Helena, Ben, a couple of Ben's friends, and I went to MidSouth Con this weekend. It was very entertaining and relaxing. I attended several of the conferences, including "So You Want to Write a Screenplay?" [See the WHIP entry below], "Brave New Worlds" [a discussion of dystopian science fiction], "Things in Science We Don't Understand" [a panel of physicists, rocket scientists from NASA, etc discussed the things we don't yet know], and a few other ones. I attended some costuming and garbing sessions with Helena.
We got to see an excellent Rocky Horror Picture Show with a shadow cast from Memphis. They did a great job. It was probably the best shadow cast I've ever seen. The audience was great, too. They knew a lot of call-backs. Of course, that kept me up until close to 3:00 in the morning. I'm too damn old to stay up until 3:00 in the morning. I crashed the next night, missing the costume contest.
Also, we took very few pictures. I guessed there would be a lot of pictures on the web. Just use Google Images. As of last night, there weren't that many pictures, but I'm sure they'll surface.
I bought a few small-press books, as always. I enjoy reading those sometimes, although my time has been fairly limited and I haven't read nearly as much as I would like to. One that looked interesting was The Anthology from Hell: Humorous Stories from WAY Down Under. The editor was Julia Mandala. I've read a few of her other works.
I got a book on self-publishing. At one time when I was teaching at Pulaski Tech in the paralegal program I considered composing my own textbook for Appellate Advocacy. None of the books out there would fill the bill. Apparently you can self-publish on CreateSpace (Amazon) and print out fairly economical copies. It looks like you can print them out for five or ten bucks a piece if you do it right. I'll have to investigate further. Right now I barely have time to read the books I want to read. Is it realistic to expect I'll be able to write one? I can't even keep up with this blog?
J.G. "Gerry" Schulze is an amateur linguist who practices law for a living. For more information see his webpage, which has links to some of his other online activities.