Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Sunday, October 24, 2010
  Mile Hi Con behind us, up ahead...Halloween with wine!

Mario here,

Another Mile Hi Con bites the dust.  You mix writers, geeks, booze, and costumes, you're bound to end up with all sorts of nuttiness.  This con didn't disappoint.
                                                 


<----Costumer-extraordinaire Neffra had to show 
off her Klingon cleavage.



Ilana and Janene continued to strut their stuff after the costume contest.--->












As expected, Jeanne and Betsy Dornbusch got a jump start on the mayhem by fueling up at the bar and plotting against you-know-who.








Cons are a great time to reunite with writer friends.  Warren Hammond (L), Carrie Vaughn, and Paolo Bacigalupi (R).  

We had much to celebrate with the recent success of Bacigalupi, winner of a Hugo and a Nebula for The Windup Girl, and as a Finalist for a National Book Award for Ship Breaker.









Jeanne represented the Biting-Edge on the Vampires, Werewolves, Mermaids: Next in Urban Fantasy panel with Author Guest of Honor Rachel Caine (L), and Stephen Graham Jones (R).


Every once in a rare while I surprise myself in a good way.  It happened at this con when I met the Artist Guest of Honor Donato Giancola and guessed his major artistic influence.  Giancola provided the breathtaking cover illustration for the conference program with a reproduction of his oil painting Mechanic.   I complimented Giancola about his impressive ability to render such a convincing red metallic.  He said he used a red Christmas ball ornament as a model.


I studied the painting and commented to Gianola that his color palette and style reminded me of the great British painter John Waterhouse (1849-1917).  
Giancola brightened at my 
observation and replied with an enthusiastic affirmative.  
                     (Waterhouse La Belle Dame Sans Merci --->)

Afterwards we had a wonderful conversation about Giancola's career, his techniques, and our appreciation for Waterhouse and NC Wyeth.  Made me want to get back to the easel ASAP, and I will.





One topic among us writers is that in our stories, for all our struggles against formula, we can still unwittingly wallow in the tropes of our genre.  If you want to churn through the banal and overdone concepts of the small screen, check out the website TVtropes.org 

I'm the guest blogger on Readaholic's Scarefest with my essay, Why I Love Halloween. Thanks for the invitation, Bridget.

Since this is the season of witches and things that can make you go e-yeew! in a big way, we must share these videos.

First: from author Deborah Harkness, whose debut novel A Discovery of Witches, is due out February 8 from Viking. 



Harkness is a vintner with an award-winning blog, GoodWineUnder $20.  But what about us poor writers? Anything for under five bucks?  

I was asked by the AV Club of The Onion to share my favorite horror movie. No contest. John Carpenter's The Thing, and especially for this scene:



Enough with the gross outs.  Fortunately, we have Elvira providing some needed and welcome relief (and more cleavage):



Happy Halloween!

Labels: , , , ,

 
Comments:
Somebody probably poorer on the whole than writers - musicians. When I got to L.A. in the early-mid 70s there was a mid-California bulk wine called Red Mountain. A little over a buck, or 99 cents on sale, for a gallon jug. The labels were reproduced on a mimeograph and showed a guy with a jug in his hand and Xs for eyes. With the slogan... Red Mountain Wine - guaranteed not to blind.

It's not available any more (probably a good thing) and the Red Mountain Wineries in the Pacific Northwest would probably prefer that the memories would disappear forever.

Ron
 
PS. A number of 60-70s bands did songs with references to Red Mountain Wine, including Eric Burdon and War (Magic Mountain) and Janis Joplin (Red Mountain Burgandy)

B^) --- strummmmm
 
Your favorite horror movie huh?... Um... no comment. Karen Lin
 
So much fun this weekend. Great seeing you.

And Donato IS a nice guy and a wonderful artist. It took major willpower not to bid on his stuff!
 
Ron: cheap wine is never cheap enough.
Karen: C'mon, share.
Betsy: great time hanging with you.
 
Elvira is back. Worth a toast with red wine.
 
Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link



<< Home
www.marioacevedo.com
jeanniestein.com

Biting Edge - Blogged


Marta Acosta
Vampiress.ca
Zombie Defense Tactics
L.A. Banks
Robin Brande
Douglas Clegg
Mary Janice Davidson
Midnight Moon Cafe
P.N. Elrod
Christine Feehan
Andrew Fox
Jasper Fforde
Neil Gaiman
Laurell K. Hamilton
Charlaine Harris
Charlie Huston
Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Midnight Hour
First Offenders
Christopher Moore
Susan Squires
Storytellers Unplugged
Carrie Vaughn
Lynn Viehl
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro


Agent Query
AOL Bookmaven
Bookmouth
Bookseller Chick
Bronze Word
GalleyCat
Guide to Literary Agents
Grumpy Old Bookman
Marcela Landres
Miss Snark
The Neglected Books Page
Preditors and Editors
Pub Rants
Publishers Lunch
Slushpile
Latino Stories


Alt Vampires
Love Vampires Reviews
Bite Me Magazine
Borderlands Bookstore
Dark Carnival Bookstore
Dark Hunter
Horror Writers Assoc.
Kaleighbug Books
Locus Magazine
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
Paranormal Fiction
Paranormality Universe
Realm of the Vampires
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Net
Undead Update
Vampire Genre
Vampire HQ
The Vampire Library
Vampires Vault
Vampress
Vamprowler
Vampyres Online



ARCHIVES
March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / April 2008 / May 2008 / June 2008 / July 2008 / August 2008 / September 2008 / October 2008 / November 2008 / December 2008 / January 2009 / February 2009 / March 2009 / April 2009 / May 2009 / June 2009 / July 2009 / August 2009 / September 2009 / October 2009 / November 2009 / December 2009 / January 2010 / February 2010 / March 2010 / April 2010 / May 2010 / June 2010 / July 2010 / August 2010 / September 2010 / October 2010 / November 2010 / December 2010 / January 2011 / February 2011 / March 2011 / April 2011 / May 2011 / June 2011 / July 2011 / August 2011 / September 2011 / October 2011 / November 2011 / December 2011 / January 2012 / February 2012 / March 2012 / April 2012 / May 2012 / June 2012 / July 2012 / August 2012 / September 2012 / October 2012 / November 2012 / December 2012 / January 2013 / February 2013 / March 2013 / April 2013 / May 2013 / June 2013 / July 2013 /


Powered by Blogger