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FLORIDA SUPERCON 2018!

You knew this was coming. Time to get your cosplay ready, pack your sneakers and charge up your phone for Pokemon go, because it is time for FLORIDA SUPERCON. 

You'll be able to find us in Artist Alley R4, right next to our good friend Elyse Reyes

We'll have our books - including advanced copies of Monstrosity, plus we'll be doing panels throughout the weekend!

We've got the full schedule lined up below and here. Can't wait to see you there!

THURSDAY JULY 12th

1:45PM - #SMP QUICK WRITE PANEL ROOM 304

The writers of Smoking Mirror Press challenge you to compete to come up with new ideas on the fly and get your creative muscles flexing!

10:30 PM - #SMP PRESENTS HORROR WRITING 101 ROOM 304

Join Smoking Mirror Press for a discussion on how to write Horror. Get ideas for building monsters & suspense!

FRIDAY JULY 13th 

12:15PM - #SMP PRESENTS - YOU’VE GOT A DRAFT! NOW WHAT? ON EDITING AND REWRITING  ROOM 317

Join the writers at Smoking Mirror Press as they walk you through tools of editing to refine your story and get it ready for the public.

9:00 PM - #SMP PRESENTS - WRITING FROM THE DARK SIDE ROOM 317

Join the writers of Smoking Mirror Press as they discuss the perfect recipe for the perfect evil! Writers of all levels welcome.

12:30 AM - #SMP PRESENTS: PUTTING THE SEXY IN YOUR WRITING (17+ ONLY) ROOM 316

Are you looking to put in some steamy romance into your Sci-fi? Got a detective novel and want to add some noir passion? Need to figure out how to fit a sex scene into your fantasy epic? Join the writers of Smoking Mirror Quest as they discuss romance, sex and kink and how to integrate them into your writing without veering into fan service or exploitation. Get just the right tone for just the right effect. This panel encourages participation and discussion. **This panel is meant for individuals who are 17 years or older. ID will be checked at the doors**

Saturday July 14th

3:30 PM - CREATIVE ARTIST AND WRITER COLLABORATIONS ROOM 305

Smoking Mirror Press pulls writers and artists together to create something unique and fun!

8:30 PM - THE WORST STORY I EVER WROTE: DEALING WITH REJECTION ROOM 305

All writers have experienced failure but how do you recover and move on? Smoking Mirror Press gives advice to help you rebound from rejection.

10:30 PM - WORLD-BUILDING IN SHORT STORIES ROOM 317

Smoking Mirrors Presents will discuss effective strategies of building a world when you don’t have the space to spare.

12:30 AM - #SMP PRESENTS WRITERS AFTER DARK (21+ ONLY) ROOM 305

Smoking Mirror Press opens up a discussion about some of our strangest stories, weirdest inspirations, and biggest failures.

Find out what writers are like when the exhibition room closes and we start drinking. Come celebrate and commiserate. BYOB from the convention center. **This panel is meant for individuals who are 21 years or older. ID will be checked at the doors**

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#SMPShortStoryChallenge - ALL THE PROMPTS

I f you follow us on twitter (which if you haven't, you should!), you would have noticed that for the month of May, AKA National Short Story Month, that were tweeting #SMPShortStoryChallenge. 

 

What is the #SMPShortStoryChallenge? We made it our mission to give you guys as many short story prompts as we (reasonably) could in order to help you birth your next creative endeavor. 

Well, May has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you have to stop writing. So we've collected all our prompts here! For you to use as you like! If you write, post or publish something based on one of these free-to-use prompts, let us know! Tag us or #SMPShortStoryChallenge! We'd love to share it on our twitter, instagram or facebook.

Happy Writing Guys! Go forth and build the incredible!

Prompts

One day, people wake up to find they can hear the thoughts of animals around them. What happens?

A character finds a magical object that will grant one wish, for a sacrifice. What are the stakes? What happens?

A bug is accidentally turned human. How did it happen? What type of bug? What happens next?

Your phone becomes sentient. Write a first person POV story (yours or the phone's) about what happens.

Two characters wake up after crash landing on a deserted planet. Neither can remember anything that happened. There is a body, stabbed in the cock-pit of the space ship. What happens? What happened?

Childhood friends meet for dinner, but one has a terrible secret eating away at them. What Happens? Will they reveal the secret? What is it? 

A character lost at sea believes they have befriended a mermaid. WHAT happens? Is it really a mermaid?

A strange disease gives children the ability to see ghosts. What happens?

There is a bench in the middle of a dark street where a man in a green bowler hat goes & sits every night at 9PM sharp without fail. Why is that? Who is he? What is he doing there?

A character begins to see their reflection everywhere, but the reflection is doing opposite actions of the character. How did that happen? 

A child is found abandoned near a streetlight. What happens? What happened? 

A witch makes you gather the ingredients for a soup. What are they? What happens when she makes the soup?

An isolated society on another planet with little technology suddenly comes to possess a cell phone. What happens?

In a small town in the desert, whenever a thunderstorm comes it changes one important thing. A storm is brewing in the distance. What changes? What happens? 

Something strange appears at the doorstep of the abandoned house down the street. What is it? Or... Who is it?

Pick a mythical creature. Now what would that mythical creature's day job be if they had one in a modern setting.

 

We'll Be at Paradise City
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Take Us Down To The Paradise City (Where the Grass is Green and the Girls Are Pretty)

Yes! We will be at Paradise City Comic Convention in Fabulous Miami Florida! January 12-14 at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC)! We'll be at Table C1 in artist alley AND we're doing panels ALL WEEKEND! Look forward to seeing you there!

Friday 1-12-18

 

#SMP PRESENTS: WRITING FROM THE DARK SIDE

2:45 PM Panel Room 108 - Are you a writer, Dungeon Master or just like telling stories? Need help making an awesome villain to challenge your brave heroes? Join the writers of Smoking Mirror Press as they discuss the perfect recipe for the perfect evil! Writers of all levels welcome.

#SMP PRESENTS: HORROR WRITING 101

7:45 PM Panel Room 108 - Join Smoking Mirror Press for a discussion on how to write Horror. We talk about what horror is, subgenres, and how to write one. Get ideas for building monsters & suspense! Get on your way to building your own terrifying tale!

#SMP PRESENTS: MIRROR QUEST

9:15 PM Panel Room 107 - In the tradition of Rubyquest and other text based games, we bring you Mirror Quest! Join #SMP's DM as he guides you through a story of horror and adventure. The situation is described, you decide what the hero does, and through your decisions you can either lead them to safety... or to their doom!

Saturday 1-13-18

#SMP PRESENTS: CREATIVE COLLAB CREATIONS

2:15 PM Panel Room 108 - Calling all writers and artists! Join Smoking Mirror Press for a fun write and draw collaboration! Writers will team up with artists and work together, friendly competition style, to create something unique and fun!

#SMP PRESENTS: WRITERS AFTER DARK (21+ ONLY)

9:45 PM Panel Room 108 - Join Smoking Mirror Press for an after hours talk about some of our strangest stories, confess some of our weirdest inspirations and biggest failures. Find out what writers are like when the exhibition room closes and we start drinking. Come celebrate and commiserate. 21 Years or older only please. BYOBFTMB "Bring your own beer from the MACC Bar.”

Sunday 1-14-18

#SMP PRESENTS: DISABILITY IN MEDIA

1:00 PM Panel Room 108 - This panel serves as an overview of different representations and theories surrounding disabilities in mainstream animation, comics and media. Panelists will touch on concepts such as visible, invisible, physical and mental disabilities. There will also be a discussion on allegorical representations of disabilities. This panel encourages participation and discussion.

#SMP PRESENTS: THE COMMON ROOM

1:30 PM  Panel Room 113 - Do the Hogwarts Houses meet the stereotypes? Which house makes the best heroes? What the heck is a Hufflepuff? Join Smoking Mirror Press as we answer these age old questions about the World of Harry Potter, in a discussion about truth, magic and good old house pride. Hope we FIND you there.

#SMP PRESENTS: QUICK WRITE PANEL

4:45 PM Panel Room 108 - How fast are you on your feet when it comes to thinking up ideas? Can you invent a new Pokemon on the fly? A new type of kryptonite? Come up with a new concept for a Shonen show? The writers of Smoking Mirror Press challenge you to compete to come up with new ideas on the fly and get your creative muscles flexing!

 

 

Come see us at Animate! Florida!

We're excited to announce that we will be at Animate! Florida as our first official convention! You'll be able to find us in Exhibitor Booth 906!

We will also have panels throughout the con on writing and fandom listed below.

If printing isn't delayed, we may even have copies of our anthology Midnight Whispers 2017. Unfortunately, due to our recent hurricane this isn't guaranteed (*shakes fist at the sky* IRMAAAA!!!). 

Animate! Florida runs from October 6th - 8th at the Miami Airport Convention Center. You can purchase tickets here. We look forward to see you there!

 

Animate! Florida Schedule

Friday October 6th

2:00-3:00 PM #SMP PRESENTS: YOU GOT A DRAFT! NOW WHAT? ON EDITING AND REWRITING :: Panel Room 210

3:30-4:30 PM #SMP PRESENTS: QUICK WRITE PANEL :: Panel Room 114 

4:45-5:45 PM #SMP PRESENTS: THE COMMON ROOM :: Panel Room 202 

8:30-9:30 PM #SMP PRESENTS: MIRROR QUEST :: Panel Room 202 

Saturday October 7th

12:15-1:15 PM #SMP PRESENTS: CREATIVE COLLABS :: Panel Room 210

3:45-4:45 PM #SMP PRESENTS: THE WORST STORY I EVER WROTE: DEALING WITH REJECTION IN THE WRITING INDUSTRY :: Panel Room 113 

Sunday October 8

12:00-1:00 PM #SMP PRESENTS: DISABILITY IN MEDIA :: Panel Room 104 

5:30-6:30 PM #SMP PRESENTS: WRITING FROM THE DARKSIDE :: Panel Room 202 

 

 

 

Our 2017 Anthology is Here! Introducing Midnight Whispers!
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We are proud to announce the release of our first anthology Midnight Whispers! This year's horror-based collection contains eleven all-new original works from authors Enrique Bedlam and Laura Diaz de Arce. It also features the debut fiction of guest author Helix Valentine. Just in time for Halloween, these stories will have you keeping the lights on. Midnight Whispers 2017 is available for order on Amazon

Thanks to Florida Supercon!

Hey there Smoking Mirror Fans!

 Laura, Elyse, Enrique - Florida Supercon 2017

Laura, Elyse, Enrique - Florida Supercon 2017


We just finished our post-con coma’s after Supercon and we have to say we had a blast! There was just so much to do this weekend and the Smoking Mirror crew kept busy. We even managed to make it to a couple of the Karaoke events. (And Enrique had a blast getting his George Washington on in the Hamilton Sing Along Panel.)  Now that the pictures have been sorted, the autographs framed, the swag displayed and the Tayaki eaten, we wanted to make sure we thanked those people who made our Supercon weekend such a blast. 


First we wanted to say a big thank you to Mike Broder and his amazing crew for putting together this convention. We saw you guys trying to be sneaky and work behind the scenes to make every moment of this weekend a great one and wanted to let you know that you guys are appreciated for what you do. 


Next we wanted to say thank you to Elyse Reyes. We had a great time on her American Gods: Mythology in Writing panel and her Novel Writing: Get Your Draft Done in 30 Days Panels! We had a lot of fun meeting all of you who attended and hope we answered all your questions. And hanging out with Elyse this con was a load of fun, if you guys haven’t bought her book yet we highly recommend it. We also wanted to say thank you to Chris Weston, who was a fellow guest on those panels and who gave some really good advice. 


Anyways we hope to see you guys at the next event we do which we will announce here as soon as we have the details worked out! Stay creative and keep on dreaming!


 

Florida Supercon!
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Enrique and Laura will be at Florida Supercon on author Elyse Reyes' panels! We'll be talking American Gods, NanoWriMo and general writing advice. There's still time to purchase tickets at FloridaSupercon.com!

  • Novel Writing: Get that Draft in 30 Days - July 27th, 4:30 PM, Room 125
    • Ready to write that novel? Meet authors who have completed the first draft of a novel in 30 days. Learn tips and tricks from published writers and gain the confidence to write your own book!
  • American Gods: Writing Mythology - July 28th, 1:00 PM Room 125
    • Join us as we talk about the show everyone's going to be talking about: American Gods featuring Ricky Whittle. We'll take a look at the original book and audiobooks and discuss how we, as writers, can tell stories within existing mythologies.