Capclave Bound!

Off this morning to Capclave, a little, much-beloved convention in Virginia that’s not going to be so little this year since the GoH is some guy named George R.R. Martin…

Hopefully, there will be some love left over for the rest of us.  :-)


If you’re going to be there, they have me well-scheduled so there are plenty of opportunities to come mock hear me talk/ask questions…

(I should note, however, that at some point during the Saturday stretch, I may brainfail due to Lack of Lunch.)


Friday 4:00 pm: So You Want To Be A Writer?
Panelists: Matt Betts, Michael Dirda, Laura Anne Gilman, Alma Katsu, Dina Leacock, Bud Sparhawk,Michael A. Ventrella (M)
We did it before and we’ll do it again! Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n’t) Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
Saturday 11:00 am: Writers and Fandom
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Laura Anne Gilman, Pamela K. Kinney (M), Jamie Todd Rubin, Hildy Silverman
Some authors were fans before they wrote, others came to the convention scene after getting their start. How does that affect fan interaction? Does it make a difference in how authors view conventions?
Saturday 12:00 pm: 1001 Uses for an Unpublished Story
Panelists: Laura Anne Gilman, Larry Hodges, Victoria Janssen (M), Craig Alan Loewen, Alan Smale
Sometimes they sell,sometimes they don’t, what do you do with your unsold stories? Do you ever write anything you know can’t be sold? Do you mine the novel in your trunk?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Kickstarter: The Pro’s and Con’s
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Kickstarter has become a new way to fund creative projects, but before you decide “Hey, I want to fund XYZ…” consider what you are getting yourself into. Are you spending more money on stretch goals than you are on the project itself. What is your project? How often will you update? There is a lot of planning that goes into Kickstarter, and there is a lot to be learned not only from the success stories but the failures as well.
Saturday 2:00 pm: World’s Shortest Epics
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), David Bartell, Laura Anne Gilman, James Morrow, Leona Wisoker
An epic doesn’t have to be 10+ volumes. Or does it? Can a short story tell an epic fantasy? What makes an epic, epic and can this be done at shorter lengths? Who does this?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing 
Sunday 10:30 am: Reading: Laura Anne Gilman 
Sunday 3:00 pm: Anything You Say May End Up In My Novel (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Charles E. Gannon, Laura Anne Gilman (M), Annette Klause, Jamie Todd Rubin, Jim Stratton
How do writers mine their own lives? Are they always on duty, ready to steal what they see and hear? What changes do you make to real life in your fiction (assuming you don’t normally hang out with elves and aliens)?

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