Montreal ToyCon Sunday, April 15th

The next Montreal ToyCon will be happening on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Ville St Laurent.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous conventions and are looking for the best and brightest toys for your collection, be sure to check it out! There will be comic book and toy dealers selling GI-Joe, DC, Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars, Funko Pop, Lego and tons more.  We also invited the Lego Club and several different Cosplay clubs (501st Star Wars).  We’d love to see you there. For more details, visit our website.

Once again, the address is:

Courtyard Marriott Hotel
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St Laurent, QC  H4M-2Z5
(Near Mega-Plex Speheretech 14 – Cinema Guzzo)

Date and Time: Sunday, April 15th from 10am to 4pm
Admission $5

Locus introduces newsletter

Readers of SF/F will be most interested in subscribing to this newsletter.   Scroll down a bit to learn how you can download a free issue of the Locus magazine in electronic form.   –CPL

Introducing: the Locus newsletter! An easy and free way to stay up-to-date with news, awards, and more from our newly redesigned site: www.locusmag.com – emailed right to your inbox!

You get…

  • A weekly digest of all posts from our site
  • Exclusive giveaways and promotions for books/ARCs
  • Sneak peek at titles that are queued up for review for the next issue
  • And more!

Click here to sign up today!

Best,

The Locus Team

For information about the parent company, Locus Science Fiction Foundation (a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation), see <www.lsff.net>.


Locus Publications
1933 Davis St #297
San Leandro CA 94577

locus@locusmag.com
phone: (510) 339-9196
fax: (510) 339-9198
www.locusmag.com

Get a free sample of LOCUS Magazine in epub, PDF, or kindle. <http://subscribers.locusmag.com/sample-issue>

Advertise today: Run a color ad for under $300, online or in print! <http://locusmag.com/advertise/>

-We are booking annual ad contracts! A contract for as few as three ads (any size) can get you 10% off any ads you run in 2018, whether print or online. All the way to 25% off the base price for contracting nine full-page or banner ads over the next year.

-Our website averages over a million hits per month, and over 49% of our readers purchase two or more new hardcover books per month, over 59% purchase two or more paperbacks.

APRIL MonSFFA Meeting: SUPERHEROES!

MonSFFA’s April 14 Meeting is all about SUPERHEROES! So wear your favourite champion’s logo on your T-shirt, hat, or even underwear! (We’ll take your word for it!)

In keeping with the meeting’s theme, our Saturday Sci-Fi Cinema Matinée this month offers five superhero movies from which to choose! Early-birds will collectively choose one to be reviewed! We begin at noon sharp!

The movies are:

WONDER WOMAN (1975): The TV movie that launched Lynda Carter’s 1970s Wonder Woman series! We imagine it must be somewhat embarrassing to be fighting for our rights in those satin tights, so show the girl some respect, please, people!

SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE-MEN (1951): The first theatrical feature to star Superman, played here by George Reeves! The film was trimmed and recycled as a two-part episode of Reeves’ later Adventures of Superman TV show.

 

GUARDIANS (2017): Vladimir Putin’s take on The Avengers! A notoriously bad Russian superhero adventure. But ya gotta love that were-bear with the big gun!

CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990): Cap battles classic foe Red Skull, who has designs on the president’s brain, in this cheesy romp starring Matt Salinger (no, we’ve never heard of him, either)!

BATMAN (1966): Holy flickering film frames! The classic Adam West-Burt Ward movie version of their hip, hit 1960s TV show! Sock! Pow! Whamm! The Dark Knight romances Catwoman (unbeknownst to him), and drives the coolest Batmobile ever!

 

 

 

 

On-line Zine from Jeffrey Allan Boman, a long-time Montreal fan I first met at a Con*Cept waaaay back when…

Jeff is a writer; I find his updates on learning the craft very interesting.

Click this link to view the zine in original format.

–CPL

Talk of a writer’s voice and many updates  Hello, cats

Here’s how devoted I am to getting this on track: Feb. 4th was my last day of a month-long Writing Challenge on Medium (more on that later), and now that I’m finished, I started this newsletter in earnest.

I said the last issue that I wanted to get this list back on track, and I meant it. Now to produce it quicker.

Welcome to new readers, and welcome back to returning ones.

Voice (Not the TV Show)

I’ve heard this term mentioned a lot lately. It’s something that all writers work to achieve in their writing. Some writers achieve theirs quickly, some take longer. I *hope* that I’ve found mine; readers will tell me if I haven’t.

At its base, achieving a voice means that when a reader sees your words, they can recognize the uniqueness in them. I read examples from Neil Stephenson and Nalo Hopkinson, but I first noticed them in the words from Mark Twain.

Note that I’m not talking about style. That’s a separate thing. I notice a different style in the words written by Spider Robinson (called a literary descendant of Robert Heinlein), but his voice in his text is a different thing altogether.

The challenge that I see is for a writer to vary their voice between different series so that they don’t end up sounding the same — but that’s where the difference between style and voice come into play… and the skill of the writer in question.

That’s a Wrap

I hope this issue came out earlier due to me starting it when I said.

Please share this newsletter with friends who you think will be interested in it. Better yet, invite them to join this newsletter themselves. The “they tell a friend, and they tell a friend” thing applies.  If they want their own subscription they could sign up here: http://is.gd/oIOj2o

Thanks to my friend ‘Heartburn Kid’ Patrick Emond for helping me to proofread this. That nickname differentiates him from another friend, Ninja Pat.

I’m open to suggestions for other stuff for future issues. I’m learning as I go here.

If you want other updates on my writing I have a Facebook Page as well: https://www.facebook.com/JaBWriter/. I’d love to connect.

You can send letters to bosulliman@jabwriter.com with the subject line ‘Letter’ and ‘Suggestion’ for… well, you get it.

New Solutions & Updates
News and Blog Posts
How’m I Doin’?
Newsletter Plugin for WordPress

I’m trying this out now. The notion is that I could run my mailing list and newsletter directly through my blog. I would no longer deal with hosting fees separate from it.

It doesn’t seem likely that I’ll do that, as it doesn’t seem to have capabilities for HTML newsletters yet… maybe a future version will.

Writing Challenge

I took part in a month-long competition on Medium. It helped to reconstruct my habit to write daily. As a result, I also have many more entries to share on that platform.

One other benefit: I worked on my writing ‘voice’. You can read all of my posts and immediately tell that I was the author. There’s always room for improvement, but readers could always know that I wrote it, and I came up with original, non-cliche examples. This is good! I’m not Mark Twain, but if I get to be even a fraction of what he achieved, I’ll be happy.

One negative: my viewing stats shot up during the month. They’re now dropping at a big rate.

I’m Back in RPG Writing

I contacted my former publisher recently. I was working on a project with him years ago, but other forces made me vanish. I’m back now to complete the project.

This will give me the funds I need to get my novel edited and to pay a cover artist.

Short Story

Now that the Challenge is over I’m back to Ninja Writing the story.

Blog Posts

October

DEFINITION OF DRAMEDY, PART ONE

Definition of Dramedy, part one

With this, I began an overview of my novel inspirations.

December
MY FINAL POST OF 2016: REFLECTIONS

My final post of 2016: Reflections

2017

January

WHY I’M AN INDIE AUTHOR RE-VISITED

Why I’m an indie author re-visited

This is an older post with some updates.

February

HOW I’M GETTING BACK INTO REGULAR WRITING

How I’m Getting Back Into Regular Writing

I wasn’t updating this blog a lot for a long time. I’m still not, because I’ve been posting on Medium instead, but I hoped to post more here. So: I am writing more, just not on this site.

Medium Posts

Speaking of which:

Stubborn for my Craft (May 2, 2017)
View story at Medium.com

Nearly my manifesto.

MY ROLEPLAY PAST (May 3, 2017)
View story at Medium.com

Some of my ‘backstory’.

May the 4th is bittersweet for me (May 4, 2017)
View story at Medium.com

My memories of this day.

Similarities and Differences Between Writing for RPGs and Prose (May 5, 2017)
View story at Medium.com

Years ago, another writer that I knew didn’t think I could comment on his publishing, because mine is in a different field than his. Here are my thoughts on this.

FCBD 2017 and a Movie (May 7, 2017)
View story at Medium.com

A more pleasant day.

The RPG Roots of My Current Novel (May 8, 2017)
View story at Medium.com

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

It seems that I post more personal stories on Medium and more technical ones on my blog.

Northern Lights sighted as far south as the Dakotas in the USA

A minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on April 11th as Earth moves through a high speed stream of solar wind.

Space Weather News for April 11, 2018
http://spaceweather.com
https://www.facebook.com/spaceweatherdotcom

GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on April 11th as Earth moves through a high speed stream of solar wind. This is causing bright auroras around the poles, with Northern Lights sighted as far south as the Dakotas in the USA. The gaseous material is flowing from a wide hole in the sun’s atmosphere–so wide that the stream could continue to influence our planet for the next two to three days. Visit Spaceweather.com for updates.

Above: First contact with the solar wind stream produced this outburst of auroras over Tromsö, Norway, photographed by Marcus Åhlund, a tour guide for Explore the Arctic.

 

ToyCon, April 15, Ville St. Laurent

The next Montreal ToyCon will be happening on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Ville St Laurent.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous conventions and are looking for the best and brightest toys for your collection, be sure to check it out! There will be comic book and toy dealers selling GI-Joe, DC, Marvel, Transformers, Star Wars, Funko Pop, Lego and tons more.  We also invited the Lego Club and several different Cosplay clubs (501st Star Wars).  We’d love to see you there. For more details, visit our website.

Once again, the address is:

Courtyard Marriott Hotel
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St Laurent, QC  H4M-2Z5
(Near 
Mega-Plex Speheretech 14 – Cinema Guzzo)
Date and Time: Sunday, April 15th from 10am to 4pm
Admission $5

Impulse is now on line

Download April Impulse here.

The theme for our meeting on SATURDAY April 14 is Masks and Capes–Wear your Superhero logo! Also we hope to have a nice display of Superhero (or Super Villain) models, books, comics, etc so do take some time to rummage through your collections –who knows? You might find that Spiderman lunchbox you got for Christmas when you were 12!

Also look for Superhero/Villain items you could donate to the raffle and earn tickets for the Christmas special draw.

Obituary for Christopher Chartier

Obituary for Christopher Chartier

Montreal’s fandom will remember Chris Chartier, founder of Warp 9, a media oriented fan club in Montreal.  He ran a couple of conventions, and got many of us involved in the concom. He also got me travelling to Chicago for Visions, still in my memory as the best conventions ever.  It’s a shock that he passed away so young, only 52.    –CPL 

Took his last valiant breath surrounded by family at the West Island Palliative Center. He will be deeply missed by his beloved wife Jennifer(Brown), his children Ryan and Autumn. He leaves behind his parents Angelina and Antonio Filigno, his grandfather Antonio (the late Maria), his sister Lisa (George), brother Marcus (Julia). As well as his In-laws Jean and David Brown, Stephen (Anita), his nieces and nephews Alexandra, Mikaela Peter, Maya, Joshua,Justin and Allison. He will be missed greatly by all his Aunts and Uncles and many family members and friends.

The family will receive condolences on Tuesday April 10, from 3-5 and 7-10pm and Wednesday April 11, 8:30-9:30am at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 Sources Blvd , Dollard des Ormeaux, Funeral Services will be held at St-Veronica’s Church on Wednesday April 11 At 10am, 1300 Carson ave, H9S1M6, Burial to follow at Lakeview Memorial.

The family would like to Thank all the Staff at MUHC, Nova West Island, W.I.P, and CLSC Dorval/Lachine for all the wonderful care you gave. In lieu of flowers a donation to one of the following will be appreciated.

West Island Palliative Care, Nova West Island or Montreal Children’s Kat D DIPG foundation.

Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association