Reviews

"Reading a Matt Pallamary story is like charging headfirst into the dark. I don't know why we like to do that, but we do."
— Ken Kuhlken -- Author of The Do-Re-Mi

Featured Books

Land Without Evil, A Novel
The Small Dark Room and Other Short Stories

Events

Friday February 13, 2015
Start: 12:00 am
Start: 02/13/2015 - 12:00am
End: 02/16/2015 - 12:00am

Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-16, 2015

ANY NUMBER OF HOW-TO books combined may not give a writer the one priceless bit of clarity that can make the difference between being published or not. Rejection by an editor or agent seldom yields the reason as to why a manuscript doesn’t grab them, and almost never reveals how it can be fixed to ensure that it ever will.

conf5Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, having facilitated some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals.  With extended one-on-one evaluation of advance submissions and dozens of read & critique and practical information workshops to choose from, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to empower writers of every level with the vital tools, networking and industry prowess needed to sell their work. conf14And since our surroundings afford it – and we certainly encourage it – plenty of other opportunities await those attending to sidle up next to editors, agents, executives, and others joining us to discuss things on a more intimate level.

So whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer unable to determine why your work’s not working, a writer simply in search of some answers, a writer wanting feedback on what you’ve written, or just a writer who wants to hang with other writers, do yourself a favor and join us for the 29th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference (and Retreat) in San Diego, February 13-16, 2015. Your words are worth it!

Saturday February 14, 2015
(all day)
Start: 02/13/2015 - 12:00am
End: 02/16/2015 - 12:00am

Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-16, 2015

ANY NUMBER OF HOW-TO books combined may not give a writer the one priceless bit of clarity that can make the difference between being published or not. Rejection by an editor or agent seldom yields the reason as to why a manuscript doesn’t grab them, and almost never reveals how it can be fixed to ensure that it ever will.

conf5Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, having facilitated some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals.  With extended one-on-one evaluation of advance submissions and dozens of read & critique and practical information workshops to choose from, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to empower writers of every level with the vital tools, networking and industry prowess needed to sell their work. conf14And since our surroundings afford it – and we certainly encourage it – plenty of other opportunities await those attending to sidle up next to editors, agents, executives, and others joining us to discuss things on a more intimate level.

So whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer unable to determine why your work’s not working, a writer simply in search of some answers, a writer wanting feedback on what you’ve written, or just a writer who wants to hang with other writers, do yourself a favor and join us for the 29th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference (and Retreat) in San Diego, February 13-16, 2015. Your words are worth it!

Sunday February 15, 2015
(all day)
Start: 02/13/2015 - 12:00am
End: 02/16/2015 - 12:00am

Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-16, 2015

ANY NUMBER OF HOW-TO books combined may not give a writer the one priceless bit of clarity that can make the difference between being published or not. Rejection by an editor or agent seldom yields the reason as to why a manuscript doesn’t grab them, and almost never reveals how it can be fixed to ensure that it ever will.

conf5Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, having facilitated some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals.  With extended one-on-one evaluation of advance submissions and dozens of read & critique and practical information workshops to choose from, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to empower writers of every level with the vital tools, networking and industry prowess needed to sell their work. conf14And since our surroundings afford it – and we certainly encourage it – plenty of other opportunities await those attending to sidle up next to editors, agents, executives, and others joining us to discuss things on a more intimate level.

So whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer unable to determine why your work’s not working, a writer simply in search of some answers, a writer wanting feedback on what you’ve written, or just a writer who wants to hang with other writers, do yourself a favor and join us for the 29th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference (and Retreat) in San Diego, February 13-16, 2015. Your words are worth it!

Monday February 16, 2015
End: 12:00 am
Start: 02/13/2015 - 12:00am
End: 02/16/2015 - 12:00am

Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 13-16, 2015

ANY NUMBER OF HOW-TO books combined may not give a writer the one priceless bit of clarity that can make the difference between being published or not. Rejection by an editor or agent seldom yields the reason as to why a manuscript doesn’t grab them, and almost never reveals how it can be fixed to ensure that it ever will.

conf5Founded and run by professional writers the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative guidance to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration, having facilitated some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals.  With extended one-on-one evaluation of advance submissions and dozens of read & critique and practical information workshops to choose from, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to empower writers of every level with the vital tools, networking and industry prowess needed to sell their work. conf14And since our surroundings afford it – and we certainly encourage it – plenty of other opportunities await those attending to sidle up next to editors, agents, executives, and others joining us to discuss things on a more intimate level.

So whether you’re a writer just starting out, a writer unable to determine why your work’s not working, a writer simply in search of some answers, a writer wanting feedback on what you’ve written, or just a writer who wants to hang with other writers, do yourself a favor and join us for the 29th Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference (and Retreat) in San Diego, February 13-16, 2015. Your words are worth it!

Friday March 13, 2015
Start: 10:00 am
Start: 03/13/2015 - 10:00am
End: 03/15/2015 - 5:00pm

Special Guest - Justin Hoke

Justin Andrew Hoke, author of 'Pacemaker' and Editor-In-Chief of DreadfullyPunk.com, aims to share his image of Steampunk with use of the written word. When not writing, Justin coordinates and plans events with Grand Pacific Steam and its associates to encourage the Steampunk community of San Diego, California to socialize and interact. His ultimate goal is to ensure the legacy of Steampunk as not only a genre of science fiction or as a fandom, but as a community of artists, authors, makers, and progressive thinkers..

2015 Guest of Honor - S.M. Stirling

Announcing our 2015 Guest of Honor! Please welcome Stephen Michael Stirling, a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. 

He is best known for his DRAKA series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series. His latest books are "The Given Sacrifice" (Sept. 2013) and "The Golden Princess" (Sept. 2014; upcoming titles are "The Change" (a shared world anthology) in June of 2015 and "The Desert and the Shore" (Sept. 2015). 

His hobbies mostly involve reading -- history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction -- but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food.

Special Guests - Drake and McTrowell

And more special guests - David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse are the San Diego-based authors of “The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell,” a serialized steampunk tale detailing the adventures of Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell. The duo’s many adventures are provided in weekly penny dreadful-style episodes on the web (www.DrakeAndMcTrowell.com). They have produced four novellas since 2010 and can be seen cosplaying their alter egos at conventions all over the West.

The Adventure Effect - Special Guests

The Adventure Effect is a collaborative performance art and cosplay project, the result of which is a dynamic, interactive storytelling experience. tAE's members live an "all the world's a stage" lifestyle, performing and having adventures both in costume and out. Their fun extends well beyond conventions, from stage performances and games to thrift store shopping. The Adventure Effect embodies an attitude of play.

Founded by creative directors Sara Katz-Scher (ThatPrincessGirl) and Neil A. Williams II (LostBoyCosplay) in 2014, The Adventure Effect showcases the creative efforts of Isaac Pierce (Time And Space Cosplay) and vibrant personality of technical director, Matthew Eberle (Eberle Cosplay). The Adventure Effect is best known collectively for their Doctor Who and Alice in Wonderland characters, but they are looking forward to sharing a variety of new performances in the coming year.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventureEffect
theadventureeffect.tumblr.com

Photos from our Photographer

ConDor's photographer, Jerry Abuan, has posted photos from Saturday of the convention.

There is also an open Facebook page to share photos from ConDor.

ConDor Academy

Did you attend the winster session of ConDor Academy? Would you like more information, give suggestions or wish to teach a class next year? Then join ourConDor Academy Facebook page. Share photos, experiences and ask questions about classes you attended.

The Regents want to make next year's Academy bigger, better and even more fun but we need your input to do it.

Scott Norton

We are saddened by the loss of our friend and former ConDor panelist and committee member, Scott Norton, who passed away at the end of 2013. His contributions to fandom are varied, and his friendship touched so many of us

Saturday March 14, 2015
(all day)
Start: 03/13/2015 - 10:00am
End: 03/15/2015 - 5:00pm

Special Guest - Justin Hoke

Justin Andrew Hoke, author of 'Pacemaker' and Editor-In-Chief of DreadfullyPunk.com, aims to share his image of Steampunk with use of the written word. When not writing, Justin coordinates and plans events with Grand Pacific Steam and its associates to encourage the Steampunk community of San Diego, California to socialize and interact. His ultimate goal is to ensure the legacy of Steampunk as not only a genre of science fiction or as a fandom, but as a community of artists, authors, makers, and progressive thinkers..

2015 Guest of Honor - S.M. Stirling

Announcing our 2015 Guest of Honor! Please welcome Stephen Michael Stirling, a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. 

He is best known for his DRAKA series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series. His latest books are "The Given Sacrifice" (Sept. 2013) and "The Golden Princess" (Sept. 2014; upcoming titles are "The Change" (a shared world anthology) in June of 2015 and "The Desert and the Shore" (Sept. 2015). 

His hobbies mostly involve reading -- history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction -- but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food.

Special Guests - Drake and McTrowell

And more special guests - David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse are the San Diego-based authors of “The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell,” a serialized steampunk tale detailing the adventures of Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell. The duo’s many adventures are provided in weekly penny dreadful-style episodes on the web (www.DrakeAndMcTrowell.com). They have produced four novellas since 2010 and can be seen cosplaying their alter egos at conventions all over the West.

The Adventure Effect - Special Guests

The Adventure Effect is a collaborative performance art and cosplay project, the result of which is a dynamic, interactive storytelling experience. tAE's members live an "all the world's a stage" lifestyle, performing and having adventures both in costume and out. Their fun extends well beyond conventions, from stage performances and games to thrift store shopping. The Adventure Effect embodies an attitude of play.

Founded by creative directors Sara Katz-Scher (ThatPrincessGirl) and Neil A. Williams II (LostBoyCosplay) in 2014, The Adventure Effect showcases the creative efforts of Isaac Pierce (Time And Space Cosplay) and vibrant personality of technical director, Matthew Eberle (Eberle Cosplay). The Adventure Effect is best known collectively for their Doctor Who and Alice in Wonderland characters, but they are looking forward to sharing a variety of new performances in the coming year.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventureEffect
theadventureeffect.tumblr.com

Photos from our Photographer

ConDor's photographer, Jerry Abuan, has posted photos from Saturday of the convention.

There is also an open Facebook page to share photos from ConDor.

ConDor Academy

Did you attend the winster session of ConDor Academy? Would you like more information, give suggestions or wish to teach a class next year? Then join ourConDor Academy Facebook page. Share photos, experiences and ask questions about classes you attended.

The Regents want to make next year's Academy bigger, better and even more fun but we need your input to do it.

Scott Norton

We are saddened by the loss of our friend and former ConDor panelist and committee member, Scott Norton, who passed away at the end of 2013. His contributions to fandom are varied, and his friendship touched so many of us

Sunday March 15, 2015
End: 5:00 pm
Start: 03/13/2015 - 10:00am
End: 03/15/2015 - 5:00pm

Special Guest - Justin Hoke

Justin Andrew Hoke, author of 'Pacemaker' and Editor-In-Chief of DreadfullyPunk.com, aims to share his image of Steampunk with use of the written word. When not writing, Justin coordinates and plans events with Grand Pacific Steam and its associates to encourage the Steampunk community of San Diego, California to socialize and interact. His ultimate goal is to ensure the legacy of Steampunk as not only a genre of science fiction or as a fandom, but as a community of artists, authors, makers, and progressive thinkers..

2015 Guest of Honor - S.M. Stirling

Announcing our 2015 Guest of Honor! Please welcome Stephen Michael Stirling, a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. 

He is best known for his DRAKA series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series. His latest books are "The Given Sacrifice" (Sept. 2013) and "The Golden Princess" (Sept. 2014; upcoming titles are "The Change" (a shared world anthology) in June of 2015 and "The Desert and the Shore" (Sept. 2015). 

His hobbies mostly involve reading -- history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction -- but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food.

Special Guests - Drake and McTrowell

And more special guests - David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse are the San Diego-based authors of “The Adventures of Drake and McTrowell,” a serialized steampunk tale detailing the adventures of Chief Inspector Erasmus Drake and Dr. "Sparky" McTrowell. The duo’s many adventures are provided in weekly penny dreadful-style episodes on the web (www.DrakeAndMcTrowell.com). They have produced four novellas since 2010 and can be seen cosplaying their alter egos at conventions all over the West.

The Adventure Effect - Special Guests

The Adventure Effect is a collaborative performance art and cosplay project, the result of which is a dynamic, interactive storytelling experience. tAE's members live an "all the world's a stage" lifestyle, performing and having adventures both in costume and out. Their fun extends well beyond conventions, from stage performances and games to thrift store shopping. The Adventure Effect embodies an attitude of play.

Founded by creative directors Sara Katz-Scher (ThatPrincessGirl) and Neil A. Williams II (LostBoyCosplay) in 2014, The Adventure Effect showcases the creative efforts of Isaac Pierce (Time And Space Cosplay) and vibrant personality of technical director, Matthew Eberle (Eberle Cosplay). The Adventure Effect is best known collectively for their Doctor Who and Alice in Wonderland characters, but they are looking forward to sharing a variety of new performances in the coming year.

https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventureEffect
theadventureeffect.tumblr.com

Photos from our Photographer

ConDor's photographer, Jerry Abuan, has posted photos from Saturday of the convention.

There is also an open Facebook page to share photos from ConDor.

ConDor Academy

Did you attend the winster session of ConDor Academy? Would you like more information, give suggestions or wish to teach a class next year? Then join ourConDor Academy Facebook page. Share photos, experiences and ask questions about classes you attended.

The Regents want to make next year's Academy bigger, better and even more fun but we need your input to do it.

Scott Norton

We are saddened by the loss of our friend and former ConDor panelist and committee member, Scott Norton, who passed away at the end of 2013. His contributions to fandom are varied, and his friendship touched so many of us