Author Kaitlin Caul dressed glamorously for Can-Con 2018 – just look at her beautiful scorpion jewelry!
You can find her book Life After Redby through Renaissance Press’s website.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
I’m still recovering from the awesomness that was Can-Con. I really need to plan taking time off after.
Most of my weekend was spent at the table selling stuff and giving away coffee samples. It’s great to hear and see the joy coffee brings some people. For those that didn’t like coffee I sent them 3 tables down to the fantastic Heart Tea Heart.
I was on one panel about heroism in Star Wars and it was a great discussion. The panelists were inteligent, well spoken, and made great points. (I rambled and agreed a lot.)
Other than that I loved the opportunity to talk coffee and books with all the fantastic attendees. The organizers and venue are always fantastic. Thank you and I look forward to next year!
I’m drained… enjoy these pictures of the Child Dragon.
The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, or just Can-Con, is one of my favourite conventions. It has the best people and panels.
October 12-14, 2018
Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Ottawa
150 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G2
Eric Desmarais Author, JenEric Coffee, JenEric Designs, and toddler Dragon will be there for the entire weekend.
The dealer’s room is free to the public so come say hi, get some books, and coffee.
I, Eric, will be one panel this year: Star Wars, Heroism and Society Friday at 4pm in Salon C. Come by and laugh at a Trekkie trying to talk Star Wars.
Hope to see you there!
Yesterday, a writer’s cruise was brought to my attention. And wow, did it ever get my attention!
The Writing Excuses Workshop and Retreat 2018! (scroll past the ticket info to get to the event details)
Take a look at the incredible instructors and the amazing seminars being offered!
I have met a couple of these instructors at Can-Con in Ottawa and I was incredibly shy and quiet around them very impressed by them. To have the opportunity to have a one-on-one session with even one of these instructors – where you can cover anything from a critique, worldbuilding, pitching practice (no, not baseball!), or simply get general writing advice – is worth it’s weight in gold.
The seminars themselves are extremely comprehensive and include writing exercises and Q&A time with the professor as well as instructional time.
The cruise allows for a guest to accompany their writer, with a nice discount. Children aged 12-17 can also attend seminars with parental guidance.
Please bear in mind that the prices listed are in USD but they include things like WiFi, gratuities, and transfers to/from the Houston WX hotel, all things that are not normally included in cruise pricing.
There are only a few tickets to the conference left! What are you waiting for?
Are you interested in cruising? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve known about Renaissance Press for five years. I met them at Can-Con in 2013 when they only had a handful of books.
I pitched my first novel to them. They liked it, but it needed some serious re-writes that they weren’t able to take care of, so they told me to re-submit. In the end we got A Study in Aether, and its sequel is coming out this year.
If you like my books or any of the other fantastic novels from Renaissance Press, why don’t you let them know and you could win $40 worth of awesome stuff.
With luck my next novel, The Sign of Faust will be ready and launched at the 5 year celebration.
To Renaissance: Thank you for believing in my stories.
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
This weekend was Can-Con. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that we’re big fans.
- This Weekend is CAN-CON YAY! (2017-10-12)
- Can-Con (No Dragon Sightings) (2016-09-13)
- CAN-CON 2016 (2016-08-30)
- Reading Bites (2016-08-01)
- Can-Con Report 2015 (2015-11-03)
- Can-Con 2015 (2015-10-29)
- Can-Con loot (2014-10-14)
- Can-Con 2014 and Beyond (2014-10-07)
- Recommendation Tuesday – Can-Con (2014-09-30)
- Can-Con (2013-10-07)
- TARDIS Pictures with Can-Con Guests
It’s a fantastic convention for two reasons. The first being how attentive and open the organizers are and the second because of everyone who participates.
I spent more time chatting in the dealer’s room than attending panels this year. There are a few panels I wish I had been able to attend, but was either too burnt out or doing something else.
Highlights from Can-Con 2017
— Derek Newman-Stille (@DNewmanStille) October 15, 2017
- The Ottawa Writers community being awesome as usual
- Listening to Steven Erikson being interview by Black Gate
- My first signing session (didn’t sign anything but I was sitting next to S. M. Carrière, Steven Erikson, and Robert Sawyer, so I was in fantastic company.)
- Watching S. M. Carrière geek out about Steven Erikson
- The Renaissance reading that had a whole lot of people in it.
- Getting to Pitch Everdome to Kim-Mei Kirtland
- Having Kim-Mei Kirtland like my pitch for Everdome
- The Asexuality panel which was so full I had to tuck myself into a corner. It was really interesting and illuminating.
- The look of pure joy on an audience member when they learnt that Keladry (the Protector of the Small, not the Baby Dragon) was confirmed by Tamora Pierce to be Asexual.
- Watching Keladry walking around smiling at everyone
- Learning that Tanya Huff really likes our coffee
- Meeting people that I’ve only ever interacted with online
Can-Con, for me, is about basking in the love this community has for genre writing and stories. I’m still a fledgling author and I never feel like anyone is judging. They are supportive, loving, and so kind.
Thank you to everyone who was there!
JenEric Designs, JenEric Coffee, Blush, and Éric Desmarais will all be at CAN-CON: Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature this weekend.
The dealer’s room is open to the public all three days.
Both Jen and Éric will be available Saturday and Sunday in the dealer’s room. (We will be at a wedding on Friday.)
Dealers Room Hours
Éric Desmarais’s Schedule
Saturday 2:00-2:30: Signing in the Dealer’s Room
Saturday 21:00-22:00: Panel Spam Meet Salon D
Sunday 10:00-10:50: Renaissance Press Readings Salon B
See you there!
Hello My Imaginary Friends,
Allow me to be completely shameless. This year I have a book, a short story, and a few projects that are eligible for the Aurora Awards.
The Aurora Awards are awards, “for excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy works and activities.” They are administered by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.
It’s a fan voted award in the vein of the Hugo’s, but with way more awesome people.
You’ll have to join the CSFFA for a pittance of $10 before you can nominate anyone. Once you’ve paid, you can nominate 5 works in each category. You can nominate works from now until May 6th.
The extra bonus of joining the CSFFA is you’ll get a voters package that includes most of the works that make the ballot. That’s 8-10 novels plus a bunch of other awesome stuff.
What do I have that’s eligible
Now that I’ve been shameless, here are a few works that I think are truly worth an award this year:
- Life in the ‘Cosm by Cait Gordon
- Bonhomme Sept-Heures by Evan May
- Sky Road Walker by S.M. Carrière
- Hellmaw: Eye of Glass by Marie Bilodeau
- Making a Living by Caroline Fréchette
- Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience by Michell Plested
- The Great Sky by D.G. Laderoute
- A Study in Aether by Éric Desmarais
Fan Writing and Publication
The Aurora’s website has a section that lets you see eligible works. I like to think of it as a shopping list.
Go Nominate Works and enjoy the amazing science fiction and fantasy that came out last year.