April 23rd, 2012

can't sleep books will eat me

i want to feel the bomb drop the earth stop until i'm satisfied

Some convention schedules:

WisCon (May 25-28, 2012):

Chicks Dig Comics
Come celebrate the delightful truth: women create, produce, read, and really, really dig comics! Join the editors and writers of Chicks Dig Comics, a just-released collection of essays, as they share their love for this medium and the stories it can tell.
Fri, 9:00–10:15 pm
M: Sigrid Ellis.
Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Tara O'Shea, Caroline Pruett, Delia Sherman, Jennifer Margret Smith, Lynne M. Thomas

Designing a Magic System
</td>Fantasy authors often create new worlds (or slightly bend this one) to include magic. What counts as magic? Why are readers drawn to it? How can it serve a story? What are the things that can go wrong when including magic in your work? How much do you have to explain how the magic works? How do you keep it consistent and satisfying without letting it become a flaw? When is magic needed (or more importantly when do you leave it out)?
Sat, 10:00–11:15 am
M: Elizabeth Bear
Alex Bledsoe, Kater Cheek, Catherine Krahe, Gregory G. H. Rihn

Chicks Dig Comics Party
Join the Chicks Dig Comics crew as we celebrate the comics we love and the women who love comics!
Sat, 9:00 pm–Sun, 3:00 am

It's Actually Quite Hard to Rip a Bodice: How to Use (and Not Abuse) Historical Details in Fiction
Anachronisms can really get a person's stockings in a twist. A 19th-century heroine stalking the land in stiletto heels? Or, worse, being assaulted by a hunk who has no idea how to access a body bound by corsetry? But readers don't want the story derailed by an author's excessive display of "see-what-I-know-itis." There are an increasing number of online sources for historical research. How do you gauge their accuracy? When telling your story, how do you strike a balance between imaginative flair and downright pedantry? 
Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm
M: Vylar Kaftan
Lucy Adlington, Elizabeth Bear, Ellen Klages, Alex Dally MacFarlane

The SignOut
Mon, 11:30 am–12:45 pm

ConVergence (July 5-8, 2012)

Female SF Authors: The Early Years
Margaret Cavendish and Mary Shelley. Claire Harris and Andre Norton. C. L. Moore and Leigh Brackett. Come celebrate the works and histories of these and other acclaimed female SF writers from the early days of SF (Pre-1960).
Sat, Jul 7, 11 am
Catherine Lundoff, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear

Kelly McCullough, Lynne Thomas, Elizabeth Bear. Scott Lynch Signing
Sat, Jul 7, 2 pm

Avoiding Cliches Like the Plague
Once upon a time on a dark and stormy night, the end of the world as we know it was brought about by cliches. How do we avoid this fate worse than death?
Sat, Jul 7, 11 pm
Damian Sheridan, Christopher Baldwin, Anna Waltz, Elizabeth Bear, Eli Effinger-Weintraub

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literary Criticism
Exploring speculative fiction literary criticism beyond the usual "awesomeness vs. meh" in fandom. What type of criticism is helpful to authors and readers?
Sun, Jul 8, 9:30 am
William Alexander, Michael Levy, Elizabeth Bear, Doug Hulick, Sean M. Murphy
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the night is so pretty and so young

So, as some of you know, I'm involved in running Minneapolis' 4th Street Fantasy, fondly known to many as The Best Fantasy Convention On The Block. It's a small, intimate, awesome borderline relaxacon with a single track of extremely nerdy book-focused programming that is designed to include the audience as well as the panelists, a very nerdy attendee base, and an ethos of taking the best of the barcon into the program room. The con historically has provided an excellent consuite (seriously. real food, and lots of it) and in the evening, music circles and extended discussions are the norm.

From the con website:

The best of our traditions continue with a single-track program in which panels begin discussions that are continued by everyone in the room. 4th Street is not a spectator sport! We are all an integral part of the discussions and the decision-making.

4th Street runs from June 22-24. It's inexpensive and delightful.

I highly encourage everybody who loves books to attend.

A tentative programming list is up here: attendees are encouraged to pop by the livejournal community and discuss!

This year, for the second year running, we're offering a writer's seminar on the day before the con. This is not your typical critique session or workshop. Rather, it's an opportunity to interact with accomplished storytellers in our usual open panel format.

4th Street. Seriously, it's not quite like other cons. You'll get a chance to talk nerdy with the disgustingly well-read in an intimate and friendly setting.jon_singer might make you tea, for example; coffeeem might sing you a song.  

...It also seems to be the catalyst for an awful lot of romantic relationships. No promises there, but it worked for me!
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you pushed a button and could watch it on the television. those motherfuckers didn't last too long.

So it's International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Wretch day, which also happens to be Shakespeare's Birthday (Observed).

In honor, here's my short story "Los Empujadores Furiosos," in its entirety.

Where does it go?

That's what you ask of doors, isn't it, assuming they go somewhere; they're there for a purpose--the purpose of getting you from this place to that place and possibly back again. If you're very lucky, or very careful, that is. Over the course of my life, I find I've never had much luck with them.

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