This Saturday through Monday I’ll be in august company at Balticon 45, a long-running sci-fi/fantasy convention held in Baltimore, Maryland. (The con begins on Friday 5/27/11, but I won’t be there until Saturday.) If you’re within driving distance, please stop by and say hello! Balticon is a big event with lots of artists, entertainers, games, vendors, and cosplayers. Something for everyone, indeed.
I’m especially looking forward to reconnecting with three fantastic writers I met at SheVAcon in March: Elaine Corvidae, David Forbes, and Leona Wisoker. Bring on the con parties! I think the Science Fiction Title Chain game will be a blast, too.
Here’s my schedule, should you want to catch up with me.
5:00 PM — Small Press Publishing Round Table
Back by popular demand. Small press publishers discuss how they work with artists and artists discuss how their experiences working with small press publishers have been awesome or could be improved.
6:00 PM — Grand Openings (round table discussion)
Once upon a time (in a galaxy far far away)… So, how important is a good opening? What does it need to pull the reader into the story? How can it cast light upon mood, setting, character, tone, and still work as a hook for the reader? Discuss favorite openings, and tell why they work so well. What actually is the “right” beginning for the story? How does a writer figure out if the story on paper’s starting too early, too late, or at the right time?
10:00 AM — Nancy Brauer, Michelle D. Sonnier and Patrick Thomas Autographing
12:00 PM — My Favorite Planet
What fictional (or non-fictional) world would you most like to visit or inhabit? Why? Describe it. Past, future, or alternative Earths are also gratefully appreciated.
4:00 PM — Motivation — Why Ask Why?
Does it matter why characters act the way they do? How to explain them to your readers.
5:00 PM — Science Fiction Title Chain
It’s a game! The audience provides the words for a science fiction story or novel’s title, the panelists arrange them in a more or less coherent order and each panelist comes up with a descriptive synopsis. The audience votes on the synopsis they like best!
8:30 PM — Nancy Brauer — Reading
I’ll read from Strange Little Band, Strandline, and/or short stories. Audience’s choice.