MCBF FALL CON XL – Saturday, September 25th, 2021

I will be at MCBF Fall Con at the State Fair Grounds on September 25th. I will have my books and books from Queen of Swords Press as well!

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Preparing for the Future

I am spending this evening working on an author/artist plan (especially as it pertains to being an indie artist, but also for my more traditional stuff as well) to implement in 2022.

I’ll be 20 years into this phase as a writer/performer next year, and I feel that’s a good time to reassess and make plans about how to deliver my work to the widest range of readers and listeners possible, how to manage my intellectual property more effectively, how to cut out distractions to increase productivity, and how to manage and increase the time I spend on my art.

I will also be assessing the things that fill me up as both an artist and a person versus the things that drain me or cause roadblocks.

I have a lot to think about.

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Diversicon Schedule!

If you all want to stalk me this weekend. I’m easy to find. I’ll be the big guy in a loud shirt with a white cane.

Michael’s Diversicon 28 Program Schedule

Thursday, July 29:

6:30-7:45 pm DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis
Reading/Autographing/Reception by Diversicon 28 Guest of Honor Michael Merriam and Special Guest Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Except as noted, all subsequent items in Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Friday, July 30:

4:00-4:55 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Panel: Writing at Different Lengths
What are the challenges of writing from flash fiction to short story to novelette, novella and novel?
Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Michael Merriam

7:00-7:25 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Opening Ceremonies
Scott Lohman, MC: Michael Merriam, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Eric M. Heideman, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury in absentia.

7:30-8:25 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Guest of Honor, Michael Merriam Interview
interviewed by Scott Lohman

Saturday, July 31:

Noon-12:55 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Panel: Writing While Disabled
What are the unique challenges of writing while disabled? A look at technology, time management, and balancing energy levels when you are disabled and an artist. Will include a small survey of disabled authors working in the field today and some of their works.
Michael Merriam, mod; Eleanor Frisch

2:00-2:55 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Fiction Reading: Our guest of honor, Michael Merriam reads from his work.

5:00-5:25 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Massive Autographing: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Michael Merriam, et al.

SF Minnesota/Diversison Auction Mainstage (Studio 2)
7:00-7:30 pm Auction items available for inspection
7:30-8:20 pm Bidding: Round One
8:20-8:30 pm Auction Half-Time, incl. Flash Fiction Contest Winner
8:30-9:20 pm Bidding, Round Two
9:30 pm Krushenko’s Annex (Studio 6)

Sunday, August 1

11:00-11:55 am Mainstage (Studio 2)
Panel: The Roaring 20’s (and other decades). Writing in a historical setting. Tips and tricks for researching and writing SF/F in history. What do you keep? How do you decide what history you might change?
Micheal Merriam mod. Abra Staffin-Wiebe

3:00-3:55 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Panel: Disabled People in Fiction-Getting Past the Tropes
Why are so many disable people relegated to the three roles of “Wise Mentor Who Dies in Act II,” “Evil Villain of Evil” and “Sad Thing to be Fixed?” How do we move past these tropes and allow disabled characters to be both disabled and a main protagonist/hero of the story?
Michael Merriam, Mod.

5:00-5:30 pm Mainstage (Studio 2)
Closing Ceremonies: In which our guests get a chance to say their goodbyes. But wait! We still have…
Scott Lohman, MC; Michael Merriam, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Eric M. Heideman; Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov in absentia.

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DreamHaven Reading

Hey Everyone, just a little reminder that I will be reading, along with my dear friend Abra Staffin-Wiebe, at DreamHaven Books on Thursday July 29th. Details here!

And then, I will be Guest of Honor at Diversicon 28 – July 30th – August 1st, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Details here!

I really hope to see some of you there!

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A Study in Violet – Available to Buy!

You can get it here from Amazon in both a physical form or as an e-book.

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A Study in Violet

I will have new book coming out soon. Probably later this month. I will get you a buy link as soon as I have one. This is Book 4 in my Sixguns & Sorcery series, though it is actually the first book chronologically. But for now, just look at my lovely cover!

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New Poem Up!

Follow the link to read the angriest thing I’ve ever written.

Bang Bang Apple Pie

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New Story up at All-Worlds Wayfarer!

New story up at All-Worlds Wayfarer, in which I once again show my love of all things public transit.
Now Arriving on Track Four

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Upcoming Steampunk Reading and Discussion

Steampunk Reading and Discussion Logo

I will be part of a virtual steampunk reading and discussion on the 24th at 2:00 pm as part of virtual CONvergence.

CONvergence Online brings CONvergence squee to you—wherever you are! All CONvergence Online events are FREE. Panelists will read from and discuss steampunk.

Catherine Lundoff, publisher of swashbuckling steampunk adventure Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks

Michael Merriam, author of Weird West steampunk novella in the Sixguns & Sorcery universe.

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, author of post-apocalyptic steampunk novel A Circus of Brass and Bone

Tyler Tork, author of newly released steampunk mystery The Deep End.

(Free) Registration Here:

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Possibly My Only Public Appearance of the Year

I am a last minute addition to Cream and Amber’s Fall Mini-Market this Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Cream And Amber 1605 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343! Come out and buy items from local crafters, authors, etc in a safe and socially distanced event. I will be there wearing a mask and selling my books! There will deals and specials just for this event. I am sure Cream and Amber will have coffee and food and of course books inside the store. Check the website for how they are handling book shopping (I think it’s limited numbers in the store at one time)

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