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MileHiCon Is On the Horizon!

MileHiCon happens next weekend, and I am so looking forward to attending for the first time! Already the organizers have me feeling welcome to my new home-state convention. I’m so looking forward to sitting on a few panels, and sitting in on quite a few more.

Here’s my schedule thus far:

Friday, October 23

4:00 PM Inside Writing Workshops

I’ll be offering insights about Viable Paradise and Writers of the Future. Other panelists will discuss their experience with Clarion, Odyssey, and more. Come ask your questions about the different experience and emphasis of workshops available to writers looking to improve their craft and make connections with other professionals!

Saturday, October 24

9:30 AM SFWA Meeting

I am SO looking forward to meeting other SFWA members in person, and connecting with local writers. It’s a business meeting, so I’ll be sharing a bit of info on the self-publishing committee as well.

12:00 PM What Makes A Good Bad Guy?

Now, I’ll be honest here: I asked my 6-year-old nephew this question, and he said without hesitation, “His lightsaber moves!”

I suspect the panel will go into a wee bit more detail. Since I’m moderating, I’ll be asking questions about villainous viewpoints, whether sympathetic villains are preferred or expected or a passing fad, traits of villainy that are a cliché and traits that are unexpected, and all sorts of other stuff the dear folks on Twitter helped me come up with

8:00 PM Violence in Fantasy

A huge percentage of fantasy novels revolve around wars and battles, torture or at least torment. Is it necessary? How much is too much or is there a limit?

Gotta admit, I like the violence in my fantasy. (And in science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, and so forth.) I’m not certain where this panel will go, but I’ll be most interested to hear what the other panelists and audience members have to say.

Sunday, October 25

10:00AM Writing Good Fight Scenes

Reasonable/believable choreography and obeying the laws of physics and human physiology are good and necessary first steps. What other factors need to be considered when writing fight scenes?

I’m really looking forward to this one because I personally love writing fighters and fight scenes for people who understand fighting as well as for general readers. I’ve been told I’m good at it, so I hope I have some interesting things to pass along—particularly on the difference between most martial arts training and practical martial application. I’m the only woman on this panel, and am deeply hoping that’ll make little to no difference whatsoever to what we panelists are asked.

(Aside: Does anyone see a general theme in the craft-related panels I’ll be sitting on?  I think I have my own convention theme, truly. 🙂 )

There might be some last minute schedule changes, so be sure to check in at the convention’s website as the dates draw near.

In between my handful of panels, I’ll be sitting in on other panels, or hanging around waiting for the next thing. In the evenings, I’ll likely be in the bar for a bit in search of interesting conversations.

If you see me and want to talk, PLEASE COME BY AND SAY SO! I recently had a writerly friend tell me about a “pro” writer who told a bunch of aspiring writers that “pro” writers didn’t really want to be bothered at conventions. Ye gads, if you’re a reader or newer writer looking to connect, please don’t think that person’s attitude is mine. If I didn’t want to talk with other writers, I wouldn’t bother telling anyone where I’d be. I know, from personal experience, it can feel like cliff diving, walking up to someone you might know only from online interactions. In fact, I suck at it myself. Rest assured if you say hello, I’ll participate in a conversation.

So if you’ll be at MileHiCon, let me know! Let’s connect somewhere!

#SFWApro

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My Wiscon Schedule!

Just a little less than three weeks to Wiscon! I’m so excited to see folks I know and meet folks I don’t.

I’m on a couple panels this year.

Taking Care of the Writer’s Body
Saturday 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Writing is usually not considered to be a physically demanding occupation, but it does take its toll. Eye strain, aching backs, and repetitive motion disorders are common complaints. What can we do to keep our bodies healthy while we write? How can we adapt our workspaces to accommodate injuries or disabilities? Ergonomic keyboards? Voice recognition software? Treadmill desks?

The Joys of Failure
Sunday 10:00am – 11:15am

All too often, we treat failure as a bad thing that stops us rather than a feedback mechanism to help us be more awesome if we try again—especially those of us who are targeted by oppression. The inner statistician might keep track of all the shots that we miss while playing basketball and the inner critic might fill us with regret for trying, guilt for failing, or shame for being the kind of person who does so, but nobody can ever know how many shots we might have made if we had tried again. Some of these ideas were expressed recently in the Failure Club series on Yahoo Screen, which featured the trials and failures of eight brave New Yorkers who dared to hope for extraordinary results. This panel is an opportunity to look at failures through a more empowering lens.

I opted into the first panel because of my background in wellness. I chose the second one because I’ve researched failure, and have even delivered a couple keynote addresses on the topic of failure and resilience. I’m hoping I can be a good panelist, and helpful to those who come with questions.

Why no writing panels? Because I’d still rather listen to others put forth their ideas than listen to my own. 🙂

I’ll also be volunteering for a bit at the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room (schedule unknown at this time).