First of all, I just submitted grades. I took my last final yesterday, and my term paper is turned in. That means I’m done for the semester and should be back to posting more regularly.
In the meantime, here’s my schedule for BayCon, May 23-26, 2014:
Refurbished History: Looting the Past for Fun and Profit on Saturday at 10:00 AM in Stevens Creek
Is it cheating to mine the past for story elements? Can you leave identifiable marks as long as they don’t disrupt your story? And what about retooling historical figures? When is using identifiable places or characters truly a better choice than being original?
Internet Speed and the Future of Long Term Relationships on Saturday at 11:30 AM in Lafayette
The use of Internet dating services has become widespread, expanding from early-adapter computer geeks to the general population. How is online dating affecting marriages and relationships? How will it change the amount of effort people put into making a relationship work? Will the knowledge that potential dates are easier to find, compared to the pre-Internet era, make marriages shorter? Our panelists aim their forecasting vision on a fundamental area of human experience.
Self Publishing: Where does it fit in the Literary Food Chain? on Saturday at 3:30 PM in Ballroom A
Between Amazon and Barnes & Noble, self-publishing has taken off; no longer the classical vanity press, often seen as the redheaded stepchild. Is it? Should it be? Where does this fit in the food chain, or is this about to become the Shark?
To Be or Not to Be…Listening to that Critique on Sunday at 10:00 AM in Napa III
If you ever had your manuscript critiqued, you’ve gotten feedback…likely tons of it. But how do you sort out the good advice? What do you do with conflicting advice? New and mid-level writers can be led astray by critiques as easily as helped by them. This panel will discuss how to choose and mold the advice that benefits your writing while still keeping it YOUR story.
How to Develop Your Marketing as an Author on Sunday at 11:30 AM in Alameda
What every author needs to know or what to do to make their books and stories sell after they are published.
LARPing for beginners on Sunday at 2:00 PM in Magnolia
What is a LARP? How is it different from tabletop RPG games? What are the game mechanics?
Using GoodReads on Monday at 10:00 AM in Bayshore
An in-depth look at the GoodReads website, and how the reader and the writer can get the most out of it.
New Classics: Five Recent SF & F Books you Should Read on Monday at 11:30 AM in Alameda
What books published in the last decade shouldn’t you miss?
As usual, they’re keeping me busy, but that’s the way I like it. I know several of my co-panelists, and they’re very worth listening to, so drop by and say hi!