Register Now for Creative Ink Festival 2016!



Only two weeks left to register!

by Mel Dawn

Many years ago I met Sandra Wickham at La Fontana Caffe, but we never really chatted until VCON 2011. We discovered we had the same writing passion, and eventually she formed the Ink Club, and talked of having an Ink Festival. 2013 was a turning point for me. I had left a supportive job at Telus in 2009—where I won the Director’s Award for my writing in their monthly newsletter—to a terrible job where they reamed me out for drawing cat photos in my notebook! Eventually, I had a breakdown and simply couldn’t return to that job. But what would I do? Where would I go? It turns out, to Ink Club, and Ink Festival!

But of course I needed some cash to pay the bills, so I returned to writing non-fiction articles for websites, blogs, magazines, and anyone else who would pay for my creative services. I had begun by being hired by Yahoo Canada to write articles for their website in 2007, and that had expanded into writing for many other big sites too. In that time I’ve even edited, proofread, done performance poetry, and written scripts for apps, games, board games, and Youtube. Somewhere in all this time I’ve had six zombie/steampunk/historical short stories accepted and published in a variety of anthologies around the world. It’s certainly been a fun journey!

If you ever need to get back to your creative side like I did, I suggest joining a club, group, forum, or even heading out to a convention. The Creative Ink Festival will inspire you as much as it has me. Creative Ink Festival was a one-day-teaser, held in 2015. Sandra Wickham was the hostess, and her event planning, network, and creative abilities have been used to create a fabulous three-day event for this year.

Please find more information at the Creative Ink Festival Website—click here. You’ll discover that it may just be what you need to get out of that box.


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Vancouver Fan Expo 2014

MeandTARDISVancouver Fan Expo will be doing its third year run in downtown Vancouver on April 18th to 20th, 2014.

We are excited to meet many of the guests, from Bruce Boxleitner to Bruce Campbell! Robert Englund, Michael Rosenbaum, Charisma Carptener, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Park, Karl Urban and Stephen Amell are also on the guest list with more RRSPs on the way.

A group of Vancouver Crafty Geeks from Nerd HQ decided to get together and buy a table for the Artists Alley. We are all very excited, and after our contract was approved, we have been hurriedly making nerdy crafts to sell on the table.

There will be various knick knacks, small crocheted animals, needlepoint pictures, and geeky crocheted dolls. Also save up your cash for the TARDISes. That’s right, there will be many limited edition Doctor Who items up for sale. From ornaments, to decorations to soap, there will be plenty of items to make you happy.

Fan Expo opens Friday night at 4 pm and runs until 9 pm. On Saturday the hours run 10-7 pm and on Sunday10 to 5 pm.