SHANNON MUIR’S THURSDAY THOUGHTS on THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF are weekly observations from the site administrator on her writing life, or the industry at large. Anything Shannon Muir thinks about goes – check the blog every Thursday! This week, find out about her speaking engagement with the Orange County Science Fiction Club!

October 25, 2017, I got to speak to the Orange County Science Fiction Club. I’m honestly more used to moderating panels, and this was the first time I was at an intimate discussion where myself and my writing history served as the main spotlight.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not afraid to talk about myself when asked, but when I was asked to focus on “how I got to where I am today,” that proved to be very broad and in hindsight I wish I’d written a bit more talking points. Going through my childhood experiences living in a small town reaching out to mentors in Los Angeles to how I have come to survive and thrive in the business seems like a long and winding road to me; it probably is one. However, I need to get a little better at summarizing it.

The Orange County Science Fiction Club consists of a medium-sized, dedicated group of people. What they brought to that meeting was their heart, and I gave them mine in return, though admittedly sometimes rambling and on my sleeve as I am want to do. I thank them for giving me the allowance to be myself, and I can take from this experience, and not only see what my strengths were in presenting but where to grow.

If you are in Orange County, California, I encourage you to find out more about the Orange County Science Fiction Club.