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My final Dragon Con schedule arrived over the weekend, with the promised reading, autographing included, as well as the day, time, and location of the SFWA meeting. I’ve also added locations to what I had before.

Friday

2:30pm - 3:30pm: Hyatt - Edgewood: SFWA “Regional” Meeting: I’m chairing a meeting of SFWA members for an hour of information about organizational business, programs, events, and matters of interest. All current members of SFWA are welcome.

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Hyatt - Vinings: Reading - Lee Martindale: With an hour, things are wide open in terms of what I’ll read. I’m leaning toward the title story for Bard’s Road, since only a handful of people have heard that one yet.

Saturday

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Hyatt - Embassy A-B: The Big Stuff: with Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Robert J. Sawyer, Lee Martindale (M), and Sam Ortega. The write-up: “Hard SF is known for the Really Big Stuff it throws at us, from space stations to Dyson Spheres and beyond. What is your favorite Big SF Thing?”

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Hyatt - Regency V: Politics in SF: with Michael Z. Williamson, Lee Martindale (M), S. M. Stirling, John D. Ringo, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Elizabeth Moon. The write-up: “How do politics of today inform the writers of science fiction?” Something tells me this one is going to fit squarely under the category of “spirited”.

7:00pm - 9:30pm: Hyatt - Regency VI-VII: Dragon Con Guest of Honor Awards Banquet

11:30pm - 12:30am: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Writing for the GLBT Market: with Lee Martindale (M). The write-up: Who's buying what? Developing great storylines that will catch the editor's and readers' attention.” I’ll either be moderating with panelists assigned at a later date, or doing a roundtable with the audience.  Either way, it should be fun. And, yes, that last one starts waaay past my bedtime. But what the heck, it’s Dragon Con. And the Programming Powers were kind enough *not* to start the next day’s paneling before noon.  At least so far.

Sunday

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Worldbuilding 101: with Lee Martindale (M), Michael Bunker, Lynn Abbey, C. L. Wilson, Jim Butcher, and Jonathan Maberry. The write-up: “Where does a writer start? What's important to the reader? Who needs to know what and when do they need to know it? Build a better fictional world.”

2:30pm - 3:30pm: Marriott - International Hall South: Autographing - Lee Martindale. Other folks signing at the same time will be Beth Revis, Larry Niven, Debbie Viguié, Dr. Scott Viguié, and David Weber. The people-watching opportunities will be prime.

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Anthologies for Fun and Profit?: With Stephen L. Antczak, Lynn Abbey, Lee Martindale, Mike Resnick, and S. M. Stirling. The write-up: “Getting asked to participate in an anthology is great, right? What's involved? How does a writer get invited?” A great list of panelists for what is likely to be a very popular panel. What’s not to love?

Monday
11:30am - 12:30pm: Hyatt - Centennial I: Ask Me Anything!: With  Lee Martindale (M), Allen M. Steele, Mark L. Van Name, Peter David, and Kevin J. Anderson. The write-up: Now is the time to ask the authors anything you may have not asked earlier in the con.”

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Werewolves, Vampires, Demons, Dragons-Oh My! With Lee Martindale (M), Gail Z. Martin, Cherie Priest, and Samantha Sommersby. The write-up: Learn to develop "classic characters" that stand out. What makes one better than another? What are the "rules" and how can they be broken?”

There’s not a panel on the schedule that doesn’t look likes it’s going to be a lot of fun. You’ll note that my moderator chops are being fully utilized, having been assigned moderator on all but one of the panels on my schedule. I’m good with that. One can do far worse than having that kind of reputation with programming folk. And the roster of folks I get to work with pleases me no end.  Add to that the downright humane spread of the panels, with ample time for things like sleep and food, and I am one very happy gal.

This year’s Dragon Con is going to be blast!
 
 
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lee_martindale
17 August 2014 @ 12:33 pm
Next up for me is Dragon Con. It’s been two years since I’ve been to Dragon Con, thanks to the last two WorldCons being scheduled for the same weekend as Dragon Con and my duties as a member of the SFWA Board of Directors requiring my presence at WorldCon.  And I have sorely missed it.  Happily, there is no such conflict this year, and I’m making preparations.

My tentative schedule has arrived, and it promises to be a whole lot of fun.  Here’s what I have so far.

Friday

SFWA “Regional” Meeting: I’m chairing a meeting of SFWA members for an hour of information about organizational business, programs, events, and matters of interest. I haven’t gotten my final schedule yet, but it’s been reported that it will be at 1:00pm somewhere in the Hyatt. I should be getting my final schedule soon, and will update.

Saturday

1:00pm - 2:00pm: The Big Stuff with Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Robert J. Sawyer, Lee Martindale (M), and Sam Ortega. The write-up: “Hard SF is known for the Really Big Stuff it throws at us, from space stations to Dyson Spheres and beyond. What is your favorite Big SF Thing?”

5:30pm - 6:30pm:  Politics in SF with Michael Z. Williamson, Lee Martindale (M), S. M. Stirling, John D. Ringo, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Elizabeth Moon. The write-up: “How do politics of today inform the writers of science fiction?” (I have a hunch this one is going to fit squarely under the category of “spirited”.

7:00pm - 9:30pm: Title: Dragon Con Guest of Honor Awards Banquet

11:30pm - 12:30am: Writing for the GLBT Market with Lee Martindale (M). The write-up: Who's buying what? Developing great storylines that will catch the editor's and readers' attention.”

I think it’s fair to say that Saturday is going to be a very long day.

Sunday

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Worldbuilding 101 with Lee Martindale (M), Michael Bunker, Lynn Abbey, C. L. Wilson, Jim Butcher, and Jonathan Maberry. The write-up: “Where does a writer start? What's important to the reader? Who needs to know what and when do they need to know it? Build a better fictional world.”

5:30pm - 6:30pm: Anthologies for Fun and Profit? With Stephen L. Antczak, Lynn Abbey, Lee Martindale, Mike Resnick, and S. M. Stirling. The write-up: “Getting asked to participate in an anthology is great, right? What's involved? How does a writer get invited?”

Monday
11:30am - 12:30pm: Ask Me Anything! With  Lee Martindale (M), Allen M. Steele, Mark L. Van Name, Peter David, and Kevin J. Anderson. The write-up: Now is the time to ask the authors anything you may have not asked earlier in the con.”

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Werewolves, Vampires, Demons, Dragons-Oh My! With Lee Martindale (M), Gail Z. Martin, Cherie Priest, and Samantha Sommersby. The write-up: Learn to develop "classic characters" that stand out. What makes one better than another? What are the "rules" and how can they be broken?”

I’ve been told I’ll also have a reading and an autographing session, the days and times of which I’ll pass along as soon as I get that aforementioned final schedule.

There’s not a panel on the schedule that doesn’t look likes it’s going to be a lot of fun. You’ll note that my moderator chops are being fully utilized, having been assigned moderator on all but one of the panels on my schedule. I’m good with that. One can do far worse than being considered “functional as well as decorative” by programming folk. And the roster of folks I get to work with pleases me no end.  Add to that the downright humane spread of the panels, with ample time for things like sleep and food, (okay, I’ll be up waaay past my bedtime on Saturday night), and I could not be happier.

This year’s Dragon Con is going to be blast!
 
 
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lee_martindale
17 August 2014 @ 12:27 pm

Cheers and congratulations to KC!  Third time really was the charm!

WorldCon comes to Middle America.  MidAmeriCon II, August 17 - 21, 2016 in Kansas City!  Check it out:

http://www.midamericon2.org

Himself and I secured our memberships this morning.

 
 
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The HarpHaven website has been updated.  Come see what I've been up to at:

http://www.HarpHaven.net
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lee_martindale
24 July 2014 @ 06:28 pm
While I was at DetCon1 (NASFiC), Keith West posted a review of my new collection, Bard's Road, at Amazing Stories.  I am very pleased.

http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2014/07/book-review-bards-road-collected-stories-lee-martindale/
 
 
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lee_martindale
10 July 2014 @ 11:07 am
My next convention is DetCon1 (NASFiC) in Detroit, where I have a tasty schedule of panels and events, and will be helping with the SFWA Table and presence. Behold!

Thursday

No panels, so the first part of the day will be getting badged, scouting panel rooms and such, and generally getting my bearings.

4:00pm - 8:00pm: Artist Alley Table. I’ve snagged a slot at one of the tables in Artist Alley, from which I will be visiting with folks and selling books.

Friday

4:00pm - Heinlein 101 with David G. Hartwell (moderator), Geo Rule, Deb Houdek Rule, Lee Martindale. “Everything you wanted to know about RAH but were afraid to ask...” Talking about the life and work Robert A Heinlein, both in the context of his time and ours. Is his work still relevant? What are his challenges?”

5:00pm - Reading. Lee Martindale, Deborah Millitello, and Mel White. With this line-up, it’s sure to be an entertaining hour.

8:00pm - 10:00pm: Mass Autographing. These are always fun! A roomful of writers, editors, and artists with pens at the ready.

Saturday

10:00am - SFWA Regional Meeting. Open to current SFWA members only. I’ll be chairing this in my capacity as a member of the Board.

Noon - Kaffeeklatch. An hour to gather with a small group of folk and talk about whatever they like.

4:00pm - Disabilities in Genre Fiction with Lee Martindale (moderator), Laurie Gailunas, Mike Substelny, Annalee Flower Horne, Claire Humphrey. From the write-up: “Our panel discusses how people with disabilities are represented in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Are specific disabilities more commonly referenced than others? Which authors and stories most accurately portray people with disabilities?”

7:00pm - It’s Alive! Short-Lived Shows, Long-Lived Fandom with Alex von Thorn (moderator), Lee Martindale, Adrian J Matthews. “TV shows come and go, but some fandoms go on forever...” We’ll touch on Firefly, Star Trek, and other fandoms supporting shows that no longer run?

Sunday

11:00am - Hobbies As Research with Lee Martindale (moderator), Richard Flores IV, Merrie Haskell, Michael J. DeLuca, Deborah Millitello. The write-up: “The best way to write about something is by attempting to do it. But the problem with doing this is that it can be easy to let the research take over the story. How do we balance the story with the fun factoids and tidbits we learn while doing things we plan to incorporate into our novels? How does doing it ourselves lend authenticity and credibility to the story?”

1:00pm - Fat, Fandom, & Physiology with Bernadette Bosky (moderator), Lee Martindale, Denice Brown, JF Garrard. The write-up: “What makes so many fans so big? Conventional wisdom blames diet and sedentary lifestyles, yet new research associates everything from chemicals in the environment to genetics to fat shaming in childhood with creating the plus-sized. Meanwhile, the so-called "obesity paradox" shows that people who are overweight have the lowest chance of dying from any cause. Panelists attempt to sort out the complex and confusing causes and health factors of obesity.”

Part of the time not spent on panels will be spent at the SFWA Table. I also hope to have time to visit with friends, enjoy a few meals, and snag some sleep here and there.
 
 
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lee_martindale
18 June 2014 @ 10:09 pm
I’ve always been fond of independent bookstores, especially independent bookstore that are also coffee shops, gathering spots for writers, artists, and the communities that surround them.  When some folks I used to hang out with close to thirty years ago bought such an establishment not long ago, they went into it with the commitment to keep doing what the original owners started.  It's called The Horse's Mouth, in Buffalo, TX.

http://www.thehorsesmouth.net

My chance to find out first-hand is June 28th, when I visit the place for a day of literary mischief.  Here’s what planned for the day:

10:00am - noon: Writers’ Workshop - "Writing Killer Openings"

Description: Whether it's fiction or non-fiction, short story or novel, a solid opener is key to grabbing your reader's interest. This workshop is a hands-on exercise in crafting opening paragraphs that make the reader want to read more.  Limited to 15 participants.

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Talk - "The Changing Face of Publishing & What It Means To New Writers"

Description: Mergers of major publishing companies, an increasing number of small presses, the rise of ebooks, and changes in attitudes about self-publishing. For new and aspiring writers, it's both the best and worst of times.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Reading & Q&A

3:00pm - 4:00pm: Signing of the new collection "Bard's Road".  (Copies will be available for sale.

I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
 
 
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16 June 2014 @ 08:45 am
Twenty five years ago, the Mighty Himself and I stood in the living room of friends, in front of a federal judge and our witnesses (his ex-wife and my ex-husband).  Promising to "obey" was right out, but I did promise that life with me would never be boring.  Weird - most definitely.  Boring - not even close.
 
 
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12 June 2014 @ 09:00 am
With the official launch of Bard’s Road at A-Kon 25, the newest release from HarpHaven Publishing is now available for sale from the website.

http://www.HarpHaven.net/BARDSROADPAGE.htm
 
 
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