It’s a slow process, but I’m typing up the notes bit by bit. One or two panels a night, and I’ll get there eventually. It’s nice going through the notes and typing them up – I’m experiencing the panels all over again as I go. It’s helping me to really absorb and internalize the things I learned during ECCC.
Using those ECCC lessons, I’m slowly working on a (very) short Exalted fic, which will be posted here as soon as it’s finished. And then I’ll write something else, but who knows what.
Another Hero is one good writing day away from being in its third alpha iteration. Soon as it’s done, it’ll be up here and I’ll be seeking out playtesters to see how well it works. Once it’s to that stage, I want to have a few games run and get some feedback before I tinker with it, so it’ll be time to start prototyping something else. I’ve got a couple ideas, so it’ll come down to whichever one gets formed enough to play a little with first.
So, I made a bit of a mistake. I assumed I’d be able to type up my notes quickly, but I honestly took a lot more than I thought I did. As a result, in order to be able to have time to do other things, I’ll be taking a few days to type up the notes. Because I don’t want to wait forever to post anything, I’ve uploaded what I have so far. It’s right here.
I’ll be adding all of the panelist names to the write ups when I get to the end. For now, I want to make sure to mention the two panelists I learned the most from: Michael A Stackpole and Peter Orullian.
Stackpole has been a hero of mine since I read the first Rogue Squadron book, and his work I, Jedi forms the way I think of the Jedi, instead of the umm… stuff that was presented in Episodes 1-3. His panel on story was the highlight of my ECCC 2015 experience, and getting to meet him in person was awesome.
Peter Orullian was honestly unknown to me prior to meeting him in the panel on Heavy Metal Fantasy, but I learned a ton from him about Heavy Metal, Fantasy, and how the two intersect. He said a lot of things that floated around formless in the back of my mind for a long time, and even more that I didn’t know about before. I’m really looking forward to reading his works.
Well, that’s all for now. I have some writing to do before I get too tired.
This was an incredible ECCC. In the past, I’ve made the mistake of trying to half-ass projects at the last minute. This year, I went in knowing I didn’t have anything ready to put on our table, and instead attended a large number of panels to help me learn how to be ready for next year (and more importantly, what to do and how to develop myself and my ideas between now and next year). I had a chance to learn from some of the best, and I took meticulous notes so that the lessons won’t be lost forever.
It’s worth noting, I was there as a spiritual part of Hedge Haus. Like I said, I came to terms with the fact that I didn’t have anything ready to go this year. Our table was surrounded by some excellent people. Next to us was Fiendish Thingy Art, some very lovely people and excellent artists. Across from us was the wonderful Timid Cryptid, who I’ve seen for the last few years and just finally bought something from and talked to. I certainly should have done that sooner. And a last mention should be made to Boum and her fantastic comics. If you haven’t read them (or heard of them, as I sadly hadn’t before this weekend), go check them out.
Tomorrow, I’ll put up a link to my typed up notes, but for today, I figured I would buckle down and get some sort of post up here. I’ll make sure to talk about the panelists in tomorrow’s post. More on things tomorrow, it’s time to type notes.