Yeah, vampires, the creatures I never planned to write about, because I couldn't think of anything new to say. It's amazing what somebody waving money in my face will do.
Especially when it involves the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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Then there is the convention news. I will be attending both Capclave in Washington, DC, October 17-19, and World Fantasy Con in Calgary, Canada, October 30 - November 2. I don't yet know if they'll be able to squeeze me into the WFC program, but my Capclave panels and readings are:
Friday, 6 p.m.
Do U Rd on Scrn?
How is technology changing writing and reading? Do you write differently on a computer than with a pen or typewriter? Do you read differently on the Internet? How will e-texts, audible books, and the Kindle change the act of reading? How will writers write for readers accustomed to reading twitters and text messages? Traci Castleberry (m), Neil Clarke, Resa Nelson, Jean Marie Ward
Friday, 8 p.m.
Fun game show comes to Capclave. Can you communicate SF ideas through your drawings? Danny Birt (m), Steve Stiles, Jean Marie Ward
Appeal of King Arthur
What makes so many writers from Twain to Mary Stewart to Lerner and Lowe produce their own takes on 'the matter of Britain'? Why do King Arthur books thrive while other legends like Robin Hood get far less attention? What are the best takes on the Arthurian legend? Christopher Cevasco (m), Tom Doyle, Jean Marie Ward, Mattie Brahen
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Am I the only one scared of the prospect of Pictionary? I should be scared of the empty room I'm going to have for my reading, but I figure it'll be a good time to catch up on my sleep. Writer/editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail will be staying at the house for the con, and if past experience is any indication, we could be talking all night.
There are worse fates.
Cheers and grins,