Predictable Consequences, Original Watercolor by Allison Stein 2021

After a two-year pandemic pause, it was wonderful to be participating in an in-person convention and art show again! I enjoy visiting with my fellow artists and seeing what new work they bring for display. I also enjoy participating in panel discussions about our art tools and processes. Archon 44 (2021) was held just outside of St. Louis in Collinsville, Ill., Oct. 1-3, 2021. (Coincidently, Archon 2019 was my last in-person convention prior to the…

I was so happy to be invited to Archon 44 (2021) as a guest last weekend. Archon was held just outside of St. Louis in Collinsville, Ill., Oct. 1-3, 2021. (Coincidently, Archon 2019 was my last in-person convention prior to the pandemic.) The con had a strict policy that required proof of vaccination or proof of a negative covid test within 72 hours. Illinois also had a mask mandate in place. With those two parameters,…

ConQuesT 52

The ConQuesT science fiction con starts today and is 100% virtual this year. Here’s my schedule: Friday 5/28 5 PM – “Behind the Curtain”: The Process Behind the Art Saturday 5/29 10 AM – Being a Creative in 2020: Building Community, Visibility, and Audience in a Virtual World Saturday 5/29 4:30 PM – A Gathering of Voices: The Importance of Anthologies Sunday 5/30 11:30 AM – (M) Writers Groups: Strength in Numbers I also have…