Alas, no plans to attend Spooky Empire this year….

I am keeping my convention plans in Texas this year, sort of a re-grouping; so I do not intend to go to Spooky Empire in Orlando this year. It is still my favorite convention, and will be missed. Perhaps next year. This means I’ll have to miss Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, too. For all of my friends who are going to Spooky Empire, have fun there for me. I will miss you all!

Seasons in a Jar: Welcome to Auntie Maim’s Blog

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Seasons in a Jar is an informal spot where I post about whatever is going through my mind: events, pet peeves, musings, rants, melancholy ramblings, etc.

In addition, I like to feature the projects my friends are working on, and I want to post some of the lectures and panel topics on the mechanics of writing that I’ve penned for convention panels over the years. Grammar chat, anyone? I joke about being a member of the “Grammar Police”, but really I just feel passionate about excellent writing and story crafting. That doesn’t mean I’m immune to typos, or done learning – we’re only done learning on the day we die.

Comments are welcome (the usual anti-spam/anti-flame rules apply). No trolls allowed. Discussion and constructive criticism is always welcome.

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Spooky Empire is Coming!

Mark your calendars for the fantastic Spooky Empire Convention coming to Orlando, Florida the weekend of October 7, 8, and 9, 2011. Yours truly will be putting together and running the Author Track of writers and creators discussion panels for the second year. Spooky Empire is one of the largest horror conventions in the United States, family friendly, and plenty to see and do for all. I hope to see you there!

If you are a horror author, Young Adult included, and you would be interested in being a panelist at this convention, please email me at: for more information.

Holy Mackerel!

Wanted to share a Boxing Day funny with you all that happened today:

Had my day made while shopping when I overheard two elder ladies having the following odd funny exchange:

One picked up some shockingly ugly shoes and exclaimed, “Holy Mackerel!”

To which her friend archly replied, “Would you cuss like that if Jesus was standing next to you?”

Then the first lady quipped, “There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘mackerel’. I think you’re just predjudiced about fish!”

Loved it! That had me smirking all day! They were awesome!

Scott Kenemore’s latest: The Art of Zombie Warfare

Scott Kenemore has been busy giving all of us great advice in different areas with his first two self-help books, The Zen of Zombie and Z.E.O. Now, with The Art of Zombie Warfare, he’s got all the bases covered! Whether you are tired of being passed over in life, at work, or on the battlefield, Kenemore’s books can help you learn how to stand up and take charge – by shuffling off in a relentless pursuit of brains (i.e.: what you want out of life, work, and battle).

Now before anyone starts chuckling, let me explain something truly unique about these books. Yes, they are funny – a scream, actually – and yes, they are shelved at my local Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Humor section. The trick is, the secret is, the books really do have some great advice on how to get a head (terrible pun intended).

They will make you laugh, though, and the artwork by Adam Wallenta will have you chuckling merrily away while you’re on the path to a better you. I discovered The Zen of Zombie online, and the moment I saw it, I thought, “This is wild. I have to have that book!” Once I began reading, I knew I’d be happily acquiring a copy of just about anything Scott chose to write next. Three books later, I’ve never been disappointed.

Scott was a panelist at the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando last year, and he will be attending again on panels this October. If you have a chance to attend, don’t miss meeting this author – it is my opinion that he is one of the true rising stars of the next generation of great writers.


Scott can be found here:

Now get out there and make something of yourself: zombie style!

Spooky Empire Convention: Author Panel Track!

Auntie Maim has been asked to coordinate and run the author panel track for October’s Spooky Empire: Ultimate Horror Weekend, in Orlando!

The author page at is already off and running, with many more authors to be added yet. Just hover your cursor over “Guests” and you’ll see the Authors page. Click on it and check out who will be attending.

The panel schedule is close to done, and then the table schedule can be completed. Table schedule, you ask? Why yes – the authors will have meet and greet times for signings and they’ll have copies of their books there, too, so you can pick up a copy as you stop to say “Hi!”

Auntie Maim would like to thank Spooky Empire for this opportunity to help out, and the show is sure to be a blast!