Can-Con 2017

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.

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

Waiting to sign books. Picture from Lesley Donaldson‏

  • 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

Conclusion

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!

Éric

2015 Book Ranking

Last year I read 32 books. I try to rate and review them all on Goodreads.

I’ve read some fantastic books this year and some absolutely terrible ones.

5 Star Rating (Amazing I highly recommend)

  1. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed  by Wilson, G. Willow
  2. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal  by Wilson, G. Willow
  3. Touched by an Alien (Katherine “Kitty” Katt, #1)  by Koch, Gini
  4. Pocket Apocalypse (InCryptid, #4)  by McGuire, Seanan
  5. Human by S.M. Carrière
  6. Blood Relations (Family By Choice, #1)  by Frechette, Caroline
  7. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why  by Wilson, G. Willow
  8. The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who  by Cornell, Paul
  9. Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur  by Russell, Gary
  10. Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More  by DeConnick, Kelly Sue
  11. Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Down  by DeConnick, Kelly Sue
  12. Avengers: The Enemy Within  by DeConnick, Kelly Sue

4 Star Rating (Great. Read if you like the genre)

  1. Abracadaver (Esther Diamond, #7)  by Resnick, Laura
  2. Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)  by Erikson, Steven
  3. Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by McGuire, Seanan
  4. The Hunt For Atlantis (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase, #1)  by McDermott, Andy
  5. Tempest (Tempest, #1)  by Cross, Julie
  6. Something from the Nightside (Nightside, #1)  by Green, Simon R.
  7. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)  by Andrews, Ilona
  8. Neverwhere  by Gaiman, Neil
  9. Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps, #1)  by Stine, R.L.
  10. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)  by Briggs, Patricia

3 Star Rating (Fun but not amazing)

  1. Bloodring (Rogue Mage, #1)  by Hunter, Faith
  2. Staying Dead (Retrievers, #1)  by Gilman, Laura Anne
  3. Deadly Heat (Nikki Heat, #5)  by Castle, Richard
  4. Ghost of a Chance (Ghost Finders, #1)  by Green, Simon R.
  5. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats (Felix Gomez, #1)  by Acevedo, Mario

2 Star Rating (Disappointing)

  1. Gnome Man’s Land  by Friesner, Esther M.
  2. Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)  by Black, Holly
  3. Night Child (OSI, #1)  by Battis, Jes

1 Star Rating (Terrible)

  1. A Brewing Storm (Derrick Storm, #1) by Castle, Richard
  2. Desperate Measures (Angel’s Luck #1)  by Faust, Joe Clifford

 

Do you agree or disagree with my rankings?

Éric