marthawells: (SGA laughing)
I'm still sad I couldn't go to WorldCon 75, which is in Finland this year, but it's been so popular that the fire marshals are being strict about too much crowding in program rooms and they've had to stop selling full con memberships. They're limiting day passes to 100 per day and selling out of those, too. And this started on Wednesday, when most of the attendees usually arrive on Thursday and Friday.

I'm still jealous of the people who are getting to see Daveed Diggs there.


Here's some links:

Opening Day: http://file770.com/?p=36857
Croatian Party: http://file770.com/?p=36868
marthawells: (SGA Team)
* Worldbuilding with Martha Wells: http://www.kaykenyon.com/2016/09/07/worldbuilding-with-martha-wells/

* A read-along of The Cloud Roads on Over the Effing Rainbow: http://overtheeffingrainbow.co.uk/2016/09/sff-read-alongs-cloud-roads-part-1/

* Roqoo Depot Interview with me at WorldCon: https://roqoodepot.com/2016/08/28/midamericon-ii-interview-with-martha-wells/

* Panel recording from WorldCon: Changing the Medium: https://roqoodepot.com/2016/08/28/midamericon-ii-changing-the-medium-panel/ (featured authors Martha Wells and William C. Dietz as well as guests Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt and moderator Monica Valentinelli)

* Another panel recording from WorldCon: Queer Star Wars: https://roqoodepot.com/2016/08/27/midamericon-ii-queer-star-wars-panel/ (moderated by Matt Jacobson and features Martha Wells (the author of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge), Vivian Trask, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Mary A. Turzillo)

* Another interview at SciFiFantasyNetwork: http://www.scififantasynetwork.com/martha-wells-interview-writers-fantasy/

WorldCon

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 08:18 am
marthawells: (SGA Team)
I got back from WorldCon yesterday, and I am dead tired. I don't know that I'll get much done today.

The convention was really big and I enjoyed a lot of it. Especially the writers workshop session I did, and the Queer Star Wars panel on Friday, and my reading. Also really enjoyed the Build a World game show on Friday night. The time and room got moved, so we lost some of our audience, but it was still a lot of fun, and I got to direct some audience members in an interpretive dance to explain the world we created. And the last panel I did, the Urban Fantasy in Transition panel was great.

The exhibit hall was really well done this year, and was full of displays and programming. There was even a big craft area with supplies and classes that were taught there. There was a fake river partitioning off the dealers room, with a twenty foot tall glittery volcano, and when the room closed, the volcano "erupted" and the river turned into lava. (Plastic lava) It was really cool. And we went to some of the bid parties Friday night and swore allegiance to China and San Juan. Also Ireland, I think, but I didn't get a ribbon there.

And the Hugo Award results, and the speeches, were fabulous.

The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/21/12571854/hugo-awards-takeaways-the-fifth-season-nk-jemisin-binti

And from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/21/hugo-awards-winners-nk-jemisin-sad-rabid-puppies

I'm so happy and so relieved the Hugo voters came together to drive off the rabid puppies again. By the organization's charter, it takes two years to change the award rules, and the new rules that were proposed at last year's WorldCon were voted in by the membership this year, so that should be the last time for slate voting by this gang of racist and misogynist assholes.

But it's still incredibly sad to look at the nomination stats, and see the novels and stories and best related work non-fiction that was driven off the list by this bunch of fuckwads. The list of nominees bumped by the puppies slate is at the end of the stats PDF: http://www.thehugoawards.org/content/pdf/2016HugoStatistics.pdf (Two of the short story nominees would have been "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers" by Alyssa Wong and "Wooden Feathers" by Ursula Vernon.)
marthawells: (Reading)
First, our historical fantasy storybundle ends in two days, so last call for a great collection of books.

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WorldCon schedule

Thursday

Workshop 1:00 to 3:00

Reading 6:30 pm 2202 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)
(I'm going to read from The Harbors of the Sun)


Friday

Queer Star Wars 11:00 to 12:00 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)
In a galaxy far, far away Juhani, a lesbian character, appeared in 2004 in Knights of the Old Republic. It wasn't until 2013 that we saw a same-sex kiss and numerous bisexual characters appear. Other than that however Star Wars has been decidedly backwards about coming forwards. With JJ Abrams saying there will be at least one gay character in the upcoming movies, and many fans hoping for that to be Poe, we take a look at why it has taken so long to happen and how we expect the public to react, not only in the US and Europe but also China and Russia.
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, Martha Wells, Dr. Mary A. Turzillo Ph.D., Vivian Trask, Matt Jacobson

Changing the Medium 2:00 to 3:00 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
A look at what is involved when adapting a property from its original medium to another. How does a movie become a game or a book turn into a television show? What artistic licenses must be taken and how do you remain true to the spirit of the original?
Monica Valentinelli, Gary Kloster, Christopher Kastensmidt, Martha Wells, William Dietz

Autographing 5:00 to 6:00 Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)

The Build a World Game Show 9:00 to 10:00 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)
The Build-a-World Game Show is a live action worldbuilding game designed and run by Monica Valentinelli. Two teams of panelists compete to build a fantastic world in under an hour for fun and prizes. The Build-a-World Game Show incorporates audience participation, takes place in three rounds, and results in a fan-voted winner!
Monica Valentinelli, Catherine Lundoff, David McDonald, Tex Thompson, Martha Wells


Saturday

Kaffeeklatsch 10:00 am 2211 (KKs) (Kansas City Convention Center)

How Much Do You Worry About Your Own Cannon? 4:00 to 5:00 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)
It seems sometimes that readers are more concerned about maintaining a series' internal consistency than the author is. Authors, you know why things have been changed. When writing a series, how important is it to you to maintain full consistency in what is canon for the story and how do you decide to throw something out for the importance of the narrative?
Mike Resnik, Don Sakers, Diana Rowland, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Martha Wells


Sunday

Urban Fantasy in Transition 1:00 to 2:00 2207 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Urban fantasy has a long history within fantasy literature, but it's certainly gained new prominence recently. The panels examines how this definition has changed over time, what influences have helped to shape urban fantasy, and it's origins and potential evolution as a literary genre.
Lee Harris, Arthur Chu, Katherine Wynter, Martha Wells
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
I don't think I emphasized enough how bad the smoke from the forest fires was on Friday. My friend and I went out to get sandwiches, then had to go to the RiteAid and the streets were almost empty and the sky was brown. Lisa said, "Where's the sun?" and I said, "The sun's gone, Lisa! Get used to it! This is the end!" Fortunately the masquerade was a great mood-lifter.

After the panel on Saturday, I did my Koffe Klatsh, then we did another turn around the dealer's room. We went out to eat and found a Japanese restaurant that turned out to be both cheap and really good. (They had tatami mat rooms and everything.) Then we went back to the room and watched the Hugos on livestream. The beginning where Tananarive Due cosplayed Uhura fighting Death (the giant one from the Terry Pratchett exhibit) for the Hugos was the absolute best. David Gerrold cosplayed three of the Doctors and the bit with the Dalek was also great. We basically cheered a lot throughout the night and probably scared the neighbors.



Sunday Lisa went to spend the day with family in town, and I went back to the con and wandered around a little and caught the end of Ann Leckie's reading. Then I did a panel on Young Adults in Adult Fiction with Steven Gould, Nichole Giles, Shannon Page, and Fran Wilde. Then I went out to a very late lunch with a group, then wandered back to the hotel. It was late in the afternoon by that point, and I was worn out, so I just hung around the room and watched Acorn TV on the iPad. (I know, the excitement, the glamour.)

I also started to see tweets from people who were leaving, and having plane delays due to the smoke. In the morning Lisa had a much earlier flight than me, but I got a ride with her and her brother to the airport. My plane took off on time and everything seemed fine, but apparently there were problems in Seattle. I got to Salt Lake City, changed planes, and then to Houston, losing hours along the way, then had to drive home about an hour and a half.

WorldCon Photos on tumblr: http://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/127568633647/photos-from-worldcon-2015-in-spokane-wa-these and http://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/127569704947/more-worldcon-photos-from-the-exhibits-area

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Question Time

I noticed I have some new people following me, so hello, new people! Information on my books is here: http://www.marthawells.com/ and I have written fantasy (both not very traditional and very untraditional), YA fantasy, media tie ins (Stargate: Atlantis and Star Wars) plus short stories and non-fiction articles.

If you're interested in my books and want to know where to start, you can ask me here, and it'll help if you tell me what kind of fantasy you like.

If you have a question about publishing in general, or the Raksura books, or the Ile-Rien books, or the media tie-ins, etc, etc, you can ask that here too.
marthawells: (Miko)
I got to the con on Wednesday (drove to Houston on Tuesday, stayed overnight with friends, got up at 5:00 am to get to the airport, flew to Salt Lake City, then on to Spokane) and then Cassandra Clarke and I got a ride with a guy who was a taxi driver but did not have a taxi, and I checked into the lavish but impractical Davenport Grand. Then I went over and got registered at the con, then met up with a group and had dinner at a sushi place. As we were going there, we got our first real look at the smoke from the terrible forest fires in the state. It just filled the air and turned the sky brown, and the sun was a little red dot. (Some people attending the con ended up in the hospital with respiratory problems.)








Main con area, opening to dealer's room, art show, and exhibits.


View with no smoke


View with smoke (this wasn't nearly as bad as it was later)

After dinner I just went back to the room and collapsed. I had two roommates, my friend Lisa who had flown in from CA to go to the con, and awesome writer Tex Thompson.

The con started officially on Wednesday, and just felt huge, with tons of people everywhere and lots of fun costumes. Thursday I had a Doctor Who panel with Jim Mann, Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, and Charlie Reeves, on overrated and underrated favorite episodes and it was a lot and a good way to start the con for me. (It had already started for a lot of other people.)

Then Lisa and I went to the DC in 2017 barbecue in the park, which had free grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, vegetable skewers, cole slaw and cold macaroni salad, and drinks. It inspired us to look for free food for the rest of the con. Japan in 2017 was also generous with the snacks and candy.

Then I had the writers workshop session for the rest of the afternoon, which went really well, and we had three great stories to critique, and I think we all had a good time. Then Lisa and I met up with Sharon Shinn and went to dinner and Lisa ordered a giant huckleberry daquiri.



Friday I did an autographing in the morning and signed way more books than I was expecting to, then we went to Sharon Shinn's reading, and then hung out and talked to friends in the main con area, and then I had a reading. It was a full room of about 23-25 people, and I read the first chapter of the second book in the new Raksura duology (the one after The Edge of Worlds). It seemed to go really well and I enjoyed it, so I hope everyone else did.



Then we went to Brad Foster's art presentation, and then did the art show. Lisa and I had an early dinner so we could get back in time for the masquerade, which was fabulous. I think the venue made them do assigned seating, so you had to pick up tickets for your party from the volunteers near the doors, but the upshot of that was Lisa and I got better seats than we ever had before. We were in the upper part of the auditorium, dead center, with a fabulous view of the stage. (Having it in a real theater rather than a ballroom with a precariously constructed stage setup made it better too.) There were so many great costumes, including a giant animated snowball person with giant arms, a full size Groot, and more others than I can remember. And the MC was dressed in a formal Centauri outfit, and he rocked it.

The Saturday morning Worldbuilding panel was From Middle Earth to Westeros: Fantasy Worldbuilding with me, Matthew Johnson, Mary Soon Lee, Michael Swanwick, and Pat Cadigan. It turned out to be in the large ballroom that was already set up to film the Hugo Pre-Show, so we were up on a huge stage, with cameras filming us to show on the big screen hanging to the left, and giant stage lights shining on us. (I was the moderator and had to ask them to turn the light down a bit so we could see the audience for questions.) There was a big audience and we got some good questions. I recommended Karen Lord, N.K. Jemisin, Judith Tarr, Kate Elliott, and Aliette de Bodard for various aspects of awesome worldbuilding. (I did more but I lost my notes.)

We got a question that was basically how to avoid writing Tolkien-derivative work when there's so much if it out there, and the answer is to broaden your reading, in both fiction and non-fiction. There's a ton of non-derivative work (both classics and older SF/F and brand new SFF) and it's not hard to find. Mary Soon Lee recommended The Tale of the Genji as a good foundation classic to read. (I have a short presentation on "what is SF/F" I've done where I start with The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter because of the Moon People, just to show how far back SF elements appear in fiction, but I forgot to mention that because brain failure.)

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard got a shout-out in particular by everybody as well as her shorter fiction, and audience members came up afterward to check the spelling of her name so they could get the book.

I'm going to stop here and call this part I, since it's gotten pretty long.


ETA: WorldCon Photos on tumblr: http://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/127568633647/photos-from-worldcon-2015-in-spokane-wa-these and http://marthawells.tumblr.com/post/127569704947/more-worldcon-photos-from-the-exhibits-area

A Few Things

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 07:57 am
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
WorldCon Schedule: WorldCon is in Spokane, WA this year. (It was in London last year.) The program is searchable online, and I think the sign-ups for the Kaffee Klatches are online this year too.

You Like That on Doctor Who? But How Could You Not Like This?
Thursday 13:00 - 13:45, 300C (CC)
Think "The Rings of Akhaten" is better than it gets credit for? Or that "The Caves of Androzoni" is overrated? What episodes of Doctor Who do you like that few others do and why? Which always rank near the top of fan polls but you just don't like? And which are nearly forgotten (and should be)?
Jim Mann (M), Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, Martha Wells, Charlie Reeves

Writers Workshop section
Thursday 16:00 - 19:00,
All workshop sections are closed to non-participants.


Autographing - Kendare Blake, Randy Henderson, Jason Hough, Lee Moyer, Robert J. Sawyer, Martha Wells
Friday 11:00 - 11:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

Reading - Martha Wells
Friday 14:00 - 14:30, 304 (CC)
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From Middle Earth to Westeros: Fantasy Worldbuilding
Saturday 10:00 - 10:45, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B (CC)
Building a believable world, with believable geography, culture, and rules, is at least as important in fantasy as it is in SF. The panel looks at how to create fantasy worlds, citing examples of the good (and maybe the not so good).
Martha Wells (M), Matthew Johnson, Mary Soon Lee, Michael Swanwick, Pat Cadigan

Kaffee Klatche - Martha Wells
Saturday 13:00 - 13:45, 202B-KK4 (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the 2nd floor.
 Requires advance sign-up.

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ArmadilloCon in Austin was a lot of fun this year. It's a small con, with maybe 500-600 people, focused on books and art, but with a lot of authors. Everything seemed to go pretty smoothly, and the all day writers workshop on Friday, run by Marshall Ryan Maresca, went really well. The first half of the day there are two writing-related panels for the workshop participants only, then we break into groups for the rest of the day and do the critiquing. It was neat to see people who had been students in the workshop several years ago now coming back to teach as pros.

Ken Liu was the guest of honor and did a presentation on translating Chinese SF, "Betrayal With Integrity: Conformance and Estrangement in Translating Chinese SF" and a panel on Silkpunk: Asian themes and influences in SF/F.

Most of my panels were on business aspects of writing, and we answered a lot of questions. I also did a reading from the new Raksura book, The Edge of Worlds, and had a pretty good-sized audience of about twelve people.

A lot of the non-panel, non-reading activity took place in the lobby bar area, and it was very noisy and happy down there on Friday and Saturday nights.

And a friend of mine got her nails done in a very cool Raksura pattern: photo on Tumblr
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Food: San Antonio is big on saving its old historic buildings and reusing them so the downtown and the Riverwalk area is this gorgeous mix of old and new architecture, and it flows together really well. A lot of the places occupying the Riverwalk level are now restaurants and we had some awesome food there.

There were fish tacos at the Iron Cactus, a birthday dinner Sunday night at Zaca (which is an Italian restaurant that is both beautiful and delicious), a dinner with friends at Mortons, and Boudros which is tucked away (or wedged away) in a small space on the Riverwalk between two other places and does local and sustainable food. Everything we had there was wonderful but for desert there I had a tortilla fan, which was a tortilla fried and covered with cinnamon, and served with cream and fruit. It sounds like it would be too sweet, but it wasn't, it was perfect.

We also ate at Fogo de Chao, which is a Brazilian all-you-can-eat place that was very good (we missed the sign for it and found it by the smell -- it smells a little like someone is cooking beef on a teppanyaki) with a cold salad and vegetable bar, side dishes of potatoes, fried plantains, polenta, etc, and then when you signal you're ready they run at you with skewers of all kinds of meat. And we had caipirinhas which are a popular Brazilian drink because they are DELICIOUS.

The con: All my panels went really well, and were great to do. My reading went really well too. I had the most people I think I've ever had at a reading, at least 40 or 45 people, maybe more. I had an hour slot, so I read a long section from the Raksura novella, then took questions, then did a bit from Emilie and the Hollow World. There was a lot of programming I wanted to see but didn't get a chance. There was an astronaut and I missed her, and a NASA engineer and I missed her, and a Weta (Peter Jackson's special effects company from New Zealand) panel and I missed it, etc.

The only panel I was really worried about the topic was the "What Happened to Happy Endings?" panel, where as Jessica Reisman pointed out, there has never been a time when all the endings to stories were happy, and it's sure not like all the endings now are sad. But the moderator started the panel by saying that the title was clearly a nostalgic question that was invoking a past that had never actually occurred, so we basically just talked about what makes an ending happy or sad or triumphant or satisfying or tragic etc and it turned out really well.

The parties: The Booksworn eat-a-bug-for-a-book party went great as usual. The suite was a bit small so once the party started it was completely packed. I stayed by the book table and got people to eat bugs and gave away free books and only occasionally caught a glimpse of the other hosts. By about 10:30 I was getting dizzy and quite a few of the books were gone, so I left to go back to our hotel and collapse.

The Drinks with Authors party also went great, and it was in a much bigger room at Ernie's Pub at the Crockett Hotel up near the Alamo, and the noise level was extreme. People would come up and talk to us and we would be like, "We can't hear you, but you seem nice." After a while we were really tired and I thought if I took a nap on the floor people would freak out and think I was dead, so we staggered back to the hotel, had drinks at the bar, and then collapsed.

We also went to the Random House party which was up in the bar on top of the Tower of the Americas, which is very tall, and rotates. (It was built for the 1968 Hemisfair.) While we were waiting for the elevator, men and women in full firefighter gear kept coming out of a door to the stairwell, and the manager told us they train by running up and down the stairs. The party had free drinks and appetizers (satay, fried shrimp, ahi tuna nachos, and spinach feta pockets, which if that sounds like a good dinner, it was) and we stayed until it got very packed, then went back to the hotel, had drinks in the bar, and collapsed. (There was a lot of drinking followed by collapsing at this con.)

Stuff: I didn't buy much at all, just a con t-shirt and a sweatshirt. There was a lot of books, jewelry, and t-shirts in the dealer's room, and free books were being given away throughout the con in registration.

On Monday when the con was winding down, we went over to La Villita which is a historic restored Spanish-German village across from the Hemisfair Park, which now has shops for a lot of local artists.

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More WorldCon Photos

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 07:31 am
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A science demonstration in the exhibit hall with a Tesla Coil.

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This is a display of old fanzines from Texas fan groups, including two I co-edited when I was in college.

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These are old program books from years of Texas SF cons, including the one I was chairman of, AggieCon 17 in 1986.
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This is the audience at the panel on Writing Combat with Elizabeth Moon, Elizabeth Bear, me, Jean Johnson, and Lois McMaster Bujold. (We told everyone who didn't want their picture took to duck.)

And this is more of the Riverwalk:
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WorldCon Schedule

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 08:22 am
marthawells: (Miko)
Thursday

Autographing:
Gail Carriger, Rudy Garcia, George R. R. Martin, Martha Wells
4:00 - 5:00

Party: Booksworn and Friends
Marriot Rivercenter 8:00 - whenever, suite to be announced

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Yes, there will be a ton of free books, including ebooks. Yes, you will probably have to eat a bug for a free book, but they're just the little candied bugs you can get at specialty groceries all over the world, so it's not a big deal. We've done this party at the past two WorldCons, and it's been very popular, so be sure to come early to get your pick of the books. There will also be free drinks and non-bug-related snacks.

Friday

Panel: Welcome to the Worldcon: Texas Style
Friday 10:00 - 11:00
New to Texas or new to Texas SF? Boy howdy, are we glad to see you! We're happy to tell you anything you want to know about how to enjoy yourself at LoneStarCon 3
Scott Bobo, Martha Wells, Bradley Denton, Willie Siros

Reading: Martha Wells
Friday 2:00 - 3:00
Yay, I got an hour long reading slot instead of thirty minutes! This is the first time that's happened to me at a WorldCon.

Panel: Do SF Stories have Fewer Happy Endings Now?
Friday 6:00 - 7:00
In the 40's, 50's and even 60's the Good Guy usually won and the Earth was saved. How and why did our stories' endings change?
Martha Wells, Jessica Reisman, David Nickle, Grant Carrington


Saturday

Writer's Workshop Session 10:00 am - 12:00 noon Gregory Wilson, Martha Wells
This is part of the WorldCon writing workshop, something you had to sign up for in advance.

Panel: Writing Combat
Saturday 5:00 - 6:00
How do you integrate combat into your writing? How do you make it believable? At what point do you reach a state of Too Much Information? How do different audiences affect your style? A look at writing fight scenes, from personal fisticuffs to fleet engagements and everything in between.
Elizabeth Moon (M), Elizabeth Bear, Martha Wells, Jean Johnson, Lois McMaster Bujold

Party: Saturday 7:00 Drinks with Authors at Ernie's Pub


Sunday

Panel: The Reality at the Foundation of Fantasy: Does Fantasy Fiction need to Acknowledge Physics?
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00
Fantasy needs rules to make it real. To what degree do these rules have to reflect the rules of the real world? Where and to what degree can fantasy depart from physics?
Barbara Galler-Smith (M), Carol Berg, Tanya Huff, Martha Wells, Robin Hobb

Kaffeeklatsch: James Cambias, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Martha Wells
Sunday 1:00 - 2:00
You can sign up for these with individual authors once the con starts. Basically we just sit at a table and talk. There's usually 6 or 7 spots at each table.

Panel: YA Fantasy -- We'll Always be 13 at Heart
Sunday 3:00 - 4:00
With the release of The Hunger Games, the appetite for YA fantasy has reached an all-time high. YA has received so much attention that those outside the typical "young adult" age group have taken notice. How long will the trend continue? What YA fantasy novels should you be reading. Come out and discuss this popular genre.
Emily Jiang (M), Martha Wells, Chuck Wendig, Aurora Celeste


I did originally have eight panels, but asked to get out of some because that was a little much. I'm also going to a publisher's party on Friday night but it's invite only, so I won't be around much then. Oh, and if you have something you want to get signed and can't be there on Thursday, remember you can catch me after my reading, at the parties, at the kaffeeklatsch, or after any one of my panels and I'll be happy to sign things for you then.

ETA: Forgot to add, for the reading, I'm going to read a section of the new Raksura novella.
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
I've got three things I need to finish before WorldCon starts on the 29th, and I'm trying to concentrate on that and not just think about WorldCon. I haven't been to the San Antonio Riverwalk for several years, and I'm really looking forward to going again. (There's a neat map of it here) It's a great site for a con, and with the weather being so hot (it's been over 100 here since, uh, forever) it's nice that you can use the riverwalk to move between the two hotels and the convention center, and to get to lots of restaurants, since it's considerably cooler than street level and a lot of it is shaded. There's a new short film festival at WorldCon now too, with 35 pages of entries from all over the world, so that should be awesome, if I have time to see any of it. I'll post my schedule here when I get the complete/final version.

I'm going to be one of a group of authors hosting a party Thursday night at 8:00 (we don't know the suite number yet). The others are members of the Booksworn group and this is our usual WorldCon party with lots of food and drinks, and free books will be given out as prizes throughout the night. I should have copies of The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths in paperback and ebook to give away, plus a few copies of Emilie and the Hollow World. The Cloud Roads is in short supply because the paperbacks are nearly sold out, so I probably won't have any of those.

My husband will also be doing a historical tour of the area around the Alamo, which will be on the schedule, though I think you need to sign up for it.

Apex Magazine did an article on various authors' Top 5 Con Necessities, but for the San Antonio WorldCon I'd recommend a) sunblock b) a floppy hat you can roll up in your bag and carry with you (you may not need it in the Riverwalk, but if you walk to the museum or Market Square or the Alamo, or anywhere else, it will help a lot) c) a water bottle d) snacks to keep your blood sugar in line. I tend to have problems with this at cons because I use up energy talking and interacting with people at a lot faster rate than I ever do anywhere else, and I tend to forget that I need to eat more and more frequently to compensate. Like, normally I avoid drinks with sugar except for a little in tea occasionally; at cons I actually need them to keep going, and I tend to forget that. So if in the late afternoon or evening you're trying to talk to me and I seem drifty and am calling people by the wrong name, that's what's going on.

If you are new to cons, FYI the hotel will probably try to freeze people to death with its air conditioning in the panel rooms, so an overshirt or jacket is always a good idea. Also a shoulder bag to carry your purchases and free items.

Audiobook dates:

They are coming quicker than I thought!

The Element of Fire narrated by Derek Perkins, 9/16/2013

The Death of the Necromancer, narrated by Derek Perkins, 9/30/2013

They have City of Bones listed but no date for it yet. I'm guessing maybe early October?
marthawells: (Miko)
I realized this weekend that this year will be my 20th anniversary as a published author. The Element of Fire came out 20 years ago in July, 1993. That's 20 years, twelve books out with three more on the way.

I should probably do something for it, but I'm not sure what yet.

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Since Hugo PIN numbers are going out, another reminder: the Hugo Nomination period is open. The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths are both eligible. You can nominate if you are: Members of LoneStarCon 3 and Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon) who join by January 31, 2013, and all members of Chicon 7, the prior year’s Worldcon, are invited to submit nominating ballots. If you didn't get the email with your PIN, you need to email the Hugo PIN email address on the front page of the Lone Star Con site.


Places I'll be going so far this year:

February 15-17, 2013. ConDFW, in Dallas, Texas.

May 4-5, 2013. DFW Writers Conference, in Hurst, Texas.

August 29-September 2, 2013. LoneStarCon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas.

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Book rec: The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

Art sites: Fantasy of Color tumblr.
We're here to share art, pictures and stories of people of color in fantasy or steampunk settings.


Book rec: A post on the Booksmugglers site about The Other Half of the Sky an anthology I have a Raksura story in, which will be coming out in April.

Book rec: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Anthology
marthawells: (Teyla)
First an announcement:

I have a story in this anthology The Other Half of the Sky, with a TOC-full of great authors. The theme is SF with female main characters, and the link has the first few lines of the stories as a sample. My story is set in the Cloud Roads world, about Jade. I'll post when the anthology is ready for preorder.

WorldCon Last Day:

Sunday was a long day too. We got up, did breakfast at the Corner Baker Cafe, and then I did my signing in the dealers room. After that I had two hour writers workshop session run by me and Gregory Wilson. We had three participants who had all submitted novel chapters that were all so good it was a pleasure to read them. After that I went back to the dealers room with my roommate and we shopped until it was time to go to my last panel. I got three t-shirts, one for me and two for gifts, an art book with some of Donato Giancola's art, and a couple of books: a Dandy Gliver mystery by Catriona McPherson, and from the Black Gate table I got the second Tekumel Book by Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker (the man who created Empire of the Petal Throne).

Oh, I meant to mention, in the art show we saw this Donato Giancola triptych Eric Bright-Eyes Triptych and it was incredibly striking. I'd seen it online, but the impact in person is huge.

My last panel was on writing workshops, and we had a pretty small audience, since the pre-Hugo reception was going on in the room across the way, and a lot of people were already lining up to get a seat in the auditorium for the Hugos. But the panel went well though and I think the people who were there enjoyed it. Afterward we went to the Irish Pub in the hotel for dinner (Guiness stew, yummy) and then wandered back up to the hotel to collapse in the room. I think I managed to stay up until 10:00, but that was it. I didn't hear the full Hugo results until I got home on Monday.

WorldCon Day 4

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 08:21 am
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
First, a couple of business things:

I wanted to mention that I'm doing a GoodReads Giveaway drawing for copies of The Cloud Roads. That giveaway will go until the end of September. There will be a giveaway for copies of The Serpent Sea in October, and then a giveaway for The Siren Depths in November leading up to the release in December.

Answering a question someone asked, if you want ebooks here are links I've accumulated to places who sell them. My reprint ebooks of The Element of Fire, City of Bones, and Wheel of the Infinite are on Nook, the Amazons of various countries, and DRM-free on Kobo, which sells to many countries.

WorldCon Saturday:

It was a bit rainy that day, so me and [personal profile] aughoti just had breakfast in the hotel (which was good but expensive) and then went up to what was left of the Night Bazaar suite to help clean up. We met Katy and Chet up there, and picked up the trash and collected all the non-alcoholic and non-bug drinks and foods and took them down to the con suite to donate. (The con suite had apparently come through with more cups at a very desperate part of the party, so there was a lot of gratitude toward them.) Then I had to take off for my reading.

The reading was at 10:30 that morning, and the room was kind of packed. It was the most people I've ever had at a WorldCon reading, maybe around 25 people or so. So that was very nice to see. I read from an early chapter of The Siren Depths, the third Raksura book. Afterward I signed some books for people and ran into Sharon Shinn again and chatted with some people a bit about fear of celebrities. (I have an irrational fear of talking to celebrities. At the DragonCon I went to, I was on a panel with Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica, and I had to sit next to him, and at one point he reached for his waterglass and accidentally touched my hand, and I almost climbed into the lap of [personal profile] terri_osborne who was sitting on my other side.) Then we were all suddenly separated by an elevator skirmish.

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