Ok, so, I didn't finish writing up all my goals in a coherent post. However, I've got a convention this weekend!
I love Arisia, and I love being part of this convention, so if aren't already registered, consider doing so. It's a fabulous time!
And, for if/when you are there, here's how you can stalk me!
First, check the Broad Universe table in the Dealer's Room. Find out about our awesome organization, get nifty Broad merch, hang with Broads, become a Broad… and patronize Broads who'll have their books around! (Because, you know, you totally need more books! Aside from Sunday, where I'll barely manage to be there for opening and then be panel-hopping and putting on a show for the rest of the day (just look at my schedule below!), there's a good chance you'll find me at the table - or someone there can find me for you.
Besides that, if I can manage to get a ride, I plan on being at the Memorial Service for Badger on Friday. Badger was a great supporter of the New England area Broads, and an all round wonderful person. Her passing is a great loss to the SFF community.
As for the Official Schedule (verbage borrowed from Arisia site):
Gender Limitations in SF/F
Often, strong female characters are portrayed in such a way that seem to be a rejection not just of traditional gender roles but of all things feminine. Similarly, male characters that take on what are regarded as traditional female roles are viewed as emasculated figures incapable of pro-active action. Where are the strong warrior women that can also be compassionate or the house-husbands that have a role beyond being the punchline of a joke?
I'm Moderating! With Super-Cool Friends!
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come hear samples from the works of several members of the Broad Universe organization.
There's a bunch of us, I'm emcee-ing. :) There will be chocolate. Come!
1:00 PM, Paine
How to Design a Fun Role Playing Adventure
You need to come up with a roleplaying adventure for your friends, quickly! But nothing's coming to mind. What to do? Our panel of experience gamemasters will share tips and tricks to come up with fun, challenging, and interesting adventures for your friends that will keep them coming back for more.
… It appears I'm the chick-in-residence at this panel. Cue evil laughter!!!
I'm at an autograph session with James MacDonald and Steve Sawicki! Um… please come so I don't feel like a loser with no one at my signing? I <3 you!
Sunday: Day of Insanity
11:30 AM, Quincy
UnCONventional is an [AWESOME!] anthology of sci-fi and fantasy stories set in cons that are a cover-up for something paranormal ['cos, that's the truth, y'know!]. Come hear [FANTABULOUS] samples from it by several of the contributing authors. [Brackets mine.]
Just be there! I bribe you with chocolate and coffee!!!
2:30, Harbor Ballroom III
Tea With Special Guests
Squee! I'm a "Special Guest!" But there's, you know, ton of other awesome people, including all the guests of honor (the Foglios! Esther Friesner!) and a few other fabulous friends of mine. It's a special thingamajig, so get the ticket and enjoy a lovely tea!
Writing as a Business
You've got your manuscripts and cover letters ready, and you're sending out submissions. How do you market yourself? Should you hire an agent, and how do you work with them? What are the rights that can be attached to a short story or novel for the author? When do rights revert back to the author? Is self-publishing a viable option, and what are the pros and cons of doing it? Where do you go for help and advice?
I'm Moderating, again - with another group of Super-Cool Friends!
Food Communicating Culture in Literature
How do writers communicate things about their cultures and characters via the food they use? What can you discern about cultures based on if they get their food in pill form or if they are vegetarian/vegan, omnivores, or carnivores? How does the anatomy and physiology of your aliens or magical creatures dictate their food requirements? What about the terrain? Does the diversity of food culture--and what it communicates--on Earth get shown in literature?
I'm a-moderating again, with new people who have excellent reasons to be on this panel. You gotta come check it out!
PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!!!
Spencer Hill Press and Broad Universe co-host a kick-arse party celebrating the release of UnCONventional - and the all-round awesomeness of our writers. There will be lots of lovely food and CAKE! and caffeinated beverages and who knows what else. Make sure we're on your party list!
… I may get some sleep in there, and then…
… I have Monday off! I can sleep! And go to panels! And pack up the table! :)
Hopefully I've excited you about going to Arisia. I look forward to seeing you there!!