By Shana Galen
I’ll be the first to admit I loved the Star Wars films. I wrote a whole book as Shane Bolks with a Star Wars premise. It’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Men I’veDated—check it out. I also like Star Trek and read a half dozen or so Robert Jordan books, but that’s about as far as my love of all things sci-fi and fantasy go.
If this is heresy to you, feel free to skip to the comments now and tell me so. My friend Any had no compunctions about telling me how undeserving I was when I told her I was on three panels at Comicpalooza in Houston and got a 3-day pass as a result. She immediately asked me to take pictures of anyone I saw from Firefly. I told her this would be difficult as I’d never seen it. She later texted that I should take photos of actors from BG.
I texted back, What’s BG?
Her response: Sigh. Battlestar Galactica. So unworthy!
Yes, I was unworthy. I know something about writing, which made me useful to the participants interested in the literary track. I spoke with other authors on Good Habits of Good Writers, What Editors Want, and two hours on Prose: Choosing the Right Words. I also signed books and, surprisingly, sold quite a few as well.
But the best part was the people watching. I usually put my phone away during book signings. At this one, I had to keep the camera ready to go.
|It's a tough job, being an author.|
|Love these Elizabethan gowns.|
|I am told that robot thing is from MineCraft.|
|Body painting was really popular. If I posted the picture of the girl getting painted, I'd be flagged for nudity o_O|
|Sci-fi gang signs|
|Something to do with Game of Thrones.|
The highlight of the convention for me was meeting Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies. I got both his autograph and a picture. He seemed like a really nice guy. Now, if I could just meet Harrison Ford…
Whose photo and autograph would you like to get? One person who comments will receive a copy of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Men I’ve Dated and the follow-up, Reality TV Bites.