ArmadilloCon!

Monday, August 7th, 2017 07:32 am
marthawells: (Stargate)
This weekend was ArmadilloCon 39 in Austin, which has been my favorite local convention for a long time. (It was actually the first one I went to, way back when I was in high school and I somehow talked my parents into taking me and a friend to it.)

Right before we left on Thursday afternoon, I got my copyedit for The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition. We got to Austin, checked in at the hotel and then drove to a friend's house and while everybody else went swimming, I worked on the copyedit. (This is the last check for grammar, punctuation, missing words, making sure all sentences make sense, etc, and where I do a last read-through to hopefully catch any last mistakes.) Then when our friend got home from work, we went out to eat at an Argentine restaurant that was incredibly delicious. We got back to the hotel late and I finished the copyedit and got it sent off.

Then Friday morning I had to get up early and get breakfast and got to the writers workshop at 8:30 - 9:00. It's an all day thing and it went well, and I got to meet Nisi Shawl in person instead of just in pixels! It finished around 4:30 and we met up with more friends and went to a Japanese place called Lucky Robot that was also delicious and where I ate too many steamed pork buns. (It was happy hour and they were cheap.) We came back to the hotel and I had to struggle to stay awake and I ended up going to bed around 9:00.

Saturday I had all my programming, a reading, a signing, and three panels between 11:00 and 6:00. So that was kind of a whirlwind. In between all that, I signed a bunch of books. And for the reading I did a section of Artificial Condition and everybody laughed in all the right places. That night we went out with more friends to a Tex-Mex place and I had two mojitos and went to bed by 10:00. (This is why I don't go to parties much at cons, because I'm mostly semi-conscious by 6:00 and then dinner finishes me off.)

Sunday I just had one panel, an intro for people going to World Fantasy in November. We'd had a big breakfast with friends that morning, but still went on to have a big lunch at Hoovers, soul food place. I had ham steak, very much like my mother used to make, and it was delicious. Then we drove home and basically didn't eat anything for dinner last night except toast and cereal.

ArmadilloCon

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 10:05 am
marthawells: (Stargate)
Coming up on August 4-6 is ArmadilloCon in Austin: http://armadillocon.org/d39/#/

Major guests are: Guest of Honor: Nisi Shawl, Toastmaster: Don Webb, Fan Guest: A.T. Campbell, III Artist Guest: Mark A. Nelson, Editor Guest: Trevor Quachri, Special Guest: Tamora Pierce


My schedule is:


Friday: teaching at writers workshop


Saturday

Sa1100102 Reading
Sat 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Room 102
Martha Wells
(I'll probably read something from The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition)


Sa1200DR Signing
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Dealers' Room
J. Comer, J. Wells, M. Wells
(I'll have Raksura stickers with art by Pentapoda to give away.)


Sa1400BE Pantsing vs. Outlining
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Ballroom E
C. Clevenger*, B. Crider, N. Southard, J. Reasoner, J. Wells, M. Wells


Sa1500BE Novellas (non tele)
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom E
J. Reasoner, A. Simmons*, W. Spencer, H. Waldrop, C. Ward, M. Wells
Is the Novella just a stunted novel,a spring-board for an awful fix-up novel, or the perfect length for written SF?


Sa1700SPB Fan Guest Interview
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Southpark B
A.T. Campbell, M. Wells*, T. Wilson*



Sunday:

Su1100SPB Preview of World Fantasy 2017
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Southpark B
R. Babcock, J. Miles, M. Wells*
Co-chairs and Toastmaster of the upcoming World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio tell us what's coming
marthawells: (Miko)
http://www.tor.com/2017/07/26/the-2017-world-fantasy-award-nominees-have-been-announced/

Congrats to all the nominees!

Novel

Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
Roadsouls, Betsy James (Aqueduct)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (Redhook; Orbit UK)
Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

Long Fiction

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
“Bloodybones,” Paul F. Olson (Whispered Echoes)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Short Fiction

“Das Steingeschöpf,” G.V. Anderson (Strange Horizons 12/12/16)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“Little Widow,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare 9/16)
“The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” Rachael K. Jones (Clockwork Phoenix 5)

Anthology

Clockwork Phoenix 5, Mike Allen, ed. (Mythic Delirium)
Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed. (PS Australia)
Children of Lovecraft, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)

Collection

Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, Tina Connolly (Fairwood)
A Natural History of Hell, Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer)
Vacui Magia, L.S. Johnson (Traversing Z Press)
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)

Artist

Greg Bridges
Julie Dillon
Paul Lewin
Jeffrey Alan Love
Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
C.C. Finlay, for editing F&SF
Michael Levy & Farah Mendelsohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Non-Professional

Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West
Malcom R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company


The awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, which this year is November 2-5 in San Antonio, TX. http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

Headliner guests are Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gordon Van Gelder TOASTMASTER: Martha Wells

Swag!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 09:28 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Raksura stickers and buttons


This is the first time I’ve been able to afford actual swag for a signing. These are stickers with art by Pentapoda, and I also have buttons. I’ll have them at the Murder by the Book (in Houston) signing with Rachel Caine on 7/15/2017 at 4:30 (if you can’t come, you can order our signed and personalized books to ship to you at http://www.murderbooks.com/event/wells-caine ) and at ArmadilloCon http://armadillocon.org/d39/#/ and World Fantasy 2017 http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

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

ConDFW Schedule

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 01:50 pm
marthawells: (Default)
My schedule for ConDFW this weekend: http://www.condfw.org/

Saturday

PROGRAMMING 2
Saturday, 11am: Don’t Feed the Inner Gremlins!
Panelists: Martha Wells (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Seth Skorkowsky, Dantzel Cherry, Scott Cupp, Paul Black
It’s late at night. You have a deadline looming, and all you can think about is ooh squirrel! How do you keep on track and stay focused? How do you keep those inner gremlins at bay? Our resident writers and artists talk about ways they use to keep on task, and things to avoid – like feeding the gremlins after midnight!

PROGRAMMING 3
Saturday, 1pm: The Logistics of Space Travel
Panelists: Chris Donahue (M), T.M. Hunter, Adrian Simmons, Martha Wells, William C. Seigler, Karl K. Gallagher
It’s easy to dream about flying between the stars. But what do you need to stock to be able to make it back home? Somehow I think crates of MREs will get old after a while... Our panelists debate what is needed to travel the stars in traditional Space Opera...and what needs to be included when writing about it.

AUTOGRAPHS
Saturday, 3pm:
Carole Nelson Douglas, Martha Wells

PROGRAMMING 3
Saturday, 4pm: A Flat Perspective: Looking Back at the Discworld
Panelists: Mel White (M), Chris Donahue, Martha Wells, Teresa Patterson, Michael Ashleigh Finn
The last book is published, and the pen is put down. Left by Sir Pratchett’s departure is a myriad of books in multiple universes, but his most famous and enduring legacy will always be the Discworld. Our panelists talk about how this unique take on life has changed the world for the better.

READING
Saturday, 6pm:
Dusty Rainbolt, Martha Wells

It me!

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 07:55 am
marthawells: (Miko)
So yesterday this happened: I got invited to be the toastmaster at World Fantasy Convention 2017 in San Antonio next year.

I've been guest of honor at a couple of local cons, but never anything this big, so I'm happy but super freaked out.

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

News

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 07:35 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
For people who were asking, The Edge of Worlds will have a paperback edition out in April. (You can preorder it now.) The Harbors of the Sun is turned in and may be scheduled for July, but I'm hoping it moves up a little.

Thanks to everyone who's left comments or ratings on Amazon, B&N, GoodReads, LibraryThing, etc. It really does help. Also, remember you can request that your local library buy it for their collection. (And they may already have it in ebook if they have ebook lending services.)

I'll be at ArmadilloCon in Austin this weekend, and here's my schedule:

Sat 1100DR Autographing
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Dealers' Room

Sa1300A Career Management for SFF Writers
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Southpark A
Cheney, Chu, Eudaly, Landon*, McKay, Wells

Sa1500CC Reading
Sat 3:00 PM-3:30 PM Conference Center
Martha Wells
(I'll probably read something from The Harbors of the Sun)

Sa1600A Gender Roles in Fantasy
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Southpark A
Clarke, Fischer, Moyer, Muenzler*, Wells
From fairy tales, to Tolkien, to today's urban fantasy and dark fantasy, how are authors experimenting (or not experimenting) with gender and gender roles?

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Link: How Creating Inclusive Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sparked a Culture War by Lynne M. Thomas

Both Chicks Dig Time Lords and “Dinosaur” are routinely attacked on the Internet by certain people (a parody of “Dinosaur” made it onto this year’s Hugo Award ballot due to a slate and as part of a campaign of ongoing harassment directed at its writer). These works are derided by people who believe inclusive SF/F is bad for the genre, or just plain bad. These works were pointed to as the reasons for creating certain Hugo Award slates over the last few years. A well-known alt-right website weirdly implied that Tor Books was responsible for the Hugo nominations for those two works since they were so bad. (I’ve never worked for Tor.) There have been dozens of articles written about my work and what is wrong with it; most of them don’t mention my name.

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

Catching Up

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 07:53 am
marthawells: (Manly Hug)
If you're on Twitter or Tumblr or Facebook, you may have seen yesterday that I finished the first draft of The Harbors of the Sun. It needs a lot of revision, and the first and second chapters may switch places, but the principal photography is done, basically. It's the fifth Raksura novel, and the seventh book, counting the two novella collections. I'd take some time off, but I don't actually have time to take some time off.



Also, yesterday I posted the 14th Raksura story for the Patreon, where Malachite meets the Sky Copper clutch: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567&ty=h

Comicpalooza

Coming up on June 17-19, I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston. 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.

I'll be on:

- 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

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Con or Bust

Today is the first day of the Con or Bust Fundraising Auction to help people of color/non-white people attend SF/F conventions. There are tons of great items to bid on, like signed books, art, jewelry, flash fiction, and critiques.

My items are here. (A signed set of the two Stories of the Raksura books, a signed copy of The Edge of Worlds, and an audiobook CD set of Wheel of the Infinite.

It's Thursday already

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 10:27 am
marthawells: (Jack and Teal'c)
I'm sorry I haven't been posting here more often, but I've been working on the last couple chapters of The Harbors of the Sun, plus the Patreon, plus promo stuff for The Edge of Worlds, plus the usual house stuff, plus feeling kind of crappy. Hopefully I can catch up on answering comments and questions soon.

In the meantime, I have a post at Tor.com on Five Books about Unusual Methods of Travel: http://www.tor.com/2016/04/27/five-books-with-unusual-methods-of-travel/

And I'll put my con schedule below. I wish I could afford more than one out of state con, but except for WorldCon (which is fortunately a cheap flight) right now I only have money to get to places I can drive to.

(Unless writers are guests of honor, we don't get paid for or reimbursed for hotel or travel or food during cons, no matter how much programming we do. Usually we do get a free membership to the con, but that's about it. (And for WorldCon and World Fantasy, we have to buy our own memberships, though WorldCon is generally able to reimburse participant memberships a few months after the convention.))

June 16-19, 2016. Comicpalooza in Houston, TX.

July 29-31, 2016. ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX.

August 17-21, 2016. 74th WorldCon - MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO.

ConDFW

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 08:02 am
marthawells: (Jack and Teal'c)
I'll be at ConDFW in Dallas, Texas, on February 12-14. This is a great con, and this year the guests of honor are Seanan McGuire and John Scalzi.

Here's my schedule:

Friday

READING (ADAMS) Friday, 6pm: Tex Thompson, Martha Wells
(I'll be reading from The Edge of Worlds)


Saturday

PROGRAMMING 2 (MADISON) Saturday, 12pm:
Creating your Fantasy Hero
Panelists: Marshall Ryan Maresca (M), C. Dean Andersson, Tracy S. Morris, Martha Wells, Bradley H. Sinor, J. Kathleen Cheney
There are many stereotypes of hero out there in Epic Fantasy. The brawny barbarian, the wise wizard, the crafty thief and the pious cleric are all choices. Which hero fits your world that you have built? Or do you want to go counter ‐ trope and build something against the norm? We’ve put together the brains of our fantasy authors and they will give you ideas on how to build the perfect hero for your world.


AUTOGRAPHS (THE GALLERY) Saturday, 1pm: Martha Wells, Stina Leicht, K. B. Bogen


PROGRAMMING 2 (MADISON) Saturday, 4pm:
Broke Down and Out of Gas... in Space
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Paul Abell, Martha Wells, KM Tolan, Chris Donahue, T.M. Hunter
Because even Furiosa occasionally gets a flat. Let's talk about all the fun you can have when spaceships break and flux capacitors blow – and how our favorite characters MacGyver their way back into action!


Sunday

PROGRAMMING 3 (HAMILTON) Sunday, 12pm:
The Wand of Deus Ex Machina
Panelists: Kristi Hutson (M), Seanan McGuire, Michael Ashleigh Finn, Paul Black, Bradley H. Sinor, Martha Wells
Every hero has their emergency bag, or their special revolver, or their hellfire staff, or their wand. It’s as much of a signature as the clothes they wear, or the car they drive. Our writers talk about equipping their heroes, and why you shouldn’t skimp on describing them
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.
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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

Monday

Monday, August 10th, 2015 08:05 am
marthawells: (Default)
I haven't been doing much but working on the sequel to The Edge of Worlds (there's a section for it now on my site, though there isn't much there yet).

The cover art is done and I've seen the versions with the titles, so I'm hoping to be able to show that to people soon.

This weekend we babysat a friend's dog while she was out of town, and the dog (Lola) ended up having an upset stomach on Friday and Saturday, probably from nerves at being in a strange house. She was better by Saturday night and fine on Sunday. So that was pretty much it for the weekend: working, sitting with sick but very sweet dog, and watching the Ocean's 11 movies.

I am going to be at WorldCon, and will be reading from the new Raksura book The Edge of Worlds. My schedule is here.


Here's a question from the web site:

Wes asked: Is there a possibility of getting "The Edge Of Worlds" as an audio book? If so can you give a general ETA?

Yes, there is a possibility but it depends on whether Audible makes the decision to acquire the audio rights, which depends on how well the previous audio books in the series sell. If they do decide to make it an audio book, hopefully it will come out at the same time as the print and ebook. Hopefully we'll also get the same narrator, Christopher Kipiniak.

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)
Martha Wells

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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