Here’s a video of the reading I did for the Poetry Open Mic at the World Fantasy Convention – this ancient-epic style poem is contained in Bones of Starlight 1: Fire Within, performed upon the occasion of the 7-year holiday of Pyrean Midsummer, when four planets of the Pan-Galactic Imperium have aligned solstices.
(I was actually surprise video’d by the illustrious Deborah Beale, who also caught some pictures for me. But, why not? The words as spoken.)
From around the World Fantasy Convention:
Reading poetry from within Bones of Starlight
Tad Williams accepting copies of Bones of Starlight from me!
with Tad Williams and Deborah Beale
3-line typewriter poetry from provided book material, a bonus from my autographing table.
The table centerpieces at the WFC awards banquet, with quill feather dripping blood.
The spooky story telling on Halloween.
And, vignettes of Los Angeles:
filming crew inside the hotel
I want to be sure to recall some really neat times on a first exploratory foray for one day around San Diego Comic Con. Producers! Screenwriters! Buskers! Cosplayers! Trekkies! All-Star Locals! Visiting hostelmates! What a beach, and what a sunset. Thanks for showing interest in me and calling me in, San Diego. I braided your seaweed into my hair.
For those into crime drama, I got a tip about Lincoln, an upcoming series based on The Bone Collector. A quadriplegic forensic criminologist back in the game. I worked some quadriplegic assistance, have a quadriplegic neighbor – neat to hear of an engaging main character for a wide viewing audience living with those limitations.
This was an enormous weekend on so many fronts! It’s hard to go into the depth of the experience without spinning a legend, so I’ll sketch the merest outline.
First, some thanks to Stephen Shamus, the man with the plan! Making the calls to make it all happen, he’s a top rock star getting us all working together. With actress Mandy Rivera.
Here’s a small highlight of conventiongoing characters who took a moment with a Bones of Starlight book:
Haku of Spirited Away!
Is Kelli Staci a character? In a way…
Leeloo Dallas MULTIPASS!
Here are some well-known entertainers who I had the pleasure of meeting, with thanks to those who made it possible – all of whom personally accepted a copy of my latest novel, Bones of Starlight: Abyss Surrounding.
Deborah Ann Woll & Eva L. Elasigue
Eva L. Elasigue, Zoe Saldana, Mandy Rivera
Josh Brolin, Eva L. Elasigue, Mandy Rivera, Chris Evans
And here’s your humble author – felicitations to all who now have a new book from me!
Extra Bonus: Pride Weekend! I joined NorwesCon this year to walk in Seattle Pride Parade. I went dressed as a Muse – both in the classical sense of a figure that inspires others to create, and with resemblance to the mechanical muses from comicbook Girl Genius! I bore a scroll painted by Leo Shallat, photo by writer Phil Foglio.
An advanced note to let you know I’m confirmed as an Artist Alley exhibitor for ACE Comic Con Seattle 2019! This traveling celebrity convention has welcomed me to exhibit in the Chicago & Phoenix areas, and I’m happy to join them as they return to my locality of Seattle, where I first checked them out last summer.
My moment at the top of the creator’s list, by the excellent interview host of the AZ celebrity panels.
And of course, the supporting talent (actually, in a significant way they are supporting the lesser-known exhibitors with their big names and audience draw while people make the most of their day tickets by exploring the entire hall):