Hey gang. Looking forward to seeing lots of you at LibertyCon next weekend in Chattanooga, TN. Below you’ll find my schedule for the weekend. You can also visit the LibertyCon website to learn more about other guests and events happening around the con.
|Day||Start||Location||Name of Event|
|Fri||4 PM||CC – Ballroom E||Chris Kennedy Publishing – the Year Ahead|
|Fri||5 PM||CC – Ballroom E||Opening Ceremonies|
|Sat||10 AM||CC – Ballroom E||Salvage Title Universe Roundtable|
|Sat||2 PM||M – Plaza Ballroom||Autograph Session: Dr. Kevin Grazier, Ian J. Malone|
|Sun||1 PM||CC – Ballroom E||Four Horsemen Universe (4HU) Roundtable and Mass Autograph|
Hey gang. Just a quick reminder that Nick Steverson and I will be serving as guests at InfinityCon in Tallahassee this Saturday and Sunday (June 4-5). Our panels are as follows, plus we’ll also have a table in the vendor’s room if you’d like to stop by.
- Sat at 12 pm: How to Cope with Writers Block
- Sun 2 pm: Tips and Tricks for Developing Good Stories
- Sun at 12 pm: Boldly go… and build your sci-fi/fantasy world!
Read more about the various other things happening around the event at https://www.infinitycon.com/tally
We hope to see you there!
Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that while I’m most certainly (and proudly) a NASCAR old-schooler, I’m also not without a willingness to accept change so long as said changes make sense for the sport. What follows below are my thoughts on what a NASCAR Cup schedule should look like to grow the sport for future generations while still respecting its history, brand, and spirit to fans old and new.
First things first, if NASCAR is serious about growing the sport then the best possible thing to do IMHO would be to end the Cup season on Labor Day weekend. This achieves two major benefits:
- It moves the NASCAR playoffs, which are admittedly riveting, to a time on the sports calendar when mainstream fans and journalists have little else to watch beyond golf and baseball.
- It shifts Cup broadcasts out of the line of fire from football where they’re routinely bludgeoned in the ratings.
One immediate impact of this move would be a reduction in races, which the sanctioning body would have to recoup with mid-week races if it so desired (not part of the below schedule).
This shift would also create a dearth of NASCAR content from September through January, a hole that I’d fill by converting the Truck Series into a mostly regional property which runs its season in that time on the calendar (think XFL spring football but with any Cup or Xfinity series driver who opts to come race during their offseason).
Feel free to let me know what you guys think in the comments, or on social media.
AUTHROS’ NOTE: Dear NASCAR. Throw the handful of old-school fans you have left a bone and move the effing numbers back to center-door where they belong. We’ve already swallowed playoffs, stage racing, and an influx of new road courses, not to mention the proverbial “turd in the punch bowl” that is your move into political activism. Was leaving this one alone REALLY too much to ask? *smh*
President Malone’s 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule
Sunday, February 12 at 2pm ET — The Clash from Daytona (50-lap exhibition race on Super Bowl Sunday featuring the 2021 stage winners)
Tuesday, February 14 — New Smyrna Speedway (exhibition race for charity)
Thursday, February 17 — Duel at Daytona
Sunday, February 20 — Daytona 500
Sunday, February 27 — Homestead
Sunday, March 6 — Sanoma
Sunday, March 13 — Fontana
Sunday, March 20 — Las Vegas
Sunday, March 27 — Phoenix
Sunday, April 3 — COTA 400 (stop calling it a Grand Prix. That’s generally an open wheel term, not a stock car term. Pretending otherwise make you look like a wannabe B series, which reflects poorly on everyone involved.)
Sunday, April 9 — Texas
Sunday, April 17 — EASTER BREAK
Sunday, April 24 — New Hampshire
Sunday, May 1 — Dover
Saturday, May 7 — Stafford Speedway
Sunday, May 15 — Pocono
Saturday, May 21 — All-Star night race from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN (I’m not opposed to the football stadium/temp track concept. I just think it’s ludicrous to hold such an endeavor in L.A. where you’ll never have robust support for the event (see the XFL). By contrast, Knoxville resides squarely in the heart of SEC country, which should be a NASCAR priority. Plus, can you imagine the Volunteer Navy docking their boats outside the track for a massive tailgate on the river? Now THAT’S how you rock an all-star event!)
Sunday, May 29 — Charlotte Oval 300
Monday, May 30 — Charlotte Roval 300
(NOTE: A Memorial Day doubleheader honors the “600” legacy of the weekend while offering fans something fresh. Plus, let’s face it. Stage racing has destroyed this race as we know it.)
Sunday, June 5 — St. Louis
Sunday, June 12 — Kansas
Sunday, June 26 — Road America
Sunday, July 3 — Bristol Night Race (Independence Day weekend in the “Last Great Coliseum” would kick more ass than Brett Griffin on a three-day Fireball bender in Myrtle.)
Sunday, July 10 — Richmond
Sunday, July 17 — Talladega (regular season finale under brand new lights = INSANITY)
(NOTE: As a reward for being the most consistent driver through 20+ points races, the regular season champion would receive an automatic transfer into the second round.)
Sunday, July 24 — Michigan
Sunday, July 31 — Cleveland 400 from Burke Lakefront Airport (NASCAR seems hellbent on running a street race, which is dumb anyway, but doing so in Chicago is pure lunacy. Cleveland, on the other hand, could be fertile ground for growing the fanbase, plus the wide-open space of running these cars on runways could, in theory, make for an interesting watch.)
Saturday, August 6 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway (The hope here is that by making Indy a cutoff race, it’ll make the on-track product more interesting… ON THE OVAL!)
Sunday, August 14 — Nashville Fairgrounds (NASCAR really needs this track.)
Sunday, August 21 — Atlanta
Saturday, August 27 — Martinsville (cutoff night race)
Sunday, September 4 — Darlington (crown your champ at the Southern 500)
Thanks to Tony and the news staff at WJHG for shining a light on our efforts to raise funds for local libraries. The story was a total surprise, and much appreciated.
Give a read and a watch the video at Five award-winning authors hold fundraising event for local library (wjhg.com)
Thanks to News Herald beat writer Tony Simmons for taking time out of his schedule to pen this wonderful article promoting the Lasers and Lagers event in Panama City, and our efforts to benefit local libraries.
Huge thanks to Dave, Old School. Boston Tim and the rest of the crew on ESPN Northwest Florida for letting me take over their show for an hour to talk all things Lasers and Lagers, the 4HU, FSU sports, and NASCAR. The old radio jock in me is forever grateful.
Watch the interview on Facebook at https://fb.watch/6M3KxR0oYk/
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by the Bay County Public Library in Florida on their “Unstacked Podcast” alongside my good friend and THE STREET SURVIVORS collaborator Chris Kennedy.
Topics discussed include:
- The Street Survivors, the 4HU
- The Lasers and Lagers book event happening June 29 in Panama City, FL
- Craft and Publishing
- Creating new universes vs. writing in somebody else’s
- What makes a CKP book?
- Better Rock Era: 70s, 80s, or 90s?
- How Ian and Chris became friends then collaborators
- Ian and Chris favorite reads
- The importance of supporting libraries in 2021
- Where is the scifi/fantasy genre headed in the future?
Ways to watch/listen:
Click here to listen to the episode via the web or find ‘Blasters and Blades’ on your favorite podcasting apps today!
Brothers look out for brothers. Usually…
With the Merc Guild opening up contracts again, it’s Zuul eat Zuul to get one as there are far more companies looking for work than there are contracts to be had. So when Taylor Van Zant gets an inside line on a 30-million-credit contract for Swamp Eagle Security, he races to Karma to throw his hat in the ring.
Unfortunately, Taylor arrives to find that the other North Florida mercenary company—the River Hawk Defense Group —is also bidding, and Taylor is forced to watch as they steal the contract out from under the Eagles. Which might have been a good thing, Taylor finds out later, as the River Hawks return beaten and bloodied from it.
But only half of the River Hawks returned…the other half disappeared. And if there’s one thing Taylor stands for, it’s solidarity with his mercenary brothers, even when they may not have done him a good turn to start with. So, with only a fraction of his company available, Taylor decides to go find out what happened to the missing people. It’s what brothers do.
But what he finds will make him rue that decision and draw him firmly into the Guild Wars.
Grab your copy of THE STREET SURVIVORS on ebook or paperback today on Amazon!
Hey gang. I know several of you are planning to attend next weekend’s FantaSci convention in Durham, NC (May 21-23). So, I figured I’d drop a quick line with my panel schedule for those interested. You’ll find that as follows:
- “Soundwaves: How Music Shapes the Writing Process” (Friday at 1pm in the Rose Room)
- “Jump Shot: A Discussion of Sports and Genre” (Friday at 2pm in the Rose Room)
- “Radio Waves: The Rise of Author Podcasting and Streaming” (Saturday at 1pm in the Rose Room)
FYI, despite only having three panels I’ll be around the hotel all weekend for anyone looking to catch up with me. That includes the 4HU Dining Out event on Saturday night.
I’ll also be spending quite a bit of time at the Chris Kennedy Publishing sales table in Author’s Alley since I won’t be manning an author table of my own this year. So, if you want to catch up, get a book signed, or buy a book THEN get it signed, that’s where you’ll find me.
Cheers, y’all. Travel safe next weekend and can’t wait to see you at FantaSci!
PS – The guys and I will be interviewing FantaSci convention chair Joel Lyons on next week’s episode of The Dudes in Hyperspace Podcast to discuss all things FS 2021 (panels, guests, pandemic safety procedures, etc.). We’ll also be recording some exclusive content on-site for release during con weekend, so be sure to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, etc. to catch that. (Click here for a full list of the platforms where you can find the show.)
Have you ever wanted to belly up to the bar with your favorite science fiction or fantasy writer and throw back a pint for a good cause? Now’s your chance!
Come join me and a team of mega-bestselling scifi authors June 29 at 5 pm CT for the first-ever Lasers and Lagers book event at the Lie’brary on Beck craft beer and wine bar in sunny Panama City, Florida!
Attendees will enjoy a wide array of activities ranging from casual meet and greets with authors to book signings and readings plus the myriad beer and wine options offered nightly by the Lie’brary staff.
Guests will also get to participate in a raffle to win signed books, memorabilia, and other prizes with all proceeds going to benefit the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries non-profit organization!
Confirmed Authors Who are Attending:
- Chris Kennedy (The Four Horsemen Universe, the Theogony series)
- Ian J. Malone (Free Bird Rising, the Mako Saga)
- Kevin Steverson (The Salvage Title trilogy)
- Nick Steverson (The Salvage Title Universe: Coalition series)
Follow Lasers and Lagers on social media using #LasersAndLagers then be sure to “like” our Facebook Event to keep tabs on the latest news and announcements.
Happy Friday, y’all! We hope to see you on the beach this summer!!!!