Archive for 'Cons'
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
This weekend is Orycon! Here’s my schedule:
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Diana Pharaoh Francis Reading
Grant Fri Nov 8 5:00pm-5:30pm
Diana Pharaoh Francis reads from own works
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Autograph session 3
Art Show Sat Nov 9 3:00pm-4:00pm
Get your books (or whatever) signed by your favorite authors!
Claude Lalumi�re, Alma Alexander, Lizzy Shannon, Daniel H. Wilson, Diana
Pharaoh Francis, Patricia Briggs, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead
Lincoln Sat Nov 9 4:00pm-5:00pm
Do your minor characters take over the scene? Or do you have the opposite
problem where they all seem the same or are faceless automatons? Learn
the tricks of the trade that help writers populate their fiction with
believable, interesting characters that don`t overwhelm the scene.
(*)Diana Pharaoh Francis, SD Perry, Karen Azinger, Bill Johnson, Leslie
Write what you don’t know
Roosevelt Sun Nov 10 11:00am-12:00pm
How do you write about talking dragons, vampire detectives, alternate
history, and space travel? Research and common sense can give your just
enough background to really write what you don’t know.
Ann Gimpel, Adrian Phoenix, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Wendy N. Wagner,
At 4:30-6 Sunday, 30 authors including me will be signing at Powells Beaverton. It’s a great time to get some Christmas gifts and stock up some great books. Follow the link for a list of authors.
If anyone can make it, I’d love to see you. Feel free to track me down at the con and hang out.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
I had a good weekend and busy. Lots of cooking and baking. Made hot apple cider, too, with sliced oranges, cranberries, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Tasty. It went well with the pumpkin pie and all the rest. Unfortunately, boy of size is sick today. Throwing up. Just don’t know what the trouble is. I suppose it’s okay. Last week at the end of school he twisted his ankle and staying home gives him another day to stay off it. That’s a good thing.
We’re getting a lot of rain here in the next couple of days. I’m eyeing the leaves on the lawn with baleful intent.
Am starting to read some of the books that have been languishing in boxes (it’s a bad idea to pack the To Be Read mountain because then you only form another one).
This next weekend is Orycon. I need to post up my schedule. I read on Friday at 5:30. I’m nervous about that. Not sure what to read. I only have a 1/2 hour, so I am going to have to figure it out.
Incidentally, it’s officially official: contracts are signed for the re-release of the Crosspointe books and the next in the series! I suppose I could have led with that . . . But anyhow, I’m really excited. The Cipher will re-release in February. Trace of Magic will be out in August, unless things shift to earlier. More on that later.
And just because this is crazy creepy and cool, this is an article on ticks and how they work, with really awesome video showing how they attach and do their work.
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Got up this morning (a big triumph) and went to Safeway and Costco. Walked through all of Costco and good thing I did because they had some summer sausage in. Compared to the grocery store, it’s cheap as hell and we can slice it for sandwiches. I bought a bunch, since it’s seasonal, and we can freeze it. Oh, also weighed myself. Despite eating a LOT while visiting fam, I don’t seem to have gained anything. Unless my body is waiting to let me know in a few days. Always a possibility.
Came home and labeled my daughter’s school supplies. I’m worried. She’s in 4th grade and they put her in a classroom of 3rd and 4th graders. I really need to talk to the teacher about this. I’m really afraid that she’ll stay at the 3rd level and not get the push to do 4th work. Or that the teacher won’t spend enough time on 4th grade concepts. Really worried. Tonight is an open house and I’m hoping to find out more. I would much rather have her in a 4th grade classroom, especially since this is her first time at this school and class sizes are larger. If she stays in this classroom, I will need to be deeply involved (I would anyway, but in a different way I think).
I should have taken a picture, but in Safeway, my son picked up a package of bacon. I think it might have been precooked, but not sure. On the bottom, it said package contains 9-11 slices. He about died laughing. He wondered if the people packing the bacon got hungry and so ate some of the slices, which accounts for the 9 v. 11 slice packages. He thought maybe they ought to be told to eat before working, or wear gags. I have to admit, thinking about it is pretty damned funny. I mean, if there were people packing the bacon, how would they be able to stop from snitching some? It’s meat candy, after all. Would they have to be Jewish and Muslim? And of course, if you’re a practicing Jew/Muslim, then chances are, you won’t be working in a pork factory. Which brings us back to MEAT CANDY!
yes, these are the things I think about. (and yes, I know packaging varies according to weight, but I much prefer this explanation.)
I have registered for Sasquan, which is the name of Worldcon 2015. I know at least some of those who are planning it and they will do a good job. I can also drive to it. That’s always a plus. Hopefully I can carpool over and maybe find a roommate.
Tomorrow I have to get the kidlets off to school at wildly varying star times (an hour between). That’s going to suck. But I will hopefully be able to get onto a writing routine and get things done.
Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Nor am I at DragonCon. But it appears that Worldcon will be in Spokane in 2015, run by some very good conrunners, and I will be registering shortly for it. It will be called Sasquan (so I will be among my native people of the big-footed variety). It should be a good time.
On the other hand, I’d like to get to Dragoncon one of these days. Maybe next year.
In other news, I’ve been eating enough to feed twenty people while visiting my folks, and I hope I can fit in my clothes when we leave tomorrow. Celebrating boy’s birthday a bit early today and we’ll be going to John’s Incredible Pizza, which is not a lot less frightening than Chuck E. Cheese. We will, however, persevere. After there will be chocolate cake to soothe us all.
Yesterday we went miniature golfing. I won. I had a bunch of hole-in-ones. That never happens. But the course was pretty awful and uncared for. So the experience for the kids wasn’t as good as it should have been. Next time we’ll go to the waterpark instead and ride the slides. Even though they are way way way up in the air and I shall likely die of fear. I still love a good waterslide.
Took the doggies walking this a.m. It was a horde of corgis. Four of them. Someone actually slowed down and rolled the window down and clapped for them. Corgis do that to people.
Now thinking of reading a book. A novel idea, that. Yeah, bad pun. Sorry. I’m bad.
Monday, May 27th, 2013
This last weekend was Miscon. It was spectacular. I love this con. It’s growing by leaps and bounds. It’s incredibly well-run, super friendly, and in a lovely setting. I had a blast. The panels were immensely well attended. At least 50-70 people each time. Course it didn’t hurt that panelists included Carol Berg, Patty Briggs, Jim Butcher, and JA Pitts, among others. The panels were tons of fun to do. I also did a reading from both WIPs, and got a fabulous response. Which is to say, people wanted more and enjoyed them. This was so good.
I can’t begin to tell you all the people I got to see and hand out with, both fans and not. I laughed a lot this weekend and enjoyed such great company. I must make a reservation for my hotel for next year.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I certainly did though I am completely and totally exhausted. Oh, and I got carded going to the room parties. Seriously. Me. Forty five years old. Carded.
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
The bad news is that the Man left today. I am unhappy as are the kids. I also did some cleaning and laundry today. Yesterday we had dinner with friends, which was a lot of fun, and we also made some enchilada-lasagne to freeze. We made a total of four of them, and the Man took one back with him. One we’ll eat tonight, and the other two we’ll freeze for later. I like these. I layer enchilada sauce (mixed red and green with green chiles), corn tortillas, cheese, and a mixture of pureed onion, olives, and bell pepper stirried into hamburger, frozen corn, and black beans. It’s really fabulous.
But on to Norwescon. I’m starting on Friday, since I already told you about arrival and the reading.
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Thursday, April 4th, 2013
With improved health, the man and I have been doing work around the house. Because there are green leaves on things. GREEN!!! My roses are leafing out. Yes, I grow roses in Montana. And I have a grape and gooseberries. All of which are leafing out. Other things are slower, but I have faith. Anyhow, we have been cleaning the yard and I put down a ton of mulch with newspapers. Like 40+ bags and I need about three more to finish. Meanwhile the man fertilized, raked and bagged, got the lawn mower running, plus about fifty other little around the house chores. I didn’t plan for him to have to do so much, but wow it’s been so nice to have the help. And the company. I have missed him so much.
I plan to plant some peas in the next few days. I also need to find my miracle grow sprayer so I can fertilize things.
I got an invitation to go to Orycon, and I said yes, so looks like that’s on my docket. I’m excited! I haven’t been in ages. Like maybe a decade.
Can I ask you to go into a Barnes and Noble and see if any of my Horngate books are on the shelves? I would really appreciate it.
Monday, April 1st, 2013
I am still feeling awful, so I can’t do a full con report at this point.
We made the trip and spent the night at S.A. Bolich’s house in Spokane. The next day we got to the hotel later than planned. I had to park on the side of the road for a bit to sleep. Lucky for me my kids and the doggies were patient. We got there near about the time the Man did, which was lovely. We got me registered at the con and figured out where my reading that night would be, and then had dinner.
My reading was Thursday night and I think I read too fast. I need to practice more. I did have a good audience, which included a bunch of friends from Miscon and beyond, and that was delightful.
I think that’s about all I can tolerate tonight. Did I mention that a ton of flowers and trees were in bloom, grass was green, and the sun was lovely. No rain. I didn’t get to go away to eat very much, sadly. I always like to get good food traveling. But then again, given how sick I am right now, food sounds not so good.
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
I am home, exhausted and feeling sickly. Not sure why. Started yesterday. Hoping it’s nothing. Norwescon was lovely fun. I only wish I could have found a way to spent more time with people by going to parties, but with the kids and man there, I wanted to spend more time with them. Plus the weather was lovely. Warm, green, and there were flowers.
I will tell you all about the panels soon, but right now, I am too tired to do them justice. I also got to see some friends and make some more.
Sunday, March 24th, 2013
I survived the sleepover. Except that girlie now has what you might euphemistically call intestinal distress. By which I mean I’m washing a lot of clothes and her sheets (that I incidentally watched just yesterday) because, well, it got ugly, poor thing. Now she’s sipping Apple Juice and nibbling crackers. Gotta get some probiotics into her.
I have no idea what to wear to Norwescon. I have some cool costumery type things, but I just don’t know if I want to wear corsetry if I don’t know how uncomfortable it might be for the duration of a day in a hotel I’ve never been to. Same with shoes. I have a newish pair of boots that are very comfortable, but are they comfortable for 8-12 hours? My hotel is across the parking lot, so going back to change isn’t necessarily swift. Guess I’ll figure it out. Hopefully soon, since I’ll be leaving on Wednesday. My reading is Thursday night.
And speaking of Norwescon, here’s where you can find me. Also, I’m up for getting together inbetween and feel free to chat me up. My hair as some serious streaks of bright purplish blue in it right now. Bright. Can’t miss me.
Diana Pharaoh Francis reads Blood Winter Thursday 9:00pm-9:30pm Cascade 1
An excerpt from the latest Horngate Witches novel. Rated R
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Crowns & Swords Friday 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 5
Countless novels have been set in the intertwined worlds of monarchy and fantasy, often involving epic battles. Given that many fantasy novels are set in worlds drawn from medieval Europe, it’s no surprise to see so many stories based around monarchies – kings and queens, tyrannical emperors, and long-lost heirs to the throne. How much of fantasy’s appeal is grounded in this familiar setting, and how can this long-standing tradition be updated or refreshed; or should it be abandoned entirely?
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Gregory A. Wilson, Heather Hudson, Linda Pearce
Writing a Series Friday 6:00pm-7:00pm Cascade 3&4
Many of the most commercially successful speculative novels are series. Authors talk about how (and whether) they planned to write a series. How do you avoid repetition while keeping the setting and characters consistent from book to book?
Ken Scholes, John (J.A.) Pitts, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Rhiannon Held
Rogues and Anti-Heroes in Fantasy Saturday 10:00am-11:00am Cascade 7
From Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, to the denizens of Thieves’ World, to Alec and Seregil of Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series — loveable rogues and anti-heroes have been part of Fantasy since the early days. But why do we love them? Do they fulfill some need in us when we “aim to misbehave?” Come join us as we talk about our favorites and muse about which ones show promise in current fantasy fiction.
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Brenda Carre, Peter Blanton, Mark Nelson
Autograph Session 1 Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm Grand 2
Our Attending Professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
Autumn Grieve, Camille Alexa, Kevin J. Anderson, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Clinton J. Boomer, Kurt Cagle, Chelsea M. Campbell, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Brenda Cooper, Erik Scott de Bie, Cymbric Early-Smith, Ellen Forney, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jean Johnson, Karen Kincy, Nancy Kress, Edward Martin III, Susan R. Matthews, Angel Leigh McCoy, Dan Murphy, Mark Nelson, G. David Nordley, Brian D. Oberquell, David J. Peterson, Cat Rambo, Jon Rogers, Lorelei Shannon, Jack Skillingstead, Jeff Sturgeon, Jonny Nero Action Hero, Dennis R. Upkins, G. Willow Wilson
How to Write Vivid Scenes Saturday 5:00pm-6:00pm Cascade 5
What makes writing vivid? What does vivid writing do for the reader? How can you edit existing writing to make it more vivid? How to use all five senses.
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Karen Kincy, S. A. Bolich, William F. Nolan
Congratulations, It Sucks! Saturday 8:00pm-9:00pm Cascade 8
How to tackle a major rewrite. Rescue your story from your writing, and actually learn from your mistakes while you fix them.
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Chelsea M. Campbell, Jack Skillingstead