Hollowstone: Tell Your Friends

HUGE NEWS!!!!! For the few of you who have yet to read Hollowstone, Amazon has a special going and is offering the Kindle edition of the novel for only $2.99.

That’s right you can download Hollowstone and read it right now for only $2.99.

Don’t own a Kindle? Don’t need one. You can download the free Kindle app on your iPhone, iPad, smartphone and tablet and start reading.

Hollowstone on Kindle, 2.99, tell your friends. You’ll all thank me later.  😉


The Great Gatsby Game

You can thank and/or blame my boy Jackson for this one. As many of you are aware, The Great Gatsby was one of the major inspirations for my novel Hollowstone. The first half of the novel especially serves as a modern retelling/homage to the Fitzgerald classic.

So imagine my surprise when I learned of this:


Jackson said it best: “It captures perfectly that moment in the book when Nick starts smacking butlers with his boomerang porkchop, doesn’t it?”

And I also learned yesterday that there’s going to be a new Great Gatsby film:


I think this film can go either way. On the one hand it has DiCaprio and Maguire whch is awesome but on the other, they’re trying to glam it up and make it too slick. I’ll check it out just to see how they handle the material.

Letting The Geek Flag Fly

Outlantacon was a huge success and I had a frikkin blast. This was a true milestone for me because this time I was there as a guest so it was kind of a homecoming of sorts.


After taking care an assortment of errands and business in town, I hit the road and headed down to Atlanta. I met up with Will and we caught up, had dinner and hung out. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. I’m really blessed to have him as a bud. No matter what’s going on in my life. No matter how stressful or chaotic it can get, when I hang out with Will, I know everything is going to work itself out. It’s hard to believe we’ve been BFFs for nearly a decade. Man! I eventually made it to the hotel in time for Nea’s 2nd Annual Drag Race.

Wow………just……..I would tell you what went down but it’s one of those things you had to be there to see……I gotta give props to Nea because she handled her hosting duties like a pro in spite of the wackiness that ensued.

Afterwards a group of us hung out and partied it up. Sadly I couldn’t be up too late because I had a long day of panels ahead of me.


I was up and early and ready for discussions. I’ve come to realize that I definitely thrive on the energy of being on panels. Getting to discuss what I love and share my experiences and it’s an opportunity for me to give back. I got to discuss comics, share the challenges and trials of being a queer writer of color, and I got to hang out with so many of my writer friends. I also sold a copy of Hollowstone which was awesome.

During the panels, cast members of the X-Men fan video series were roaming around the hotel, including his hawtness Colossus. Some of us may or may not have paused the panel to go stalk meet him. Yes he is that fine.

Following the panels, I hooked up with Will and we had dinner and caught Cabin In The Woods. Awesome epic is epically awesome. Later we watched Game of Thrones and crashed.


Finished up panels and then I met up with my girl, my sibling from another maternal unit, Amaya Radjani, author of Corruption. My God is that woman brilliant as she is beautiful. Boss chick doesn’t even begin to cover it. The two of us discussed everything and anything and we just clicked. Suffice it to say, we will be hanging out again and again and again and again…..

But don’t take my word for it.

Closing ceremonies commenced and I may or may not have hyperventilated when I learned that David DeCoteau (aka he who introduced me to the hawtness that is Sean Faris) would be a guest next year.

After the closing ceremonies at Outlantacon, I caught up with my good buddy and old roommate CC and was happy to hear she was doing well. From there, I hit the road and my awesome weekend sadly ended too soon as it does each year.

And as is the case each year, I got to reconnect with some old friends and I had the pleasure of making some new ones. Outlantacon will always have a special place in my heart. So to everyone who made this weekend a special one, thank you.

I wish I could express into words how special and awesome Outlantacon is, but I think this is a case where pictures will convey my point far more accurately. Some of these pics are mine others are courtesy from the official Facebook page.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have much writing to do.

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By Dennis R. Upkins

Outlantacon Schedule

I’m about to log off, hit the road and head to Outlantacon. My internet access will be sparse but I will be checking in.

Here’s my Outlantacon Panel Schedule for this weekend:


1:00 PM  How Not to Get Published: When dealing with ‘traditional’ publishers (be they major, large, small, indie, etc) the submission process is critically important. Learn from our experienced pros what you should do by hearing examples of what NOT to do when submitting your work to publishers.
Panelists: Lee Martindale, Kiernan Kelly, Dennis Upkins

2:00 PM Latest in Gay Comics: A popular panel topic each year at OutlantaCon, our panelists detailed look at the comics companies, both major and indie, to find out who is doing what with queer content.
Panelists: Joe Phillips, Darren Nowell, Scott Tatum, Dennis Upkins

3:00 PM Character Creation and Development: Learn from our experts some tips and skills in developing interesting and engaging characters in your work.
Panelists: Hushicho, Kayelle Allen, Dennis Upkins

5:00 PM The Blogging Author: The Art of Self PR: In the world of independent publishers, print-on-demand, and a very flooded literary market, it really does fall onto the shoulders of the author to promote him/herself and his/her own work. Learn from one of the very best what it takes to succeed in today’s literary landscape.
Panelist: Kayelle Allen, Dennis Upkins

6:00 PM Teen Fiction: The Young Adult market has become a hugely successful and influential aspect of the publishing landscape, from Harry Potter and Eragon to Hunger Games and Gossip Girls. Our panelists talk about the major players in the field; attendees are encouraged to bring up their favourite teen series as well.
Panelists: Eugie Foster, Kiernan Kelly, Dennis Upkins

7:00 PM LGBT Literature: What’s happening in the world of LGBT lit? Our panelists talk about the state of queer publishing, what’s hot and what’s not, and make recommendations to readers. Bring your own recommendations to share with the group!
Panelists: Kage Alan, Kiernan Kelly, Dennis Upkins


11:00 AM DC Rebooted … Now What?: With the big major relaunch of every DC title this year, the company has opened up its future to go anywhere it desires. But where are they headed? We’ll look at how this reboot has affected both DC and the market at large, and we’ll talk about where DC might go from here.
Panelists: Joe Phillips, Darren Nowell, Scott Tatum, Dennis Upkins

12:00 PM Job By Day, Writer By Night: Let’s face it … its tough to make a career from writing. The majority of writers have a ‘day job’. So how do our author and filmmaker guests juggle creating fantasy worlds and gay romances at night with computer support, database design and other mundane careers during the day? There’s got to be some funny stories there….
Panelists: Shae Connor, Eugie Foster, Paul Bright, Dennis Upkins


So let’s talk about Outlantacon and why it is an epic of epic epicness. Now in its fourth year, it continues to grow and just gets more awesome. But no matter how big it gets, for me it’s going to always feel like home.

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By Dennis R. Upkins