A Trophy For Little Old Me

Wordpress trophyI do love how WordPress sets these somewhat eclectic targets (for lack of a better word) which when reached by the blogger gives them an automatic trophy. The first thought that goes through my mind is ‘Wow, a trophy? For little old me?’ *By the by, a single quotation mark by some authors is meant to convey thought versus speech anyone disagree with this method? Just curious, answers on a postcard please or conversely you can tell me via the comment section below.* Anyway, as shown by the image above, I now have reached 1,337, with a “real” total of 1,339 followers on my blog.

Cue fireworks, confetti and cheering, even if it is only my hoarse voice you can hear, in wild celebration. I do celebrate these milestone events, albeit rather quietly, since these follower counts mean that slowly but surely, I am building up a core group that like my meandering messages.

Here is where I insist that you give yourself a pat on the back for having such great taste! Seriously, it does mean a lot that either some of you have come back or others have enjoyed my ramblings enough to pay me the ultimate compliment. Thanks to both types of folks and to those who fall into neither camp.

For those still “on the fence” about my writing, that is fine too. I’ve not published anything yet, but I will. In this day and age of self publishing if I cannot get picked up by a publisher when I’ve finished, I’ll do it on my own. I know this is now the norm and quite successful for some folks, like the Winner Twins who I have met, interviewed and still interact with now and then. *On a side note, two nicer young ladies you will never meet and their work is entertaining and good.*

For those who have been here for awhile, thanks for being patient. I’ve veered off the path, most notably working for the content mill and sweatshop GLV where I had no time to devote to my baby. (But I did manage to attend some geeky type cons and meet some dynamite actors and in that aspect had the time of my life.) Now I am back and casting my hook around to see what other writing opportunities are out there.

Thanks to you all; I know that regardless of where my laptop and I end up there are folks who like my writing and will stop by to read and comment. Even though I do not get out and about as much as I used to, and those of you with your own blogs will know what I mean, but as soon as the Internet issue is sorted and I learn to be more organized, I will be more visible at other blog sites. I promise.

Till then, I remain humbly overawed that there are that many people out there who like my work. I think you all are the best. Thanks and I raise my metaphorical glass to you. Cheers and all the best.

7 June 2015

Michael Knox-Smith

The Strand Prophecy The Winner Twins First Epic Win

The Strand Prophecy The Winner Twins First Epic Win

The Strand Prophecy written by the Winner Twins Brittany and Brianna is the first “epic win” by these amazing young ladies who have taken the Young Adult/science fiction literary world by storm. The book was published back in 2006, when the girls were 12 years-old and when “self-publishing was not the big thing it is now.” This quote came from the twins’ panel on now to “create and publish” your book at the 2nd Annual Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con.

Amazing LV Comic Con Day Three: Cosplay Heroes Cynthia Vespia and Winner Twins

Amazing LV Comic Con Day Three: Cosplay Heroes Cynthia Vespia and Winner Twins

Day three of the Amazing LV Comic Con consisted of Cosplay Heroes, times two, author Cynthia Vespia, and the Winner Twins, again. Of course there was much going on, just like the prior two days. There were less people running around as Harley Quinn, Batman, or the Joker, but there was a Robocop and Iron Man, the chap had lights and everything. Most impressive and considering that the amount of energy required to wear these cumbersome looking costumes must have been huge, the sense of good will and friendliness remained. As well as the willingness to pose for photos.

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Day Two: Winner Twins Panel and Cosplay Contest

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Day Two: Winner Twins Panel and Cosplay Contest

Day two of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con featured a Winner Twins panel and more cosplay than the day before as well as a competition. Before the panel and the evening contest, however, there were people to meet. Both Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan from Crabcat Industries and Heroes of Cosplay on the SyFy channel. Also present on day two was Alana Rose from another SyFy program Face Off. The illustrious Sylvester McCoy, of Doctor Who fame and comic book artist legend Jim Lee were both available for photographs and autographs.

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Day One: Loving It

Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Day One: Loving It

Day one of the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con was brilliant and I was loving it, so was the crowd. The atmosphere at the event was friendly, fun, encouraging, and exciting. There were a number of well known comic artists and writers. The number of cosplay costumes were too many to count and ran from the scary, Spawn to the more child friendly, Pokemon.