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Friday, July 8th, 2016
What I’ve been up to

I went to Westercon last weekend and it was a lot of fun. Had some great panels with some terrific people and the audiences were attentive and smart and asked great questions. Pretty much a perfect storm of panels. And people came to my reading, which was on the first day and I wasn’t sure anybody would.

I got back on the fourth and zoomed out again on the fifth at 6 in the morning. Drove with my folks to CA for my mom to see a doctor. Amazingly, it’s been much cooler than normal–which is to say, I haven’t whined that much and I’ve been able to get out walking. The oaks here are amazing and the scents of the summertime dried grasses, certain weeds, dirt, and oaks just bring me back to childhood. I’ve so been enjoying that. I got to see an enormous vulture in a tree very close up. I didn’t impress him. Or her.

The only downer has been I seem to have had a bout with some food poisoning. Last night on the way home from dinner, I started getting an awful headache and nauseous, and then I got home and upchucked everything. It wasn’t long after that that I started feeling better. I’ve been able to see some people–my father-in-law, my brother and niece, and tonight I’ll get to see another niece and a nephew.

Saturday we drive back. My poor mom’s face is terribly swollen–she had a bit of skin cancer removed–and it’s given her a black eye and half her mouth is swollen. Poor thing.

I’ve been reading some. One book by a popular romantic suspense author that I think must have been written in the eighties because the male lead is an alpha asshole and the woman is sort of a door mat. I read the whole thing, but I didn’t enjoy it the way I wanted to. Now I’m reading one by Iris and Roy Johansen. It’s not really romantic, but the lead character is a lot of fun and I am enjoying that. I’ll report back on it later.

Also, Lois Bujold has a new Penric novella out. If you haven’t read the first, do. I’ve not read the second, but I plan to.

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Westercon Schedule

I’m going to be at Westercon 69 this weekend. If anybody out there plans to be there, here’s where I’ll be:

Diana Pharaoh Francis Reading
Fri Jul 1 4:00:pm – 4:30:pm


Fri Jul 1 5:00:pm – 6:00:pm
Get your goodies signed!

Cat Rambo, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass


Saturday 10am Kaffeeklatsch
Sat Jul 2 10:00:am – 11:00:am

Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as “hosts”). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Anthony Pryor, Carol Berg, Curtis Chen, David D. Levine, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Morris Allen, Sonia Lyris


Paranormal Romance
Sat Jul 2 3:00:pm – 4:00:pm

Is this science fiction, fantasy, or horror? Whatever it is, fans love it! Learn what makes paranormal romance unique from other genres and the inspiration for writing them.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Gwen Callahan, Janet Borkowski, S. A. Bolich


Physical Intuition and the Suspension of Disbelief
Sat Jul 2 4:00:pm – 5:00:pm

Readers want to suspend their disbelief in our improbable scenarios, but one violation of their physical intuition is all it takes to lose their trust forever. How do we keep it feeling real, even when the impossible is happening?

Blythe Ayne, Devon Monk, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Lindsay Schopfer


Literary Beer
Sat Jul 2 8:00:pm – 9:00:pm

Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as “hosts”). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.

Diana Pharaoh Francis


Fantasy In the City
Sun Jul 3 10:00:am – 11:00:am

With the rise of popularity in urban-based fantasies, so increases the complexity of storytelling. Sure, you know what’s happening in a modern world. But does including a fantastical element have its own challenges? Discuss the challenges of writing fantasy in a modern setting, and how the different choices made by authors influenced their stories.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jennifer Willis, Mike Kabongo, Rhiannon Held


One Man’s Villian Is Another Man’s Hero
Sun Jul 3 1:00:pm – 2:00:pm

Swirling mustaches and obvious evil plans are a thing of the past. Today’s villains and heroes are as complicated as the world we live in. Discuss with our panelists what makes the difference between villain vs hero, and how thin that line can be.

Carol Berg, Devon Monk, Diana Pharaoh Francis


Sex Scenes in Writing
Sun Jul 3 5:00:pm – 6:00:pm

Sex is a part of life, and an aspect we can use to learn many things about a character. Are they chatty in bed, or kinky, or do they prefer the lights off? All are insights that help a reader relate to the characters. But does sex ‘need’ to be in your writing? Let’s discuss what sex in writing means and whether it needs to be in your novel.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Mike Moscoe, Rhiannon Held, Sienna Saint-Cyr


Publishing Coops: The BookView Cafe
Mon Jul 4 11:00:am – 12:00:pm

The BookView Cafe has grown from midlist writers wanting to increase their web presence to a publisher of new and back list fiction and non-fiction. With over 50 members like Ursula K. LeGuin and Vonda N. McIntrye, no one shoulders more work than they can handle.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Sara Stamey, Shannon Page