How is that we're halfway through June already? This month is flying by. I am getting ready for Westercon in Portland, Oregon July 1-4, which means choosing material for readings, preparing for panels, deciding what I can and can't cram into one suitcase to haul down there on the plane... Books or hats? The eternal question!
Anyhoo, here is my schedule for the convention:
Fri Jul 1 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Battle Scenes, Lincoln
Is your battle scene battle worthy? In a real fight, are movements and actions even possible? Learn from pros how to create realistic battle scenes that keep your audience engaged in the action.
Fri Jul 1 5:00 - 6:00
If the Pen is Mightier than the Sword, What Have You Stabbed Lately?, Roosevelt
Our panelists discuss how to bring modern social issues and viewpoints (gay rights, feminism, war, poverty) into SF/F literature.
Fri Jul 1 6:30 - 7:00 pm
S. A. Bolich Reading, Madison
S. A. Bolich reads from selected works. (This will most likely be from The Wrath of God, the upcoming release in the Fate's Arrow series.)
Sat Jul 2 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts") Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.
Sat Jul 2 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Paranormal Romance, JacksonIs this science fiction, fantasy, horror? Whatever it is, fans love it! Learn what makes paranormal romance unique from other genres and the inspiration for writing them.
Sat Jul 2 6:00 - 7:00 pm
The Wild and Wonderful Weird West, Sellwood
From FIREFLY to THE DARK TOWER, works set in the Weird West are terrific entertainment. Writers discuss some of their favorite works in the field, dig into common tropes, and explore just what makes the West so wonderful.
Sun Jul 3 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, Broadway
Broad Universe is a writer's guild that supports women authors of science fiction and fantasy novels. 10 Broad Universe members read from their work.
Sun Jul 3 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Writing Workshops and Critique Groups: What to Look For, Lincoln
Workshops and critique groups can be helpful and change your writing for the better. But they can also hinder an author and we can get stuck in a cycle of repeating things we may not fully understand ourselves. Chat with pros on what areas to watch out for when taking part in any sort of workshop or crit session.
Sun Jul 3 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Writers talk about fleshing out their worlds. How much is too much? How much is too little? How do the features of a world enable its denizens, particularly the characters of the story? How do its constraints challenge them?
I look forward to seeing some of you at the con. Bring your books to sign as well, and track me down. I'll be wandering when I'm not in panels.
See you in July!