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It just really sunk in today. I won't bore you by whining, though. I'm going to bury my nose in a book, and then hopefully work on my latest short story tonight. And, apparently, judging from the sounds emanating from the hallway, I'm going to spend some time cleaning up cat puke. Guess I gotta go Friday, June 12, I received a great email this week from another teen girl who read the first chapter of Finding Angel. Her comments were so awesome. I posted them on my site with her permission, of course.

She wrote me again to tell me she had shared my site with some friends. I mean, it's awesome getting praise from fellow writers and test-readers who are adults. But when the "person" I wrote the book for says "Awesome! But, even greater than that is the feeling I get when these girls follow their comments with, "I'll be praying for you to find a publisher. What could be better? Talk about a confidence-builder. God is listening to those girls. And they're petitioning on my behalf. Humbling, for sure. Just had to share:. You can see comments by test-readers and those who've checked out my first chapter on my site at www.

Thursday, June 11, Yep, too good to be true. Well, it's time to tell about the recent event in my life that did in fact turn out to be too good to be true. You can read my post about it from a few days ago, but that's not necessary. I had to let this run its course before blogging the whole thing. This may be a long story, but bear with me.

A week or so ago I received a message from a publisher via an online writers group I am in. This was suspicious to me, but I thought there is no harm in hearing what they say. I emailed them back, and they looked at my first chapter via my website. I sent them a synopsis as well. They wrote back and seemed very interested.

A little too interested. I allowed them to call so we could dicsuss things farther. I expected a big sales pitch. I also expected to end the call abruptly with bad feelings. That didn't happen. The women I spoke with were very nice, not pushy, and we seemed to click. The answers they gave seemed legitimate, and they answered things directly. Let me take this moment to say I am normally very cynical when it comes to stuff like this. I also go by my gut--I believe the Holy Spirit nudges us and warns us when things are awry.

And I'm smart. Together, those add up to me being a salesperson's nightmare. The call ended with me agreeing to review a contract. I still felt that it was a big red flag that they had not read my entire manuscript. That fear was somewhat calmed by the fact that the contract was presented as though it was a preliminary contract, contigent upon approval of the full manuscript.

I received the contract. Much of it seemed reasonable and in line with what I've read about regarding publishing agreements. The big thing that told me this was a no-go, however, was the paragraph that said I was obligated to buy copies of my book up-front. Not all of them, but not just a dozen or so. Two hundred and fifty, minimum. Now there are two ways of looking at this: One--they have legitimate reasoning for this. They tend to focus on nonfiction, written by ministers and inspirational speakers.

These are people whose real goal is to speak to and minister to the public. So, maybe they use the book as part of their platform in order to gain speaking engagements, and the book sales are not top priority. Buying those books makes them motivated to not forget about the books.

So, they structure it to help out these speaker-authors--they can call themselves a traditional house by not charging publishing fees, which makes you as the author look more credible--but you're still going to pay up-front like a self-pubber or subsidy and they just call it book purchasing. This second scenario might seem shady or legitimate, depending on the light in which you view it. That is why I'm not mentioning the publisher's name.

Maybe they are legit, within the circle that they work.

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Symbiotic relationships that work for one set of organisms don't necessarily work for other sets. At first, I was a little angry. I felt taken advantage of a bit. Not completely, because of the above statement--if they are used to a publisher-author relationship like the aforementioned situation and all parties have been happy with that so far, then they don't see the downside that I do from over here.

But I would think they'd understand that as a fiction author I'm not out to fill stadiums and pitch my subject of expertise. I'm out to sell books. MY books. Why do I need to buy them from you to prove that? I was also upset that my radar didn't go off louder on this. Had the Holy Spirit abandoned me? Why was I not getting that bad, bad feeling?

Yes, I did get my hopes up some. Who wouldn't? With several signs pointing to this being a unique opportunity, I did allow myself to look into this. But I did so with eyes wide open, lots of research, and a definite reserve. Just not the complete "no way" attitude I tend to get when offered something that seems a little too good. I think I've discovered why it played out the way it did. If I'd gotten the "alarm" way in the beginning, I'd have completely disregarded the message, and then forgotten all about these people. But, I feel God wanted me to get far enough into this to get my hands on the contract.

I know have learned something and have physical proof that they are doing this. I will never doubt that I let that "golden opportunity" slip by. I can look at that contract and know that I made the right decision by turning them down. Also, I can let you know about this. Do NOT just take the publisher's word that they have your best interest at heart.

Contact writers you know and ask them what some of the terms were in their contract--you can do this without asking their exact royalty percentage and advance amount. You need to know what is standard and what is not. There are books out there to help you with this. Go to sites that list publishers, like Predators and Editors. Attend writers groups, join online groups--ask everyone if they've heard of a publisher before you take a jump! I did those things--asked everyone I knew no one had heard of them , checked Predators and Editors who, btw, did not have this company listed at all, so they weren't officially red-flagged , went to the bookstore and looked at their books yes, they're on the shelves, which is usually a very good thing.

At first it all seemed pretty good. But, even with that, I held back. Maybe I didn't have that gut-sick feeling, but I did hold back. And I'm glad I did. I may not be able to get an advance as a new author, but I sure as heck am not paying my publisher one! So, take from this what you will. I'm not mentioning the name of the publisher publically because at this point I have no reason to. When I told them "no" they took my answer graciously.

But not every publisher out there will be so gracious. Some are true scams, so prepare yourself. Tuesday, June 9, Missy the Mountain. Yes, strange title for a blog, but I'll get to that. I've been pondering things to write about on here. My intention when I started blogging was to reach both writers and teens because :- I write for teens. Makes sense. And I've been thrilled to no end to discover how many teen writers are out there! That makes me feel like I'm not boring my readers to death when I write about writing.

Still, can't make that everything that comes out of my mouth fingertips?

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I believe whole-heartedly in the old saying, "Write what you know. When a writer's head is full, you know a story is going to have to come out :. I was in eighth grade. I'd never been bullied before. Not true bullying, anyway. Good-natured teasing for sure--can't avoid that when you're the "smart kid" and the "tall kid" and have glasses thick as coke bottles. Actually, it was probably the "tall kid" part that kept me from being really bullied. Even nerdy kids can be intimidating when they're a full head taller than the rest of the class. One day, a friend let's call her Cara and I went into the girl's bathroom.

The distinct odor of cigarette smoke tinted the already stale air. A girl stepped out of the stall and saw Cara and me. I knew this girl. We had a class together. She hated me. And her best friend, Missy, made me look like a tiny china doll by comparison. I grabbed Cara and dragged her out of the bathroom, my heart pounding in my chest, and sweat beading on my forehead. What a dilemma. I agreed that the girl needed to be told on. But I did NOT want to be the one--or be associated with the one--who told on her. Telling on her was the equivalent of telling on Missy.

Telling on Missy was the equivalent of standing in front of a speeding bus. I honestly can't remember if I argued with Cara, nodded agreement, or just went numb from fear and let her walk away.

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Probably the third choice. Either way, she did go to the office and tell on the girl. And Missy the Mountain got wind of it. She knew I hadn't done the deed, but she knew there was someone else who had, and she knew I knew who that person was. That is an atrociously written sentence, but you get it, right? The pressure was on. I was told, through the girl in my class who'd been busted smoking, that if I didn't give up my friend's name Missy was going to I called my best friend we'll call her Sandy and told her what had happened.

She had experience with stuff like this. I'd been brought up in a Christian home, and was known as being a "good girl. Sandy, however, was from the other side of the tracks. How we ended up best friends I'll never know, but having that kind of background would surely come in handy in this situation. Her response--"It was nice knowing you. You know what to do. Can't you give me some advice? Missy is HUGE. She's going to squash you. I love you, but you're going to die. I'm sure I cried. I'm sure I prayed.

I'm sure I didn't eat for days. But I don't remember any of it. Neither do I remember what I said to Missy that day. It was hot--well, it's Florida, so it's always hot. I know people were around us. I know the only thing I could think was, "Please, if you hit me, hit me in the stomach. And no one but my closest friends knew about the brace.

I had hated that brace from the day I'd found out I needed to wear one. But on that day, I thanked God for it. If Missy had hit me in the stomach, she probably would have broken all of her fingers. She didn't hit me though. He has been a favorite of mine I ran into him in an elevator at Comic Con a couple of years ago and in my fan boyish delirium gifted him a bunch of Stargate swag and his time on The Flash is among my favorite runs.

As for this particular Spiderman story — well, Waid has a gift for storytelling, from the quick wit of his dialogue to the tightness of his plotting to the timing of his dramatic reveals, it all comes together perfectly. Though now, with Wally and Linda presumably out of the picture Yes? And, on the opposite side of the spectrum is this very adult tale that delves into the backstory of arch-villain Magneto, tracing his humble beginnings as a young Jewish boy growing up in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich.

Gut-wrenching and powerful. Yes, while the chocolate party was indeed taxing, spending all of Sunday Well, seven hours anyway uploading pics and putting together a rundown of the festivities was outright exhausting. Well, I finally got the notes on my first draft of Space now episode At 54 pages, the script is way too long and Rob had some helpful suggestions for trimming down the dialogue. Hope to have a revised draft later this week. Yes, Saturday night was memorable for a number of reasons — the great dinner, the wide and wild chocolate assortment, and, of course, the bet that almost did in our Script Coordinator, Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.

He gave it his best shot but came up short. And while it was painful to watch some of the more squeamish onlookers had to avert their eyes , all admired his perseverance and sheer all-out craziness in thinking he could pull it off. There were a couple of moments where he paused and actually looked like he was going to be sick. You know, for all this talk about the chocolate party and what a great time was had by all except for maybe Lawren in those last fifteen minutes , I have to admit that the evening was missing a certain something.

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Well, not so coincidentally, I got a call from Martin on Sunday. And looking forward to visiting this summer. Next up were our mains. For the vegetarians among us a tasty-looking ricotta and egg yolk ravioli with fava beans, French breakfast radishes, and black truffles. It looked so good this was one of those rare occasions when I actually wanted the veggie selection. Wonderfully tender and flavorful. Everyone was raving about it, especially a certain Mr. Carl Binder. Next was a whipped camembert with raisin brioche, spiced almonds, and fine herbs.

Nice, not overly sweet. Jamil in particular enjoyed this one. We capped the meal with a gorgeous presentation of assorted sorbets served atop carved ice blocks. After dinner, we moved on to the main event: the chocolates. Last year, I brought in a selection from fourteen different chocolatiers worldwide. This year, it was Loved them last year and loved them just as much this year.

These were a bit of a deal to bring in but they were well worth the effort — refined and utterly delicious. Speaking of refined, Jin Patisserie made it two years in a row with a delicate and distinguished assortment beautifully presented in silk and jewelry boxes. They were reluctant to ship to Canada last year but, after much pleading relented and their chocolates turned out to be a huge hit.

This year, they shipped no problem and, again, their creations had the room buzzing. This was a first year for Payard as well and, in addition to a chocolate assortment, they amazed with their vanilla rum truffles and, my personal favorites, their muscadines dark chocolate ganache dusted in powdered sugar, Grand Marnier, and sugar powder. This is my fourth annual chocolate party and La Maison du Chocolat has made an appearance at every one. An incredible assortment of world-class chocolates including their Habanera Gift Box made up of dark chocolate perfumed with vine peaches, and milk chocolate infused with Mirabelle plums.

Richart offers up an unbelievable selection of their marvelous creations grouped into different flavor families balsamic, roasted, fruity, citrust, herbal, floral, and spiced in addition to dark and milk chocolate samplers ranging from rich milk chocolate to intense darks. Their croquettes — crispy and crunchy buttery European cookies in milk or dark chocolate — always draw A LOT of interest. Owner Rachel has been at it a year and a half and obviously puts much love and imagination into her creations. My favorite was one she had me sample when I dropped by her shop — a remarkable blueberry and balsamic.

In addition to the bonbons, they also boast an intriguing line-up of inspired chocolate bars. What would a chocolate party be without a contribution from my buddy Will Poole and his shop, Wen Chocolates, in Denver, Colorado? Another perennial favorite is chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. A wonderful collection that took me back to my last Tokyo trip when I would while away the afternoons at the Pierre Marcolini location in Ginza, enjoying his marvelous chocolates, ice creams, and hot cocoa.

In addition, Cluizel offers a Once Upon A Bean presentation box that treats novices to an overview of the chocolate-making process, from cocoa bean to finished product. This year, in addition to making some dark and decadent desserts, he supplied milk and dark drinking chocolate, milk and dark chocolate fountains, and oodles of delicious dunkables. Christopher Norman is another chocolate party mainstay owing to the quality of the product and the beauty and care that goes into their presentation.

The luxury tea collection is a sublime mix of unique tea flavor profiles green tea, tropical mango, China Rose, and Lapsang Souchong , chocolate ganache, and dark chocolate. The latter were an acquired taste. Brian found them surprisingly subtle while David was quick to politely but vehemently disagree. Of all the chocolates I brought in, these Blue Cheese Chocolate truffles were the ones that Ashleigh was most excited about. Alas, no leftovers but I thought it might be nice to surprise her with a box later in the year. In lieu of a Christmas bonus. Hey, speaking of acquired taste, Vosges is always a chocolate party favorite in large part due to their bold, out-there flavor combinations: wild Tuscan fennel pollen and milk chocolate, sweet Hungarian paprika and dark chocolate, horseradish, lemon zest, and dark chocolate.

But my personal favorite has to be their smoked applewood bacon milk chocolate truffle. Also, last year, I brought in two boxes of their creamy organic peanut butter bonbons topped with sea salt — and they were the first to go. Incredibly accomplished chocolates that had Chef Rob, in particular, singing their praises.

Then, this year, I included a link to my last chocolate party with the request. Well, a company representative contacted me and informed me they were willing to ship for the special event — and, boy, are we glad they did. The chocolates were superb and those champagne truffles outrageously good!

And, finally, this was the first year for Teuscher. I ordered the 48 piece assortment. Excellent chocolates, but the truffles were unbelievable! It was a chocolate extravaganza. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves although some definitely overdid it. Take Lawren for instance. After attacking the chocolate, he was offered a significant sum of money if he could finish four sinfully rich chocolate desserts in twenty-five minutes. Well, despite the fact that he was chocolated-out, he decided to give it a try. He put the first dessert away no problem, making everyone else at the table mighty nervous.

As he put the second one away, he began to draw a crowd and, by the third dessert — which took him a good ten minutes to get through — he had his own cheering section. By the time he started on that fourth dessert, the entire room was crowded around him, shouting words of encouragement and, in some cases, discouragement.

He got halfway through the fourth one when, with five minutes to go, he threw in the towel. According to Tom, he had dialed 9 and 1 and was waiting to dial that last 1. Well, he may not have won the cash but Lawren won the respect of many of those in the room — who would respect anyone crazy enough to try and put away four decadent chocolate desserts after maxing out on a chocolate buffet. And counting. That seems to have been the most popular story. Kim Newman for instance? Were there some authors who actually approached you and ended up surprising you with their submission?

ED: For every original anthology, I try to think of writers who might have an interest in the theme and I approach those writers. So when she approached me about writing a Poe story, I was surprised—and when she handed in her story—very pleased. Working in a bookstore or editing fiction were the only two jobs I could think of that might satisfy my interests. Being the first person to read a terrific piece of fiction. And working with writers to make their fiction as good as it can be. Do you have a favorite? And, being a veteran of all these developments, what do you foresee for all three genres in the future?

Same with sf or horror. No shocks. Everything evolves. Disappointed perhaps in some of the crap published. If you get one rejection, just submit that story again and again. But simultaneously go ahead and write another story and another—do not wait for one story to come back or be sold. Writing and submitting should be a regular, ongoing process. Nine were rejected. And, being so involved on the literary side of the genre, do you take any interest in its television and film versions? If yes, do you have any favorites?

Those are just some of the books I loved and some I still love. When I was younger I loved horror movies and still like some a lot—but I was indiscriminate in watching horror movies on tv as a junior high student. I think Carrie the movie was better than the novel but I preferred the novel Ghost Story to the movie, so it totally depends. Also, have you ever refused to publish a horror story that felt was too graphic or offensive?

ED: I often turn down stories. And in fact, one reviewer was so offended by the story that he cried out for the publisher to think hard about what they were allowing to be published. If you could only choose one collection, which would be your favorite? If so, what was it and why? ED: Often. And some anthologies have taken years to sell. No luck. Answer: Unable to say at this point. In its present incarnation, the script boasts a lot of visual effects.

Answer: You can drop me at moorsyum yahoo. Any chance of getting a summary of the episode titles? Answer: Chris is notoriously next-to-impossible to get a hold of. Answer: She had actually planned this getaway before she landed the position with us. Does she know about your fear of heights, serial killers, the Canadian Revenue Service, clowns, ordering a lousy lunch, and — I suspect — infectious microorganisms?

And does she, perchance, read this blog?? Find a musical YOU want to see, then tell her how much you hate it, and that it better not be the one she drags you to, and so on and so forth. Answer: Really? The implication was clear. She was about to head off on a week-long Mexican getaway and the prospect of her flirting with danger was paramount on my mind.

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She threw me a look, then redirected her attention to her laptop. I pointed out that the chances of her coming down with something while down south were much smaller than, say, contracting some form of dysentery or getting kidnapped. All things being equal and given the choice, getting kidnapped would probably be the way to go.

Well — uh- yeah, right on the first guess. Paul McGillion. Oh, and he also just shot a guest spot on Uh, right again. Michael Shanks. We had Thai and talked about old times, then he swung by my office and approved some of the pics I snapped of him for blog use. Oh, and he was also quite pleased about the performance of his favorite hockey team, the Vancouver Canucks…. Who are in my bad books. Because they won their series against the St.

Louis Blues, thereby costing me my bet with my co-worker Kerry that will see me accompanying her to a musical production of her choice. Will there be lots of action? Such P90 fire, Space battles, hand to hand scenes. Do you think it will have more action than the previous movies? So are you done Filming Water yet? Has it taken longer than usual to film?

Has Life Started Filming yet? How close is Air to being finished.? How are the visual effects coming? Are they almost done? How is the music coming? Answer: 1. While Todd the wraith will play a significant role in the proceedings, the A story will not focus on the wraith. Life started filming today. Carl was away on location. Significant sections of Air III have yet to be shot.

I think that most Stargate fans will enjoy the new series and, hopefully, plenty of franchise first-timers will also join the ranks. Hey, remember that episode of Atlantis where the team encounters a civilization of children living in a village located within some mysterious neutralizing field that renders technology inoperable? Interestingly enough, my next door neighbor and writing partner Paul experiences no such problems.

It could be because this mysterious Bermuda Triangle-esque no-fly-wifi zone is limited to my office alone. Or it could be because he eschews the wireless option in favor of a direct wired connection. Not even the usually reliable tech-savvy Lawren Bancroft-Wilson was able to remedy the problem and, as a result, I find myself wandering the corridors of the production offices every late afternoon in search of a signal.

Will Waring is directing Brian J. Smith Lt. Scott and Justin Louis Col. Young over on Stage 2 set codename: Hoth. Brad Wright shifts gears after putting out both Darkness and Light, looking to hammer down the story for episode My writing partner Paul continues work on Divided. Which would be par for the course.

Oh, and I found the time to do another pass on that Atlantis movie script. That Destiny is a mighty cool-looking ship. Finally, a reminder to Producer John G. Lenic, who has been with the franchise since The Children of the Gods pilot, will be taking your questions, so if you want to ask him anything about his 10 years on SG-1, 5 years on Atlantis, 2 SG-1 movies, or his time on Universe, start posting…. A couple of weeks ago, I asked him whether he might be interested in doing a guest entry for this blog.

Oh, and humor. The practical joke he played on those poor Jaffa extras makes me chuckle every time I think about it. Producer John G. PDL: First I would very much like to thank Joe for making this Q and A possible… and for making me feel so welcome when I found myself back across the hall from him at the Stargate office. Now on to the questions… I have tried to answer in the spirit the questions were asked. Forgive me if I took them too seriously… or not seriously enough. What was your favorite memory of working on Stargate and finally how awesome was it to work on Supernatural and with Erik Kripke.

I wish they were all as fun. Part of the inspiration for Fragile Balance can be traced back to the naked puppet of Thor. I looked at it and realized it had no genitals, so clearly the Asgard reproduced differently than we do. My little stint on Supernatural was very enjoyable. Kim died this year, so I am grateful for the short time I got to see him.

He was a really good guy and a great director… I learned a lot from him. I really like the show and especially the cast. PDL: Yes. I did something on this episode of SGU that is more abstract than usual. I actually got to say something, and it was silly. We can play back recorded takes for me to review or I can just trust the people watching the monitors… which I usually do. PDL: Growing up around my Dad was amazing. His humor is always beyond belief but the intelligence, sensitivity and insight to create said humor is off the charts. My brothers and I really are no different than most kids… we want to please our parents and make them proud.

Yes, we have procreated. It was the same wave, only replicated many thousands of times over through the incoming wormholes. Now what would happen if lets say you were to put a human into the gate at Dakara when all the gates were dialed in the network? Would that said human be copied like the energy wave, and have many thousands of that human on all the planets in the gate network? Or would that human be transmitted in a million pieces and come out in bloody chunks of nasty out of every stargate? I mean if the wave was copied in the buffer of the Dakara gate, and then transmitted out to all gates, then it would make sense that the same would happen with a human!

It would be a perfect copy everytime just like it was for the energy wave! PDL: Wow, that is quite a question. So I need to ask: How are you so awesome??? But in all seriousness: To what do you owe your longevity in the business, and in so many varying roles ie: actor, director, writer, producer etc… besides your aforementioned awesomeness, of course.

PDL: You flatter me. I think you respond to shows that tend to shoot here. My longevity, as you call it, is based on a desire to remain employed. Huge fan for years! Thank you for all of your talents in the Stargate Franchise over the years, and continued success.. PDL: My Dad is doing well, thanks for asking. Re: commentary. It IS premature, but I guess so.

Black is very slimming and I dig the cod piece…. Please give him a huge hug from me. Which brings me to my next question. Your dad is a great cook. How about you? Do you love to cook? And if so, are you good at it? I only say this because I happen to suck at cooking no matter how hard I try. Window Of Opportunity is my all-time favorite episode probably of any television show. Thanks so much for stopping by to talk with us. PDL: Hug for Dad… on it. I am not a great cook and empathize.

And is it even an accident that they all seem to follow you to a show?? PDL: It is fun, sometimes too much fun. I have a question for Peter DeLuise. Above all, continuing the thought-provoking conversations and ideas brought up in literature is the fundamental joy of this conference for me. Before I close the post for , I wanted to say a special thanks to a couple people who make Readercon amazing for me every year.

These themes can be used to revitalize one-dimensional genres in which heroes have unrealistically easy adventures, but over time, readers may nd that all the destruction and misery becomes debilitating or boring. This panel will examine stories that balance pain with cheer and perhaps take a stab at constructing a first draft of a grimlight canon.

Shirley Jackson Awards. The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology. Agnieszka and Kasia were raised together and have a deep bond that is explored throughout the novel.

This depiction of female friendship is unusual in fantasy fiction and gave rise to much discussion and no small amount of fan c from fans who either wanted to see more of the friendship or felt it ought to have been a romance. This panel explores sororal friendships in fantasy and the ways they can alter or comment on familiar tropes such as the maiden in the tower and the questing band of brothers.

Passions blossomed in this discussion. As a Heterosexual white middle-aged male, it was inferred that I could not understand nor celebrate the diversity in both the BBC choice of Doctor nor the lake of a sexualized Wonder Woman. However, as neurologically challenged, handicapped person, I certainly have experienced significant bias and marginalization first hand in the past two years.

I can not believe the con is almost over at this point. Alternate history and historical fantasy often engage with technologies that once seemed like the way of the future: airships, clockwork, mechanical computing. Why are we fascinated with what became technological dead ends? Is there really a possible timeline where clockwork became ascendant while electronics never took off, or is it all just an excuse for some gorgeous cosplay?

Could it just be a matter of scale? Alistair Reynolds has explored the idea that the slowing of time at relativistic speeds could enable civilizations to meet one another. Panelists will discuss this enticing possibility and what we might find in the far, far future. An incredibly wide range of story beginnings, and I wanted to hear how they all ended! A very active group that makes me miss New York. They are also the producers of the most marvelous Kaleidocast which they are running a kickstarter for their second season. Developing a novel outline can be nearly as complex a process as writing the novel itself.

Hybrid methods of outlining and making decisions on the y will also be discussed. This was an amazingly fun panel, for a a dry subject and b AM. One of my difficulties post-strokes has been the organization and mapping out of complex plotting. Short stories up to 6 or 7k words is one thing. Yes, Scrivener was discussed. Reading — Scott Edelman. His writing is descriptive and fun, and his storylines are very interesting and many times surprising. He read from the first story in the collection Only Humans can Lie which is the story of Tim, owner of a vegan restaurant in a small southern town during the beginnings of the zombie apocalypse.

Paul was relaxed, despite and evening of hoops and chats that ended around AM. But there will be others to see…and new friendships to make. The Thursday night program is the free portion of the convention. Friday morning is when things really get moving in earnest. That went fast. A bit of what the morning events were:. The Politics of Villains. The villains of speculative fiction and fiction in general often reflect the biases of their times.

In response, some authors have deliberately created villains who stand in for oppressive power structures. As you can imagine, the talk of this panel and of the con so far surrounded our current political environment. Reading — Paul Tremblay. I like Paul very much. And he writes scary shit.


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Do they map to our current world or are we projecting? What other books have warnings for us that we might heed? Kaffeeklatsch — Elizabeth Hand. We and a few others sat down for a chat and discussed, among other popular concerns, the environmental impacts and her with with the US Government on the story and planing for megafires of the future. Google it. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this would lead to the piece Liz would use for her reading later. Reading — James Morrow. Like Liz, Jim has been a major influence for me over the years.

He agreed to be one of my references for my MFA application something I found out just this weekend from his wife Kathy that he almost never does and has kicked me in the backside when I needed it. Filled with his normal wit and satire, for 30 minutes Jim delivered his patently dry, sophisticated wit to the audience. One note…I went up and spoke to him afterwards, thanking him again for his reference, when he asked me to sign a copy of Offbeat: Nine Spins on Song. He new it was the first story I had published after my strokes. Having one of your heroes ask you for an autograph is kind of amazing…and incredibly humbling.

Reading — Elizabeth Hand. Five members of this local writing group read stories in progress or about to be published. The seem funny, smart and very nice and I might have the opportunity to join this group in the future, so stay tuned. The Commonalities of Magic and Science. Specialized and secret fields of knowledge create barriers to understanding and can become mechanisms of cultural control. They can also be foundations for resistance. They can support or destroy communities and instill gratitude or resentment. All these things could be said of both magic and science, and the wielders thereof.

I lively discussion of fantastical magic and sciences and how they could be used in various societal situations for good or ill. Thursday, July 13th PM. I spent two days packing and unpack then repacking. See, this year I brought some books I want to get signed. If you want one, give a shout out in the comments or find me during the Con. The ex-Marine Uber driver with the semi-automatic strapped to his waist very kindly helped me load and unload his Infinity. Horror is frequently thought of as a visual medium, and is often adapted for film and television. However, other senses are vitally important to the development of horror stories, and the experience of fear for the reader.

This panel will explore these and other works of multisensory horror, and address how writers can create vivid horror experiences for readers. The point was made that only two senses can bee utilized in movies sight and sound while all five can be used in the written narrative. Highway to the Weirder Zone. Samuel R. Surrealism, magical realism, paranormal romance, and other genres of the weird have different methods for getting the reader to suspend disbelief and acclimate as the roses rain down and the protagonist turns into a cockroach.

Are there different approaches that work for a phantasmagoria of ideas or a phantasmagoria of sensory impressions? And what problems arise from applying the assumptions and techniques of one genre or subgenre to another? This intro evening to ReaderCON was a marvelous starter and tiny taste of what is to come. Next week is ReaderCON In the picture above, there are seven badges—seven years since I started on this writing journey. First as a hobbyist, more recently taking the curveball life gave me and turning it into something new and marvelous.

I had no idea what I was doing back then. I currently have nine stories out for submission…wait. Just got a rejection from Apex. Continuations of my series I plan on revisiting the first book as a task for my MFA and using that as a stepping stone to seek out the right agent , and a couple new ideas rattling around.

More on those at a later date. It has been a hard few years—but I am blessed. There is a stack of books I want to get signed. My normal daily updates will be posted as usually. Look for them to start next Thursday July 13th.


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ReaderCON It has taken me nearly 18 months to make peace with the fact that my brain has permanently, and irreversibly changed. And I have most of my physical abilities. My cognition when it comes to things like strategy, numbers and logic has been annihilated, however. And I gave up my car and driving for the time being. That career has been shattered. But life finds a way.