Next week I'll be attending OryCon, our fine state's own science fiction and fantasy convention. I've never been to OryCon before, so if you happen to attend and bump into a bumbling bearded bald fellow, be kind and show him around.
OryCon starts on Friday, November 7, and ends on the afternoon of Sunday, November 9. I'll be participating in a number of panels, readings, signings, etc. Here's my own schedule, if you happen to stop by and feel like heckling:
Friday, November 7
The Death of the Stand-Alone Book
Trilogies, tetralogies — we're not even sure of the right names for five-, six-, seven-book series! Where does the madness end? Is there no market anymore for non-series books?
Fellow panelists: Alma Alexander, David Bara, Frog Jones
Magical Realism: All You Ever Wanted to Know
Red-hot and ready to be explained!
Fellow panelists: Jason V. Brock, Leah Cutter
Saturday, November 8
Autograph Session 2
Get your books (or whatever) signed by your favorite authors!
Joined by: Alma Alexander, Bruce Taylor, Jennifer Willis
Sunday, November 9
Writing in Other Peoples' Worlds
The fine art of franchise writing: working with established universes like Star Trek, Star Wars and more, including the new Kindle Worlds licensed fan fiction program.
Fellow panelists: Robert Plamondon, Wendy N. Wagner, Erik Wecks
Synopses, Summaries, Book Descriptions and Other Horrors
Few things exasperate writers more than condensing their masterworks into a single-page synopsis — or worse, a 150-word book description! What to include, what to exclude, and strategies to keep it fresh and reveal your voice without sounding unprofessional.
Fellow panelists: John C. Bunnell, Matthew Hughes, Bill Johnson, MeiLin Miranda
Author Reading: Jason Gurley
Jason Gurley reads from and discusses Eleanor.
Authorfest 8 (at Powell's Books, Cedar Hills)
Join a slew of science fiction and fantasy authors from the Pacific Northwest at Powell's Cedar Hills as they sign books and meet with readers. Among the attendees: Annie Bellet, Brent Weeks, Daniel H. Wilson and over twenty other authors.