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    NerdCon: Stories (Minneapolis Oct 9-10 2015)

    So here’s my write-up on attending NerdCon: Stories. To summarize, I’m not sure how much I learned, but I was definitely entertained. There wasn’t anything about the publishing industry or how to get an agent, but that was all right. That wasn’t what I was expecting. This con was focused on the fundamentals behind the story: why they matter, what effect they can have. The medium didn’t matter. Novel, movie, or song. Horror, erotica, or adventure. Stories are what makes us human. Let’s go to the rundown. Unlike Convergence, there was a lot more “everybody goes to this” events scheduled. The only thing scheduled in the morning was mainstage entertainment.…

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    I’m Going to NerdCon: Stories

    This Friday, Hank Green announced NerdCon: Stories, a convention for storytellers of many mediums, would be coming to Minneapolis in October. This Saturday, I registered for it. I’ve been feeling that now is the time to go to a new convention. We all know Convergence didn’t work out, but I think that’s because it was an all-encompassing sci-fi crowd. Diverse interests with subject matter plus an established history means its something that needs to be enjoyed with friends. And young people have friends — friends who aren’t married or have kids, friends who can drop life for a weekend, friends with plenty of disposable income (and time). I’d been thinking…

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    The Books I Read: July – August 2014

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain I would love to see this as a documentary. The book itself gets a little long. But it’s comprehensive, that’s for sure. Like a Beethoven symphony, it covers all the possible ideas. Now for those people who think this book will help with their introversion, well… the best thing the author does is tell you that your introversion is normal. You are not abnormal, you just have a different way of thinking. There are strengths and faults to introversion, just as there are strengths and faults to extroversion. The problem is that some time after…

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    Top 3 Books I Read in 2013

    This year I read forty books. Down three from last year. Granted I had a few re-reads, but the idea is to go up, not down. I also decided, since I love the Channel Awesome year-in-reviews so much, I’d talk about the best and worst books I read this year for the first time. Now remember, these didn’t necessarily come out this year. And they’re not necessarily indicative of the star rating I gave them. Eleanor & Park (original review) The more I think about this book, the better it gets. Reflecting on Eleanor makes me fall more in love with her. I recall Park as a tragic figure, both…

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    The Books I Read: November – December 2013 (Part 1)

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick It’s definitely unlike the movie. I’ve complained before about Blade Runner, and that it’s all style and lacking cohesion. The book feels a little more satirical, a little more biting, and not so concerned about looking and feeling cool. It’s really steeped in allegory and metaphor and THE MESSAGE. It’s interesting how the director saw a movie in this. The portion that made it into the film is quite minimal. He probably could have saved some money by filing off the serial numbers. The book itself? Well, it’s hard to put an opinion on it. It’s a novel to be…