On March 11, I have TWO books coming out - the paperback edition of "Gift of the Unmage" and the hardcover of "Spellspam". I'm going to be doing one of them "virtual blog tours", and there will be a bunch of stuff going on in the blogosphere on or around March 10th and 11th. Some of it I'm still scrambling to put together right now. More about that (with proper linkage) as it happens.
The day after D-Day, in a little under two weeks, I leave for the east coast. After a full day in New York on March 13, including lunch with (at least one) editor, a meeting with my agent, and a meeting with a Teen Action Group at a branch of the New York Public Library late in the afternoon, I will stagger on into Rye and fall into Lunacon.
FRIDAY, MARCH 14TH
Track: Business of Writing
Start Time: 03/14/2008 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Room: Brundage B
Title: Plundering the Amazon
Amazon.com is inarguably the single largest outlet of genre books today.
What can you do to maximize your exposure (and your profit!) from this
vast wilderness of literary distribution?
Alma Alexander[M], Jane Jewell, Nathan Lilly,
Start Time: 03/14/2008 6:00 - 6:30 PM
Room: Port Chester
Title: Reading: Alma Alexander
SATURDAY, MARCH 15th
Track: Craft of Writing
Start Time: 03/15/2008 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Room: Brundage A
Title: Layering It On Thick
Creating Multi-layered Plots
Alma Alexander, Jacqueline Carey, Marvin Kaye, Paul Levinson, Darrell
SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH
Track: Reading & Signings
Start Time: 03/16/2008 9:00 - 9:30 AM
Room: Westchester Assembly
Title: Autographing: Mark Del Franco, Alma Alexander
Start Time: 03/16/2008 10:00 - 11:00:00 AM
Title: The Future of Religion
Ten years after Contact was released, the questions raised by the movie
still remain--and, perhaps, increased in importance and urgency. This
panel will discuss science vs. religion--must they always be at
cross-purposes? And how will each affect the way we interact with other
beings, should we ever actually make contact?
Alma Alexander, Marilyn Brahen, Barbara Campbell, Michael A. Ventrella,
Track: Craft of Writing
Start Time: 03/16/2008 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Room: Grand South
Title: Building Worlds 101: From Genesis To Apocalypse
How to build (and destroy) realistic and believable settings for your
fiction. How to use bits and pieces from our own history to make your
world more realistic.
Alma Alexander[M], Jacqueline Carey, Virginia McMorrow, Joshua Palmatier,
After Lunacon, I'm going up to UConn and environs - I'm doing two college level classes and then doing a reading" on March 18th (and if you're anywhere near the area, please DO turn up. I would genuinely love to see the local folks. Maybe dinner or coffee or something, before or after...?
Then, on the 19th, I fly back to Seattle... and go straight into Norwescon.
It Don't Work That Way--Fantasy Tropes That Defy Reality Thursday March 20 3:00 p.m. Cascade 5
While it's often necessary to stretch the truth a bit when writing Fiction, some things have gone too far. From blisters to broadswords and hardtack to helmets, this panel compares the appearance of reality in Fantasy with the real thing.
Renee Stern (M), M.H. “Maggie” Bonham, Christopher Konker, Alma Alexander
Defending the Writing Life Thursday March 20 5:00 p.m. Cascade 10
or…"You're not busy, are you?" What to say when your parent, neighbor, or the mom beside you at playgroup asks, "So, are you still doing that writing stuff?" Why do writers have to defend their occupation to others? Why do our relatives and neighbors all think that because we’re home we aren’t really working? What great responses can you give them?
M.H. “Maggie” Bonham (M), Lisa Mantichev, Ted Butler, Alma Alexander
Non-Western Mythologies--Inspiration from Other Places Friday March 21 5:00 p.m. Evergreen 2
Western mythology and legend have had a long-lasting effect on Fantasy/Horror, but they aren't the only game in town. Native American, Asian, African, and other myths, legends and folktales are also great fantasy fodder. Get in on a discussion of some alternative sources to spice up your Fantasy / Horror.
Kevin Radthorne (M), Leah Cutter, Michael Ehart, Mimi Noyes, Alma Alexander
Autograph Session 2 Saturday March 22 Noon Evergreen 1 & 2
Heroine's Journey Saturday March 22 2:00 p.m. Cascade 5
Is the Heroine's Journey different from that of the Hero? A discussion of the differences in Male and Female Heroes and how they effect plot and character development.
Mike Shepherd Moscoe (M), Michael Ehart, Rhiannon Held, Alma Alexander
Plots That Fly and Plots That Die! Saturday March 22 9:00 p.m. Cascade 5
Every story needs one. Some get away with two or three. Where do they come from? How to you entangle and tighten them? Other plots just seem to lay there and do nothing for the book. How to make your plot earn its pay!
Jak Koke (M), James H. Cobb, Ray Vukcevich, Alma Alexander
Reading: Alma Alexander Sunday March 23 1:00 p.m. Cascade 3
Spellspam - when email atacks!
Then I'm coming home and collapsing in a heap for a week.
And I'll tell you about my April and my May in a later post. I don't want to overload y'all...