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WorldCon

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

This year WorldCon will be in Montreal–the same city where I met my editor, Moshe, years ago at a World Fantasy convention. I’m very excited to be going back, and I’m especially excited because this year we’re sending the kids to grandma’s so my wife can come to the con. Hooray! Everyone be nice to her; it’s her first con.

My panel list is as follows:

Get Your Writing Kickstart Here
Thursday at 1:00pm
P-516E
Aliette de Bodard (mod), Dan Wells, Derek Kunsken, Nina Munteanu
This is a standard “intro to writing” panel, which I think will be a lot of fun, and for added excitement it’s being conducted primarily in French. Can I be helpful and clever and charming via a translator? We shall see. All I can tell you for sure is that my brain will hear all the not-English and say “Hey! I speak not-English!” and then start speaking in Spanish. Happens every time.

Don’t Main the Streams?
Thursday at 2:00pm
P-511CF
Cheryl Morgan, Dan Wells (mod), Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Karen Haber
How does the mainstream media report on the world of SF? How is SF perceived, how can it be covered well, and what fandom can do to get its story across? I have no idea why I’m on this one, let alone why I’m the moderator, but I think it’s going to be awesome. If you have any great stories or links about how SF gets screwed (or lauded) in the public eye, let me know.

I for One Welcome our New Zombie Overlords
Friday at 12:30pm
P-516AB
Dan Wells, Heather Urbanski, Steven R. Boyett (mod), Trisha Wooldridge, Tony Pi
“The fast zombie is bereft of poetic subtlety,” said Simon Pegg, star of Shaun of the Dead. So zombies are slow, shambling…and what else? What will the zombie apocalypse really be like? Thank heavens for whoever put me on this one. I don’t know which is scarier, running from zombies or being forced to talk about them entertainingly for an hour and a half, but either way I am up to the challenge.

Writing Excuses Live!
Friday at 2pm
P-513B
Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Brandon Sanderson, and a cavalcade of awesome surprise guests.
Yeah, baby. An hour and a half of pure awesome. I’d tell you who some of the surprise guests are, but then it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore. I can assure you, however, that this will be the best 90 minutes of the entire convention, hands down. I am currently peeing my pants, that’s how excited I am.

Exploring the Monster Within
Saturday at 4:00pm
P-510D
Anne Harris (mod), Dan Wells, Sean McMullen, Lauren Beukes
Some Days I Feel Like the Creature From the Black Lagoon: The appeal of identifying with the monster (or alien, or…?). An exploration of alienation, both societal and personal Let’s see: I wrote a book about a teenage serial killer who’s obsessed with death and tries to save the world by murdering monsters and stalking the girl next door. Yes, I imagine I will be on a panel similar to this one at every convention I go to for the next ten years. AND I WILL LOVE THEM ALL.

JOLT Writing… Get Your Writing Kickstart Here
Sunday at 1:oopm
P-516E
Dan Wells, Elaine Isaak, Jay Lake, Karleen Bradford, Brandon Sanderson
Crash course: Brainstorming, structures, writing… all in 90 minutes. Work on a new story or punch up an old one. This one’s going to be fun; the entire writing process condensed and shot out in rapid fire. There’s no moderator listed, so I’m going to prepare a list of elements and be ready to take over, just in case. Like the other writing panel, this one will be primarily in French.

Writing For Charity

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

A few weeks after I get home from WorldCon, on August 29, I’m participating in the “2nd Annual Writing for Charity Event,” which I kind of wish had a cooler name, but there you go. This is a mini-conference put together by a group of Utah authors and illustrators with a focus on children’s books. It’s going to have a lot of local luminaries like Brandon Mull and Shannon Hale, giving specific writing advice in panels and workshops and smaller breakout sessions. Tickets are $45 ($50 at the door), all of which goes to support the Treehouse Children’s Museum, a great non-profit facility that has a strong focus on family literacy. It’s going to be awesome, so if you’re an aspiring writer in the area I strongly encourage you to drop by.