authors had fun and the attendees had fun. We all made new connections and lots of new friends. The energy was fantastic, but more laid back than other conventions I have attended. It was relaxed so that the attendees could feel comfortable speaking up during the panels and to even go up to the authors and chat between the panels. As far as conventions go, this was one of the funnest I have attended and I can’t wait until next year when it will be even bigger and better!

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Wow! That Was Fun!

Photo credit: Clifton Hill

Photo credit: Clifton Hill

I just wanted to take a minute to say, “Thank You!” I had such a great time on Saturday. What a great conversation on books.

A huge thank you to all the authors, volunteers, the Vancouver Community Library, and to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library district.

On to 2015! More information to follow soon…