GeekOut Media’s Bristol Local Guide – March 2018

At GeekOut Media, we look out for the very best events that are taking place in the coming weeks and months. Recently, I managed to hear about some pretty cool events, all of which can be found via Facebook. So, if you’re looking for something to do at the end of the month, then check out our local guide to three Bristol events. If you’re a geek of any sort, there may be an event that suits you within this article, so do read on and at the end of the article, if you know of any other events happening in Bristol that you think should be mentioned, then drop us a comment!

At GeekOut Media, we look out for the very best events that are taking place in the coming weeks and months. Recently, I managed to hear about some pretty cool events, all of which can be found via Facebook. So, if you’re looking for something to do at the end of the month, then check out our local guide to three Bristol events. If you’re a geek of any sort, there may be an event that suits you within this article, so do read on and at the end of the article, if you know of any other events happening in Bristol that you think should be mentioned, then drop us a comment!

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BristolCon 2017

The annual sci-fi and fantasy convention based in the heart of Bristol, BristolCon is a great time out for all fans of literature and art. Whether you’re a fan of large or small authors, or if you want new sci-fi and fantasy inspired art pieces to display around your humble abode, this is the event for you. BristolCon, coming on October 28th, is a fun-filled one day event with interesting panels, local authors and artists and much more. If you’re a sci-fi/fantasy geek, then read on for more as you will want to check this out!

The annual sci-fi and fantasy convention based in the heart of Bristol, BristolCon is a great time out for all fans of literature and art. Whether you’re a fan of large or small authors, or if you want new sci-fi and fantasy inspired art pieces to display around your humble abode, this is the event for you. BristolCon, coming on October 28th, is a fun-filled one day event with interesting panels, local authors and artists and much more. If you’re a sci-fi/fantasy geek, then read on for more as you will want to check this out!

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BristolCon 2015

That’s it, BristolCon 2015 has been and gone already. If you blinked, you would have definitely missed it. So what went down in this years’ event? Read on to find out more.

That’s it, BristolCon 2015 has been and gone already. If you blinked, you would have definitely missed it. So what went down in this years’ event? Read on to find out more.

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Cosplay Post – You’re A Wizard, Timlah

All of these conventions are sneaking up on us as of late, however it’s come to my attention that next week, on Saturday 26th, it’s BristolCon! This marks the third year I’ve attended this event, which is a really fun local Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention. There’s some interesting talks, a lot of nice merchandise and an art room to go with it. Couple this with the fact we’re right next to a bar at all times as well (… I’m saying nothing about hanging about at the bar, it’s not like last year we had a huge game or two of Zombie Fluxx there or anything, ) I like to make use of my time as a cosplayer.

All of these conventions are sneaking up on us as of late, however it’s come to my attention that next week, on Saturday 26th, it’s BristolCon! This marks the third year I’ve attended this event, which is a really fun local Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention. There’s some interesting talks, a lot of nice merchandise and an art room to go with it. Couple this with the fact we’re right next to a bar at all times as well (… I’m saying nothing about hanging about at the bar, it’s not like last year we had a huge game or two of Zombie Fluxx there or anything, ) I like to make use of my time as a cosplayer.

Why? I dunno. I just enjoy this stuff. So with that said, what am I going to BristolCon as?

BristolCon 2015

I can’t remember for the life of me if I’ve mentioned it, but it’s time to retire Oskar. He’s been great and I’m sure in the not too distant future he’d be fantastic to return to the world, but his old bones are weak and weary now. It’s time to look towards the future and decide what will become my latest casual cosplay? I’ve got one… And it’s another Original Character. Whereas Oskar was developed from an existing character (Oscar Kass), this one I wanted to make completely unique, a definitely unique costume.

For all of the Facebook and some of the Twitter fans of GeekOut, you may have noticed I’ve been tweeting and posting about a wizard hat. After all, to debut a new costume at BristolCon, a fantasy convention, it’d make sense to make it relevant to Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Last years BristolCon, I went dressed as Twoflower. It’s only fitting then that this year, I go as a Wizard. For those unfamiliar with Discworld and The Colour of Magic, Twoflower is a tourist and he travels with Rincewind the wizard. Instead of going as Rincewind himself, I decided to make a character somewhat inspired by his antics.

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So to be a wizard, I need a wizards hat. There it is above. Want to know how I made it? It’s pretty simple… But pay attention to the equation part!

  1. Material; I used Pleather. Felt is the traditional material of choice for this type of hat. The pleather gave this a really extra floppy feel which was kind of my goal.
  2. Thread & Needle; I used a matching thread, but later I went over it again with a black thread so it stood out.
  3. Pattern Paper; I just used normal paper and taped them together. It worked wonders!
  4. Scissors, craft knife, a pen (or chalk, depending on your preference.)
  5. Measuring tape, Ruler

Material cost: I bought several metres worth of pleather for £10. I didn’t even use 1 metre for this. This hat cost approximately £4 to make.

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Some of the things you’ll need!

First, get your measuring tape and let’s figure out how we’ll make the pattern:

  1. Measure around your forehead for your heads circumference. Add some extra on for how low on the head you want it to sit. You do not want it to be the exact size of your head, as it will barely fit. Write down your heads circumference and any give. anything between half an inch to one and a half works wonders. I put up half an inch extra.
  2. Figure out how wide you want the brim. I decided to add 4 inches for the brim.
  3. You can suss out the brim circumference if you want, I found it didn’t matter too much.
  4. Find your heads radius: That’s half of your heads circumference (with the extra give you gave in step 1.)
  5. Figure out how tall you want your ‘peak’, that’s the long pointy bit!

For a better explanation of how this works, I’d highly recommend this page, which has some amazing information about the maths behind making the hat. Once you’ve finished writing all this down, you’ll be making two patterns: One for the peak and one for the brim.

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The peak is interesting to make the pattern for. You need to think that you’re making a whole cone. You need to make what is close to three quarters of a full circle, which seems like a bizarre thing to do… But the reason is simply that you’ll be folding the peak on itself to sew it up. You’ll notice my brim (the big circle) didn’t have a hole in it: This comes afterwards. I used my craft knife to score out the part and it popped out quite easily. I used scissors when I was unsure of how well the knife scored it. I also used the scissors to cut out the main shapes.

When you go to sew the peak, remember to sew the “wrong way”, as when you’re finished, the untidy bits of your sewing should be on the inside. If you’re going to use pleather, I might advice that you use a lining of some kind. I didn’t mind so much, I personally prefer it without lining, but I’d probably recommend a simple lining for the brim. It would make it look a lot tidier. But heck, my guy is an accidental wizard.

A book for all budding wizards
A book for all budding wizards

With two pieces now, you need to sew them together. The way I did it is probably not the recommended way, but: I used some extra room I left on the bottom of the peak (the hem) and pinned it to the brim. Then I sewed the peak to the brim by sewing along the hem and whallah. I had a pointy wizards hat! Well then, that’s that.

Couple this with my blue robes, commonly used with Oskar and armed with a brand new book (That I made), I’ve just got one thing remaining: I need a wizardly weapon. Y’know I already have one..? Cast your mind back to this image:

DSC_0537You might notice what appears to be a large stave of kinds and you’d be correct. I already had a staff made up, which was the basis for the scythe. The staff needs a tiny bit of love (some duct tape sounds good) and we’re good to go. Therefore, by reusing things I already have, this costume has cost me no more than £4 to make. Bargain cosplaying if there ever has been some!

Well, that’s it folks. There’ll be pictures of Timlah, the Accidental Wizard no doubt some time after BristolCon is over. For now though, we roll onto Saturday. I’m looking forward to the event and hopefully people will get a bit of a chuckle out of my attire. If you’d like to make your own for Dummies book, please check out this website, a generator. As a warning, there’s a small watermark on the printed page, but it’s not so bad. I’d recommend doing what I did which is copying the embed code into a text file and adding <html><body></body></html> tags around it. Change the size to something more appropriate (I chose 1024 x 768) and then display that on screen and print it. That was, for some reason, the only way it would get larger for me.

That’s all, the Accidental Wizard is about ready to go. Let me know what you thought in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. The costume has taken no more than 4 hours to make and at just £4 to make the hat..? This was one of the easiest decisions and simplest costumes I’ve ever worked on. This will become my future casual cosplay pieces. Keep your eyes out over the coming weeks whilst I work on my horror Original Character, Ashe.

What’s New In GeekOut – August to September ’15

We have had another highly successful GeekOut Bristol Meet on Saturday night, you can read more about this here. Now we must start to look towards the next month here on GeekOut, discuss some of our future plans and actually get some comments from all of you. There’s a lot of projects that Joel and I are working on, to try and bring you bigger and better content. Honestly, this has become a second (voluntary) job for us both – and we love it.

We have had another highly successful GeekOut Bristol Meet on Saturday night, you can read more about this here. Now we must start to look towards the next month here on GeekOut, discuss some of our future plans and actually get some comments from all of you. There’s a lot of projects that Joel and I are working on, to try and bring you bigger and better content. Honestly, this has become a second (voluntary) job for us both – and we love it.

Cardiff Anime and Gaming Convention – 22nd-23rd August

Party down

This coming week, on Saturday and Sunday, come find me working on the Press team over at Cardiff Anime Convention. You may catch me taking pictures of the event after he’s off shift, so if you see a skeleton running around taking pictures, then that’s likely me! Just poke me in the ribs and let me know “GeekOut sent us!” Though if I get poked too much, I may end up on the floor, a crying mess as I’ve taken too much rib poking… Poke responsibly people.

If you’re in Wales or you’re close by, such as the South-West of England, why not consider coming to the event? It’s only £14 for the full weekend, or £10 for Saturday and £9 for the Sunday!

GeekOut Newsletter – September 1st?

GeekOut Newsletter

I have been really hard at work on a brand new monthly newsletter, which’ll have some unique articles, some photos that aren’t on the website and much more. We hope to find people of interesting geeky trades to include on our Newsletter as advertisement, but not for a little while yet. We’re going to begin letting people register for the newsletter near the end of this month, where we’ll welcome any initial feedback with open arms.

We’re trialling the newsletter as of today with a few people we’ve asked. More information on this when we’ve got more information. Please note the above slogan is just a joke one in the interim, but I… Kinda like it.

GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 11th

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You all know it makes sense, fellow Bristolians. It’s time to reveal next months GeekOut Bristol Meet, which will take place on Friday 11th September. Whilst we’ll have much of the same, here’s what the people who will attend next months meetup will have to look forward to:

  • Book/Comic Swap
  • £20 Challenge – Super Mario Bros. (Score competition)
  • Cosplayers
  • Food (at the Old Market Tavern)
  • Traditional Games

So come along for next months events if you find yourself around Bristol for a fun Friday night. From 6pm until closing time at the Old Market Tavern. Check our Meetup page for more information on the event, or you can check our Facebook page, where the event is published to as well.

BristolCon – 26th September

BristolCon 2015

Of course, at the end of September, I’m also going to be taking my fellow Bristol geeks back to BristolCon for the third year in a row. I’m hoping to see some great panels and to pick up some good books and comics in the process. Perhaps some merch?

As always, we’ll then take off at the end to go and play some traditional games in a local pub… And perhaps I’ll get dressed up once more. Because there’s nothing quite like getting dressed up, when you’re surrounded by a bunch of bewildered authors wondering “why is this strange man dressed like that?” Who knows, perhaps a costume can be a work of inspiration to an author one day… I mean one day.

And much more!

So thanks for sticking with us through all this time, we love delivering insights to these sorts of events. Hopefully our articles will sway you all to join us to some of these events at some point in the near future. Also, whilst we’re on the subject of events, at the end of August, we’ll be looking into registering for AmeCon for next year, which’ll take place in the Warwick Arts Centre. This has some extreme significance to me, as this is where Ayacon, the first convention I attended was set… and the seeds of GeekOut were sewn in my mind from then.

There are so many projects we’re working through, so thanks for being here for us guys. We seriously love chatting to every one of you. So, do us a favour and chat to us in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter! Speak soon!

Happy New Year from Timlah

Me and Joel discussed what we would do for our Happy New Year post, welcoming in 2015 and we decided we’d split up and do a separate post. Once you’ve finished reading my post, please do go check out Jaberwock Joel the Jemmy’s look at the year ahead of us. Yes, I just called Joel a nonsense crowbar because he’s great at bludgeoning the rubbish out of the best of us. Including me, it would seem. To think, I’ve not even begun my new years celebrations yet.

We could have done these posts on New Years Day itself, I mean you’d think that’d be a better way to welcome in the new year, right? But no… We figured we’d look at what was going to be a fantastic year coming up, offering what we’re most looking forward to and what we’re hoping to achieve this year.

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My 2015 plans

Let’s begin with the thing that really made GeekOut South-West come into existence: Conventions.

So far, I’ve got 5 conventions in the works for 2015:

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London Anime and Gaming Con this February – I’ll be on the reception team, so please do swing by if you’re going to that event and please say hello to me. I’d love to see you there and you should join the Shonen Heroes team, since heck – I am an awesome hero there. Not only this, some of the GeekOut South-West group will be there at London Anime and Gaming Con! Come make yourselves known to us.

Rezzed

After LAGC, I’ll be attending EGX Rezzed with the 1001-Up crew. I’ll be there as a member of press and I’ll make every effort to go and speak to anyone and everyone about upcoming games. Not only this though, I’ll be speaking to the cosplayers of EGX Rezzed and let’s see what I can throw together for my part of the deal. Hurrah for Rezzed!

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Next up, I’ve got Kitacon, where I will be joining Joel and many others. Originally Kitacon was going to be available for registration as of January 1st at midday, but they have suffered a technical set-back. Nevermind, the team were diligent enough to tell us in advance that this has been pushed back to Thursday 8th at 18:00. So please do come join in and come meet up with me and Joel! We’ll… Sign your… Things..? Wait, that’s the silliest idea ever! But do come and make yourselves known to us and chat geek with us!

Then there’s a combination of Cardiff Anime Convention in August and then Bristol Anime Convention in October. I believe I will be the head of the registrations team for the Bristol Anime Convention and I will be on the registrations team again for Cardiff, so please do come and say hello – Yes, GeekOut South-West are officially involved with conventions now! We’re super excited to be bringing some smaller, local conventions to the scene!

BristolCon 2015

Last but certainly not least there’s BristolCon which I intend to take the group to once more. It’s a fantastic experience and I’m considering doing a panel on Sci-Fi and Cosplay. If you can make it to Bristol and this sounds interesting to you, please let me know in the comments below, or if you think there’s a topic I’d be better suited for that should be covered, let me know! I think the local Bristol conventions need to be made aware of the presence of cosplay, why we do it and more importantly: How it can help any/all geeky scenes out there.

What about GeekOut’s plans?

Some of these things I have been keeping close to my chest, so close that maybe even Joel doesn’t know of some of it… So here we go:

Expansion..?

One thing about blogging is you have to pay close attention to the demand for your website. Whilst we’re not quite ready yet to be moving to self-hosting, it’s an option that’s ahead of GeekOut South-West. We’re looking towards a bright future, but this means we’ll need to move to our own hosting service. I’m keen to stick to WordPress, but moving away from the WordPress.com platform will be a big leap. We’ll see if we make it there in time next year.

You’d have noticed if you’re a regular reader of this website that we had an advent calendar which wasn’t so spectacular. The original idea was to have windows set up for each and every day, so that every day it would open automatically and show the post behind it. There was no way to do this via our current WordPress hosted server, so if we want to do anything as ambitious as that in future, we’ll seriously need to consider moving to the .org platform.

Mobile development

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Anyone who has seen our mobile website will be aware it’s not the prettiest one in the world. It’s pretty ugly. So I’m working on making mobile more optimised and better looking for everyone, as well as looking at potential other avenues for mobile technologies to get involved, perhaps with integrated Meetup features.

I’ll keep everyone informed as to what’s happening, of course!

More content

Yep, this one was a given, but it’s important to note that we’ll be keeping our posting schedule up as hard and as fast as we have been. We believe geek culture has so much to discuss, so we want to chat about it all! We also wouldn’t mind getting more people guest posting for us, much like our friend Kevin Kutlesa has. Please do get involved if you feel you have an article that you want a platform to launch off of!

Also, do note: I’ll be doing a return soon. More on that later in the week.

 


 

What are your plans for the new year? Any resolutions that you have made? Anything particularly geeky that you’re interested in this coming year? As always, please comment below and remember to check out Joel’s New Years post!

BristolCon 2014 Gallery

Last Saturday was BristolCon 2014 and it was an excellent day out for everyone involved. So many authors under one roof, as well as some amazing artwork from seriously great artists like Julian Quaye it’s no wonder this might have been one of the best BristolCons to date… But to make it even better, the cosplay element of BristolCon is now slowly getting there. Seriously, I think cosplay might have suddenly become a major part of the whole geek scene, which I find awesome.

So, why not have a look through our gallery and see what there was to see!?

Last Saturday was BristolCon 2014 and it was an excellent day out for everyone involved. So many authors under one roof, as well as some amazing artwork from seriously great artists like Julian Quaye it’s no wonder this might have been one of the best BristolCons to date… But to make it even better, the cosplay element of BristolCon is now slowly getting there. Seriously, I think cosplay might have suddenly become a major part of the whole geek scene, which I find awesome.

So, why not have a look through our gallery and see what there was to see!?

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BristolCon 2014 is almost here

Tomorrow is the day for BristolCon 2014!

For another full day of sci-fi and fantasy fun, it’s time to go and get our book love on and this year, BristolCon is looking bigger and better than ever! Come see how it’s looking to be another great year for BristolCon!

Tomorrow is the day for BristolCon 2014!

For another full day of sci-fi and fantasy fun, it’s time to go and get our book love on and this year, BristolCon is looking bigger and better than ever!

It seems there’s going to be a panel for everyone, there’s a section dedicated to the Yōkai in Japanese culture, which is awesome for me! As well as that, there’s going to be some amazing readings by really talented authors and writers, panels on how to get into writing and much more. What’s more, the GeekOut South-West social group are going there to investigate, look around and chat! Come say hi to us!

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Writer Highlight – Joanne Hall

This week in our Writer Highlights, we speak to the wonderful Jo Hall. The Art of Forgetting is her current series of books, but wait… She is also an organiser for a local convention!? Come check out her amazing work in this awesome interview!

Writer Highlight

Today we have another awesome writer highlight, where we’re joined by the lovely Joanne Hall. Joanne is a Bristol, UK based writer who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few times before.

In fact, it’s fair to say that Jo has helped GeekOut South-West a lot in the past, so it’s truly an honour to have her on our humble little blog. So, without further adieu, here is Joanne’s interview!


Writer Highlight – Jo Hall

Q: Thanks for taking the time to join us on GeekOut South-West. First of all, would you mind introducing yourself for all of our wonderful readers?

A: Hello lovely readers! I’m Jo – I’m a serial event-organiser, fantasy author, editor, greyhound mum and lover of all things geeky. I live in North Bristol and like chocolate (and gifts of chocolate), and you can find me blogging at www.hierath.co.uk

The lovely Jo Hall!
The lovely Jo Hall!


Q: You’re a writer, who has released a brilliant book called Rider, which is book one in a two part novel called The Art of Forgetting. What was the inspiration behind writing Rider/The Art of Forgetting?

A: The Art of Forgetting is one book in two volumes, Rider and Nomad and it’s in two volumes because, George RR Martin style, it was just too darn long to be published as one book. The inspiration behind it came from a loose thread left hanging at the beginning of an earlier series of books I had written (soon to be republished by Kristell Ink). I had a character, Rhodri, whose story was left unfinished, and the Art of Forgetting takes up his story and concludes it. You don’t have to have read the earlier books to enjoy this one, though!


Q: As a writer, do you already have both of the books planned out in your head? Instead, do you like to have your ideas flow naturally? What’s the writing process like for you?

A: I’m a complete pantser, I only ever start plotting when I get halfway through a book, and I plot very loosely. I think half the fun of writing is seeing where the journey takes you when you wander off the path. With The Art of Forgetting, which was a very easy book to write and a very hard one to edit, I woke up one morning with the opening paragraphs almost fully formed in my head, and I had to get up and write them down before they escaped (I had actually been working on a completely different book at the time, and AoF ambushed me!).

I do like to have my ideas flow naturally; that way ideas lead to other ideas and the story reveals itself naturally. I think too much plotting can force the story into a shape it doesn’t want to be, and then it’s harder to write. But that’s just how I work; as with all creative endeavours, your mileage may vary wildly!

The first in the two part story: The Art of Forgetting. It's a wonderful read!
The first in the two part story: The Art of Forgetting. It’s a wonderful read!


Q: You also work on running a local annual convention called BristolCon. What was the inspiration behind starting BristolCon?

A: I blame BristolCon on one too many pints. I was having a pint with my late great friend Colin Harvey, and we were bemoaning the fact that, while Bristol is absolutely teaming with SFF writers, artists, enthusiastic geeky types (as you know!), we didn’t have our own convention.

So, being a little sozzled, we decided it would be fun to organise one, and when we sobered up, we still thought it would be fun, so we did it. The first year we ran for an afternoon and we had about 60 people turn up, and it kind of snowballed from there. Booze is a great inspiration…


Q: You’ve worked closely with several authors thanks to BristolCon and indeed your Bristol Sci-Fi/Fantasy meetups. What more can you tell us about the meetups?

A: The meetups take place approximately on the last Monday of every month in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, as they are the most accommodating pub in the Centre and they do the best lemon meringue pie and let us bring in cake and dogs and children if we need to. (Go there, say Hi, tell them I sent you!)

The meet-ups are very informal, it’s basically geeky types getting together and having a nice chat over a couple of pints. And we’re very welcoming. There’s a Facebook group if anyone wants to join!

Click the banner and magically be taken to the BristolCon website!
Click the banner and magically be taken to the BristolCon website!


Q: Have you attended any other kinds of conventions or just any other convention in general? What makes BristolCon different?

A: I’ve been to FantasyCon and World Fantasy Convention, and Microcon in Exeter, as well as Collectormania and Bristol Comic Con. Obviously things like Collectormania and the big commercial cons are very different; they’re more about buying goodies and getting autographs, whereas BristolCon is a lot smaller and more author-orientated, and a lot more chilled out – we don’t have a green room so everybody gets to hang out together in the bars.

It’s very relaxed and we do our best to make sure it’s a friendly atmosphere. It’s like a get-together with 300 friends, and we have panel discussions and signing and all kinds of evening entertainment. We pack a lot into the day, and it’s a lot of fun.


Q: You seem to be very active on social media. Would you say that social media is important for a modern writer?

A: Again, YMMV, but I think it’s important for me. I think if you’re on social media it’s easier to engage with other people in the profession. Writing can be quite an isolated job, and it’s helpful to be able to talk to other people in the same position and gain and provide encouragement to each other. You can find out what agents are looking for, which markets are open to submissions, what’s happening in publishing. Obviously you can find all that without the help of social media, but it’s much slower and more complicated.

The other thing about social media is it’s a great way of staying in touch with and chatting to fans. It means you’re easy to reach if you choose to be, you can organise casual give-aways or let people know what’s going on with your writing. (Mark Lawrence is someone who’s really good at the whole social media side of things). As long as you’re not always up in people’s faces shouting at them to buy your book, it can be really rewarding and a lot of fun, if a bit distracting sometimes. You need to know when to turn it off and actually do some writing ;)

If anyone wants to follow me on Twitter I’m @hierath77

Part two of The Art of Forgetting - Nomad!
Part two of The Art of Forgetting – Nomad!


Q: When the pen (or keyboard) is down and you’re just being you: What are you like as a person in general?

A: Laid-back, lazy, cake-loving. I enjoy reading and gaming and long walks with my equally-lazy dog. I’m quite shy and home-loving, despite the fact that most of my social life seems to revolve around the pub…


Q: Outside of writing now then, what are your interests? Do you have any particularly “geeky” hobbies like the rest of us?

A: I’m not very crafty, I wish I could make costumes but I’m biologically incapable. I like reading, films, games, TV, comics, all the good stuff ;) Con-running is very time consuming, but I think that’s probably my main geeky hobby; organising fun things for other geeky people!


Q: Final question now and we’d normally call this question the “Super Sensei Guru” question. Bare with me on that working title. A budding writer has come to you asking for advice on how to get
noticed and social media alone isn’t doing that. What do you think is the best way for a new author to get their name out there?

A: Start by writing a really great book. Then get involved in everything you can; come to events, offer to help out at events, offer to do panels, socialise with people and help to promote their stuff. It’s a kind of drip-feeding into people’s consciousness, it won’t happen overnight. It’s very rare that anyone writes the next Ancillary Justice or Harry Potter and suddenly achieves instant fame. Don’t jump up and down shouting “Look at Me!”, just be nice and get involved in your community as much as you feel able to. Even if you don’t sell squillions you will gain friends, and I think that’s more important than focussing on Amazon Sales graphs and follower numbers….

Thank you for having me!


We’d like to thank Joanne for taking the time to answer our questions and talk with us all today.

For the record, we at GeekOut South-West have spoken to Jo before and we’ve managed to get ourselves a nice discount on BristolCon providing we get a good enough number to join us (It’s looking good so far)!

If you’re interested in joining us at BristolCon, please check this post from Friday 19th September.

Have you ever been to a Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention yourself? What is the most important aspect of a book convention to you as a fan? As always, come join in the discussion and we’ll see you next time!

BristolCon

This post is simply me promoting a lovely upcoming convention in Bristol which, to me, looks awesome. Take what you will from this post, but if you’re at all into geekdom, this little event may be of interest to you :) For more information, visit http://www.bristolcon.org. Enjoy!

What is it?

BristolCon is a fantastic one day convention in Bristol, UK. Run by some lovely people, BristolCon looks to incorporate science fiction, fantasy and horror works. A dealers room, an art show and with a really cool programme set out for the one day. BristolCon have been running their conventions since 2009.

Where is it?

BristolCon this year is being held in the Doubletree Hotel (formerly the Ramada, a very short walk from Bristol Temple Meads). The convention is being held on 26th October 2013, starting at 9am, going on throughout to the night.

What do they do?

BristolCon incorpotate all different aspects of Sci-Fi fandom, including books, art and (my personal favourite point), steampunk themes! BristolCon naturally encompasses a geeky feel you get at all conventions, although this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants an excuse to experience something different for a day. This isn’t a convention where cosplaying is common, but as I was told: “Hey! Great! Come cosplay, it’ll be nice to see some costumes!” Awesome.

My verdict

Because you all really badly want my opinion of the subject, I think this is a real hidden gem in Bristol. With the exception of Bristol Comic Expo, I can’t think of much in Bristol in the way of conventions (Please do throw conventions my way, especially for anime/gaming conventions).

For the £20 entry fee, BristolCon, albeit small, is guarenteed to have something to interest you from a geeky point of view. Whatever your geekdom, give it a try folks. I likely will attend. Though, will I dress up?! Hm..!

Where can you find more?

Please visit their website at http://www.bristolcon.org where you can find more information for registration fees, location and just more information!

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with BristolCon. They seem like an awfully nice bunch with a great event!