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OutlantaCon May 8-10, 2015 Atlanta GA 
OutlantaCon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience!
You’ll find all the usual convention fare here–discussion panels, gaming, costuming,
special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer ‘bent’ to it. Here
you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you’re free to
be yourself! We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions
of Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea’s Drag Race (2011),
and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents…
Come to OutlantaCon May 8-10, 2015 at the Marriott Century Center
in Atlanta.
Venusian Airship Pirate
Trading Company 
One of the fun things about OutlantaCon is traipsing through
the Dealer’s Room and seeing all the cool goodies. This year, there is a wide range
of products available, everything from horns to steampunk to anime to games… Check
it out. Below is a taste of what’s to come.

Venusian Airship Pirate Trading Company

We take the finest available weaponry from each time and location
that our travels take us to, that are available. We then modify it to fit our peculiar
steampunk technology. We enjoy spreading happiness one gun at a time. To this date
we have never duplicated an item, making each one a individual work of art. Hence
our motto, “Distinctive Weaponry for the Discriminating Buyer.”

MisakiYuki Craft

Arts and Crafts supply store and costume shop in Gainesville,
GA. Owned by Kirstyn Lindsey and Keri Johnson. Art Freak and Costume Designers,
Craft Freaks

The Art of Benstigation

Ben Butler: I am a Texas raised, Atlanta based artist/graphic
designer. I am one of many and am looking to entertain with light shock and crazy
thoughts.

Seafaring Steampunk

A lot of my pieces are simply just found items that I’ve put
to a better use – steampunkery! I dismantle clocks and watches, and buy other parts
from flea markets and thrift stores and the like. Because of this, very few of my
pieces can be reproduced. So hurry up and get your one-of-a-kind stuff!

Empire Valley Series

A book series by author Ellie Collins.
After the government is forced to accept the existence of supernatural
creatures, they are rounded up, imprisoned and shipped off to an island to live
out the rest of their days, forbidden to leave or to ever have contact with humanity
again. As seemingly random acts of violence break out across the island, the seeds
of rebellion begin to take root.
Sophia Desai, a Shapeshifter, is an officer on the island, processing
new arrivals and pushing papers. When she begins the investigation of a strange
murder, she begins to see the true dark side of their home, and of the people who
put them there.

Huntress Light Designs

Designs of the fantastical and spiritual.
The artist known as HuntressLight is also called “Kemi”
on forum sites. She makes her living as an Administrative Professional, but art
and tinkering are in her DNA. She keeps her soul fulfilled with crafting costume
props and creating digital artwork. She’s also a writer but that’s a whole ‘nother
story. Prosthetic Horns, original jewelry, belts and bracers, collars and cuffs,
puches and purses, plus much more.
Titan Games and Comics 

Titan Games and Comics

Titan Games and Comics is the Atlanta area’s premier collectibles
chain selling comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, collectable figures, RPG’s
and board games. Two great locations and friendly, helpful staff make your experience
an enjoyable one.
Duluth location
Smyrna location

Games Well Played

Well Played is in the business of connecting people through the
fun of games. We help you find new favorites and teach you to play in the comfort
of your home.
Well Played Games will provide demo games all weekend at OutlantaCon
of new and classic games for you as well as have them available to buy if you love
them.
Last year’s gaming table 
OutlantaCon’s game room is open 24 hours a day. In it are a huge
selection of board and card games for you fun needs including tabletop, RPG, and
board games.

Social Media for the Convention

Location 2015 Marriott Century Center Atlanta http://www.outlantacon.org/#!location/cp0k
OutlantaCon May 8-10, 2015 

A post by Edward deGruy, OutlantaCon’s PR Chair for 2015.

Ignore that queen behind the curtain.
Ready for a panel  
What day is it? Is the convention coming
or going? Hard to tell anymore. Still so much to be done to get this OutlantaCon
thing going.
So why do we do it?
Easy. Because once you have put on
your own convention you never want to do anything else. Real life just becomes the down time to another convention.
We know the thrills of people crowding
in a room to get their geek on. We know the cheers when the big guest comes on stage.
The smiles of kids and kids at heart meeting their TV/movie hero. The nods as people
find out the reasons behind their favourite stories and novels. Finding that perfect
gift or compliment to a costume in the dealers room or art show. Aspiring writers
getting that final push they needed to finish that story they have been working
on for years.
We know the pains of making sure the
contracts for the space are right. Learning all the social media programs and apps
to make sure everyone knows about your convention and the pain of hearing after
the weekend “You had who? Your convention is about what? I have never heard
of you and I am a huge fan of .” The infinite problems that happen the weekend of. You know
“Ummmm….that room for that panel is 70 feet from the other panel room. That
is TOO far to walk.”
The Match Game in process
There is a process to it. One most
never think about. The bulk of people just assume hotels come to you. “Please
come use our space. For free. No. Better yet we will pay YOU to have your con here.”
Ummmm…not so much. Hotel contacts with stuff like room rates and blocks. Food and
beverage minimums. Tech orders for projectors, pipe and drape and dongles for computers.
Yes. We said dongle. We had to learn what that is.
So you get everything right with the
hotel. Yay!!!! How the hell do we get people to want to come now? Anybody know anything
about PR? Oh you? What? Wait….you want to get paid to do our PR? You think we have
money? No one has even bought a ticket yet. Well how about we do it ourselves? What
is Twitter anyway?
Wait. Who is our guest going to be?
What? We have to pay them? Half now? No one has bought a ticket yet! Frell. Ok.
I will write the check. ::grumble::
Hotel. Check.
PR. Check.
Guest. Check.
Cool. People are excited and buying
tickets. But no rooms. How are we supposed to make our room commitment? Nervous
now. I might throw up.
Luckily Lauren and her crew is handling
our con suite so our convention goers can save some money and eat a bit for free.
Whew. What do you mean she is having a baby then and cannot do it anymore? What!!??
Ok. That real life thing has struck again.
We will figure it out. No worries.
Say What…?!
Well at least the t-shirts are on the
way and that will be awesome. What is this email? They will not arrive now till
AFTER THE CONVENTION!!!!  Definitely throwing
up now.
Programming. Anybody got any ideas for panels? Should we
have them on the hour? Hour and a half? Our main guest will only do one panel?
Between 10am and 2pm. Right. Ok. No problem. Oh cool we have 5 guests that want
in on the “One-Eyed Trouser Trouts and Pink Tacos: Euphemisms Gone
Wild.” You can only use two? So who are we going to make mad then?
Ok. The weekend is here. Be calm. Stay
cool.
Our game room area is under emergency
renovation and now we only have a closet to game in?  Excuse us…
No. No. We’re fine. Not a problem.
Maybe we will go with all card games to save space.
We will just go sit down in the lobby
for a minute while the main guest Q and A lets out.
“Wow! That was great. I never
knew that about that show. That is so cool. I wonder if they are doing any other
cons soon so I can ask them some questions once I re-watch it.”
“Did you get any of the hot dogs
in the consuite? They are so good. Let’s go get a drink in the bar and talk about
the latest episode.”
“I just played that new game my
friend told me about. I have to go to the dealer’s room and get a copy. So fun!”
Even registration is fun 
“I am getting a nap before the
parties tonight. I am SO glad I got a room. And it really was cheaper than the regular
rate here. It is going to be a monster night tonight!!”
“OMG. There is a panel tonight
called One-Eyed Trouser Trouts and Pink Tacos: Euphemisms Gone Wild. I have to go
to that. Can you imagine?”
“I wish I had planned to come
for more than one day. I am so coming back next year!!”
 Oh right. That is why we do this.
This is good.
Wait. Why is that person trying to
fit that costume through that small space and scratching up the walls?
Sigh. Be right back.

OutlantaCon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience!
You’ll find all the usual convention fare here–discussion panels, gaming, costuming,
special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer ‘bent’ to it. Here
you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you’re free to
be yourself! We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions
of Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea’s Drag Race (2011), and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents…
May 8-10, 2015 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta.

Social Media for Convention

Outlantacon
OutlantaCon is an Atlanta-based event for the Queer Geek audience! You’ll find all the usual convention fare here–discussion panels, gaming, costuming, special events, etc. The difference is that it all has a queer ‘bent’ to it. Here you can enjoy all the convention trappings in an atmosphere where you’re free to be yourself! We also offer some pretty unique twists as well, like our own versions of Match Game (a staple since 2007), Project Cosplay (2010), Nea’s Drag Race (2011), and the wildly popular Sock Puppet Theatre Presents…
Dates for 2015 are May 8-10 in Atlanta, Georgia. Links are at the end of this post.
Here is a list of guests.

Kage Alan

Native Detroiter Kage Alan is the comedic (aka snarky, smart
ass, sarcastic…the list goes on) author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to
My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. the Lord of the Loins, Gaylias: Operation
Thunderspell, Spacehunters: Master Elite and the Maternal Order of Loganites Beyond
Uranus featured in the Butt Pirates In Space anthology, Twink Ninja Tiger, Flaxen
Buns of Fury featured in the Butt Ninjas From Hell anthology, and It’s A Wonderful
Lube in the Butt Babes In Boyland anthology.
He lives under the regularly well-manicured thumb of his half
Asian husband, in fear of his husband’s evil Hong Kong Grandmonster, and under the
constant threat of fellow author Patricia Logan’s fan club of Loganites.
He continues to blog regularly at KageAlan.com, flog his impetuous
staff, write his next book when not buying Blu-Rays each Tuesday on New Release
Day, traveling overseas and buying Blu-Rays there, eating sushi, fibbing to his
husband about what Blu-Rays he may or may not admit to picking up that week, making
fun of people who read Patricia Logan, playing Laser Tag and attending Sci-Fi conventions.
He also collects rare soundtracks.

Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government
worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s
been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time
to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several
companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time
another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.
Shae has been an Outlantacon guest for several years and is perhaps
best known as one of the authors for the Butt Pirates in Space and Butt Ninjas from
Hell anthologies. For 2015, the butts authors plan to have not one, but two new
titles available. Fannishly speaking, Shae cut her teeth in X-Files fandom, is a
staunch Browncoat and a proud Hufflepuff, and believes firmly that Han shot first.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains
why she never shuts up. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor,
but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or
visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.

Kiernan Kelly

One of OutlantaCon’s first guests and huge supporter Kiernan
Kelly’s stories of gay romance envelop diverse themes, varying from paranormal,
to fantasy, and science fiction to contemporary romance, with thirteen novels currently
in print and ebook, and over eighty shorter works available in both mediums. She
has published with a variety of houses, including Torquere Press, Starbooks Press,
MLR Press, Cleis Press, Renaissance Press, Circlet, Dreamspinner Press, and Loose-Id,
as well as self-publishing a few short stories. Her horror short story release,
“Cletus,” appears in the Coscom Publishing’s book “Bits of the Dead.”
Kiernan also writes Young Adult gay romance under her Dakota
Chase pen name.

Java

Outlantacon welcomes, for his SIXTH time, star of the Hit YouTube
fan series “Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor” Java! Best known for his
long running stent at Dr. Frank N Furter with Atlanta’s own Rocky Horror Picture
Show, Lips Down On Dixie. Java is Featured at the Plaza Theater on Ponce De Leon,
Fridays at Midnight for an amazing 11 of the 14 years running. LDOD (Lips Down On
Dixie) is the longest running theatrical event in Atlanta. He has also been the
headlining Frank N Furter for 12 of the 14 performances of the show for Dragon Con.
Some of which included working with RHPS film actors Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors-RHPS)
and Patricia Quinn (Magenta-RHPS).
Along with performing with the acclaimed shadow cast, he is also
an Actor and Filmmaker. Appearing in such films as “The Blind Side,” “Ben
10: Alien Swarm,” and on television with “Drop Dead Diva” and as
a reoccurring zombie on “The Walking Dead.” Java is also an established
Visual effects and beauty Makeup Artist, working with Netherworld Haunted House,
voted #1 in the nation several years consecutively, and on feature the film “ACE:
The Zombie,” and will be starring in the upcoming ensemble found footage horror
films “The Lost Footage” from Crimson Films, “Atlanta Vampire Movie”
by Idle Hands Entertainment, and appearing in the Zombie film “Test Group”
with The Other Side of GA Productions .
Java has since gone on to launch his own production company,
Jymeni Productions, LLC and is also one of the Exec. Producers / Co Writers / Co
Directors and Makeup supervisor for the UNCANNY X-MEN fanseries, along with Producer
and creator of the Youtube Webseries, “Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor”
(Also starring as the Doctor himself!).
This year also debuts Javas newest story as a guest author on
the anthology erotica series, “Butt Raiders on the Range” the follow up
to last years “Butt Ninjas from Hell.” Find and keep up with him on facebook
and IMDb!
OutlantaCon Guests 1

Ally Blue

Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least
by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great
big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas
parades. Her harem of man-whores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational
entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green
and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended
version Lord Of The Rings movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch
the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or
a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.

James Crawford

James Crawford writes the Young Adult book series Leech. As a
boy growing up he realized there were too few LGBT heroes for kids to look up to
and even fewer that weren’t over sexed stereotypes. He didn’t see anything that
represented him. He decided to start writing Caleo to give young adults a homosexual
hero who was not defined by his sexual orientation.

Vicktor “Vic” Alexander

Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the
age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and
everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds)
because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history
and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don’t ask him about Dungeons &
Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing
he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to historical and
is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that
cross lines and boundaries that he doesn’t know are there. Vic is a proud father
of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner
Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is
hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott
Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and
has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will
be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he
is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses.

Sarah Avraham

Attorney Sarah Avraham resides in Atlanta where she operates
her law practice that primarily serves alternative lifestyles. Education is her
passion and she believes that education will ultimately pave the way to equality
for the LGBTQIA community. Attorney Avraham’s love lies in presenting about the
law. Her presentations cover many as aspects of family, criminal, estate planning,
healthcare, employment, business, and even landlord/tenant law topics. More specifically,
Attorney Avraham’s favorite legal topics to cover are how to protect same-sex partnerships
and multipartnered households through legal documents where no other legal remedy
is available.

Keith Bailey

Keith Bailey is an award winning photographer, makeup artist
and film maker. He has formed a company for film production (The Otherside of Georgia,
Inc.) with Albert Roberts and Ginger Paige, that has several projects going in the
Atlanta area. Keith wrote, co-produced and directed the zombie film “Test Group”
that will have a theatrical release this September. He is writing and casting a
new TV Series “Immortalz Atlanta”.
Andrew Greenberg
Andrew Greenberg, best known for designing computer games and
roleplaying games, is lead developer on the upcoming Fading Suns: Noble Armada mobile
and tablet game. Andrew co-created the “Fading Suns” roleplaying and computer
games and was the original developer of White Wolf’s “Vampire: The Masquerade.”
He has credits on more than 50 White Wolf products and more than 20 HDI books. He
has also worked on products with other roleplaying game companies, including “Star
Trek Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine.” His computer game credits
include Dracula Unleashed, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Emperor of the Fading Suns,
Warhammer 40K: Final Liberation, Merchant Prince II, Mall Tycoon, Dungeon Crawlers,
Dungeon Lords, The Virtual World of Kaneva, Railroad Tycoon Mobile and the Global
Agenda MMO. A fellow with the Mythic Imagination Institute, Andrew is also president
of the Georgia Game Developers Association and organizer of the Southeast Interactive
Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE).

Moxie Magnus

Moxie Magnus, the eight foot tall queen of outer space, serves
as chief cosmetologist on the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. But that’s
just her day job! When she’s not quaffing the Starfleet elite of the 23rd century
she’s entertaining the folks of the 21st century with her comedic styling and mad
ukulele skills. Not only does she travel and perform her show throughout the US,
she has a video podcast and most recently, a web comic “Tales from Salonbay”.

Eden Winters

Eden Winters has published a dozen novels to date, many of which
have been recognized by the annual Rainbow Awards, and one also gaining finalist
status in the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards. She calls the southern US home, and many
of her stories take place in the rural South. She divides her time between a day
job, friends, grandkids, PFLAG, writing, trying different varieties of vegan cuisine,
and exploring her world. Her musical tastes run from Ambient to Zydeco, she owns
a TV she never watches, and she’s a firm believer that life is better with pets.
She also loves cruising down the road on the back of a Harley Davidson.

Ellie Collins

Actor, cosplayer, author
Ellie Collins was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. She was
always artistic and creative, but in her high school days she discovered a deep
love for the theater and costuming. Since then she’s created over one hundred costumes
for herself and other actors and cosplayers. She’s won numerous awards, and has
even been featured in magazines for her costuming work. Also, she has gone on to
do seamstress work for film and television.
On top of her costuming work for screen, she has worked both
in front of and behind the camera. Whether it be assistant directing, wardrobe,
or even acting, she finds herself happy in all parts of film making. She was featured
on the first season of The CW’s “The Originals” as a recurring DayWalker
vampire. It was a season she credits with reigniting her passion for all things
creative.
Ellie has also gone on to pen an urban fantasy fiction series
titled “Empire Valley”. It was an idea she had mulled around for many
years, then the drive to write finally came with 2011’s National Novel Writing Month
(NaNoWriMo), where she wrote 50,000 words in the month of November. Since then,
each year she participates and encourages others to participate in NaNoWriMo and
follow their writing dreams.
The first book; “Empire Valley – The Arrival”, will
also be released alongside an audio dramatization and live action trailer. For more
information on Empire Valley, or Ellie, check out the following sites:

David Yost

David Yost is an American actor most notably known for his role
as Billy, the Blue Ranger on the international television series The Mighty Morphin’
Power Rangers. Yost completed over 200 episodes of the series and starred in the
feature film Power Rangers: the Movie. The feature film was produced by some of
Hollywood’s leading producers like Jon Landau (Titantic and Avatar) and Suzanne
Todd (the Austin Powers franchise and Alice in Wonderland).
Yost was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa but moved around considerably
while growing up as child. He has been able to call Death Valley, CA, Denver, CO
and Billings, MT home. He graduated high school from Amador Valley High located
in Pleasanton, CA. Yost attended Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa graduating
with a degree in Communications and Dramatic Arts. Like many actors, Yost moved
to Hollywood with the dream of making it big and within three months of being in
the city, he landed the role of Billy, the computer literate superhero, on Power
Rangers.
Since leaving the series, Yost has turned his attention to behind-the-scenes
work in the Entertainment Industry. He has worked on and produced many reality television
shows most notably The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for Bravo and Temptation
Island for FOX. He recently completed the second season of NTSF:SD:SUV:: – a comedy
spoof of shows like CSI or NCIS and just finished production on NEWSREADERS – a
comedic take on the people who bring us the news. As well as being a producer, Yost
has held the title of Director of Production at the Sci Fi Lab, a television development
entity for the SyFy Channel and Manager of Licensing for Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment
in which he sold completed television series to international distributors, domestically
closing deals with MTV and Showtime.
Yost is involved with several charitable organizations. He starred
in the play Fallen Guardian Angels at the Complex in Los Angeles which benefited
AIDS Project L.A. (APLA). The play was about six different individuals dealing with
HIV/AIDS in various situations. The proceeds from the play went to benefit Children’s
Hospital AIDS Center and the entire production raised over $25,000. Yost is credited
with raising $5,000 for the hospital and the reviews for his performance from LA
Weekly Theatre were highly favorable.
Yost continues to raise money and advocate for APLA as well as
Project Angel Food and The Trevor Project.

Don Teems

Don Teems has appeared in over 50 TV and movie projects that
include The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,
The Following, Flight, Identity Thief, Dumb and Dumber 2, Anchorman 2,
Resurrection, and Trouble with the Curve.

He am most known for being several featured walkers in seasons
2, 3, and 4 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. He am also a local DJ here in Atlanta. He
has a fan page dedicated to his time on the walking dead that has over 11,000 followers
at http://facebook.com/DonTWDZombieTeems

Brent D Seth

Originally from a very small town in Illinois, Brent D. Seth
began writing at an early age, but lacked the confidence to submit any of his work
to publishers. He wrote in the closet, and kept it there for many years, along with
his self-identity. Only with the support and encouragement of his husband of ten
years, did Mr. Seth finally take the leap—all of them. His first novel, a science
fiction comedy Short Fuse is now available through Leo Publishing.

Lee Martindale

Lee Martindale’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies
and magazines, including the Snows of Darkover anthology, Turn The Other Chick,
Witch Way To The Mall, and Fangs For The Mammaries, three volumes of the Sword and
Sorceress series, Warrior Wisewoman 2, Catopolis, and Low Port. She has also edited
two anthologies of her own, Such A Pretty Face and The Ladies of Trade Town. Her
latest works are Bard’s Road: The Collected Fiction of Lee Martindale, and a story
slated to appear in Chicks & Balances, the sixth “Chicks in Chainmail”
anthology coming from Baen in 2015.
When not slinging fiction, Lee is a veteran human rights activist,
a Named Bard, a Lifetime Active Member of SFWA (where she serves on the Board of
Directors), a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a member of the SCA, and a
popular guest at science fiction conventions all over the country. She and her husband
live in Plano, TX, where she keeps friends and fans in the loop at http://www.HarpHaven.net.

Darren Nowell

Darren Nowell is cohost of the Legion of Substitute Podcasters
which discusses the Legion of Super-Heroes as well as having guest appearanced on
Earth Station One, Comic Book Queers and Comic Geek Speak podcasts. Also an avid
tabletop and video gamer his current obsession is Disney Infinity and Pandemic.
You can find him in the gaming room or hosting The Match Game.

Neon

An E-List bearlebrity living in Atlanta, Neon has always been
the “light of the party” per se. A southern boy at heart, his outgoing
personality and mischievous demeanor will make you smile. Neon loves to entertain
whether it be on the mic as an emcee or on the DJ decks spinning dance music that
will get your blood pumping! As an international go go bear, Neon has danced around
the globe bringing his electric style and incredible dance moves to the stage. He
designs and creates most of is own costuming that blends his inner geek into his
signature styles.

Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and
heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and
warriors who purr.
OutlantaCon Guests 2

Outlantacon is held May 8-10, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

Social Media for the Convention

Photograph by Philip Bonneau
@somamix1 on Twitter
I’m just back from Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon 2014 in Atlanta GA,
and I had an absolute blast. I’m late getting this post up on RLF because when I got home, I
fell over and slept after three days of panels, talking, workshops, gaming, and
presentations. Not to mention some of the best game shows anywhere. Gay-themed
Match Game, anyone? Not to be missed! And you don’t go to Outlantacon without
seeing Miss Moxie Magnus. Ever. Links to all are below, along with pictures. There were dozens of guests, and tons of panels, and it was so hard to choose what to see during my free time. Jevocas “Java” Green, Sock Puppet Theatre, the Whedon Universe, and more. Plus my time on the Gaylaxicon board as secretary is ending, and I attended my final meeting with them. The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards was held during the con. There was so much to see and do! I need to find a clone app…
Saturday night, walking down the hall, a woman attending a
business meeting in the hotel noticed I was wearing a guest badge. She gestured
around at the costumes, and asked, “What’s going on here?” I told
her it was a gay scifi convention. “Oh,” she said, and we continued
walking. She turned back and asked, “I’m sorry. What did you say?” I
repeated myself, and again she nodded and said, “Oh.” A moment later
she asked, “I’m sorry, but did you say it was a ‘gay’ scifi convention?”
I laughed, assured her I had, and handed her one of my autographed postcards
with a tour of my Tarthian Empire shown on the front. She took it, thanked me,
and said, “Well, I hope you have a really great time. It looks fun!”
Maybe I won a convert, or a reader. Either way, I was glad to have answered her
question.
Moxie Magnus at Work
When Keirnan Kelly first mentioned Outlantacon to me back in
2007 when it was just forming, I jumped at the chance to attend. She and I have
been featured guests each year since. This year, the con honored both of us
with lifetime memberships. I felt like doing a “Sally Field” and
yelling, “You like me! You really like me!” What an honor to be part
of such a wonderful convention. This is my home con; the one I never miss. I
hope you’ll come next year.
My assistant this year was Holly Stringer, a member of my
local writer’s group. She made the convention so much fun. We are going to work
together this summer, and you’ll be hearing more about her before long.
Angela and Gerald Blackwell shared panels with me at the con, and spent a long
time talking about Peril, my immortals’ role-playing game. I’ll be working with
them to develop and beta test the system. If you like RPGs and want to get a
peek at the system when it’s tested, email
me.
OutlantaCon
Moxie Magnus – Star Trek Chief Cosmetologist
Philip Bonneau – Photographer
Kayelle with Moxie out of uniform
(Kage Alan in the background)

Gerald and Angela Blackwell – Writers

Keith Baily – The Otherside of Georgia Productions
Philip Bonneau
Origami Wolf Productions
Wereskin – Costume Design, Liquid Latex, Geek-themed Treats
Lunar Wulf Treats – Baked and confectionery goods with an
emphasis on geek culture
More pictures on Pinterest
RLF Gems

The top bloggers (by page load) for the month of April resulted in two ties, and two people had two posts each, all of which came in at the top. My own birthday post had the most hits. After patting myself on the back, and nearly breaking my own arm in the process, ;) I decided to include the top eight, because there was only one point between numbers seven and eight. Surely a banner month for everyone!

1. It’s Kayelle Allen’s Birthday, Nab Alitus (giveaway)
2. Pizza Variations: Author Dinner (Kayelle)
3. Finding the Right Marketing (Dawne Prochilo)
4. Outlantacon Interview: Moxie Magnus
5. A Day in the Life of an Erotic Author (Dawne Prochilo)
6. Outlantacon Interview: TC Blue
7. Amber Riley’s Kindred Blood (Amber Riley)
8. Outlantacon Interview: Denny Upkins

I was pleased to see that three of the Outlantacon interviews scored at the top. There were seven featured, and all scored well. The entire month was a win-win. Guests scored some free books, everyone got to read cool articles and interviews, and there were links to books, upcoming conventions, and videos.

My thanks to everyone who took part this month. Guests this month also included (in alpha order by first name) Babette James, Casey Crow, Eugie Foster, Hushicho Phoenix, Janet
E Jones, JE Taylor, Kathy Kulig, Kay Dee Royal, Kiernan Kelly, Lee Martindale, Mary
Caelsto, Rue Allyn, Skhye Moncrief, and Tara Lain.

The Second Door. 
TC, Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
The wonderful Lee Martindale
was kind enough to tell me about Outlantacon at a different convention last
year. Once I knew about it, I couldn’t imagine NOT being there. Being a guest
only has me looking forward to it that much more.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
Ooops, think I already
answered that!
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Good God, there are so many,
and on so many topics, I honestly can’t choose! I MAY have committed myself to
more than I think. It’s that whole ‘eyes bigger than my stomach’ thing.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I used to, but haven’t in the
last few years. When I did, most of the RPGs I involved myself with revolved
around vampires, were-beasties, and a broad assortment of other supernatural
beings. I know, I know… that could be just about ANY RPG, right? I’m sly like
that.
What new project are you working on now?
I’m currently in final edits
on the last book in my Fruit Basket series with Torquere Press. I’m all working
on the final draft of a book in a different series, also for TQP. I have a
futuristic thing I’m working on in fits and starts, as well as an
urban-fantasyish story that’s also not getting my full attention. Yep, I do
tend to multi-task.
How do you come up with ideas?
To be honest, I have no clue.
It’s like walking, really. I mean, I get up and I just do it, right? If
pressed, I could possibly give some half-arsed explanation of ‘one foot in
front of the other and these muscles do this, and these bones react by moving
in this fashion, and there are ligaments and such involved’, but that doesn’t
mean I actually understand it.
Ideas are lovely, in that
they tend to simply appear. Sometimes more fully formed than others, but still.
And they could come from ANYWHERE!
What is the most important thing you do for your
career?
I just keep writing and do my
best to keep my relationships with my publishers friendly but professional.
Above all, I keep writing. There is no writing career otherwise, right?
What do you enjoy most about life?
That’s difficult to say,
really. Today I love the solitude to get things done, but tomorrow I might love
being in the middle of a crowd and screaming at the top of my lungs for a
favorite team. I suppose my favorite thing is having the freedom to do what I
do, and having friends and family who love and support me.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
A Game of Hearts
Balance? What’s that?
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
I can’t get too specific here
(pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out, but there’s no such thing
as being too careful in some situations). I will say it involved an orange
traffic cone, a welding mask, a poodle, and spaghetti. Let’s just leave it at
that.
If you could give the younger version of yourself
advice what would it be?
Honestly? “Don’t do that
where other people can see you!” (And no, I’m NOT going to elaborate. That
would be bad. :P)
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
I think it depends on the
secret and whether it’s mine or someone else’s.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Charles DeLint and Robert
Heinlein.
A biography has been written about you. What do you
think the title would be in six words or less?
Don’t Do This At Home!
How do you respond to negative people?
Generally, I don’t.
What’s the best way to say no?
No. Short, simple, and leaves
very little room for misunderstanding.
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Somewhere warm but not too
hot year round, with a beach close by. Of course, all my close friends would
need to live there too.
What song would best describe your life?
‘I Want to Live’ by This
Mortal Coil. Thank God you didn’t ask me why! J
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Probably whatever they didn’t
want to do themselves!
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Assorted bits and pieces of
this and that. I’m a bit of a contradiction, to be honest.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Leaving at the end of the
day. J
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a
pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
How about a story telling how
a significant other ran off with a pet, leaving me with neither? Not that I
have a story like that, but if I did, it would be funny. Or sad. Probably
funny, though. *hee*
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Swim at own risk.
What’s the difference between
a duck?
One of its feet is both the
same. *nods* Swear!
Unexpected

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And
no cheese, cuz I’m weird
.
I’m always ready for trouble. In fact, I look forward to
it the way some people look forward to birthdays
.
When I’m alone, I read, write, and dream (sometimes all
at once)
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I plan to someday take
over the world with my trusty sidekick Pinky. *mwahahahaha*           
If I had a halo it would be rusty
and resemble a heavily battered and abused pie tin
.
If I could play guitar I’d be a rock star… or at
least one of those people who THINKS they are and makes all their friends come
see them play crappy shows at dive bars where it’s possible to catch diseases
just by walking through the door. I’m just that good
.

Upcoming Projects

I always have five or six
irons in the fire, so… as I said above, the next (and final) Fruit Basket book,
Concord Grape: Unexpected, will be out mid-May.
I’m toying with starting a
new series, though I’m not sure which publisher it’ll be for, and I’m hoping to
finish the futuristic sorta thing, as well as the urban fantasyish one.
Many other things in various
stages, so… define ‘upcoming’ for me? Heh-heh.

The Public Can Find Me Here

Website: http:tcblue.wordpress.com
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