Episode 119 – utopYA Con 2014

This week, Rhonda reports in about UtopYA Con, a young adult and new adult fiction writers convention she attended in Nashville. Check out these links for a glimpse into the great resources available at this con.

utopYA Con
Tickets for utopYA 2015: Write Your Own Future
Social Deviants, social marketing company
Gennifer Albin, author, “Crewel”, “Altered”
Sylvia Day, author, “Crossfire” series
Myra McEntire, author, the “Hourglass” series
Delphina Miyares, blogger, Delphina Reads Too Much
G. P. Ching, author, the “Soulkeepers” series
Keary Taylor, author, the Eden trilogy, the Fall of Angels trilogy
Toni Lesatz, blogger, My Book Addiction
Celeste Hayes, author, the Sphinx and Trevi Adventure series
Amy A. Bartol, author, “Under Different Stars
Jennifer L. Armentrout, author



Regina: Buffy Season 8, Volume 1 by Joss Whedon (Author) and Georges Jeanty (Illustrator), Dark Horse Books
Rhonda: Storm Front by Jim Butcher


Regina: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou
Rhonda: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson


Regina: Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
Rhonda: My Life in France by Julia Childs

Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda

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Regina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part time. Regina’s research interests focus on women and technology, and her dissertation discusses female gamers and identity in digital role playing games. A lifelong geek and technology enthusiast, Regina recently started a Girls Who Code club in support of their mission to close the gender gap in technology.

To continue the conversations about gender and gaming that Regina started during her research, she started a podcast called Game on Girl. Called the “NPR of game podcasts” by Chris Brown of The Married Gamers, the podcast features women involved in the game industry, and tackles some of the complicated issues in the gaming community. Season 2 began in the spring of 2018 and will premiere new episodes monthly.


  1. Awesome recap, Rhonda, and thanks so much for the shout out. I would love to attend GeekGirlCon someday! Another awesome con to fit into my budget. Why does everything have to be so far away? Ha!

  2. As a writer, utopYA Con sounds educational and fascinating! If only it wasn't on the other side of the country….

    My book recommendations!
    Beach: Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe, from Image Comics (ridiculous, hilarious, kind of campy graphic novel that is fairly new)
    Mountains: Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (first book in an epic fantasy series that I turn to whenever I want something to sink my teeth into)
    International: Collected Poems by Jack Gilbert (lovely collection of poems)

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