Context 27 is this weekend! I’m super excited! This will be my last convention for some time, and it’s one of my favorites, so I’m definitely going to be hitting it hard.
Here’s my schedule:
12:00 – Skewering the Trope “Tough Women” in Literature
4:00 – Crowdfunding
5:00 – Reading
9:00 Sentence Slam Judging
I’m also organizing the parties for Saturday night and I’ll be attending several workshops. Keep an eye out for me if you’ll be there, and say hello!
DetCon1 is this weekend! I’m really looking forward to visiting Detroit for the second time this summer. Here is my panel schedule (please note that this schedule is subject to change and you should check the final schedule at the convention to confirm times and locations):
11:00 Dystopias Across Time and Space (Mackinac West)
5:00 The State of Short Fiction (Mackinac East)
8:00 Mass Autograph Session/Reception
11:00 Teens Talk to…Editors (Duluth A)
12:00 Fiction Reading with Balogun Ojetade and Emmy Jackson (Joliet A)
6:00 Crowdfunding: A New Path to Possibility (Nicolet A)
Will I see you there, dear reader?
I’m really excited to be a panelist at the first-ever SteamTopia this weekend! You can find me in the writing track:
7:00 Opening Ceremonies
8:30 Writing Track Meet-up
11:30 Agents, Small Press, Big 5, Self-Publishing
4:00 DIY Characters Workshop
5:30 Magical Checks & Balances
11:30 Book Signing
2:30 Genre Mash-ups
4:00 Role-Playing for Fiction
7:00 One-Sentence Contest Judging
11:30 Building on Ideas/Last Minute Writing Advice
Looks like it’s going to be another busy weekend for me. Hope to see you there!
Convention Season begins this weekend (for me, anyway) with the Steampunk Empire Symposium! Here’s where you can find me:
9:00 pm – High Times in the Victorian Era
1:00 pm – SteamLolita: Where Steampunk Meets Lolita
4:00 pm – Multiculturalism in Steampunk
I asked about having a table for Steampunk World, but the organizers never got back to me, so sorry. If you have something you want me to sign, you’ll have to corner me after a panel. I wish I was doing a reading, but this is not that sort of convention. Maybe someday when I’m a Big Name they’ll make me a guest and give me a reading slot. A girl can dream!
Here are the conventions at which I’m planning to appear in 2014:
Steampunk Empire Symposium: April 25 – 27, Cincinnati
Mo*Con 9: May 2 – 4, Indianapolis
MARCon - May 9 – 11, Columbus
DetCon 1: July 17 – 20, Detroit
GenCon: August 14 – 17, Indianapolis
ConText 27: September 26 – 28, Columbus
TeslaCon5: November 7 – 9, Madison**
**This is very tentative. If I manage to get a teaching job it may be out of the question.
You may note that the Origins Game Fair Author Library is not listed on my convention schedule for this year. I have not received any communication about this convention from the organizers. If you’re an author-friend who is going to be in town for Origins, however, I’d love to get together! Drop me a line so we can schedule a lunch/dinner/play date. I can bring Munchkin! ^___^
Look for me at TeslaCon 4 in the Archon Aerodrome! That’s right, the Airship Archon has been given our very own room for panels! I’m also exceptionally pleased that I’ll be sitting on some panels on Steampunk literature, as the convention has added a literary track. Hooray!
Find me here:
2:30: Steampunk is Everywhere (Archon Aerodrome)
5:30: High Times in the Victorian Era (Archon Aerodrome)
11:30: Steamlolita: Where Steampunk Meets Lolita (Archon Aerodrome)
4:00: Write to Win: Getting Through the Slush Pile (Thor Amphitheatre)
5:30: Found in Translation: International Steampunk Literature (Thor Amphitheatre)
See you there!
Context 26 will be hosting another flash fiction contest, and I’m thrilled to be judging it again for the second year in a row! Hooray! Lest you be hesitant about reading your flash fiction publicly, keep in mind that you’ll be reading your work in front of a Bram Stoker award-winning author (Gary Braunbeck), a Clarion graduate who runs the most long-running genre writing group in Columbus (Jerry Robinette), an author and publisher who is always looking for new talent (Steve Saus), and an author and editor who published all three of last year’s winners in her first anthology (that would be me). So in addition to the official prizes offered, you never know what opportunities such a public presentation of your work could net you.
Always put yourself out there. You never know who could love your work!
I’m only involved in a single panel this year, on Sunday, “Anthologies Help How?” at 11:30 am in Griswold BC.
I’ll also be reading my fiction at 10:45 am on Sunday, but I don’t know what room I’m in, so you’ll have to check your schedule. Bring your brunch and let me regale you! I’ve got 45 whole minutes which is about 1.5 times what I usually have, so I can probably squeeze two entire stories into that slot.
There will also be a mass autograph session Saturday at 11:30 am in Griswold BC. I have no idea why anyone would want my autograph, but they say you should dress for the job you want, so I’ll probably be there.
This is one of my favorite conventions (up there with GenCon and Mo*Con) so I hope I’ll see you there.
…doesn’t have to stay at GenCon! This isn’t Vegas, people. So here’s a rundown of amazing things that happened to me at GenCon this year, recorded for posterity because I have a notoriously crummy memory.
- I got to hang out with lots of awesome people I don’t see very often, which was fantastic. I even got to play some games! Indianapolis is a beautiful city full of great people; If I were ever offered a job there, I’d be fine with moving.
- I was lucky enough to be on one panel for the Writer’s Symposium, which also entitled me to a reading and a signing. I actually sold a copy of Sidekicks! at the signing! That’s one more copy than I expected to sell. Of course I also managed to injure myself on an errant staple, but that’s pretty much par for the course when you’re me.
- I attended a panel on novel outlining that completely blew my mind. All the authors on the panel outlined in different ways, but it was Brandon Sanderson‘s method that spoke to me the most. He calls himself a “discovery writer,” and writes to learn about his characters and explore their perspectives. He doesn’t do exercises to establish the personalities of his characters or outline beyond the events that must occur to make sure the book actually goes somewhere (instead of just meandering, which is one of the dangers of being a discovery writer). This is exactly how I write. I usually have a vague idea of what’s going to happen, but I always instantly know everything about my characters, and I drop them into a situation and see where they’ll go. If I do a ton of exercises to learn about my characters and setting, I lose interest in the book or story entirely. It was incredibly heartening to hear that a professional writes the same way I do! I’m not alone in the woods!!
- My reading was scheduled alongside the delightful Elizabeth Vaughan, who read a great piece from the anthology Chicks Kick Butt. I read my story “Invincible” from the anthology Heroes! (Heroes! was only available at Origins Game Fair, but I have a few copies if you want to get your mitts on one). I’m really proud of that particular story, and Beth was incredibly complimentary about my reading, which meant a lot to me. I enjoy reading my stories to an audience as much as I enjoy writing them, and it’s a thrill when other people (especially accomplished, talented novelists, ahem) also enjoy it.
- Marc Tassin, the fantastic author who also runs the Writer’s Symposium, said some very kind, generous things to me on Saturday at the Writer’s Hangout. Things I’ll never forget, and which will motivate me for years to come. I’ll do my best to live up to your expectations, Marc!
- Author, professor, and musician Gregory Wilson very kindly recommended me to someone who edits and coordinates fiction for a particular gaming company. Assuming that I don’t screw it up, hopefully that means the opportunity to work on some fiction for said gaming company. Cross your fingers for me! Hopefully I’ll owe you one, Greg!
- I got to hang out with lots of great authors, including the aforementioned folks as well as Lucy Snyder, Lucien Soulban, Brad Beaulieu, Maurice Broaddus, Jennifer Brozek, Gary Kloster, Kelly Swails, Bill Bodden, and Doug Warrick, who I was especially glad to spend time with, because he’s moving to Korea. To write children’s books for ESL students! I’m pretty much totally jealous of everything he does. There was also a little meetup of the Ladies of the Crimson Pact, which is a real thing now, because I say so.
- For the culmination of an incredible weekend, I met the illustrious Larry Dixon, who had me sign one of my Steampunk World postcards for him, and who said he hoped we will get to work together someday. Squee! He also introduced me to his wife, the singular Mercedes Lackey. And then John Scalzi compared the color of his ukulele to my hair! And I had a little writer-gasm and died. The end.
Next year, I hope I’ll be able to do more panels, because I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and teaching is kind of my Other Calling, so I want to do it at every opportunity. In the end, however, not having many panels to do was pretty great, because I got to see gobs of my friends and I wasn’t constantly stressed out and exhausted. So even if I’m still doing only one panel (or none), GenCon will still be worth it next year. I would really like to check out that True Dungeon thing though. Lots of people were doing it this year so I guess it must be pretty great. So that will be my goal for next year: dungeon crawl!
And now, I need to go do some writing, because Marc Tassin believes in me, and Brandon Sanderson says I’m doing it right, and being around so many successful creative people is, as always, so inspiring that I came away bursting with ideas and motivation. Let’s do this thing!
Ack! GenCon is like, soon! I gotta get packing!
Here’s where I’m scheduled to make appearances at the GenCon Writer’s Symposium (WS) next weekend:
Thursday 1:00 pm: Signing Table in the Dealer’s Hall – If you want to buy books from me, or have something signed, or just stop in and say hi, this is the best time to do so!
Friday 6:00 pm: Reading in WS Room 3 – If you’re interested in seeing/hearing me read my work aloud, this is where to do it!
Saturday Noon: Steampunk Panel in WS Room 1 – If you want to learn about Steampunk, this is the panel for you!
I’ll be hanging around the Writer’s Symposium and associated events, but I’ll also be available for pickup games, networking, chatting, lunch etc. See you there!