International Steampunk Symposium Schedule (and more!)

Next weekend will find me at the International Steampunk Symposium! I haven’t received an official schedule, but here’s where I think I’ll be presenting:

Friday:

6:00 Lit Track Reading Hour (Salon C)

Saturday:

5:00 Envisioning a Better Steam Society Revisited (Patriot North)

Sunday

11:00 Fiction and Faith (Salon C)

I hope to see you there!

In other news, I posted sneak peaks of my book covers on my Patreon, which you can view for only $1.00! My first short fiction collection and a novella should be dropping next month, just in time for PenguiCon, and I couldn’t possibly be more excited. More news on that when they go live!

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ConFusion panel schedule

I’ll be at ConFusion in Detroit this coming weekend! All my panels are packed onto Saturday, which is great. Sadly, I’m not on any literary panels, but it seemed like they were having a harder time finding people for the general geek culture panels than they were for the literary ones, so since I volunteered for both, they probably put me where they needed panelists the most! Here’s where you can find me:

Parenting in the 21st Century

10am Saturday: Saugatuck

Parenting has always been a challenge, but is it more challenging these days? Are “the kids” no longer sufficiently respectful of one’s lawn?  And what is it with the YouTubes and the Twitters? Are these new problems, or just the same problems other generations of parents faced, dressed in new clothes?

That’s Not My Star Wars!

11am Saturday: Leelanaw

At one point, it appeared most of the world agreed on the canon-destroying awfulness of the Star Wars prequel films, and their unholy avatar Jar Jar Binks. But a new generation of Star Wars is taking hold, and not everyone is pleased with the direction that’s going, either. Where do we draw our mental lines, and why?

The Do’s and Don’ts of Fandom

1pm Saturday: Interlochen

Supporting one another is always important, especially in small communities. What is the best way to support others? How do we keep ourselves from hurting other fandoms

Reading: Dyrk Ashton, Tracy Townsend, Sarah Hans

5pm Saturday: Leelanaw

So…will I see you there?

Motor City Steam Con Schedule

I’m crazy excited about Motor City Steam Con later this month! Here’s where I’ll be:

The Steampunk Genre, Friday 2:00-3:00

Writing for Young Adults, Saturday 1:30-2:30

Fiction Reading, Saturday 4:00-5:00

Eatin’ Mummies and other Strange Victorian Fads, Sunday 10:00-11:00

The Art of the Short Story, Sunday 12:00-1:00

I highlighted the fiction reading, because obviously that’s what I most want people to attend. I love reading my fiction (and other peoples’ fiction, and nonfiction, and fortune cookies, and grocery lists) aloud, but that’s hard to do without an audience, so please attend if you can. Maybe I’ll give away a book!

My besties with the Airship Archon will also be doing the following panels, and I may sit in on one or more:

Lie Back and Think of England, Saturday 7:00-8:00

My Favorite Apocalypse, Sunday 10:00-11:00

Prop & Costume Alchemy, Sunday 11:00-12:00

These times are subject to change, so be sure to check the final schedule on the website (when it goes live) so you won’t miss any of the fun. I can’t wait to see everyone!

 

 

 

2016 Convention Schedule

Here’s where you can find me this year:

Cleveland Concoction – March 11-13, Cleveland, Ohio

International Steampunk Symposium – April 7-10, Cincinnati, Ohio

MARCon – May 6-8, Columbus, Ohio

Motor City Steam Con – July 22-24, Detroit, Michigan

Imaginarium – October 7-9, Louisville, Kentucky

World Fantasy Convention – October 27-30, Columbus, Ohio

 

Imaginarium Schedule

This weekend I’ll be attending my first-ever Imaginarium! Yay Louisville! Here’s where you can find me:

Saturday

2:00 Reading

3:00 Keeping YA Fiction Relevant

4:00 Mental Health and the Literary World

6:00 So You Wanna Edit An Anthology?

9:00 Subgenre Spotlight: Horror

As you can see, I’ll only be doing panels on Saturday, as I won’t be able to arrive until late Friday evening. For the reading on Saturday, I’ll be sharing the time slot with romance authors, so I’ll be reading from my latest weird romance, “When The Stars Are Right,” which will be appearing in an anthology shortly. I hope to see you there!

Origins Game Fair Schedule

This weekend I’ll be at Origins Fame Fair participating in the Author Library. I’m really excited about some of these panels!

Friday

1:00 Writing From a Feminist Perspective

Saturday

2:00 Creating a Steampunk Setting

4:00 Flash Fiction

5:00 Diversity in Speculative Fiction

6:00 Story Time

Sunday

11:00 Crowdfunding Your Novel

12:00 Writing YA and Middle Grade Fiction

When I’m not at panels you can find me in the dealer room hanging with the other authors in the Library. Sound off if I’ll see you! 😀

PenguiCon Schedule

Here’s my schedule for PenguiCon this weekend!

Saturday

10:00 How to do Dystopia

1:00 Making the Fantastic Believable

2:00 Editing for the Unitiated

5:00 Rejection: Dealing with the Dark Side of the Creative Life

9:00 You Can’t Kill the Undead

Sunday

11:00 Author Reading with Jen Haeger

2:00 Crowdfunding Your Way to Success

Will I see you there?

Cleveland Concoction Schedule

Cleveland Concoction is this weekend! My schedule is packed:

Friday

3:00 Writing for Teens

4:00 Crowdfunding Your Way to Success

7:00 World Creation in Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Steampunk

8:00 Darkness and Light

Saturday

9:00am – So I Wrote a Short Story – Now What?

12:00 Autograph Session

2:00 Mixing Genres

4:00 Writing for YA vs. Adults

5:00 Author Showcase (Live Reading)

6:00 The Heart of Steampunk

Obviously this is all subject to change, so you should check your programming booklet at the convention. Will I see you there?

2015 Convention Schedule

My new convention policy: I’m only attending conventions that invite me to be a panelist on their writing track, because that’s what I enjoy the most, or conventions on writing, where I can learn my craft and network with other writers. So this year’s convention list looks a little different from previous years. I’m also excited there are fewer conventions! Because attending 8-10 a year was just exhausting and stopped being fun around the time they all started to blend together into a gelatinous sort of gray goo. Also, time spent at conventions is time I’m not writing!

So here are the conventions where you can find me in 2015:

Cleveland Concoction – March 13-15, Cleveland, Ohio

PenguiCon – April 24-27, Southfield, Michigan

Mo*Con – May 1-3, Indianapolis, Indiana

Origins Game Fair – June 3-7, Columbus, Ohio

Imaginarium – September 11-13, Louisville, Kentucky

Will I see you at any of these conventions, dear reader?

An Update About Context 28

A week ago-ish, I was super excited to write an update to this post, telling the world things had improved. I was basically waiting until Holiday Stuff calmed down so I’d have time and also for the new FANACO Board to officially take over, because the old Board had miraculously come to the realization that Context needed a change in management.

I’m glad I waited to write that post. A week ago I was notified that the new FANACO Board was meeting with resistance from the old guard. Things were not going as planned.

To make a long story short, the chairman of the FANACO Board agreed to hand off the reigns to a new chair. When the time came, she changed her mind. Then she started threatening the new chair with legal action if he continued contacting her about the thing she had promised to do, so he’s now the former-new chair, for reasons that should be obvious. You can read the new chair’s statement about the whole mess (and his resignation) here. You can also read Steve Saus’s take on it here, which adds some extra details. And if you want to read a really incendiary but very cathartic post from the blogger who is probably still being blamed for a fiasco she didn’t cause, you can click here (NSFW, language. Fantastic, over-the-top, gloves-are-off language that makes me tingly).

Unfortunately, this probably means Context 28 is well and truly dead. It would be extremely difficult to put on a convention with only 9 months of preparation, even with volunteers. At this point, every volunteer I know personally has quit. There may still be a few people willing to work with the FANACO Board in its current state, but not enough to put on a convention of the caliber we witnessed at Context 27.  And even if they can throw something together, will there be enough attendees to field a Context 29? I would guess not, since the people who were instrumental in increasing the convention’s badge numbers are no longer interested in volunteering.

I’m deeply, deeply sorry for the death of this convention. Not in the way that people are sorry when they’re responsible, but sorry in the way of someone who has watched something terrible happen, and was powerless to stop it, and wishes she’d thought of the right thing to say or do that would have fixed it. Context was my favorite convention. It is horrible to watch something you love die a flailing, embarrassing, very public death, especially when that death could have been prevented, and especially when that death hurts so many of your friends. But sometimes the things we love can’t be saved. Sometimes they’re so sick, we’re better off letting them go.

I’m especially disappointed not to be meeting and learning from Chuck Wendig and Ellen Datlow, the scheduled Guests of Honor for Context 28. The disappointment threatens to crush me, actually, if I think about it too hard, so I’m choosing to focus on other things.

I’m choosing to focus, now, on the exciting possibilities the death of Context opens up for a convention to rise from the ashes. I’m choosing to focus on the friendships strengthened and forged in the flames of this fiasco. I’m choosing to focus on how glad I am that I made every second of Context 27 count, since it will likely be the last one I ever attend. I’m choosing to focus on how much more difficult it will be to get away with sexual harassment at a convention thanks to all the people who stood up and said This Is Not Okay.

I’m choosing to focus on all the messages of support and solidarity I received since making that blog post way back in November. I was terrified I would be flayed alive by trolls and people with misplaced loyalty because of that blog post, but it never happened. In fact, quite the opposite was true. I was flooded with tweets, text messages, emails, and Facebook comments in support of Team Harassment Policy Enforcement, letting us know that if we weren’t attending Context 28, neither would legions of other writers. I can’t tell you what a relief that was, what a bulwark, just to know we were heard, and believed, and maybe, despite the echo chamber of the FANACO Board telling us we were being petty and vindictive, that actually we were in fact doing The Right Thing, for The Right Reasons.

I have never been prouder to be a member of fandom, or the writing community. I’m so lucky to have you as my friends and contemporaries. We may not be able to change the world, but together we can change our little corner of it, making fandom safe for all of us one convention at a time.

So, thank you. Keep being awesome, and let’s see where this crazy ride takes us next, okay? I’m in if you are.

Somehow this screencap from Legend of Korra seems like just the thing.

Somehow this screencap from Legend of Korra seems really appropriate for this moment.