Digging Up My Own Writing Past with Indiana Jones

After participating in a fanzine preservation panel at Philcon this past weekend, I was inspired to search for any of my old fan fiction stories online.

For any fellow Indiana Jones fans among us, here is an artifact I wanted to share. TheRaider.net has an archive of Indiana Jones fan stories, including mine from 1997, “Indiana Jones and the Towers of the Empty Quarter”, which was also adapted as a fanfic comic book.

This was from a time when I was still honing my writing skills, but it was definitely one of my better fan fic pieces.

You can read my story here, it’s sixth from the bottom. Enjoy all of the amazing tales and artwork on the site!

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Phun at Philcon 78!

Thoroughly enjoyed my first time as a program participant at Philcon, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Convention, which just celebrated it’s 78th year!

The discussion panel topics ranged from writing paranormal to fanzine preservation; from the benefits and dangers of Internet justice to whether our religious beliefs influence (or not) what we write and what we read.

Even better was the time spent with friends and fellow writers alike including Steven H. Wilson, Sharon VanBlarcom, Ethan Wilson, Jessica Headlee, Joe Berenato, Aaron Rosenberg, Russ Colchamiro, Glenn Hauman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Zan Rosin, Keith DeCandido, Meredith Peruzzi. I also enjoyed meeting Michael Ventrella, Orenthal Hawkins, Gail Martin, D.H. Aire, Eric Hardenbrook, and many other fellow panelists. 

I look forward to returning next November!

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New Audio Story – “Water to Share”

My final audio story for 2015! Part One of my science fiction tale, “Water to Share” from our 2014 speculative fiction anthology, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, published by Firebringer Press.

Desperate to save his dying wife, an exiled scientist makes a discovery that could change the fate of a galaxy…

Click here to listen for free on Prometheus Radio Theatre!

Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity

Tragedy in Paris

Tonight, my thoughts are consumed by the sadistic treachery unleashed in Paris earlier today.  As of this writing, 160 people have been reported murdered during six coordinated terrorist attacks.

I will not take this time to step atop a soapbox and launch into a diatribe against those who use religion as an excuse to slaughter.  We all know who they are and their time will come.

For now, respect, peace, and condolences to the free people of France.

 

Stand with Paris

 

My Schedule for Philcon

I’m honored to have been invited to the world’s first and longest-running conference on science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

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Philcon 2015 will take place on November 20-22, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ.

My schedule for the convention is listed below. Hope to see you there!


FRIDAY

9:00 PM in Plaza III (1 hour): WRITING THE PARANORMAL OTHER
Panelists: D. Renee Bagby (moderator), Ken Altabef, Phil Giunta, Gail Z. Martin, Andi O’Connor

Authors are advised to write what they know, but how do you write about death, the afterlife, demonic possession, and other (un)living conditions you’ve never experienced?


SATURDAY

11:00 AM at Autograph Table (1 hour): KYLE WILLIAMSON AND PHIL GIUNTA

2:00 PM in Plaza V (1 hour): SOCIAL MEDIA: SHAME AND SCHADENFREUDE
Panelists: Phil Giunta (moderator), Orenthal Hawkins, Deborah Stanish

It seems that when an unpopular viewpoint travels through social media, the result can be devastating to those exercising free speech. Whether it’s a lion-slaying dentist or a feminist speaking out against sexism in the gaming industry the Internet mob can make threats and carry out attacks that drive private citizens into hiding. When, if ever, is Internet Justice a good thing? Can it be a force for good?

9:00 PM in Plaza II (1 hour): FANZINES OF THE PAST, PRESENT, AND…FUTURE?
Panelists: Steve Wilson (moderator), Phil Giunta, Eric Hardenbrook, Chris Fuller, Victoria Janssen

Before online social media, before Fanfiction.net and AO3, before podcasts and youtube, fandom’s creative outlet and primary method of keeping the lines of communication
open was the humble fanzine. The advent of the Internet may have seen a downturn in their production, but not in our desire to create and communicate. How did fanzines
get us where we are today? How much or our heritage still lies bound between those now-musty pages, and what’s being done to preserve it? Where do we go next?


SUNDAY

10:00 AM in Plaza IV (1 hour): RECONCILING FAITH & FANTASY WRITING
Panelists: Phil Giunta (moderator), D.H. Aire, Michael A. Ventrella, Gail Z. Martin, Christie Meierz, Steve Wilson

What difficulties do you encounter writing a world whose system of belief does not match your own? How do you avoid unintentionally investing your stories with a message
you don’t mean to? Is it possible to fully enjoy works that contain elements your scripture deems as anathema?

2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623: READING by PHIL GIUNTA

I’ll read an excerpt or two from my books and try not to bore the audience to sleep.