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12 January 2017 @ 11:37 pm

Here's my schedule for Arisia, January 13-16, Westin Boston Waterfront. Hope to see many of you there!

Friday, 8:30 PM
Reading: Greer Gilman & Kenneth Schneyer - Writing, Reading - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W)

Saturday, 1:00 PM
In Praise of Unlikeable Characters - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 1 (2E)

Bring us your curmudgeons, your cantankerous jerks, your deliberately unlikeable characters of all genders without which the plot might not move so smoothly. Someone’s got to do the dirty work, after all. Let’s talk about our favorite unlikeable characters in genre fiction, and the purposes they serve
Gillian Daniels (m), Maya Garcia, Lorrie Kim, Ken Schneyer, Sonya Taaffe

Sunday, 10:00 AM
How to Self-Edit That Steaming Hot Pile of Crap - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Adams (3W)

Have you ever gone back to edit your story, only to ask “Who wrote this $#!t?” Can you fix it? Where do you start? Our experts will teach you how to identify which elements you wish to save, how to spot plotting and pacing issues, why adverbs are so bad, and what tools are available to make self-editing easier. Bring a butcher knife...it’s time to conduct surgery on your baby...
Trisha Wooldridge (m), Jacqui B., Alexander Jablokov, Matthew Kressel, Ken Schneyer

Sunday,   7:00 PM
Grounding Your Audience in a Sensory World - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Douglas (3W)

The five senses are appallingly underrepresented in modern fiction. Without sensory information, it’s difficult to grab your audience and drag them into your protagonist’s body. How do you portray senses other than sight? Can you use it to portray emotion? Where can you scrounge up alternatives for the words see, hear, feel, taste and smell, or ‘sixth sense’ (psychic intuition)? Come learn how to describe your world in all of its glorious, sensory detail.
Ken Schneyer (m), Ruthanna Emrys, Greer Gilman, Keffy R.M. Kehril, Sonya Taaffe

Monday, 10:00 AM
Imaginary Friends: Crafting Memorable Characters - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 3 (2E)

Even the most gripping plot will fail if you don’t have memorable characters. How do you create a sympathetic protagonist? How much backstory should you give them? How do you develop interesting supporting characters to accompany them on their journey? There are many ‘tricks’ you can use to flesh out characters, as well as ways to juggle multiple character viewpoints. Come learn how to write characters so realistic your audience will be talking about them long after they finish your story.
Ken Schneyer (m), Michael Bailey, Justine Graykin, Elaine Isaak, Felicitas Ivey
Current Location: Not Boston Yet
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Inception Score
24 January 2016 @ 04:00 pm
Here's my schedule for Boskone 53, February 19-21, 2016, at the Westin Boston Waterfront:

Friday, 7:00 PM, Griffin
Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. I'll be reading my short story, "Who Embodied What We Are".

Saturday, 10:00 AM, Marina 4
Theories of Time Travel
As improbable as it seems, is time travel possible? What scientific theories are out there that hint at what it might take to turn time travel into a reality? What practical issues need to be considered? What are some of the best time travel stories and how does their science hold up? Who’s doing it right? And is time travel really just science fiction?
James Cambias (M), Heather Albano, John R. Douglas, Kenneth Schneyer, Jo Walton

Saturday, 1:00 PM, Harbor III
100 Years of Relativity
Next month marks a century since Albert Einstein published his seminal work The Theory of General Relativity. It was our first clue that space bends, time warps, and black holes’ gravity sucks at both light and time. What did Einstein get right — and wrong? Do his ideas still ripple through our own time? For extra credit, panelists will reconcile general relativity with quantum theory.
Mark L. Olson (M), Janet Catherine Johnston, N.A. Ratnayake, Kenneth Schneyer

Saturday, 9:00 PM, Marina 1
Superhero Open Mic
Kapow! Live from Boskone … enjoy the knock-out stylings of our program participants and audience members who share their open mic skills in the first-ever Superhero Open Mic. Each person gives his/her best 5-minute superhero performance – story, poem, song, skit, interpretive dance, or whatever! OPTIONAL: For extra appeal, feel free to come dressed as a superhero! The Rules: Boskone members are invited to join our participants in the open mic by signing up for one of the eight open slots at the door to the event, which opens for sign-ups at 8:30 pm. Each performer is given a firm 5-minute time limit (max), including set-up time. So a quick transition between acts is key. Walter H. Hunt (Emcee), Kenneth Schneyer (Emcee), C.S.E. Cooney, Carrie Cuinn, E.C. Myers, Garth Nix, Don Pizarro, Lauren Roy, Mary Ellen Wessels

Sunday, 10:00 AM, Marina 4
Dealing With Rejection
Getting rejected is difficult. It can be hard to find the motivation to go on when you feel like you’re not gaining any headway. Our panelists share their own experiences with rejection, what kept them going, what hard truths they faced, and what changes they made to keep working.
James Patrick Kelly (M), Barry Goldblatt, Bob Kuhn, Kenneth Schneyer, Darlene Marshall

Sunday, 11:00 AM
Room: Marina 2
Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop Reading
This year is the 35th anniversary of the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop. Come join local members for their annual reading at Boskone!
Steven Popkes (M), Sarah Smith, Heather Albano, James Cambias, Kenneth Schneyer, Alexander Jablokov

And I'm proud to announce that my son will be on a panel this year too!

Friday, 6:00 PM, Marina 2
What Kids Are REALLY Reading
This savvy panel of teenage fans shares what they’ve been reading lately. Also, find out what’s on their “To Be Read” lists, what they’re actively avoiding, and what they’re tired of trudging through. Plus … what kinds of stories do they look for when they’re browsing the booksellers?
Emma Caywood (M), Alexis Baker, Ophelia Goss, Arek Schneyer, Iris Wilde
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Wind
01 January 2016 @ 06:55 pm
Here's my schedule for Arisia 2016, January 15-18, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel:

The Future of Mars - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Faneuil (3W) - Friday 8:30 p.m.
We grew up reading about Barsoom and the Mars of Wells and Bradbury. Today, we’re finally exploring the reality of the red planet. Where does our fictional treatment of Mars go from here? Do we concentrate on the real possibilities opening up? Or are there exciting and odd treatments we can imagine?
Nalin Ratnayake, John Scalzi, Jeff Hecht, Morgan Crooks, Ken Schneyer (m)

Star Trek at 50! - Media, Panel - 1hr 15min - Burroughs (3E) - Saturday 11:30 am
Fifty years ago, Gene Roddenberry introduced us to the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Since then, the crew has boldly gone where no human had gone before in five live-action TV series, one cartoon, ten movies in the “original” universe, and two movies in rebooted universe (with a third due out this year). Join us as we celebrate one of the most iconic and important science-fiction franchises of all time.
Liz Salazar, Glenn Hauman, Lawrence M. Schoen, Woodrow Hill, Ken Schneyer, Cassandra Lease (m)

The Bible as Fantasy Literature - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 2 (2E) - Sunday 11:30 am
What can we gain from viewing the Bible as fantasy literature, rife with active gods, prophecies, and larger-than-life heroes, and complete with centuries of fanfic from Dante to Milton and onward? How is the Bible treated in fantasy?
B.A. Chepaitis, Matthew Kressel, Susan Weiner, N.S. Dolkart, MJ Cunniff, Ken Schneyer (m)

Everything I Say is a Lie - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W) - Sunday 4:00 pm
There are several works of fiction, both genre and mainstream, that rely on the unreliable narrator. Used to good effect, this can create an artful twist ending or have the reader second-guessing throughout the whole story. However, how does one create such a narrator? Does the viewpoint have to be first person, or can third person suffice? How do you keep readers following the path you’ve laid out without guessing the real story? A discussion on the making and use of an unreliable narrator.
Ken Altabef, Terri Bruce, Kate Nepveu, Ken Schneyer (m)

Remembering Leonard Nimoy - Media, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 1 (2E) - Sunday 7:00 pm
Leonard Nimoy, one of the greats, passed away in 2015. Although he remains best known for Star Trek, he had along and varied career, excelling as an an actor and a director, working as a voice actor and a photographer, and hosting documentaries. We’ll look back at his life (even his musical career), and talk about how much Nimoy meant to people both as a man and as a performer.
Keith R. A. DeCandido (m), Santiago Rivas, Sonya Taaffe, Daniel Miller, Ken Schneyer

Science Fiction Reading - Writing, Reading - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W) - Monday 10:00 am
Come listen to our panelists read a selection from their original science fiction works.
Nalin Ratnayake, Lawrence M. Schoen, John Chu, Ken Schneyer
Current Location: Upstairs
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Theme to Downton Abbey (playing downstairs)
04 July 2015 @ 04:42 pm
Here is my schedule of commitments for Readercon 26, which will be July 9-12 in Burlington, MA:


3:00 PM    The Genre-Sized Chip on the Shoulder.
Nicola Griffith, Sandra Kasturi, Eugene Mirabelli, Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Peter Straub.
Discrimination against speculative literature still exists, but it appears to be fading quickly. Literary awards and critics are recognizing speculative works, and major publishers are publishing them. The nerd/jock distinction still exists among teens, but the line has blurred considerably. Is there value to continuing to see the genre as belittled and beleaguered, and genre fans as an oppressed minority? Or do we have a sort of community PTSD, where we're reacting to memories of mistreatment more than to actual recent events? If the literary world is ready to accept us, are we ready to be accepted?

5:00 PM    I Put Books in Your Books So You Can Read While You Read.
John Clute, Samuel Delany, Amal El-Mohtar, Francesca Forrest, Greer Gilman, Kenneth Schneyer (leader).
Nested stories consist of at least one outer story and at least one inner story. Usually the characters in the outer story are cast as the audience of the inner story, as in Hamlet or the Orphan's Tales books. But inner stories have another audience: the reader. How do we read inner stories? When our attention is brought to its story-ness, are we more conscious of being the audience than when we immerse ourselves in outer stories? Do we see ourselves as separate from the audience characters—thinking of them as the "real" audience even though they're fictional—or do we connect with them through the mutual experience of observation? And when do inner stories take on lives of their own, separate from their frames?


10:30 AM    Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer reads his short story "You in the United States!"

2:00 PM    The Definition of Reality.
Anil Menon, Kit Reed, Kenneth Schneyer, Sarah Smith, Romie Stott (leader).
Many forms of entertainment conflate fiction and nonfiction. It's well documented that so-called reality TV is highly staged, directed, and manipulated to highlight conflict and manufacture happy (or tragic) endings. A number of memoirs have been revealed to be fiction. Some still want to believe professional wrestling is real. Fiction provides plenty of conflict, coherent narrative arcs, and satisfying endings, so why do we also demand those things from our nonfiction? Does believing something is "real" make it more entertaining? Or is this an expression of our dissatisfaction with the loose ends, bewildering occurrences, and interrupted stories of our own lives?

I hope to see many of you there!
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: Hopeful
Current Music: Tybalt purring on my lap
08 May 2015 @ 04:37 pm
This year I'm an (invited!) panelist at Albacon, May 8-10, in Albany, NY.  Here's my schedule:

Saturday, May 9:

Reading, Kenneth Schneyer, 11:00 a.m. (I'm going to read my new not-yet-published story, "The Plausibility of Dragons.")

"Borders (if any) Between Fan & 'Original' Fiction", Mur Lafferty, Andre Lievin, Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Anatoly Bililovsky, noon.

Autographing, Barbara Chepaitis & Kenneth Schneyer.  (I'll have copies of The Law & the Heart for sale, just in case you didn't bring your own. :) ) 1:30 p.m.

"SF vs. Fantasy -- is there a difference?", Mercurio Rivera, Paul Park, Catherine Stine, James L. Cambias, Kenneth Schneyer, Chuck Rothman (moderator), 4:00 p.m.

"Flash Fiction", Electra Hammond (moderator), Kate Laity, Kenneth Schneyer, Alex Shvartsman, Chuck Rothman.

Sunday, May 10:

"The Future of Copyright", Mur Lafferty, Kenneth Schneyer 1:00 p.m.

So yeah, Saturday's gonna be pretty busy.  If you happen to be in Albany this weekend, come say hello!
Current Mood: Chipper
Current Music: Hammond Song (The Roches)
25 January 2015 @ 03:02 pm
Here's my schedule for Boskone 52, February 13-15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.  Hmmm, they have me moderating three (!) panels, and doing three (!) readings.  I'd better get to work.

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Reading: Kenneth Schneyer

Friday 21:30 - 21:55, Griffin

Kenneth Schneyer

Dune — 50 Years later

Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor I

Frank Herbert's Dune, published in 1955, was an epic science fiction saga that won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award in 1966. Now, 50 years after its publication, we look back at the legacy left by Frank Herbert and his unique vision of a feudal interstellar society that was rocked by political machinations, contentious religious orders, and a very lucrative spice trade — and giant worms! How has this seminal work held up over time? What place might it take in the science fiction hall of fame? Panelists also discuss the impact that Dune has had on their own work as well as on the development of science and science fiction.

Kenneth Schneyer (Moderator) , Scott Lynch , Beth Meacham , Joan Slonczewski, Walter Jon Williams , Karl Schroeder

Constructive Criticism for Revising Novel-Length Work

Saturday 15:00 - 15:50, Burroughs

Both getting and giving constructive criticism can be a challenge when going through the revision process, particularly for longer works. As a writer: how do you know what to ask of a potential critic, and how do you provide feedback on the success of the critique? As a critic: how do you identify and communicate issues or problems to the author? How do you keep track of plot threads, identify themes, and figure out what questions need to be asked? Also, how should writer and critic approach a series?

Kenneth Schneyer (Moderator) , Gregory Feeley, Ken Liu, John P. Murphy , Margaret Ronald

Cambridge SF Workshop Group Reading

Saturday 18:00 - 18:50, Griffin

A rapid-fire reading by the members of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop, featuring Heather Albano, James Cambias, Brett Cox, James Patrick Kelly, Alex Jablokov, Steven Popkes (M), Kenneth Schneyer, and Sarah Smith.

Flash Fiction Slam

Sunday 09:30 - 11:00, Marina 4

Join Boskone's second Flash Fiction Slam. Be one of eleven (11) writers to compete for the title of The Flash, reading your own original fiction — which must tell a complete tale within a 3-minute period. Our expert panel of judges will score your work, and you automatically lose 10 percent for going over your 3-minute time. You may only read your own work. The reader with the top score wins! Sign up before the con for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis by e-mailing erin.m.underwood@gmail.com. Or sign up onsite at Program Ops in the Galleria for one of three (3) at-con openings. A waiting list will also be available.

Carrie Cuinn (M), James Patrick Kelly , Kenneth Schneyer, Fran Wilde, F. Brett Cox

Writing Workshops: What's Right for You as a New Writer?

Sunday 11:00 - 11:50, Marina 3

Thinking about attending a writing workshop or an MFA program? Wondering how to pick which one is right for you? Once you do, then what? There is no magic formula to elicit an acceptance letter, but a solid application is a good place to start. Join representatives from various writing programs and learn how to present the best of what you have to offer as a student.

Kenneth Schneyer (Moderator), Debra Doyle, Theodora Goss , Shahid Mahmud, Jill Shultz

Autographing: Mur Lafferty, Kenneth Schneyer, Alison Sinclair, Charles Stross

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Galleria-Autographing

Current Location: Barrington
Current Mood: Nervous
Current Music: Tom Lehrer, "We Will All Go Together When We Go"
05 January 2015 @ 11:33 pm
Here is my schedule for Arisia, January 16-19, Boston Westin Waterfront:

Remembering Robin Williams —Friday, 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm — Marina 1 (2E)

The world lost one of the great funnymen last year when Robin Williams died. From his start as Mork from Ork through cult hits like Toys and Hook to big budget movies like Jumanji and Aladdin, he’s worked in some incredibly memorable genre roles as well. Join us as we remember some of his greatest moments.

Hanna Lee Rubin Abramowitz, Daniel M Kimmel (m), Santiago Rivas, Ken Schneyer, Cheryl Wallace

Character Dynamics — Saturday, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm — Hale (3W)

You have your cast of characters, now how do you get them to interact the way you want? How can you make 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.

M. L. Brennan, Jeffrey A. Carver (m), Timothy Goyette, Suzanne Palmer, Ken Schneyer

Fear Is the Mind-Killer: Dune at Fifty — Sunday, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm — Marina 2 (2E)

In 1965, Frank Herbert’s Dune, which went on to win the 1966 Hugo award, was published. Arriving in the wake of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring a few years earlier, Dune was perhaps the first SF novel to explore ecology on a grand scale. It has spawned several sequels, been adapted into multiple filmed adaptations, and inspired countless works of music in several genres. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of this seminal work.

John Chu, Max Gladstone, Karl G Heinemann, Ken Schneyer (m), Heather Urbanski

Managing Backstory — Monday 11:30 am - 12:45 pm — Hale (3W)

The backstory is the set of events that happened before your main story begins. These details cover everything from a character’s personal history to the origins of the world itself. How does an author relay that information effectively? How do you determine what should be backstory and what should take center stage?

Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Elaine Isaak (m), Rachel Kenley, Suzanne Palmer, Ken Schneyer

Reading: Crooks, DeCandido, Schneyer — Monday, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm— Bulfinch (3W)

Authors Morgan Crooks, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Ken Schneyer read selections from their works.

Morgan Crooks, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Ken Schneyer

Current Location: Work
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Fanfare from The Hunger Games
02 July 2014 @ 11:17 pm
Here are my commitments (so far) for Readercon this year:

Thursday, July 10, 9:00 PM    F   Theater and the Interrupted Ritual.
C.S.E. Cooney, Greer Gilman, Andrea Hairston (moderator), Kenneth Schneyer.
Theater theorists have put forth the idea that most theater begins with an interrupted ritual. This goes back to ancient Greek theater, which generally literally began this way, but in modern theater we see this in more subtle ways, with characters making a cup of tea or sorting the mail when someone else comes in. At Arisia 2012, Andrea Hairston talked about theater and performance being tied to spiritual practice, which resonates with the idea of the interrupted ritual. How does this idea relate to storytelling in general, and what can writers do with it?

Friday, July 11, 1:00 PM    G    The Difference Between Magic and Science.
Max Gladstone, Lev Grossman, Andrea Hairston, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), J.M. Sidorova.
In an interview with Avi Solomon, Ted Chiang proposed that "The difference between magic and science is at some level a difference between the universe responding to you in a personal way, and the universe being entirely impersonal." How can we complicate this statement? Are there magic systems that are entirely impersonal, and if so, are they indistinguishable from science and technology? Is science only possible in an impersonal universe? How do we make allowances for the personal applications of science and the impersonal applications of magic, and where do the boundaries between them lie?

Friday, July 11, 4:00 PM   E    Autographs. Kenneth Schneyer, Peter Straub.
Not to sell myself short or anything, but I expect a wee disparity between the lengths of the two lines. :)

Friday, July 11, 5:00 PM    EM    Cambridge SF Workshop Group Reading.
E.C. Ambrose, James Cambias, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Sarah Smith.
The Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop, founded in 1980, is the oldest professional SFF writers group in New England, counting Hugo and Nebula finalists and winners among its current members and alumni. Members will read short pieces or excerpts from recent works.

Friday, July 11, 6:00 PM    CR    A Fondness for Fanfic.
Catt Kingsgrave, Adrienne J. Odasso, Margaret Ronald, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Cecilia Tan.
Our panelists readily admit that they still write fanfic while making pro sales, and talk about why the two types of writing scratch different itches. What are the risks of admitting to a history of writing fanfic? What about current adventures in other people's universes—is there a point at which your fanfic needs have to go unmet

Saturday, July 12, 3:00 PM    CR    Copyright Law and Your Writing.
Warren Lapine, Eugene Mirabelli, Tom Purdom, Kenneth Schneyer, Sarah Smith (leader).
Last year William Fisher of the Harvard Law School taught an introductory online course about the history, philosophy, and future of copyright law. The course is now developing a forum about copyright law and its future. This one-hour discussion, led by Sarah Smith, will dig into the material presented in Fisher's course. How does copyright law affect writers? How do current ideas of copyright infringement restrict creativity? How might copyright law change to make new forms of creativity legal—and make them pay?

Saturday, July 12, 6:00 PM    EM    Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer.
Kenneth Schneyer reads from a new collection, The Law & the Heart.

Saturday night, July 12, probably starting around 8:00 or so, I plan to have a book launch party for The Law & the Heart.  Location TBA.

This is probably a good time to remind people that the Thursday evening events at Readercon are open to the general public; you don't have to be registered until Friday to attend.
Current Location: Not Burlington, yet
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Air conditioner
30 June 2013 @ 11:18 am

Things I am officially doing at Readercon:

Friday July 12:

2:00 PM NH
Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop Group Reading.
Heather Albano, E.C. Ambrose, James L. Cambias, F. Brett Cox, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Schneyer, Sarah Smith.
The Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop, founded in 1980, is the oldest professional SFF writers group in New England, counting Hugo and Nebula nominees among its current members and alumni. Members will read short pieces or excerpts from recent works.

4:00 PM NH
Clockwork Phoenix 4 Group Reading.
Mike Allen, Alison Campbell-Wise, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Barbara Krasnoff, Shira Lipkin, Yves Meynard, Ken Schneyer.
All of the critically acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthologies have officially debuted at Readercon since the series began in 2008. That bond deepened when editor and publisher Mike Allen launched the Kickstarter campaign for Clockwork Phoenix 4 at Readercon 23. The campaign was a smashing success, and the latest lineup of boundary-pushing, unclassifiable stories has been bought and paid for. At this official reading, the new anthology's authors will share samples from their stories with everyone who helped make this book reality.

8:00 PM RI
Life After Clarion.
Ron Drummond, Scott Edelman, E.C. Myers, Resa Nelson (leader), Ken Schneyer.
The Clarion SF Workshop is one of the best in the world for budding science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. Many of today's award-winning authors are Clarion graduates. For six weeks, Clarion students have the luxury of learning from top-notch authors and editors while living the life of a full-time writer. But once Clarion ends, what do you do next? How do you take what you learn at Clarion and apply it to your writing life and your real life? And how do you adjust from having the support of other writers to possibly having very little or none at all? Professional writers who graduated from Clarion in the '80s, '90s, and '00s share their life-after-Clarion experiences.

Saturday July 13:

10:00 AM G
Intellectually Rigorous Fictional Data: Making Up Facts That Are True.
Debra Doyle, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Margaret Ronald, Ken Schneyer, Harold Vedeler, Henry Wessells (leader).
How do you make up convincing fictional primary sources? No, not for purposes of seeking political office, but because you need to know the facts and how they underpin the world of your fiction and the lives of your characters. Imaginary books and letters are just the beginning, even if they never appear in the narrative. Which fictional data sources matter? How much is enough to make a narrative feel resilient and whole?

Sunday July 14:

1:00 PM ME
Crowdfunding: The Glory and the Peril.
Mike Allen (leader), Kevin E.F. Clark, Matthew Kressel, Ken Schneyer, Cecilia Tan.
In this troubled market, small publishers, authors, and editors are all turning to crowdfunding to get the backing for their cherished projects. Novelists, anthology editors, and magazine publishers are asking for funds on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other sites, and some are coming away triumphant. If you want to try it for yourself, how do you make it work? What do you avoid? What unexpected problems lurk? Author, editor, and publisher Mike Allen, veteran of a $10,000 campaign to fund the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 4, will lead a discussion of what works, what doesn't, and what successful campaigners wish they'd done differently.

2:00 PM VT
Reading: Ken Schneyer.
(Still not sure exactly what I'll be reading. Right now, I'm thinking two or three separate flash pieces.)

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: Calm
Current Music: Sountrack from "The Hours"
14 October 2012 @ 04:06 pm
Here is my one panel at this year's World Fantasy Con in Toronto:

Saturday, November 3, 12 noon: THE REAL WORLD IN FANTASTIC FICTION
(Ian Drury (Moderator), Donald Crankshaw, Geoff Hart, Kristin Janz, Christopher Kovacs, Kenneth Schneyer)

Just because a story is set in a secondary world doesn’t mean its medical/legal/political/military systems cannot be grounded in some kind of reality. Inaccuracies can abound when authors try to incorporate procedures and systems that exist in the real world into their created worlds without paying proper attention to details. The panel examines why and how reality is all important, even in a fantastic world.

This will be a fun panel for me, but regrettably it coincides with the GOH presentation by my beloved teacher lizhand. Ah, well… Anyway, if you're at WFC and can tear yourself away from Liz, come watch!

I also hope to participate in Friday's Late Night Flash Fiction Reading at 10:30 pm, if I can dig out a piece that's short enough.
Current Location: Upstairs
Current Music: The Lion Sleeps Tonight