Looking forward to participating in Capricon later this week (February 14-17) at the Westin North Shore in Wheeling, IL in the Chicago North Shore. It’s a great conference for speculative fiction writers (and fans). Great panels, food, and parties. I’ll be on three panels:
INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM MAGIC:
SF OR FANTASY. One of my favorite topics: is it magic or science?
WRITING WHILE LIFE ROLLS OVER YOU: I’ll be moderating this panel on juggling the writing life with the rest of your life!
TOOLS OF THE TRADE FOR WRITERS: What digital weapons do you need in your writer’s arsenal?
In addition, I’ll be reading an excerpt from my new short story “The Z-Spot” (which appears in this month’s debut issue of DreamForge Magazine) during the Humor-Themed Reading (with Steven H Silver and other terrific writers!)
And, I’ll be doing an autographing session with Guest of Honor Seanan Maguire and my fellow Pyr author Tracy Townsend
In addition to books, I’ll have a few new giveaways and the 411 on my new novel The Alchemy of Glass, due out later this year from Pyr.
I always enjoy this particular SFF convention. Besides the obvious fact that it’s right in my neighborhood, it always has great guest, panel and parties. Because it’s right in my backyard, I always try to encourage local writers and fans to stop by and participate. It’s not an expensive con, and there are many ideas and connections to be made.
Last year, I connected with a library in the area, and now I run its monthly writers workshop. I’ve met tons of other authors in the genre whom I now consider to be friends–pros and soon-to-be pros.
This year, I’m excited to be doing a reading from my new short story “The Z-Spot” and the brand spanking new SFF magazine in which it appears–DreamForge Magazine. Be sure to ask me about DreamForge. I’ll have a couple copies of the debut issue for you to peruse. The debut issue is absolutely gorgeous–glossy print, beautifully illustrated addition to the SFF market. It’s missing is Hope Punk. SFF stories that have that (even small) ray of hope threaded into the narrative. Monsters, ghosts, evil stuff galore, but a note of hopefulness–something we all need, especially in these times.
Be sure to find me and grab a badge ribbon, which quotes the main character in The Apothecary’s Curse (my first novel) Gaelan Erceldoune. He is, by the way, quoting someone much more famous. And if you can tell me what the quote means in English and who first said it, you’ll be entered in a contest to win a copy of Book 2–The Alchemy of Glass, coming out later this year. So find me and say hi!