I am looking forward to the upcoming comic cons! *Note: If I receive a notice that upcoming events are being canceled, I will post an update.
I have added two new events to the list below – Planet Funk Con and The ST. Louis Mighty Con.
Anticipated book release for the 2020 holiday season
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Upcoming Event Reminders:
Concealed Realms will be at the Quad Cities Mighty Con in Rock Island, IL. This Comic Con takes place March 14th and 15th at the Quad Cities Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL.
Concealed Realms will be participating in the Dupage Mighty Con. This event takes place at the Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL on Saturday May 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We will be participating at Planet Funk Con 2020! This event takes place from June 26th – June 28th and will be held at the TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf, IA. To learn more visist: planetfunkcon.com
We will be returning to The Madison Comic Con! This event takes place Sunday, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Exhibit Hall, 1 John Nolan Drive, Madison WI.
Concealed Realms will be at the ST. Louis Mighty Con! This Mighty Con event will take place on July 18th and July 19th at the St. Charles Convention Center.
Concealed Realms will be at Quad Con Iowa City on September 26th. This event takes place at the Coralville Marriott Conference Center.
We will be participating in Oddmall: Hallowondrous on October 16-17, 2020. The event takes place at Lakewood Masonic Temple – 15300 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
“A book is the only shuttle service that carries one safely to another dimension and back”-Vishal Singh, The Himalayan Kingdoms
“Myths, whether in written or visual form, serve a vital role of asking unanswerable questions and providing unquestionable answers. Most of us, most of the time, have a low tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. We want to reduce the cognitive dissonance of not knowing by filling the gaps with answers. Traditionally, religious myths have served that role, but today – the age of science-science fiction is our mythology.”-Michael Shermer
“The vampire was real. It was only that his true story had never been told.” -Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories
“I understood something then. My sister might be twice the goddess I was, but I was twice the witch. Her crumbling trash could not help me.” -Madeline Miller, Circe
“When they told him this, Ransom at last understood why mythology was what it was — gleams of celestial strength and beauty falling on a jungle of filth and imbecility.” -C.S. Lewis, Perelandra
“Myths have a very long memory.” -Bryan Sykes, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
“But a myth, to speak plainly, to me is like a menu in a fancy French restaurant: glamorous, complicated camouflage for a fact you wouldn’t otherwise swallow, like maybe lima beans.” -William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
“Oral myths are closer to the genetic conclusions than the often ambiguous scientific evidence of archaeology.” -Bryan Sykes, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
“In myth, violent death is always justified.” -René Girard
“I lift up my voices and shatter the night with my emptiness, my heartlessness. With nothing now to bind me, the world is a hunting ground. -Scylla” -Zachary Mason, Metamorphica
Definition of Prompt:
Verb “to move or induce to action”
Adjective “done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.”
Verb “to assist (one acting or reciting) by suggesting or saying the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned”
Adjective “being ready and quick to act as occasion demands”
Stuck on your story? trying to develop a new scene, or character? Need an idea to get the juices flowing to help you get started?
Once you begin writing thousands of words every day, even if you already have a topic in mind, there can be times that you don’t know where to start or the right words just seem to elude you.
Writing prompts can be a great tool to help defeat writer’s block and get that pen moving across the paper.
What are writing prompts?
A writing prompt can be a single word, a whole phrase, or even a picture. The categories are limitless. The topic is meant to inspire and get you to focus, so that you can start to jot down ideas. You can stick strictly to the subject of the prompt or let your mind wander. The choice is yours.
Why use writing prompts?
Think of it like an exercise for your imagination. Allowing yourself to brainstorm different scenarios can encourage you toward a greater productive energy. Even if you don’t end up writing about the prompt in the end, they can be perfect for beginning a new novel, short story idea, or simply giving your writing muscles a workout.
Writing Prompt examples:
- The single word prompt –
With just one word you have have unlimited possibilities. First find a word that fits your creative mood. It could anything, a color, a place, a thing, or an emotion. How you interoperate the word is entirely up to you.
Here are a couple of ideas for how you can use them to spark ideas:
- Write about the thoughts and feelings that the word conjures.
- Use the word to find related quotes that you like.
- Use the word to sketch the image it draws up in your head.
“She didn’t just resemble me. I’m telling you, she was an exact duplicate!”
She wanted to get on with the here and now, but the regret would seep in at quiet moments, demanding her attention.
- The phrase prompt-
An idea or phrase that introduces a writing topic to focus on. They can take many different forms, below are three short examples.
Everyone was afraid of Mrs. Williams.
It wasn’t just me, everyone was afraid of Mrs. Williams. Perhaps it was because every time she opened her mouth to speak, her voice sounded like a knife scratching a plate or maybe it was her hunched back and pointed nose that sent a shiver down our spines…
“Your hands are just as dirty.”
“Your hands are just as dirty.”
“How dare you say that! I had no choice in the matter.”
“No choice? Is that what you have to tell yourself to get through the day?”
If a wizard could tell you anything about your future, what would you like to know?
If a wizard could tell me anything about my future, I would ask what would become of my dear sweet pidgin after they cart me off to the big house.
- Photo Prompt-
Image-driven prompts are photographs or illustrations that invite a variety of written responses.
I saw the man on the airplane wing just as clearly as I saw the woman next to me blow her nose and drop the used tissue down onto the floor.
Emily stared at the bookshelves in astonishment. It would take months to read them all. She wondered how she had ever agreed to such a challenge, sight unseen.
The river was partially frozen. At the edge of the shore where the cold water splashed against the rocks, pointy tipped ice crystals protruded at odd angles, forming tiny forests above the surface.
Writing prompt generators:
Prompts can encourage you to write something great, or give you the confidence and inspiration to start planning your next idea. There are many lists of writing prompts available online, you can also create your own, or you could try a prompt generator. There are several types of writing prompt generators. These tools produce writing prompt ideas and story starters. Most of the ones I have come across are relatively fun and easy to use.
I also found a few other generators that looked pretty interesting. How about a story generator, plot generator, or opening line generator? You can check them out by clicking the blue links below.
Opening Line Generator: generator.org.uk- opening-line
Story Generator: generator.org.uk -story
Plot Generator: plot-generator.org.uk
All sorts of fun generators here: languageisavirus.com
Often, the hardest part about writing is actually starting, even if you know your plot, your characters, and have dialogue floating around in your head.
When you’re stuck on a project and it feels like you may never get over that hump, remember writer’s block happens all of us at one point or another. Don’t let yourself get discouraged. Tackle that subject with vigor and determination.
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