CONvergence 2017 Announcement

An invite for CONvergence 2017 arrived the other day, and I’m super excited about it. CONvergence is a fantastic convention up in Bloomington, MN, and this year it’s July 6-9. *checks watch* *checks watch again* *checks calendar* *scowls at the snow covering the ground outside the window* I don’t know my …

CONFusion 2017 Schedule

Two weeks till CONFusion! I’m really looking forward to this convention and if you’re there, I WANT TO MEET YOU. Here’s my schedule as it stands: Friday, 7:00pm – Defying Gravity – Too often we see new writers compared to Neil Gaiman or Margaret Atwood for purposes of marketing. Standing in the …

UMTYMP Test Tips for Parents and Students

The University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program (UMTYMP) is one of the most coveted programs for Minnesota kids who are interested in math and parents who really, really want their kids to be good at math. UMTYMP has a notoriously difficult entrance exam, and the better prepared your kid is, …

Notes on Preparing for the Doom that is to Come (or, Autumn)

A photo posted by Anthony W Eichenlaub (@aweichenlaub) on Oct 17, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Some people love Autumn. “It’s beautiful,” they say. “Look at the wonderful colors.” It’s like standing on the great, gaping maw of Hell and saying, “Listen to the glorious bells as they toll our final …

Books and Beer

Longing for adventure on the high seas with your IPA? Would you rather trudge through the snows of Germany for your Kölsch? Visit Trappist Monks for your Belgian Blond? Visit the LTS Brewing Company September 29th to experience the joy of stories told by authors while you relax with a …

CONvergence Schedule

CONvergence is this week! I’m excited about it. I’m there to learn a little about publishing, find some good sci-fi books, and meet people. You can maybe help me with that last objective if you happen to be at the con and you are a person. Come find me! I look …

Wait, Ten Years? What?

It is clear that I have always been a genius. Ten years ago, I started this blog. It was called the Eichenblog because that is the cleverest thing I could come up with that played off my name and the fact that this is a blog. Wow. My first entry …