Murderbot Fact

Monday, May 8th, 2017 11:15 am
marthawells: (Reading)
Murderbot fact: All the shows Murderbot watches in the novellas are based on real shows. The Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon is the future version of How to Get Away With Murder.


I'm going to Comicpalooza in Houston this weekend, which is a giant fun comic con with a literary track.

My panel schedule will be:


Friday

1:00 to 2:00 Fan Roundtable: Fanfiction

4:00 to 5:00 Not Your Grandad's Epic Fantasy
K.J. Russell, Martha Wells, Tex Thompson, Barbara Ann Wright, Glenn Lazar Roberts


Saturday

11:30 to 12:30 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
C. Stuart Hardwick, Martha Wells, Jake Kerr, Tony Burnett, John Moore

1:00 to 1:30 Booksigning (at the Barnes & Noble Booth in the Dealers Rom/Artists Alley)

4:00 to 5:00 Read and Critique
Martha Wells, Michael Ashleigh Finn


Sunday

11:30 to 12:30 Writing in the Fantasy Genre
Tex Thompson, Lev Grossman, Jim Butcher, Martha Wells, Carrie Patel

Comicpalooza

Monday, April 10th, 2017 08:11 am
marthawells: (Miko)
I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston on May 12-14 https://www.comicpalooza.com/

It's a huge comicon with a writing & literature programming track, plus all kinds of guests, a giant artists alley and dealers room, a maker faire, and celebrity signings.

My panel schedule will be:


Friday

1:00 to 2:00 Fan Roundtable: Fanfiction

4:00 to 5:00 Not Your Grandad's Epic Fantasy


Saturday

11:30 to 12:30 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story

1:00 Booksigning (at the Barnes & Noble Booth in the Dealers Rom)

4:00 to 5:00 Read and Critique


Sunday

11:30 to 12:30 Writing in the Fantasy Genre

Comicpalooza

Monday, June 20th, 2016 07:46 am
marthawells: (Default)
So, last weekend I had a somewhat sore back from being in an unstable position while trying to keep a box from falling, then Tuesday evening my back gave out while I was getting out of the bathtub and probably got a torn ligament. It was extremely painful, like getting a small electric shock in the back, and I almost fainted. So, that happened.

Then Thursday I went to Comicpalooza. I had a cane and a back brace and a lot of Aleve, and my husband was helping me. At that point, I could walk and sit but couldn't pick things up off the floor or do things like put my shoes on, but it got gradually better over the weekend. We got to the con, got our passes, and then I rested in the room until friends came to pick us up to go to dinner. (It was a place near the hotel that served Chinese and Vietnamese food and it was delicious.)

Friday I hobbled down the skybridge and did my two panels and managed to eat lunch down on the convention floor near the maker faire but didn't really get to see anything. After my second panel I was pretty much out of it so we went back to the room. I felt better by the time we needed to go down to meet J. Kathleen Cheney and Michelle Muenzler for dinner and hanging out in the bar afterward. It turns out rum is a great muscle relaxant.

Saturday I did my panel and a signing, and spent the rest of the time hanging out with friends who had come in for the con. I got to see the Orion capsule in the big NASA exhibit, my husband bought me a small light-up Atlantis Stargate that is awesome, I got a t-shirt with Rey from Star Wars and a NASA t-shirt, and saw a lot of costumes. Then we met up with a big group for dinner. I did pretty well that day, and was able to walk in the dealers room for about an hour and a half. One of the friends was [personal profile] pentapus who did some fabulous Raksura art for me during the panel.

Sunday I was done with programming, so we went through the artists alley until I started to feel bad, but as we were leaving my husband stopped and got me an autograph from Peter Mayhew, who is also awesome. (He was sitting next to Carl Weathers, who is extremely cool too.) Then we took off for home.












This was a contest where robots had to attack that castle.

Monday

Monday, June 13th, 2016 08:49 am
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
Well, yesterday was a terrible day. Here's a good info post on the Orlando shooting, and it also includes ways to help and donate.

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Catherine Lundoff has reposted her series on LGBT SF and F through the years: Before 1970, In the 70s, In the 80s, In the 90s, 2000-2010 Part 1, and 2000-2010 Part 2

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Saturday I spent the day at a friend's house on an ongoing project to sort and unpack and declutter, and again we made huge progress. Sunday I worked on the novella I'm writing.

Later this week is Comicpalooza in Houston, on June 17-19, which is one of my favorite new cons. It's a comiccon, with actors and media guests, and a huge dealer's room and artist's alley plus a small makerfaire, but it also has a full schedule of literary and writing panels (like 50 of them) and a large number of writer guests.

My panel schedule:

- Friday 11:30 to 12:30 Outlandish Others: How Genre Fiction Employs Androids, Elves, and other non-human Races
Carrie Patel, Tex Thompson, Donna Grant, Martha Wells

- Friday 2:30 to 3:30 Young Adult Fantasy
Joy Preble, J.L. Clark, Katherine Catmull, Angela Holder, Martha Wells

- Saturday 11:00 to 12:00 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
Ken Liu, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, C. Stuart Hardwick, Martha Wells

- NEW: Saturday 1:00 to 2:00 Signing at the Barnes and Noble Booth in the Dealers Room
Last year it was in the artists alley, next to the celeb signing area. Hopefully they'll have copes of The Edge of Worlds

Monday All Over

Monday, June 6th, 2016 08:03 am
marthawells: (Jack and Teal'c)
Still not doing much besides working, but here's some things I liked recently:

* The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
This is an incredible book and it's available again in a variety of ebook formats.

* Young Justice: I hadn't seen this when it first came out, but seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix now. It's an animated show about the younger DC characters forming their own team to support the Justice League. The writing, the characterization, the plot is all fabulous. It takes full advantage of the universe, and I can't believe how much story they pack into 22 minute episodes.

* The new Doctor Who comics by Titan. There are separate comics for Ten, Eleven, and Twelve, and they're all so good. It's everything I want from Doctor Who but with no budget restrictions. And I love the new companions. Ten's companion is Gabi Gonzalez from New York, a Mexican-American girl who wants to go to art school, and Eleven's is Alice Obiefune, a librarian from London.

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Plus I'll be going to Comicpalooza in Houston, on June 17-19, which is one of my favorite new cons. It's a comiccon, with actors and media guests, and a huge dealer's room and artist's alley plus a small makerfaire, but it also has a full schedule of literary and writing panels (like 50 of them) and a large number of writer guests.

My panel schedule:

- Friday 11:30 to 12:30 Outlandish Others: How Genre Fiction Employs Androids, Elves, and other non-human Races
Carrie Patel, Tex Thompson, Donna Grant, Martha Wells

- Friday 2:30 to 3:30 Young Adult Fantasy
Joy Preble, J.L. Clark, Katherine Catmull, Angela Holder, Martha Wells

- Saturday 11:00 to 12:00 Plotting and Pacing a Short Story
Ken Liu, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, C. Stuart Hardwick, Martha Wells
marthawells: (Default)
Link to Comicpalooza part I

Saturday started early, with an 8:00 am to 9:00 am mini press junket for bloggers and podcasters and other reporters. I did a bunch of interviews with really fun people that I only got to talk to for five minutes. The Comicpalooza staffers and volunteers were all absolutely great, too.

After that, I went back to the hotel room to get the rest of my group and force them to take me to breakfast because I was starving. (When we were waiting for the hotel restaurant, we saw Stan Lee go by.) Then we headed over to the con, because I had a panel at 11:30, signing at the Barnes and Noble booth at 1:00 (and if you're still at the con, I signed stock for them so they should have signed copies of The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths), and then another panel at 2:30.

I didn't say enough yet about how incredible the costumes were. Here's a picture of one:



Those wings actually snapped out when she pushed a button.

The panel at 11:30 was the worldbuilding panel, in a packed room. (The panel programming for the literary track was awesome, and the writing panels were well-attended, often standing room only.) The other panelists were P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein (M), Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks and we had a great panel with a lot of good questions from the audience.

The panel at 2:30 was tips for aspiring writers, also in a full room, with Patrice Sarath, Rachael Acks (M), Rachel Caine, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon. We answered a lot of questions and had a fun time. Then I found my husband and our friend and we went to lunch (yes, at 4:00 pm) with Patrice. Between the panel and the lunch I was so tired I thought I was going to die, then after I ate, I had this weird false burst of energy again, so we went back to the con and did a more thorough walk through the Artists' alley section of the room.

Oh, and we got to see Peter Mayhew at his booth, and Henry Winkler. Henry Winkler was kind of awesome. He would walk around and go down the line of people and chat with everyone, and hug people, and generally act like he had invited you to a party he was having in his booth. It was just a fun place to walk by as everybody in line always looked so happy.

By about 7:00 I started to fall over again, so we went to the room and rested a bit, then met up again with Patrice at 8:00 for more food and deserts. We went back to our room at about 11:00 and collapsed.

On Sunday we were leaving in the late afternoon, so we went ahead and packed the car and checked out of the hotel after breakfast. We had a huge bout of bad storms and flooding through the central part of the state, including a bridge washed away, but luckily it wasn't near Houston. Though there was some rain and storms early in the day.

We did the floor for a while (no light sabres, no) and then I did another signing at Barnes and Noble, talked to some friends, and then did my last panel at 2:30. It was business tips for writers, with Jonathan Maberry, Kimberly Frost, and K. M. Tolan. I was the moderator (the program coordinator had emailed me earlier and asked me to do it when the other moderator had to cancel). We answered a ton of questions from a great audience, so it was fun too.

After that, we had to leave. I kind of didn't want to, because we kept running into friends and the con went on to Monday and I didn't get to see robots fight, but we had to go.

We got out of the downtown area without rain or traffic problems, but on highway 59, there was a slowdown merging onto 290, and someone almost rear-ended us. Like, I heard brakes squealing long enough to say twice "Please don't hit us." Looked back and there was a white car with smoke coming from the brakes. I think she must have stopped with inches to spare and I would like to thank her very much for being able to do that, because yeah, I can't afford to get another car. So we were very, very awake at that point and drove the rest of the way home with no problems.

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