My Rambling Report
Before I start this post in earnest, it’s important you know where to get my books and my dice accessories, the very same I was selling at this convention. You’ll find links on my homepage where you can purchase Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western and Bodacious Creed and the Jade Lake in various formats, including Audible.
Order custom-painted dice towers in a variety of styles from my Etsy shop.
onto the news!
This was my first Gaslight Steampunk Expo, and what a fun event. Last Thusday, I drove down to San Diego from Anaheim, about an hour and a half trip, so not bad, and my son and I got settled in our room and got our table set up before the vendor’s room opened.
By the way, If this post seems disjointed, it’s because I’m still adjusting to post-con life. Conventions are fun, whether you’re a member, getting to check out the dealers’ room and panels, a guest, getting to be on panels, or a vendor, meeting the public and selling your wares.
My COVID Hobby
Like many, in 2020 I began what I think of as my “COVID hobby,” which simply means a hobby I started because lockdown gave me some free time. I got into 3D printing and miniature painting, things I had been interested in for years but rarely had time for. Being a business-minded creative, within a few months, I folded the new hobby into my business. So, I’m a steampunk western novelist who prints, paints, and sells dice towers.
Both the towers and the books drew people to my table at Gaslight and I made some great sales. Plus, I met a lot of kind and interesting people. I also got to see other vendors I know from the convention circuit whom I hadn’t seen in a while. And, yes, naturally I bought some neat stuff, too, including books, dice, goggles, character figures, and beard balm.
This was my and my son’s first multi-day convention since he was oh, six months old or so, I think. He’s 13 now and proved to be an excellent helper.
During downtime, I made a few TikTok videos every day and I finished reading the DND 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide.
In addition to making TikTok videos to showcase my booth, the convention, and to just have some fun, I took a lot of photos. To give you a sense of what the convention was like, here are a bunch of them! Enjoy.
“OMG YOU GUYS it has come to my attention that SOMEONE on the internet is saying that my fictional 19th century zombies are NOT SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. Naturally, I am crushed. To think, IF ONLY I’d consulted with a zombologist or two before sitting down to write, I could’ve avoided ALL THIS EMBARRASSMENT.” ~