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Boskone 54 – Jeremy Flagg’s Schedule & Panels

DO YOU LOVE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY?

Join me at Boskone, the longest-running science fiction convention in New England! Join more than 1,000 fans and professions for a weekend filled with panels, readings, kids activities, demonstrations, small-group discussions, filksinging, videos, games and more. I’ll be there selling books in the vendor area along with David Price. This will be the first time people can get Night Shadows signed! I’ll also be participating in a bunch of panels! Stop by and say hi!

Author Jeremy Flagg’s Boskone Schedule

Nontraditional Magazines
Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Marina 2 (Westin)

If print is dead, then printed magazines are. But, at least in our genres, they’re going strong as online magazine and perhaps we should include blogs and both audio and video podcasts. What is the future of the magazine online and in any mutation or combination? And what does this mean for the journalist/writer?

Panel: Jeremy Flagg (M), Robert B. Finegold M.D., Julie C. Day, Ken Altabef, Neil Clarke


The Perfect Teenage Hero
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Harbor III (Westin)

Teenage heroes are not just relatively younger adults. They are people who step up to save the world — perhaps because of their youthful enthusiasm, not-yet-dimmed idealism, and unique perspectives. What does it take for a young Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or Katniss Everdeen to emerge? What experiences change them? To what extent are they just pieces in older players’ games? Can they really do it on their own?

Panel: Ken Altabef (M), Jeremy Flagg, Tamora Pierce, Lauren Roy, Erin M. Hartshorn


Autographing
Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, Galleria (Westin)
Jeremy Flagg, James Patrick Kelly, Jo Walton, C. S. E. Cooney


New England: The Legend, The Lore, The Mystery
Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, Marina 3 (Westin)

New England is often a setting in speculative fiction. What is it about this place that makes it so full of wonder … and dread? It’s a magical location beyond the page or screen. Let’s talk about the real mysteries, legends, lore, and supernatural goings-on here in New England.

Panel: Peter Muise (M), Theodora Goss, John Langan, Jeremy Flagg, F. Brett Cox


Boskone Book Party
Saturday 18:30 – 19:30, Galleria – Stage (Westin)

Join us for Boskone’s Book Party! See what’s just out from authors you love, and discover new favorites. The book party will include E. C. Ambrose ( Elaine Isaak ), Kristin Janz, Milton Davis, Ian Randal Strock, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Jeremy Flagg, LJ Cohen, Christine Taylor-Butler, Brenda Noiseux (M), Erin Underwood (M), E. C. Ambrose, Kristin Janz, Milton Davis, Ian Randal Strock, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Jeremy Flagg, LJ Cohen, Christine Taylor-Butler, Neil Clarke, Carlos Hernandez, Hillary Monahan, Grady Hendrix and more!


Reading by Jeremy Flagg
Sunday 10:00 – 10:30, Independence (Westin)


The _Sense8_ Sensation
Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, Marina 4 (Westin)

It’s shot on locations worldwide and produced by the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5, yet this Netflix TV original has largely flown under the radar. (Still, season 2 starts in March.) Panelists examine the intricate storytelling and dizzyingly diverse connections of this sens8tionally groundbreaking SF show. From gender, race, and religion to the struggle of coming to terms with one’s identity, Sense8 treats its subjects in ways network television would never touch. SPOILERS ABOUND for nonviewers, but why not sneak a peek anyway?

Darlene Marshall (M), Lauren Roy, Gillian Daniels, Rob Greene, Jeremy Flagg

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Children of Nostradamus Novels On Sale for $.99!

 

In 1992, psychic Eleanor Valentine altered the fate of mankind before her assassination attempt on the President of the United States of America failed. Forty years later, Children of Nostradamus, individuals with extraordinary powers, begin receiving letters sent from the long dead psychic. As the world is plunged into chaos by a corrupt government, a shadow organization rises to power and only the a group of rogue Children of Nostradamus stand a chance of protecting mankind.

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Maine Author “Taste of Maine” Giveaway

In honor of C.L. Alden’s author debut, we are giving away some items a Maine Giveaway pack. Alden’s paranormal urban fantasy, “The Empire,” takes place in a small coastal Maine town struggling to find a place in a modern world. When Darcy returns to her hometown, she finds it isn’t only the living who want to weigh in on the future of Shorton, Maine. The Empire is available in print and kindle. The contest is International and runs from January 6th 7:00AM to January 20th at 7:00PM. I’ll announce the winner via the blog and Facebook so keep checking back!

Included in the giveaway:

  • Signed copy of The Empire by C.L. Alden
  • Signed copy of I.Am.Maine by Jeremy Flagg
  • Authentic Maine Seaglass
  • Predict-A-Pen
  • Strand Coffee Mug
  • Strand Postcard

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2017 Is Going to Kiss My Ass

Last year, 365 days ago, I posted the word that would guide me throughout the year. It took a few days of me mulling it about in my head and picking apart my life a day at a time, but underneath the successes and even the disasters, the word seemed to apply. In 2016, I abdicated far more than I anticipated. You can read more about my goals from the previous year in this post.

I released myself from obligations in my day job for self-preservation and while I thought I might be saddened by it, I made a healthy decision. Now I’ve been able to redirect my energies into my writing. I finished I.Am.Maine: Snapshots of Small Town Maine and released my first superhero novel, Nighthawks: Children of Nostradamus. Finding it didn’t provide joy to my life, I permanently shelved my graphic design book. I also decided to take some risks and submitted four short stories to various anthologies and had three of them accepted. In one year, my name showed up in four books with another showing up in January and then my own novel in February.

Emerge. For 2017, a year that will be filled with challenges unlike any before it, I need to keep my head up and move forward. I don’t want to hesitate, I don’t want to call it a building year like I did for 2016. In 2017, I want to push ahead and rise above the status quo.

I don’t want to spell out everything I have in the works, but the immediate pipeline has been secured. Northern Frights: Maine Horror Stories will arrive during January and Night Shadows: Children of Nostradamus Book 2 will come out on Valentines day. In April another installment of the Children of Nostradamus series will arrive and if all goes well, I’m expected three more books before the end of the year. This is the year of going big. There are no road blocks.

2017 is going to get its ass handed to itself. This ass handing begins on January 2nd. Stay tuned. Things are about to get super at RemyFlagg.com.

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Reflecting on a Year Not Done

I’m having a weird weekend. I’ve spent the day revising the latest draft of my manuscript. My editor gave me some great notes and overall, she said I had made some great improvements in my story and my technical skill. While I never set out to “improve,” my writing, this year, I did take risks to expand myself as a writer. It reminded me that this year has been one packed to the brim with amazing opportunities.

This year I…

Published the first book in the Children of Nostradamus series. Nighthawks is my first sci-fi novel and revolves around a dystopian future and the superpowered people trying to survive. I’m proud of it because it focuses on the humanity of an archetype under stress. It also begins my falling down the rabbit hole asking, “In our darkest moments, are we still human?”

Published the second and final chapter of the I.Am.Maine project. I have mixed feelings about this. If you hear me speak about writing, I’ll be the first to say this book has a weird place in my bibliography. Many of my writing fans are geographically based in Maine or have strong connections to Maine. It has given me issues trying to break out as a sci-fi writer. However, I have had the opportunity to connect to so many people who either shared in my story or have a similar tale to tell. It remains the book that speaks to who I am today.

Wrote, submitted, and had my first three horror stories accepted to anthologies. I wanted to get my name in front of more people. This started as a marketing tactic, but this is where I think growth happened. I do not define myself as a horror writer. My first story, “Access Violation,” in Wicked Witches: An Anthology by the New England Horror Writers relies heavily on fantasy and sci-fi elements and lands solidly in the cyberpunk realm. I got great feedback and had to knuckle down and rewrite a significant amount of the book to be accepted, but I grew. When I submitted “Purgatory Junction,” for Northern Frights, I delved into traditional ghost stories and the unnerving sense of isolation. I walked away from writing that story catching myself jumping at shadows. The third submission gave me the opportunity to write my first serious zombie piece. “We Cease to Exist,” takes place in Only the Light We Make, Chris Philbrook’s universe of Adrian’s Undead Diary. The challenge of writing a story in a person’s world other than your own is a challenge. The crowd is not my norm, and it took some calibrating. However, I’m proud to say it was submitted. All three stories were accepted.

Received my first rejection of the year. In total I wrote four short stories and three were accepted. The fourth story was one of 800 submissions and while I was disappointed, how could I feel bad? A year ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to submit a humorous tale of office politics and superheroes. Now, the rejection letter sits in a pile with others and I’m moving forward.

Attended my first, second, third, and fourth comic-book convention as a vendor. It started with Bangor Comic & Toy Convention. I met geeks. I met people I connected with. I got to see people excited to be with their own. I felt at home. The sensation was amazing enough I attended three more throughout the year, both as a solo act and with the New England Horror Writers.

Participated in my first public speaking at Pandemonium Books. Reading “Access Violation,” amongst a group of writers was one of most unnerving acts I’ve participated in. I’m still relatively new to this and each of these “first moments,” are small hurdles toward the end of the race. I think I did fairly well. I got a rise from the audience, and laughter where needed. The sarcasm of my writing works well when spoken.

Attended a genre conference for writers in New England. NECON as it is referred to was filled with writers relating to horror specifically, but always some fringe writers in fantasy and science fiction. There were Bram Stoker winners and nominees and the names of authors who I grew up reading in attendance. I was a bit in shock to realize I went from admiring these people to being one of their peers. That transition continues to boggle my mind.

Wrote the second installment of the Children of Nostradamus series. It’s always questionable if a series will continue. I’m proud to say the story and the arcs resulting from book one will carry the series on for a few more books. I wanted a world I could write in for a while, and it looks like I’ll get what I wanted. Night Shadows gets the benefit of having the kinks worked out of it by writing short stories this year. I get to feature more characters I like and the story takes a dark turn which is letting me work out some angst.

Met some amazing writers. As I posted my annual Facebook “year in review” video, I realized that all but one person I added to my friends list are a direct resulting of my writing. I’ve befriended authors I admire and several I read growing up. I’m happy to know there is a community out there wanting you to succeed. Advice is never more than a text message away and there’s always a drinking buddy when you need one.

I’m sure there is plenty more. The year has been action packed. Where many people would say, “Where has the time gone?” I’m left saying, “How’d I manage so much in one year?” Next year is proving to be even more action packed. January is the only month where I’ll get some down time. From there it’s off to the races to see if I can put 2016 to shame.

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