Gen Con 2018

Hello readers! It’s been a while. So long in fact that it’s almost time for Gen Con again! I will be at Gen Con this year. If you too will be at Gen Con, here’s where you can find me.

11:00 am, –Creating History in Your Speculative World
You’ve got a setting and a story, but how can you make it feel even more real? By giving it a history! Panelists discuss how writers can bring their worlds to life with historical details.(Downtown Marriott, Ballroom 1)

3:00 PM–Religion in SF&F
Religion can play a small or big role in your world. Come learn how to create a convincing religion or spiritual system and weave it into your world seamlessly. (Downtown Marriott, Ballrooms 3-4)

10:00 a.m.–Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome plagues everyone from rookies to New York Times bestsellers. Our panelists discuss how to deal with it. (Downtown Marriott, Atlanta)

1:00 p.m.–What Makes a Story Fantasy?
What exactly is a fantasy story, and how can you tell if yours fits the bill? (Downtown Marriott, Boston)

3:00 p.m.–Where’s the Restroom?: Dealing with minutiae of character life
They say the truth is in the details, but how many of those details should you include in your story? Where is the line between necessary info and TMI? Our panelists have answers! (Downtown Marriott, Boston)

4:00 p.m.–Signing with Cat Rambo and Chris Jackson
Cat Rambo and Chris A. Jackson are both brilliant, prolific writers. Cat and I both had stories in Champions of Aetaltis. Chris and I have yet to share a TOC, but he has excellent real-life stories about sailing. This is the best way to get a chance to talk to me! (Exhibit Hall, back of the exhibit hall)

9:00 a.m.–What system of government is right for your world? How do you design
something that is convincing? Our panelists show you how. (Downtown Marriott, Ballrooms 3-4)

4:00 p.m–Costume Contest!
I’m judging the costume contest this year! If you haven’t been, it’s a wonderful show. I don’t actually know where this is yet!

I will add to this as more things come up, so check back! And hope to see you there!

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OrcaCon Schedule

Hi all!

Checking in ahead of Orca Con, an excellent, inclusive gaming con that will be held this year in Bellevue, WA. If you are attending, I hope to see you! If you are not, I hope you check out what they have to offer and make plans for next year.

On Saturday at 4:00, I will be discussing “Geeky Parents Raising Geeky Babies,” with Mike  Robles, Gabriel de los Angeles, Brittanie Boe, Kiva Maginn, and Tifa Robles. Come for practical advice, stay for the Tiny Mr. I stories.

On Sunday at 2:00, look for me at “A Day in the Life’ where I will talk about how to get anything at all done in this crazy modern world, along with Lynn Hardy, Britannie Boe, Liz Courts, Ari Marmell, and Jenn Sandercock.


Afterwards, I will be fleeing to the Oregon coast for a writing retreat, in the (probably vain hope) I will finish this book and then be able to talk to you about anything at all again.


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Gen Con 2017 (and other upcoming cons)

Good morning, readers!

Where the @#%$ have you been? I thought you were dead in a ditch!

Man, you’re dramatic. I didn’t mean to worry you, though. I’m fine. I’m just busy with stuff! Two kids is exponentially harder, especially when one needs a fair amount of therapy (Itsy Mr. E has hypotonia and is also lazy deviously efficient, so requires a lot of equally devious exercises. But he improves!).  The reality is I have only so many words per day in me, and I’ve been using as many as possible on my new book–

Wait, new book!?

Slow down, readers. This one’s a marathon, not a sprint. First draft is almost finished, and I feel good about a quick revision. I have a crack writing group and plans for moving forward. I promise as soon as there are things you should know, you will know them.

…like you’re a psionic now? 

Damn, I wish. No, you’ll still have to come over here or FB or Twitter.

Now, that out of the way, Gen Con 2017 is upon us, and this year I’m going to make it. So here’s my schedule for the convention! I will possibly add information to this between now and then, but you can find descriptions on if I wind up giving all my words to the book.

Does the book have a name or is it like…The Book?

The working title is Hinterland, but I have no expectation that is going to stick. Still, now I guess I can just say “Hinterland” and instead of “the book I’m working on right now” so that’s more words for the draft! So thanks for asking!

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday 12:00 PM (Room: Caucus)
Story Craft: Building to the Climax

Thursday, 1:00 PM (Room: Chamber)
Writing 101: Dialogue—“Don’t mess it up,” he said

Thursday, 5:00 PM (Room: Cabinet)
Writer’s Life: Care and Feeding of a Great Writer’s Group
*Remember when I mentioned that crack writing group? Two of them are on this panel with me: Shanna Germain and Susan J. Morris. I fully expect this to be one of my best panels. You should come.

Thursday, 6:00 PM (Room: Chamber)
Worldbuilding: Gods and Religions

Friday: 10:00 AM (Room: Congress II)
WORKSHOP: Finding Work for Your Inner Critic: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
*This is a workshop, so you need to have purchased tickets for it. 

Friday, 12:00 PM (Room: Causus)
Business of Writing: Success Without Agent

Friday, 3:00 PM (Room: Cabinet)
Character Craft: Writing Kids Right

Friday, 6:00 PM (Room: Capital I)
Writer’s Craft: Kick Ass Fight Scenes

Saturday, 11:00AM (Room: Chamber)
Writer’s Craft: What is the “Writer’s Voice”?

Saturday, 12:00 PM (Room: Congress I)
Reading: Erin M. Evans and Erik Scott de Bie
* I am still trying to decide what to read for this. There’s The Devil You Know (paperback out in September); “The Mark of a Mountain Poppy,” my short story in Hath No Fury (also out in September), and…Hinterland. Which…I’ve never read from a WIP so I’ll think about that.

Saturday 3:00-5:00 (Exhibit Hall)
*There will be a book seller at Gen Con, I hear. So you can get a thing to get signed from them. Or you can just come say hi. 

Looking into the future, I have two other cons lined up.

First up  is Gamehole Con! This is a gaming convention in Madison, WI this November, and everyone I know who’s gone loves it.  I will be running a game set in FR (specifically a game where you are a dragonborn teenager–or possibly human friend of dragonborn teenager–solving creepy murders in Djerad Kethendi and trying to get a good marriage contract.). If you miss Brimstone Angels, this is probably a good game for you! I will also be on a panel about writing and doing a couple of charity D&D games.

Next up is OrcaCon, a Seattle gaming convention next January. I don’t have a schedule for this one yet, so stay tuned!

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