The joke’s on me for April Fool’s week: I’m giving Con-Eire away! Beginning today all the way through Friday you can download the ebook for the price of a couple of clicks. A comedy play for voices, Con-Eire takes you behind the scenes at a spec fic con so you can see all the madness* it takes to put on a good convention. A love letter to the folks who do the thankless work behind the scenes!
It’s three days before the start of Con-Eire, the best Irish-themed science fiction and fantasy con in the tri-state area, when a phone call sets the entire Convention Committee into panic mode. Is Big Name Writer going to pull out at the last minute? What does Very Famous Artist have to do with that decision? And what do the fairies have to say about all this? Follow the hilarious mishaps as the committee members work desperately to salvage months of planning and hard work, all of which are about to be undone by a well-known prima donna.This half-hour radio play for voices features a cast of six and little in the way of props and sound effects, making it suitable for impromptu or amateur performances.
Here’s what folks are saying about it:
“From the bowels of back-of-house, from the deepest, darkest, most secret chambers of arcane ConComm knowledge, comes a screamingly funny glimpse into what’s behind the curtain at a science fiction convention. Fairy-dusted hilarity served with a side order of giggles.”
—Lee Martindale, author of To Stand As Witness and Hell Hath No Fury
“As a long time con runner, I can say that this really does hit the mark with a lot of chuckles along the way. Anyone who has ever helped run a con, Contemplating running a con or just going to a con ought to read this to either be reminded of what goes into it or simply as a cautionary tale.”
“If you’ve ever been to one or volunteered for one, you’ll feel right at home with most of what goes on here. Heck, if you’ve ever tried to organize any large, volunteer-run event, you’ll recognize a lot of it. The fan feuds and fan culture references are absolutely dead on – Laity really knows her stuff. Before I was 4 pages in, I was laughing out loud, and before I was done, I thinking, ‘I know some of these people…don’t I?’ Great fun! Read it!”
” I found it scarily easy to hear the different voices of the characters as I was reading. I found some of the comments about BIG NAMED WRITER funny enough to have me giggling at my desk as I read them. This was a great way to spend a lunchtime and I feel happier for reading it.Take a chance on this one, you will not regret it.”
*The names have been changed to protect the innocent!