Amazing Stories Review of Charisma +1

CharismaAMAZING STORIES put up a great review for Charisma +1 this morning.

Selected Quotes:

“…this book will be a handy reminder of what you already know plus a few things you hadn’t thought about, all presented with a humorous coating that makes it easier to digest.”

Charisma +1 manages to succeed where much of the ongoing discussion does not, primarily because the author uses humor rather than browbeat the reader with a harshly presented list of dos and don’ts.”

“Another thing Ms. Brawner does well is to not single out one subset of people – everyone can use good manners.”

“At 96 pages, Charisma +1 is not a comprehensive guide covering all situations, nor does it claim to be, but what it does do is put readers at ease, helping them feel comfortable in their own actions and in how to react in unpleasant situations. Jessica Brawner’s Charisma +1: The Guide to Convention Etiquette for Gamers, Geeks, and the Socially Awkward is available from WordFire Press.”

Read the full review here

COSine Recap

The weekend flew by at a breakneck pace, and doesn’t seem to have slowed down now that Monday has arrived. I had a great time at COSine. It was nice to finally put a face to a name for Keven Ikenberry and J.Nathaniel Cortes, and as always, it was great to see all of the usual suspects.

I got some great feedback on the cover for Booking the Library, so it will be delayed by another few weeks while I make changes and wait for a new proof copy (But it will look significantly better, so overall it’s a plus.) And then I need to finish formatting the Story of the Month Club anthology for 2014.

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Sewing kit and arm protection in one!

Here are a few photos from around the con:photo 1 photo 3


Cosine January 23-25, 2015

Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center
2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: 719-576-5900

I will be at Cosine this weekend down in Colorado Springs! I’ll have a table in the dealer’s room with all of my nifty books, as well as subscriptions to Story of the Month Club. I’ll also be on some cool panels. Check out the list below, then stop by and say hello!


5:00 – 6:00 pm Media Reboots: Breathing New Life into Old Shows

With TV and movie writers rarely able to think up new ideas, the reboot of an old popular TV show or movie has become increasingly popular. Which ones have worked or failed? What would you do if given the chance to reboot an old show? Which series or movie is ripe for rebooting?

Panelists: David Boop, Jessica Brawner, Nikki Hohl, Thea Hutcheson, Cary Quinn (M)


2:00 – 3:00 pm British Science Fiction: Books and Media

Doctor Who and its spinoff Torchwood have been very popular in the US for many years. What British SF is worth reading or watching? Does it differ from American science fiction at all?

Panelists: Jessica Brawner (M), Nikki Hohl, Dina Leacock, Paul Lell, Cary Quinn


11:00 – 12:00 pm NaNoWriMo

National novel writing month happens in November every year, and is a challenge to write a novel of 50,000 words in a month. It has its own website and participants from around the world. What is it like to participate in? Do books written for NaNoWriMo get published? Does it help with motivation? How much support is offered once you have finished writing?

Panelists: Jessica Brawner, Thea Hutcheson, Kevin Ikenberry, Nathan Lowell, Sheila McClune (M), Shelly Wright


I decided to take a quick little vacation to visit a friend down in Austin for the weekend, and so far it’s proving to be delightful. So far we’ve had an Animaniacs marathon, watched more movies than I can count, and today went and saw Paddington at the theater.

As always with Austin there is a plethora of good food, and a tradition my friend and I have of visiting the Crown and Anchor next to the University of Texas Campus.

Tomorrow – The Hobbit marathon, and then Sunday, family day. Not much work getting done I’m afraid, but the rest and relaxation is doing me a world of good, and I look forward to getting back to the grind on Monday.


Whirlwind New Year

2015 has started off with a flash and a bang, and has me holding on by the seat of my pants already! There are many things coming down the pipeline, including a sooper secret *shhhhh* project that I hope to announce in the next week or two.

I’ve also joined a group with the goal of 52 stories in 52 weeks. The story for the first week of January has already been submitted to a contest, so *finger’s crossed*.

In addition to that madness, I hope to have the 2014 Story of the Month Club Anthology edited and put together, and out by mid February. All of that is of course on top of my full time job and my part time job, both of which are starting to look insane for the spring. If you see me sucking my thumb, rocking back and forth in a corner around mid May, just drop off a pint of ice cream and a spoon and back away slowly.

It’s going to be a wild ride!