Author in Motion!

As some of you know, I had my right hip Totally Replaced in December, and the past two months have been largely devoted to regaining the mobility I lost starting with a cycling accident ten years ago. But now the pain meds are out of my system, I’m able to write again – and I am absolutely thrilled to be going to my first Boskone this coming weekend!

Boskone 53

If you’re in the Boston area, consider going; it promises to be a great weekend.  And I would love to meet more of you!  Here’s my schedule:

Friday, 7:00 PM
Room: Harbor II
Writing: Dialog
“No one talks that way!”
“I do.”
“Well, okay, but your characters aren’t all you. How about writing the way other people talk?”
“Okay, let’s have the panelists talk about that …”
Vincent O’Neil (M), A.C.E. Bauer, John Chu, Christie Meierz, Bruce Coville

Friday, 8:00 PM
Room: Marina 2
The Ripper
Fiction’s bad guys may be a dime a dozen, next to the real thing. One of history’s most mysterious and infamous serial killers, Jack the Ripper continues to be a cut above. How has his dark shadow inspired villains in fantastical fiction since he faded into darkness more than 125 years ago?
Dana Cameron (M), Christopher Golden, Leigh Perry, Christie Meierz, E.J. Stevens

Saturday, 4:00 PM
Room: Marina 3
Writing: Pinning Down Your Plot
Complicated plots need proper handling to keep from growing legs and walking away. Writers who lose control of a twisty tale can confuse and/or alienate their readers. But just how do authors manage a complex story line? Come hear their tips for keeping track of the trickiest of plots.
Steven Popkes (M), Ken Altabef, Sharon Lee, Christie Meierz, Vincent O’Neil

Sunday, 10:30 AM
Room: Independence
Reading: Christie Meierz
Christie Meierz

Sunday, 1:00 PM
Room: Griffin
Broad Universe Group Reading
Join members of Broad Universe — a nonprofit association dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and promoting female authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror — as they read tidbits of works and works in progress. Celebrate 16 years of “Broads” with Randee Dawn, Elaine Isaak, Anna Erishkigal, Lisa Hawkridge, Christie Meierz, and Roberta Rogow. Hosted by LJ Cohen.

Sunday, 2:00 PM
Room: Harbor III
How to Kill … a Character
Death shouldn’t be easy. Killing characters within a story shouldn’t just glorify death, or play to prurient interest. How, when, and why should you end a character so that it serves the greater purpose of the story? Is anyone really safe within a story?
Sarah Smith (M), Charles Gannon, David Gerrold, Christie Meierz, E.J. Stevens

And the household has a new denizen….

BanichiMeet Banichi, a black shelter-kitten we adopted around the time of my surgery. He makes an admirable Head of Security, for now.

What can I say? He makes me smile.

Capclave 2015

I’m going to Capclave, and I am now in possession of an email with my schedule. Here it is:

Friday 4 PM-4:50 PM Antagonist Vs. Villain
Friday 5 PM-5:50 PM Where Are The Happy Futures?
Friday 11 PM-11:50 PM Erotic Fiction vs Romance – How Far Can You Go?
Saturday 11 AM-11:50 AM Writing A Spacefaring Society
Sunday 10:30 AM-10:55 AM Reading – Christie Meierz
Sunday 2 PM-2:50 PM Andre Norton

I will, of course, be reading from Farryn’s War.

Which, by the way, releases in two days. I’ve got pre-release jitters!

Confluence!

Confluence is Pittsburgh’s local science fiction convention, so of course I’m going! Here’s my schedule:


Friday, July 24

9pm
Confluence for Introverts
Mars

Convention-going advice – come on, come on, it’s worth a try, right?


11pm
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Armstrong

Readings by members of Broad Universe, a nonprofit international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. For more information: http://broaduniverse.org .


Saturday, July 25

12pm
Gender in Fantasy
Armstrong

Heroines are certainly a lot more active than they used to be. What assumptions are left for fantasy authors to work with? Is there any structure at all?


3pm
Not Just Anglos
Lawrence

With China and India in space, and others to follow, what might a multicultural solar system look like?


7pm
Reading – Ken Chiaccia and Christie Meierz
Board

Readings by Ken Chiacchia and Christie Meierz.


Sunday, July 26

10am
Agents: To Have, or Have Not?
Mars

Is that fifteen percent or so really worth it?


11am
Creating conflict
Mars

No matter how we try to avoid it, struggles are vital to good stories.


12pm
What comes after humanity?
Lawrence

Trans-humanism, post-humanism, extinction? Homo sapiens in the Big Picture.


It’s not too late to plan on going! Be there or be… not there! 😀