This weekend, I’ll be at Arisia in Boston. It’s my first time at this con, and I’m really excited. I’m on panels with several writers I admire, including Guest of Honor Kelley Armstrong! While I’m in Boston, I also plan to visit some of my old haunts and check out a few sites in Bloodstone to make sure I get the descriptions right.
But the main thing is Arisia. Here’s my schedule. If you’ll be there, seek me out!
8:00 p.m.: Flirting with the Mainstream: Paranormal Romance
Paranormal romance has staying power on store bookshelves and has taken plenty of heat for diluting SF/F. However, it also has a crossover appeal to women who may not ordinarily be the audience for SF/F. Let’s chat about overlapping genres, mixing stories, and the best paranormal romances for the new reader.
Vikki Ciaffone (mod), Victoria Janssen, Nancy Holzner, Gail Z. Martin, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire
11:00 a.m.: Character Dynamics
You have your cast of characters, now how do you get them to interact the way you want? How can you make you them fight, love, and laugh at each other convincingly? How do you make changes in a relationship between characters come about naturally, rather than seeming forced? Our panelists will elucidate on the finer points of getting your characters to behave with each other on the page the way you imagine them in your head.
Nancy Holzner (mod), Gordon Linzner, Jeanne Cavelos, Ellen Kushner, Victoria Janssen
5:00 p.m.: From First Draft to Second Draft
What’s your writing process? Is the first draft a private letter to yourself while the second draft is more accessible to others? How does the fiction change through the writing and revision process? Our panelists discuss their methods for rewriting.
Ellen Kushner (mod), Victoria Janssen, Nancy Holzner, Kelley Armstrong, Rita Oakes
9:30 a.m.: My Friend Wrote a Book, Do I Have to Buy It?
Etiquette for friends of authors and other creators. How to support their endeavors without going broke or feeling you have to attend every signing. What to do when you don’t like their creations and are asked (or feel it’s expected) to give a reaction?
Elaine Isaak (mod), Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Felicitas Ivey, Victoria Janssen, Nancy Holzner
12:30 p.m.: Autograph session with Nancy Holzner and James Macdonald