• Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 06: Interview with Amanda Sun

    by 00:00 Episode ID Days of Geek, Episode 6: with Amanda Sun, recorded at Ad Astra 2013.   00:05 Music “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.   00:13 Intro Where I offer some contact info and then quote Bilbo Baggins on how dangerous it is to leave your front door because you don’t know where you’ll wind up. I make the point that the same is true of books.   01:12 Main A very quick intro to the ancient interview with Amanda Sun (it was recorded in April).   02:01 Main The Interview. Amanda talks mostly about Ink, touching on characters, kendo, kami, locations in, and background…

  • Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 02: Interview with Tanya Gough

    by Note that the contact info given in the episode itself is no longer any good. If you want to find me, try Facebook, @writingdad on Twitter, or email: lance@lanceschonberg.com. 00:00 Episode ID Days of Geek, Episode 2: Interview with Tanya Gough and the Star Trek re-watch begins.   00:07 Music – “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.   00:14 Intro I quote Frank Zappa on books (“So many books, so little time.”) and observe that while the publishing industry is changing, it’s probably going to get better for readers in the short and long term.   00:48 Main In which I very briefly introduce the main…

  • Conventions

    Ad Astra Cosplay Results

    by Since it almost seems like the steampunk weapons were more work (at least they took longer), we’ll start with those. We turned these: Into these: (That’s a post-con picture. You can see a little evidence of use and, in my case, the loss of a small scorpion on top.) Mine (the shotgun) was pretty much done with layers of spray paint and made use of painter’s tape. The girls’ were much more intricate, involving a lot of handpainting and far more artistic ability than I’ve got. As for costumes, there was much shopping of thrift stores and craft stores. We’ve got a lot of stuff we didn’t use (hey,…

  • Conventions,  Life

    Cosplay Prep

    by Totally forgot to post this, so it seems a little off now that the Con is over. I’ve added a couple of notes here and there. Pictures in a post I’ll be uploading in a few minutes.   Many months back, my oldest daughter and I decided to go to Ad Astra, a (mostly) literary Science Fiction and Fantasy convention held in Toronto, a planned awesome father-daughter weekend. More recently, she decided that maybe, since we’re going to cosplay for Anime North in May, we should consider putting together something for Ad Astra as well. This sparked the interest of my youngest daughter (I only have two), who began…

  • Conventions,  Life,  News

    Top 10 Ad Astra 2013 Moments

    by My daughters and I went to the Ad Astra SF convention in Toronto (technically Markham, but it’s attached) last weekend and we had an awesome time. A busy weekend filled with geeky goodness. We spent most of the weekend in costume (all of it in the case of my oldest daughter while the younger daughter and I took half of Sunday off), so I didn’t get a lot of pictures. Hoping that someone is going to post some, but frequent Google searches haven’t come up with much yet. Hint, hint. (A handful of pics in a slideshow here, including one of us with my head cut off, and a…