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FRIDAY, OCT 7

9: 30 PM -- Writing Romance and Erotica, Courtyard 1


SATURDAY, OCT 8

10:30 PM -- Yaoi/Yuri: Manga for Queers, Terrace 4
12:00 AM -- Midnight Slash, 1-3 Main stage


SUNDAY, OCT 9

11:00 AM -- Queering Canon, Courtyard 1
3:30 PM -- LGBTQ marriage and families, Courtyard 1

Now I have to figure out what on earth I will be able to read as part of the midnight slash reading.  Last time, I read something ridiculously sweet and I still could not cope at all.  
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Since all the cool kids are posting theirs, here's my MidAmericaCon II / WorldCON schedule:

Wednesday Aug 17, 2016
7:00 PM
The Interstices of Historical and Fanfiction 1 hour | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 2204
Lyda Morehouse | Dr. Heather Urbanski (Fitchburg State University) | Ms Sumana Harihareswara | Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Historical fiction is a work of literature, comic, film, or television program set in the past. Fanfiction is a work of fiction produced by fans for fans, using famous people or source texts as their inspiration. Frequently the worlds overlap. Let's discuss the overlaps, benefits, and pitfalls of working in these genres. The overlaps include writing fanfiction about historical fiction, setting fanfiction in an alternative universe by placing the narrative in a different historical era, fanworks about real-life historical figures (Historical RPF), or historical fanworks -- any fanwork set in the past.

Thursday Aug 18, 2016
12:00 PM
What is a Fan Writer? 1 hour | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 2206
Lyda Morehouse | Rich Lynch | Mr. Guy Lillian | Foz Meadows | Goldeen Ogawa | Teresa Nielsen Hayden
What we mean when we say: Fan Writer. Is it a professional writer doing some work for free? Is it a way of life? Some say that the internet made us all fan writers. What does (and doesn't) this term encompass, is it a tradition, and how has the interpretation changed over the years?

Thursday Aug 18, 2016
10:00 PM
Anime Stories to Watch in the Dark 1 hour | 10:00 PM -11:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 2504B
Lyda Morehouse | Mr. John Wiswell
When one hears "anime", horror may not be the first thing to come to mind. This panel might change that. Don't be scared, and join us as we explore horror in anime.

Friday Aug 19, 2016
11:00 AM
Living in a Cyberpunk Society 1 hour | 11:00 AM -12:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 2208
Catherine Lundoff | Takayuki Tatsumi | Lyda Morehouse | Allan Dyen-Shapiro | Ms Pat Cadigan
We may not be able to jack in directly, but we are part of the Cyberfuture. When technology thrives but society decays, seemingly dystopic worlds arise. To what extent is our world a cyberpunk universe and what more can we expect to happen to take us there?

Friday Aug 19, 2016
1:00 PM
Autographing: Jeanette Epps, Alex Jablokow, Lyda Morehouse, Lawrence M. Schoen, Mary A. Turzillo 1 hour | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, Autographing Space
Jeanette Epps | Alex Jablokow | Lyda Morehouse | Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen | Dr. Mary A. Turzillo Ph.D.

Saturday Aug 20, 2016
10:00 AM
Complexity of Character: Coming Out in Teen Spec Fic 1 hour | 10:00 AM -11:00 AM, Kansas City Convention Center, 3501B
Catherine Lundoff | Mark Oshiro (Mark Does Stuff) | Lyda Morehouse | Jaylee James
Young adult speculative fiction is doing a fairly good job of featuring a diverse and varied cast of characters, but books that feature LGBT, asexual, and nonbinary characters are still not always easy to find. Let’s talk about what books and characters are out there, and what themes and identities are still underrepresented in YA SF? What challenges do spec fic authors face when writing and publishing books about teen sexuality and love? Beyond the main characters, what roles do the secondary and tertiary characters play in helping to advance the conversation about teen sexuality?

Saturday Aug 20, 2016
12:00 PM
Comics on the Small Screen 1 hour | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 2503B
Terrence Miltner | Melissa F. Olson | Pete Balestrieri (University of Iowa) | Mr Lee Harris | Lyda Morehouse
From Batman in the 60s to The Incredible Hulk in the 70s to The Flash, Jessica Jones and Supergirl, we do love our superheroes on the box. But why do some comic heroes make a successful transition to the small screen and others tank on arrival, or even before?

Saturday Aug 20, 2016
1:00 PM
Representation in Comic Books: From Absences to Affirmatives 1 hour | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 3501B
Anna Raftery (TAFF) | Ms Sumana Harihareswara | Lyda Morehouse | Bill Campbell (Rosarium Publishing)
Bitch Planet gives us a larger woman who is proud of her body, the Lumberjanes show queer teenage romance, Hawkeye is deaf, and yet Oracle was ejected from her wheelchair and became Batgirl again, echoed in the TV series Arrow, where Felicity Smoak was 'fixed' by science. Our panel discusses representation within comics, where we are succeeding, how representation is moving forward, and where it still needs to avoid harmful stereotyping, assumptions or tokenism.

Saturday Aug 20, 2016
5:00 PM
Yaoi and Yuri: Japanese Graphic Romance 1 hour | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Kansas City Convention Center, 2205
Lyda Morehouse | Lauren Schiller | Jaylee James
*The nature of this session may result in adult themes being discussed.*
Fans of manga, graphic novels, romances, and LGBT characters – come learn about yaoi and yuri; terms for manga about m/m and f/f romance, respectively. This introductory session discusses where you should start. We also discuss some of the debates around the representation of gay characters in these comics, and the wider impact of these manga.

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I totally forgot to post this anywhere. But if you're at CONvergence this weekend, here's where you can find me:

SATURDAY, JULY 2

11 am - DoubleTree Atrium 2 - "Remembering the Phantom Tollbooth": Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" is full of word play you may not have caught when you read it as a child. Let's discuss the book through an adult's eyes. Panelists: Lis Morton, David Schwartz, Joel Arnold, Paul Weimer, Lyda Morehouse (mod).

2 pm - DoubleTree Atrium 2 - "Non-Network Original Content" : Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are all releasing original content, some of it taking us in interesting directions in sci-fi and fantasy. Will online original content soon make networks obsolete? Panelists: Alex Musial, Matt Gamble, Lyda Morehouse, Grace Ulak.

8:30 pm - DoubleTree Bloomington - "Jessica Jones" : The Netflix original series presents arguably the most complex, nuanced Marvel character to date in the antihero Jessica Jones. Join us to discuss season 1 of Jessica Jones and what we expect and hope for from season 2. Panelists: Keane Amdahl (mod), David Schwartz, Olivia James, Grace Ulak, Lyda Morehouse.


11:30 pm - DoubleTree Atrium 6 - "Animation Blue" : The air might turn blue as you listen to these miscreants talk smut about some of our favorite animated characters. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Khary Payton, Christopher Jones, Lyda Morehouse, Jenna Powers.


SUNDAY, JULY 3

11 am - DoubleTree Atrium 2 - "Filled with Determination" : Want to squeal/sob about your favorite Undertale characters, plotlines, and secrets? Want to talk about how queerness and nonbinary gender is represented in the game? Have cool theories to share? Bring all your determination to this panel! Panelists: Allyson Cygan, Lyda Morehouse, Jason Thibeault (mod), Luxander Pond, Anna Besmann.

2 pm - Crowne Plaza U - "Starblazers" : Space Battleship Yamato/Argo is one of the iconic vehicles of science fiction anime. We will be looking at the classic series, the dub, the movies, and the remakes. We might even have a singalong of the American theme song!
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Yeah, so... I nearly entirely forgot about MarsCON this year. But, I was saved, last minute, by the lovely and talented Eric Heideman and Krushenko's programming. So, here's my MarsCON schedule:


SATURDAY, MARCH 5

10:00-10:50 AM, KRUSHENKO'S (ROOM 1117). PANEL: WHAT DO YOU LIKE (AND DISLIKE) ABOUT WRITING? Writers discuss what they like and dislike about the process of writing. Some writers love first drafts and hate revising. Others like the third draft much better. With: Eleanor Arnason, mod.; G. David Lordly (and now me)

NOON-12:50 PM, KRUSHENKO'S (ROOM 1117). PANEL: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE Catch up on all of Marvel films and TV shows. With: Tony Artym, mod.; Aaron Grono, David J Schwartz, (and now me)

4:00-4:50 PM, RE(A)D MARS II EAGLE'S NEST). PANEL: DYSTOPIA VS. UTOPIA VS. JUST DIFFERENT Sometimes dystopias hold up a distorting mirror to the place and time they were written, while utopias explore possibilities of what our world could be. And sometimes fiction writers explore other worlds and dimensions not for what they can teach us about our world but for the inherent interest of those worlds, because “what if” is such a fun game, and lets our minds roam. Let's explore all three forms. With: Rick Gellman, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, David J. Schwartz, (and now me)


SUNDAY, MARCH 6

NOON-12:50 PM, RE(A)D MARS II EAGLE'S NEST). PANEL: CYBERPUNK: WRITING AND READING What makes a cyberpunk story? What are the necessary elements? What can come and go freely? What books, stories, and writers have influenced and shaped the genre? Come to discuss the genre that some say we're living in right now. With: David Stegora, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Patrick W. Marsh (and now me)

2:00-2:50 PM, RE(A)D MARS II EAGLE'S NEST). PANEL OR DISCUSSION: THE RISE OF THE FEMALE SUPERHEROES Let's talk about some awesome female superheroes who have become bright sensations in recent years! Why do we love them so much, and how can we get more? With: Cynthia Booth, mod. (and now me).


Marscon is this weekend, March 4 - 5, at the Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America.  For more information check out: http://marscon.org/2016/
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CONvergence is this weekend. In fact, my con will probably start Wednesday night. I don't have a TON of panels this year, but enough to keep me coming back pretty much every day of this four day con:

Thursday:

5 PM - "Avengers: Age of Ultron"
7 PM - "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Friday:

8:30 PM - "Slash Panel"

Sunday:

11 AM - "The Best Recent YA Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels"


None of these are exactly meaty, but I get to talk TWO Marvel films, so I'm not complaining at all. I'm not quite sure why I got tapped to talk about YA novels. I've reviewed a few, but not that many. On the other hand, it's easy enough for me to make a list of this year's YA novels that are up for awards to bring to con.

I bought Mason a membership this year, slightly ahead of time. I'm going to bring him with me on Thursday and we'll probably spend the day there exploring and whatnot. I purposely didn't schedule myself on Saturday, because it's the 4th of July, and Mason really loves going to see the fireworks. In the past, my CONvergence schedule has made it tough for us to go.
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Thanks to an unnamed pharmacist at Walgreen's, there is, shall we say, 'movement' in Shawn's recovery.

Last night, we were in desperate straights and Shawn said, "This isn't working; there's got to be some other medicine. Something gentle, but actually effective!" Her father was a small town pharmacist on the Iron Range, back in the corner drugstore days, when you could lean in over the counter and whisper symptoms to a sympathetic ear and get straight-forward advice. So, she sent me to Walgreen's to "talk to a pharmacist."

I really thought that in order to accomplish what she wanted, I'd need a time machine.

But, I must have hit the sweet spot in terms of timing, or, if I were a believer in such things, Pat Rounds looked down upon his daughter's plight and sent me his earthly avatar. It was quiet enough at the store that I didn't even have to wait long for the pharmacist's attention. He actually walked me over to the aisle and pointed out all the important things, taking the time to explain which did what. OH, he said, thoughtfully, you see, what you've been using only really did "x," what you need is "x *and* y." And, he said, if that won't work and she can stand some pressure on her stomach, take a bottle of "z."

We've not even had to resort to "z."

Shawn is still in some wretched pain, but I think, honestly, she'd been losing hope. Faith in recovery is now restored. I suspect that's going to be the real miracle worker.

Let's hope she's going to be well enough to be on her own this weekend, because I'd almost forgotten that it's MarsCON 2015. I hunted and pecked through the on-line programming list and I think I found everything I'm scheduled to be on:

How Come Nobody’s Heard Of Me, Dammit!!
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) -- Friday 04:00 pm
Let’s figure out all the things we did wrong!
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Rachel Gold, Michael Merriam


Fiction Reading: Lyda Morehouse
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) —Friday 08:00 pm
Come hear our Author Guest of Honor read her work.
With: Lyda Morehouse

FanFiction - Who, What, and Huh?
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Friday 09:00 pm
From the basics for the beginners to your favorite websites to share your own stories.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Rakhi Rajpal mod, Bailey Humphries-Graff, Susan Woehrle

Marvel Phase 2, on to Phase 3
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 12:00 pm
Catch up on all of Marvel films from phase 2: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-man Days of Future Past. Marvel One-Shots: Agent Carter, All Hail the King, on TV with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. (There will be spoilers for all listed above.) The end of phase 2 with Avengers: Age of Ultron and the start of phase 3: Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Doctor Strange, and the rest of phase 3.

With: Lyda Morehouse, Tony Artym, mod.; Aaron Grono, Bill Rod, Ruth Tjornhom

The Rise of Women Superheroes
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Let’s talk about some awesome female superheroes who have become breakout sensations in recent years! Why do we love them so much, and how can we get more?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Christopher Jones, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Chandra Reyer

What is Anime?
IV Hawk’s Ridge (Anime/YA) — Saturday 02:00 pm
What really is Anime? What’s the real difference between Anime and cartoons, and why do we classify them like that? Hear all the facts and argue it out yourself!
With: Lyda Morehouse, Bailey Humphries-Graff, Hojo Moriarty

Lyda Morehouse Interview
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Learn about the mind and works of our Author Guest of Honor.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, Interviewer

Mass Autographing
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 05:00 pm
The Author Guest of Honor and other interested authors sign their work.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Sammi Kat, Rachel Gold, Michael Merriam, Kathryn Sullivan, et al.

The Wyrdsmiths: Twenty Years
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 08:00 pm
GoH Lyda Morehouse is in a writers’ group that was founded in 1994. How does a critique group sustain itself for two decades?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Eleanor Arnason

Hero Support: Sidekicks and Minions
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 09:00 pm
How does your hero go about getting a really good sidekick or a really good minion? Who are some of your favorites in literature and other kinds of storytelling? Who is the hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Rick Gellman, mod.; P M F Johnson, Ozgur K. Sahin, Tyler Tork

Otaku Dilemma: Wait for Season Two or Read the Manga?
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 11:00 am
Your friends just turned you on to a hot new anime (think: “Attack on Titan” or “Yowapeda”) and you burned through the first season in one sitting. Now you’re wondering that age old question, should you jump in and read the manga or sit back and wait for season two to air? What are the pros and cons to reading “ahead”? Is there a reason that waiting is better, is there a reason NOT to wait?
With: Lyda Morehouse, mod

No Country for Old Heroes / Happily Ever After
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 12:00 pm
Topic one, No country for old heroes…. Life after heroism. How do former heroes—real or imaginary—continue to have meaningful lives? Topic two, Happily Ever After. Consider act two of Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Many if not most stories end at the moment of maximum joy for their characters. But life is more complicated. How do two people—real or imaginary—go about staying reasonably happy together for a long time? What are some good examples of this in fantasy literature?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Rick Gellman, mod.; Rachel Gold, Ozgur K. Sahin

Convoluted Quests: The Modern Writing Career
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Book contracts, self-publishing, short fiction, editing… writing careers these days are often made up of a patchwork of options. Join GoH Lyda Morehouse and other professional writers to talk about how they’ve dealt with current publishing realities.
With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Michael Merriam, Kathryn Sullivan

I will, of course, also be at Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies as to be expected. I may be AWOL from the con for a brief period on Saturday morning in order to take my son to his swimming class, but otherwise he and I will be around the whole weekend. Maybe, with luck, Shawn, too.

The last thing I wanted to report is that I finished reading THE GIRL IN THE ROAD and am now on to what appears to be a contemporary fantasy novel called MEMORY GARDEN.

THE GIRL IN THE ROAD is a difficult book to describe or categorize. I was talking to a friend about it and, while there were a ton of things I really enjoyed in the book (future India, future Africa, the strange journey across the wave power generator), the main character(s) were problematic in that they were not only typically unreliable, they were also, at times, hallucinatory. I can't say that necessarily got in the way of my enjoyment of a book, but I'm usually a careful enough reader that I can get to the end and have a fair idea of what happened. I'm not nearly as sure as I normally am having finished THE GIRL IN THE ROAD. Again, I'm not entirely sure that detracted from my enjoyment of the book, honestly. It was well written, engaging, science fictional and many things like that that I normally enjoy but... I don't know that I could recommend it with out the caveat of, "Okay, but this one is seriously TRIPPY."

Between THE GIRL IN THE ROAD and ELYSIUM, OR, THE WORLD THAT CAME AFTER, I have to wonder if 'trippy' is the new black. From the looks of things (so far) MEMORY GARDEN is more traditional in its narrative tropes, but we'll see. THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE had some oddities in its storytelling practices, but I wouldn't have labelled it "trippy," per se. I will say, in light of the conversations I've been having about women's writings, all of the four books I'm mentioning here are very feminine in their approach to science fiction.

I think a lot about what my friend Richard had to say when trying Margaret Atwood's HANDMAID'S TALE for the first time. The books women write are often (though obviously not always), quite intentionally, infused with the feminine. It probably does seem somewhat alien and unsettling to someone who isn't used to ever thinking about pregnancy, periods, and sex (and its corollary: death). These things all showed up in the books I've been reading--sometimes just casually, but sometimes as the point. THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE is very much a female apocalypse, both literally and figuratively. ELYSIUM less so, because the gender of our pov character constantly shifts.

So, it's been an interesting ride so far. The library tells me that ANCILLARY SWORD is ready for me to pick up (speaking of oddities in gendering. I read a large part of ANCILLARY JUSTICE before I had to return it and the ship AIs, who are the pov characters, always identify any human they encounter as 'she' regardless. They will sometimes tell you 'she was male.' But it really f*cks with a person's perception of gender identity, gender stereotypes and other such things when everything is always female. Makes you think. Particularly when women are always told, "oh, 'he' includes you." I'm thinking, by this way this feels, that doesn't work the way we think it does.)

I'm looking forward to reading that one, too.

All this reading has also inspired me. I'm about 3,000 words into a short story that, I'm thinking, is ultimately about redemption. I saw an anthology call for "angel and demons" and so I started considering what I might write since, as you know Bob, this is directly in my areas of interest. So, fingers crossed.

I don't think I can really pull off 'trippy' though, so....
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Seriously, these CONvergence people are good. I really rather adore waking up to have my schedule magically in my in-box. Here's today's:

3:30pm-4:30pm
Plaza 2
Anime Series: Year in Review
A yearly showcase of the past year's best anime series, presented by a group of anime fans who've watched and enjoyed them. Those looking to enter the anime fandom as well as those who've been otaku for years are welcome to attend. Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Jessi Silver, Boris Smelov, Jo Thrace, Heather Deakman

5:00pm-6:00pm
Atrium 2
SF Writing Groups: The 2014 Scene
This annual (since 1986) get together of the Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers' Alliance helps science fiction/fantasy writing groups link with writers who are looking for a critique group. Panelists: Eric M. Heideman (mod), Lyda Morehouse, Tyler Tork

10:00pm-11:00pm
Atrium 6
Loki Can Rule Me Any Day
Loki is very popular, even though he wasn't the main character (or even necessarily a "good guy"). An exploration of side characters who have become fan favorites. Wolverine, Agent Coulson, Jayne, Connie Mk II - What makes us like them so much? Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Kamuran Paradis, Damarra Atkins, Todd Murray, Anne Lyle

11:30pm-12:30am
Plaza 2
Which Supers Should Hook Up?
If Thor and Storm got together, they would have cute little thunderbabies. Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Kenneth Konkol, Lathan Murrell, Samma Johnson (mod), Christopher Jones


So, a busy day, but all starting afternoon, which will be a nice thing.

Yesterday, I brought Mason along. He last minute decided to cosplay kid-Luffy, from One Piece. We spent much of the morning in search of the Straw Hat crew. Instead, we found a lot of really great cross/cosplay Marvel characters:

These ladies were really good (also traveling with a Thor and Tony Stark, though I only saw them later at the Marvel panel.) I was particularly enamored of Nicole Fury, as she had the perfect Wolverine claw mark scars visible under her eyepatch.
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Lady Deadpool! Every con needs a Deadpool, why not a Lady Deadpool?
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Fourth of July is Steve Rogers's birthday, so I wished this Stephanie Rogers a happy one and complimented her amazing 1940s style hair. (She defied my picture skills, though. Blurry here a little, but much worse when I tried to get her to pose with the two Peggys that were also at the Marvel panel.)
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Another Cap (though, tbf, she might have been dressing as one of the traveling dance troupe.) Probably my favorite thing about a lot of the Captain American cosplayers is that they can embrace the 1940s aesthetic and be beautifully buxom and curvy.
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There might have been a secret organization that was placing people in key positions at con, but I won't say who they were (*whispers*Hail, Hydra!*whispers*)
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And, Old School Gambit, who isn't cross playing*, but come on! Look at this! It's perfect:
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*today, according to [livejournal.com profile] naomikritzer this guy often cross plays "Slave Girl Leia." Rumor has it he's coming as "Slave Boy Leo" today, so I'll be sure to try to catch a shot of him, if I can, because that sounds phenomenal.

Mason and I spent much of con wandering around looking at all the cool costumers and wandering around the dealer's room. He bought a new Munchkin pack (zombies this time) and I found a cell phone charm of Renji/Hihio Zabimaru chibi, and I can never, ever resist chibi Zabimaru. Sadly, my cell phone does not have the technology to accommodate a charm. Seriously. It's not a smart phone, so I have no case to which I can hook such things. But, it was cheap and will fit my keyring just the same.

The Marvel Roundup panel was phenomenal. I had great fellow panelists and despite my voice, I managed to squee and maybe even make a few points of interest here and there. With any luck, you'll be able to judge for yourself. One of the panelists, Shaun Duke, is (among other things) a podcaster and he recorded us for his Hugo Award-nominated Skiffy and Fanty Show. If our panel gets posted there, I'll send along a direct link. It was probably the most high energy panel I've had so far, so I would think it would make a fantastic podcast.

Then there was more wandering, and Mason finally caught up with some of his crew:

Here's Mason with Zoro (green-hair) and Nami (orange-hair):
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And in a time paradox, an older Luffy!
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My final panel was "Cyberpunk 101," which went fairly well. Admittedly, my energy was starting to flag. Probably the most interesting part of the panel for me was the fact that one of my fellow panelists was a light side hacker. He was an honest-to-goodness Mouse, a phone freak from the 1980s. (And yes, he let us touch his hem.) I could have listened to his stories for the full hour.

Instead, we talked about a lot of different aspects of cyberpunk and, once again, the audience had some really amazing, mind-blowing questions and thoughts about the future of cyberpunk. Because the question kept coming up, "If we're living in a world already predicted, where we're saturated with technology, how do you write beyond that point? Or, maybe more importantly, is it necessary to?"

And I don't know. People often ask me if I'll ever return to the AngeLINK universe and I'm hesitant. I love the characters, but the world is getting harder and harder to reach back for because it's become a kind of AU where Facebook and Tumblr and Google glasses never happened.

The point was also made that one of the things cyberpunk spoke to was the fears of the day, "What if we become so dependent on our technology that we're no longer human?" That's not really the thing we worry about these days. We worry about the environment. We *do* still worry about corporations taking over, but a lot of what we feared has already come to pass. I mean, corporations as people? Pretty sure that was warned about in any number of early cyberpunk novels.

Also, as our resident hacker pointed out, it's actually a bit harder to by-pass The Man. Technology has outpaced some simple phone hacks. It's harder to break-in and it's much, MUCH harder to escape without leaving a trace.

Our fiction has also become a lot darker. No one believes any more that taking out one corporation/Power That Be will solve all the problems... without causing others. The revolution is murky and complicated and deeply underfunded...

It was a good panel, but in comparison to the squee fest of the Marvel Roundup it felt far lower key. But maybe that was because it was "meatier."

#CVG2014

Jul. 4th, 2014 08:41 am
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I don't have a smart phone, so I can't live tweet everything as it goes down at CONvergence, but I thought I would post today's schedule:

FRIDAY

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Atrium 6
Marvel Film Roundup
Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been out, and Agents of SHIELD, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders, and Ant Man are on the horizon. How do they all compare? What do you want to see next? Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Allyson Cygan, Shaun Duke, John Seavey,


5:00pm – 6:00pm
Atrium 7
Cyberpunk 101
Discuss the cyberpunk genre in books, film, and games; from Neuromancer and Snow Crash to Deus Ex and The Matrix. Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Lyda Morehouse, Spencer Kennedy, Christoforo Pasquarette

If you were to use the nice app that shows you my schedule, however, you'd see me signed-up (?) or otherwise listed on "Ask a Librarian" and "10 Must-See Anime Movies." I'm not officially listed in the program as on those, however, so I'm not sure why they're showing up in my schedule. After last night I'm just has happy not to be on a panel with anime experts, but I'm kind of bummed not to be on the librarian panel. I'm NOT a librarian, but I work at a library and I thought it would be nice to let some interested parties know that you don't have to have a library degree to work with books.

So, about yesterday, let's see... parking was its usual nightmare. I did manage to get a spot in the old Sofiteil lot (it's now a Radisson, maybe?) At any rate, I booked it from there to my first panel about young adult novels and the dystopia genre. I tried to get a moderator rustled up from the people who were there, and I would have taken point myself, but for my voice. But, ultimately, the last person to walk in was the one we "volunteered." She did a fine job, though there was at least one panelist who maybe got three words in. If I'd learned the blue-haired young panelist's name earlier (Kethry), I would have jumped in (like I do) not just for myself, but to ask her opinion as well. Probably my favorite moment of that panel, however, was when a woman in the audience posed a fascinating sort of question comment about how it seems that a lot of the "revolutions" that happen in many of the current dystopia novels actually seem subversively conservative or reactionary. I had one of those "mind = blown" moments, but without my voice I couldn't catch hold of that thread and really explore it. Ultimately, I think the panel was good, but it was one of those that could have been better.

I ended up not going to the panel "Female Superhero Films: Why Can't We Have One?" because I wasn't listed in the actual program. I have plenty of panels otherwise, so it seemed wisest to stay off it. I mean, as you see above, I have a bunch other panels that seemed to have mysteriously attached themselves to my schedule. I'm going to treat that as some kind of glitch, especially since none of these "extra" panels are printed on the back of my badge, which comes directly from the programming/green room.

So, since I had no panel to scurry off to after the YA one, I hung out with my friend [livejournal.com profile] seanmmurphy. We connected up with [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and Sigrid Ellis at the bar. Once we were there we ran into [livejournal.com profile] haddayr and Adam Stemple (with his kids in tow)... so that was sort of a classic con moment. I bonded with Sigrid because she'd just had throat surgery, so neither one of us could talk much. Later in the hall I ran into [livejournal.com profile] naomikritzer and [livejournal.com profile] jiawen.

My final panel was "Into to Anime" but everyone there at the panel already knew a lot about anime. As I later told [livejournal.com profile] jiawen, it wasn't so much as an introduction as a 'hook-up.' But, I think there are only three anime panels in the whole con, so all the fans are going to all of them.

Anyway, today I'm going with Mason, who is dressed as kid Luffy. He looks adorable. I'm going to take a picture to post tomorrow. Okay, I have to run get dressed.
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MarsCon 2014
Time Is The Key
March 7-9, 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington-Minneapolis South
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55439

Send questions about MarsCon to info14e@marscon.org, we’ll do our best to send answers!

There’s more about MarsCon on Facebook and Twitter.

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GETTING INTO THE MIND OF A RELIGIOUS FANATIC
Exec Lounge (Krushenko’s)—Saturday, 11:00 am
Uber villain or bit player, what are they like? Are there any useful generalizations? Are they likely to be suicidal and does that depend on the religion or the person? ow can they make for interesting novels and stories without being stereotyped and one dimensional?
With: Naomi Kritzer, mod.; P M F Johnson, Lyda Morehouse, G. David Nordley, David E. Romm, Ozgur K. Sahin


Dull, Realistic Characters
Atrium 2 (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 03:00 pm
The people who really explore space and fight modern wars have a lot of self control. They don’t slam fists into spacecraft controls like Hulk Hogan. Do you have to forget about them in fiction, or can you make them interesting? And if your protagonist is like that do you just have to accept that critics will complain and press on in hopes of finding an audience that appreciates a little verisimilitude?
With: Bridget Landry, G. David Nordley, mod.; Patrick W. Marsh, Lyda Morehouse, Kathryn Sullivan

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So, that seems to be the extent of it: 2 panels.  One on Saturday at 11 am and the other on Sunday at 3 pm.
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Happy American Independence Day to my friends celebrating it! Today always makes me think of my favorite story from our trip abroad. My folks took Shawn and I to London in the 1990s, and I arranged for us to get ticket to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. (It was so long ago, I actually had to write a letter.) At any rate, while we were standing in line to get in, an English couple heard our accents and exclaimed, "Why are you here? This isn't _your_ history!" My dear papa, without missing a beat, said, "Yes it is. We just rebelled."

I swear an Irish family behind us nodded quietly. :-)

Perhaps today, I can get Mason to watch School House Rock with me again, and we can all sing along to the Preamble and "Lovely Lady Liberty, with her book of recipes, and the finest one of all... the great American Melting Pot!"

But, okay, enough of such red, white and blue talk. This weekend is also the beginning of CONvergence, whose theme this year is, perhaps ironically, "The British Invasion." Last night, I went to the pre-party that's open to guests of honor and former guests of honor, like myself. I brought along Eleanor Arnason, partly because I had a feeling that if I didn't offer to give her a ride, she wouldn't go, but also because I knew she wouldn't want to stay terribly long (being somewhat crowd shy) and, if left to my own devices, I might stay out all night.

Anyway, it was a nice gathering. I was happy to be able to introduce Eleanor to Christopher Jones (my Marvel/DC comic book artist friend) and one of the Guests of Honor, Charlie Jane Anders (of io9, whom I know from early WisCON days.) Eleanor couldn't take the crowded room, so she headed off to the hotel bar. I hung around a little and chatted with some other friends like Anton Petersen and Dave Hoffman-Dachelete (and his all-grown-up daughter Sari!) and then found Eleanor talking to Peg Kerr in the bar.

All and all a good start to my con, I think.

My schedule is nothing like last years (wherein I attempted to break the record for most panels at a con):

Thursday, July 4
3:30pm
Books Everyone Else Loves But I Hate
Don't be ashamed to share your true feelings. It's OK to have your own sense of style and which books you prefer. Come vent with us. Panelists: David Schwartz, William Alexander, Jason D. Wittman, Lyda Morehouse, Laura Thurston

Friday, July 5
8:30pm
They Came From Fandom!
Professional writers who started out as fans before becoming pros spill their "secrets". How did fandom influence your writing? What fandoms were/are you a part of? Did your relationship with fandom changed when you got published? How did you do it? Panelists: Catherine Lundoff, Joan Marie Verba, Emma Bull, Lyda Morehouse, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Sunday, July 7
9:30am
Neil Gaiman's Sandman
For many people, this is when graphic novels started. They were certainly groundbreaking. Let's discuss. Panelists: Jamie Cleven, Lyda Morehouse, Roy Cook, Mark Goldberg

Christopher Jones also invited me to crash his Avengers panel:
Friday, July 5
12:30pm
Marvel Universe Phase 2
We know they're coming. And Joss Whedon is in charge. What can we expect from the next phase of marvel films and what have we seen so far? Panelists: Daniel Wallace, Christopher Jones, Matt Gamble (mod), Michael Lee, Charlie Jane Anders

But, we'll see what the moderator says when I get there. Regardless, I may try to be in the audience for that one.

So, there's not a lot today, but I was thinking that tomorrow will be my big day to spend at the con.
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I'll be in attendence at "con," this year. CONvergence is July 4 - 7 this year at the Radish Tree (as people call the hotel that was once the Radison, became the Sheridan and is now a Doubletree) in Bloomington, MN.

My panels are:

Thursday, July 4 at 3:30 pm
Books Everyone Else Loves, But I Hate

Friday, July 5 at 8:30 pm
They Came From Fandom

Sunday, July 7 at 9:30 am
Neil Gaiman's Sandman

There's no way I'm going to be happy with this year's CONvergence since last year I got to be one of the stars of the show. I will probably be seen wandering the halls muttering "I have no minions... none" dejectedly to myself, because OMG THE POWER of having Anton at my service last year was a heady rush indeed.

The good news is that with such a tiny schedule, I will have lots of time to attend other panels and harrass
, er, I mean, support my friends.
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This weekend is MarsCON. I'll be in attendance all weekend and my schedule is (at least preliminarily) this:

Gender Limitations in SF/F
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)— Friday 06:00 pm
Discuss how strong female characters are frequently portrayed as abandoning most, if not all, things feminine. Also, male characters who take on what are considered traditionally female roles are being portrayed as emasculated. Can a powerful female character be warm and nurturing and can a house husband be more than a punch line?
With: W. Scott Patterson, mod.; Rachel Gold, Lyda Kimberly Long-Ewing, Lyda Morehouse, Kathryn Sullivan

Writing Comedy in Speculative Fiction
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)— Friday 09:00 pm
How can one blend comedy and speculative fiction to their mutual advantage? Do you have personal faves among those who do the blending?
With: Roy C. Booth, mod.; P M F Johnson, Lyda Morehouse

The Future of Fandom
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)— Friday 10:00 pm
Paul Valery wrote, “The future isn’t what it used to be.” What did SF fandom used to be, how has it changed, and how will it change? Will it thrive into the future?
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; Lyda Morehouse, Michael Lee

Female Fandom in Comics
Krushenko’s (13th Floor)— Saturday 02:00 pm
Women are becoming more involved with the comics industry, and this has brought female readers and comics to the forefront. However, we are still seeing sexism despite these facts. In some cases, misogyny has increased. How do readers face these situations and what can be done to rectify these problems?
With: W. Scott Patterson, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Christopher Jones, Rebecca Marjesdatter, Lyda Morehouse

How to Write a Good Fight Scene
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)— Saturday 03:00 pm
Writers trained in various fighting techniques offer tips on how to make a fight feel like it really happened.
With: Sarah Clemens, mod., S.N. Arly; Doug Hulick, P M F Johnson, Lyda Morehouse

Clone Rights, and Those of Other Genetically Engineered People
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)— Saturday 09:00 pm
Would current law allow the genetically engineered to be enslaved or discriminated against? Why is there such a gap between the way much of science fiction treats such people and how they would have to be treated in reality.
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; , Prof Tom Gardner, Naomi Kritzer, Kimberly Long-Ewing, Lyda Morehouse

Good Blog/Bad Blog: Modern Technology and Artists
Krushenko’s (13th Floor)— Sunday 10:00 am
What modern technology is available for artists (for self promotion, research, networking, other reasons)? Online research, boon or bane? What purpose can a blog serve? What things can go wrong? Discussion boards—good, bad, or dependent on how they’re used? Facebook? G+? Twitter? How can these be useful? When do they become a hindrance?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse

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A lot of great topics that I'm looking forward to exploring. I'm intrugued to be on "How to Write a Good Fight Scene" as I'm not sure I know that much about it, but it should be fun, regardless!

Hope to see some of you there. Full con report to follow.
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I'm going to be one of the guests at this year's Gaylaxicon, which, like, starts tomorrow. Should you be going, you can find me talking about/doing these things:

Friday 4:30 PM Terrace 2 Writing Straight (when you're not)
Friday 9:30 PM Terrace 4 Outer Alliance Podcast

Saturday 2:00 PM Terrace 2 GoH Spotlight: Lyda Morehouse
Saturday 5:00 PM Terrace 2 Remembering the Penis: Queer Women Writing M/M Slash
Saturday 11:00 PM Terrace 3 British TV Invasion
Saturday Midnight Terrace 4 Midnight Slash Reading / Open Mic

Sunday 9:30 AM Terrace 2 Women at Gaylaxicon: Where r u?
Sunday 11:00 AM Terrace 3 Writing Across Fandoms
Sunday 12:30 PM Terrace 2 Superheroes on the Big Screen
Sunday 2:00 PM Terrace 4 Romance Writing


Yes, I talked them into giving a midnight Slash Slam. I have been fretting over which of my 101 peices of fanfic/slash to read. I know, however, that Kyell Gold will be reading his Road Runner/Wiley E. Coyote. Tell me that doesn't sound awesome!  I know this because Kyell is one of the people I hung out with at WorldCON this year in Chicago and we conspired to do this together.  If I read the peice I'm thinking of... I may need stunt readers.  You should come just so you can sit in the audience and help yell out the words too embarrassing for me to utter.

You know you want to.
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At some point, I need to really seriously consider whether or not writing fan fiction feeds some kind of emotional need/addictive personality trait of mine.  One of the things I've discovered now that I've been at this for a while is that there are real emotional ups and downs. I know for a fact that writing fan fic gives me the kind of rush I used to experience role-playing.  It's sometimes a real adrenaline high, because it's really just THAT FUN for me to play pretend (in my head in this case) and be the characters I enjoy so much (on paper).  Another high comes once I've posted.  Watching "hits" and "kudos" and "coments" roll in can be really exhilerating when a story hits the presses as it were.  And, given that I write short peices, no more than 5,000 words at most (usually around 2,000), I can get this kind of thrill once every other day, or more if I'm on a roll. 

Who doesn't love being loved?  And I seem to have a fairly steady fan base of about 60 readers, depending on the series.  Considering that all my fic series are open-ended and Bleach isn't as hugely popular now as it was several years ago, I think that's actually pretty good.  Especially when you add in my personal obsession -- I write almost exculsively from the point of view of one character, so I'm already cutting out a ton of Bleach people for whom Renji isn't a favorite.  As a comparison, when  I post my Harry Potter crossover stuff, I'll get to a 100 hits really quickly (which is also kind of impressive given the fact that Ichigo is the pov character there, and I suspect most Potter fans could care less.)

I guess what I'm saying is... I feel like I get so much more out of fan fic writing, because of this instant response/instant gratification.  One of the reasons I started a writers' group was because I love hearing from people along the way.  Writing alone doesn't do it for me.  Writing in a vacuum even less.

I also experience weird lows.  When my usual commenters don't respond right away... right after the inital excitment dies down... it's very much a cycles of highs and lows.

Hmmmm.

However, I'm still working to try to come up with original story ideas for each day.  Today it involved a ghost message from  a Hamm radio.

Speaking of my writing career, though, I'm pleased to say that my dance card at WorldCON is quickly filling up.  Turns out, I can attend both the SUPER-SEEKRIT pro shingdig as well as the Harry Potter party, because I didn't realize that they actually were scheduled on different days after all.  So I RSVPed to both today.  Plus, a few professionals who are local to Chicago are doing things at their houses or organizing outings, so I'll have friends around me to keep me from feeling like a fraud.

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I thought I should write a quick update about my actual life (as opposed to the lives of my/Kubo-sensei's fictional characters.) 

First of all, I want to say that I will be at WorldCON this year, in Chicago.  My schedule is pretty open, but I'm really pleased how many panels I did get, considering the odds:

FRIDAY - 3:00 - 4:30pm --Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
SATURDAY - 10:30am  - Noon --Autograph Session
SATURDAY - 16:00 - 17:30 (4:00pm-5:30pm?) --Series: Why Do We Love Them, Why Do we Hate Them? (ooh, I'll have tell Shawn.  Jack McDevitt is on the panel with me!)
SATURDAY - 10:30 - 11:00pm (for some reason they switched out of military time) -- Reading: Lyda Morehouse (perhaps Tate wasn't invited? Too bad, I intend to read from Precinct 13.)
SUNDAY - 1:30-3:00pm --Grimm from a Portland Perspective.  (A panel I'm probably on because I have Grimm opinions in general, given I don't live in Portland and have no Portland perpectives.)

I'm headed down by Amtrack on Thursday night.  I had intended to go down on Friday, but the Empire Builder is having delay problems so I switched my reservations.  As a bonus, it was a cheaper rate, so I got a bit of a refund. 

On an unrelated note, my family got hit, despite vaccination, with Whooping Cough.  Mason was coninuing to cough after what we THOUGHT was a mild cold, so we took him and he tested positive.  The bummer about this is that we were all quarantined, even adults with no symptoms, because there's such a raging epidemic in Minnesota.  We'll ALL on antibiotics, as well.  Shawn went back to work after only a day or so, because there are no specific guidelines for when the adults with no symptom can return to work, but Mason was stuck away from people during the course of the antibiotics.

Apparently, some friends of ours came to Mason's birthday party as carriers.  They weren't told to stay away from people.

*sigh*

It's also extremely dangerous for people with asthma... so, I'm glad I seem to be showing no symptoms.  Unfortunately, I was probably shedding the virus at my signing at Uncles last Saturday.  Apparently vaccinated adults often don't realize they have it and are spreding it.  Hello, Typhoid Lyda!   AND I'm going to have to miss my promotion ceremony for my blue stripe because today is Mason's last day of antibiotics.  (I could go without him, but that's just SAD.)

So I officially hate WHOOPING COUGH and anyone who decided not to vaccinate against it (and I'm likewise mildly irritated with parents whose kids are sick, but they don't let people know!)

Back to WorldCON, I have a bit of a conundrum.  I got a super-secret, SUPER pro invite from a publishing house (not mine!) to a boat party on Lake Michigan on Saturday night.  Saturday night I had been planning to help Cecilia Tan host her Hogwart's Reunion party.  My first impulse was,"OMG, I'm a pro!" and my second, much more serious consideration was, "Yeah, but who am I going to know, really?"  I have _been_ to what I imagine this boat party is going to be like, and IT'S AWFUL.  There's a lot of standing around sipping alcohol I can't really drink (and certainly don't enjoy), feeling underdressed no matter what I end up wearing, and staring desperately at all the cool people who all already know each other feeling like a dope (or worse, like I'm back at my high school prom without a date).  It's miserable, and I usually end up feeling worse for it.  On the flip side, I've been to the party it's SUPPOSED to be too.  The last WorldCon I went to, in Boston, I got to go to the super-secret Penguin party where I met up with my then-editor John Morgan and my current editor, Anne Sowards.  We had a BLAST, and I f*cking hung out with Charaline Harris.

I have about ten days to reply to the super-secret invite publishing house.  I haven't yet, because my heart belongs at Hogwarts.  First of all, I have never met Cecilia Tan for more than five minutes (I do know, however, what she can do with her tongue and a cherry stem.  Oh my!) and I'd not only like to get to know her better, I also went out of my way to invite myself  to this hostessing gig and leaving her for a bunch of annoying published authors and their editors seems RUDE.  For the record, Ms. Tan is also an editor and a writer whose work I've long admired.  More importantly, I think the Hogwarts Reunion will be a f*cking BLAST.  I will know some people who wuill be there for sure and there will be butter beer and fan grrliness of epic proportions. Plus I don't have to wear anything more formal than Hogwarts robes, which I already own.  (Oh, must sew on my Slytherin patch and find tie!!)  I will NOT feel stupid among Harry Potter fans, and, honestly, will probably have a lot more in common with the strangers in that room than I will with anyone on a stupid boat upon which I will be STUCK until they let us debark.

Okay, I think I actually know which party I prefer.  I'm just having a bit of trouble shaking the idea that I SHOULD go to the publishing house's party.

At Con

Jul. 4th, 2012 02:13 pm
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Starting tomorrow (actually, for me, tonight), I will be assuming my duties as one of the guests of honor at CONvergence. If you're headed to, as many locals refer to it, "The Con," please feel free to stop by and say hello (or ogle my time-traveling hair.)  My schedule can be found at:   http://schedule.convergence-con.org/?s=Lyda+Morehouse.

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Tonight, if you are so inclined, I would like to remind you to join me at Dreamhaven Books at 6:30 - 7:30 PM where I'll be part of a discusion with fellow Diversicon honored guests David Hartwell and John C. Rezmerski.

Friday, July 29:

7:00-7:30 PM, Main Stage (Soo Line)
Scott Lohman, MC; David G. Hartwell, John Calvin Rezmerski, Lyda Morehouse, Joan Slonczewski, Eric M. Heideman; Vincent Price, C.L. Moore, in absentia

9:30-10:25 PM, Main Stage
Fiction Reading: Lyda Morehouse reads from the work of Lyda Morehouse and/or Tate Hallaway

Saturday, July 30:

1:00-1:55 PM, Main Stage
Panel: The Future is Serious Dark for 16 Year Olds
From Scott Westerfield's Uglies to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games (even the final Harry Potter book, to some extent) there are a surprising amount of very dark futures topping bestseller lists. On a related issue: Why are so many Young Adult SF/F heroines emotionally distant murderers?
Lyda Morehouse, mod.; S.N. Arly, Naomi Kritzer, David Lenander, Michael Levy

2:00-2:55 PM Krushenko's (Room 101)
Panel: Captain America: The Comic, the Legend, the Movie
We'll take a breezy tour of the history of Timely/Marvel's early super hero icon, created (1941-)by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, then talk about the film that premiered July 22. Faithful rendition or fan fail? Did it live up to the hype, etc.? Current comic book lines we wish they'd tap for sequels.
Lyda Morehouse, mod.; Eleanor Arnason, Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth

3:00-3:55 PM Main Stage
Panel: YA Market Explosion
Some say science fiction hasn't produced many blockbusters in recent years, yet science fiction shows up constantly on Young Adult bestseller lists. Why? What's the crossover appeal of these works?
Lyda Morehouse, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Naomi Kritzer, Michael Levy, Joan Marie Verba

5:00-5:30 PM Railroad Lobby (near Registration)
Massive Autographing: David G. Hartwell, Joan Slonczewski, Lyda Morehouse, John Calvin Rezmerski, Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff

Sunday, July 31:

Noon-12:55 PM Main Krushenko's Annex (Northern Pacific)
Panel: Thor: The God, the Comic, the Movie
We'll dip a bit into Norse mythology, dip a bit more into the comic created (1962-) by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby, then consider the May movie. God-like or Thunderously Disappointing?
Lyda Morehous, mod.; S.N. Arly, Eleanor Arnason, Roy C. Booth, Terry Faust

3:00-3:55 PM Main Stage
Discussion: The Works of Lyda Morehouse and Tate Hallaway
Come, talk and ask questions about the work of our Special Guest and her mysterious alter ego.
David Lenander, mod.; Lyda Morehouse. Sponsored by the Rivendell Group, a fantasy-book discussion group that has met regularly since late 1973 or early 1974.

5:00-5:30 PM Main Stage
Closing Ceremonies
Scott Lohman, MC; David G. Hartwell, Lyda Morehouse, John Calvin Rezmerski, Eric M. Heideman; Joan Slonczewski, C.L. Moore, in absentia

Recovery

Jun. 29th, 2011 09:51 am
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Since I was feeling so sick yesterday, I took the day off as a day of rest. I may do the same today because sleeping seems to have done wonders. My nose is still drippy, but I feel quite a bit recovered. Mason is still low energy, which is very disconcerting for a boy who usually talks a mile a minute while dancing the entire time. He's in the other room streaming episodes of "Shaun the Sheep" from Netflix, and he seems to be giggling a bit more like normal, thank goodness.

One thing I managed to do yesterday is talk to the CONvergence folks. I had thought I was going to be out of town this weekend, so I cancelled all my appearances some time ago. I emailed them asking about day passes, and, they very kindly (as I am a confirmed guest for next year) offered to print out a badge for me to pick up at registration any time. They also, quite AMAZINGLY, even said they could find programming for me, if I'd like, but I declined. I mean, CONvergence is seriously imminent and that seemed a bit too demanding diva, even for me. Besides, I'd like the freedom to just come and go as I please. I can't remember the last time I just attended a con, so it might make a nice change.

So maybe I'll see some of you there?

With any luck, I will be a yellow belt when next you see me -- although the test is later in the evening on Saturday, so maybe not.

In other news, the saga of my father's illness continues. He's been making slow and steady progress conquering the c-def and getting rid of the edema. But he was still have so much trouble with his hip that my folks finally requested a doctor's visit for an x-ray. Guess what? My dad's hip wasn't arthritic at all; it was BROKEN. Probably, the doctors figure it was broken some time ago before all this started, though the physical therapy did NOT do it any good.

Irony anyone?

At any rate, he's going to be scheduled for a hip replacement surgery at some point in the near future (fingers crossed, next week.) But first they have to take a culture of his hip to make sure that there's no sepis virus lingering there. That, unfortunately, takes a week to grow (or not.)

So my poor dad is stuck at the nursing home for at least another week. To say that my parents are getting sick of that place is probably the understatement of the year. Plus, without the physical therapy, there's just not a lot for my dad to _do_. They're working his upper body and one good leg, but this has really become a waiting for the hip replacement game. I'm going to be sending white light in their direction hoping that the sepis virus is not lurking anywhere and that this operation can happen ASAP. The silver lining is that there's a really good indication that my dad will be able to have a "weight-bearing" deal, which means that he can do his remaining recovery at HOME.

That would be awesome.

Anyway, if you have spare "positive energy" or inclined to pray, send thoughts, etc., I'd sure appreciate some of them winging in the direction of my dad. This has been one seriously LONG recovery.
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In all the excitement with Shawn, I forgot to look through my e-mail for my MarsCON schedule. I _do_ plan to be there, though I'm going to be late for my first panel (which I'm supposed to moderate), because we'll be coming back from Mason's swimming class -- which finishes at 11:00.

I'm going to quick send off a note to Eric about that. In the meantime, this is where and when you can expect to see me:

Saturday, March 5:

11:00-11:45 AM--Krushenko's/Concierge (Room 1332)
Panel: Vampires: Why They Die in the Daylight and Don't Sparkle
DJ Vlad, mod.; Lyda Morehouse

Noon-12:45 PM--Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor)
Broad Universe Rapidfire Readings
Catherine Lundoff, host; Lyda Morehouse, Kathryn Sullivan, Anna Waltz

2:00-2:45 PM--Krushenko's
Panel: MARVELVERSE from the Civil War to the Heroic Age
Lyda Morehouse, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Eric M. Heideman

4:00-4:45 PM--Re(a)d Mars
Panel: Writing and Getting Read: Finding an Audience
Anna Waltz, mod.; Rob Balder, Lyda Morehouse

9:00-9:45 PM--Re(a)d Mars
Panel: Cops and Gumshoes in Fairyland
Rick Gellman, mod.; Lyda Morehouse

Sunday, March 6

10:0-10:45 AM--Krushenko's
Panel: Alternate Sherlocks
Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Lyda Morehouse

11:00-11:45 AM--Krushenko's
Panel: The Future is Seriously Dark for 16 Year Olds
Lyda Morehouse, mod.; S.N. Arly, Naomi Kritzer
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FRIDAY 8pm
I Knew this Panel was Trouble when it Walked into my Office

It seems like “noir” is being tacked on to just about every sub-category of the genre these days: fantasy-noir, science fiction-noir, vampire-noir, and so on. And even if it isn’t attached to the genre label, the word appears on book jackets and in reviews in droves. But what do we mean when we say something is “noir”? What are the touch-stones that make something noir: must noir be gritty, violent, dangerous, or require a mystery be solved? How do our genre versions of noir compare to the classic examples of the style? Is what we call “noir” truly “Noir”, or is it just a shadowed reflection and a surly mood?

With: Doug Hulick, mod.; Rebecca Marjesdatter, Lyda Morehouse

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SATURDAY 11 am
Villainry for Dummies

So one day you look around and realize that YOU are the bad guy and that twerp whose father you murdered a decade ago might turn out to be the hero. Now what? Tips on surviving beyond the last page of the book (or the credits of the movie)...at least through a couple of sequels

With Naomi Krizter, mod.; Kelly McCullough, Lyda Morehouse

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SATURDAY 2pm
Unraveling the Mystery: Big Bang Theory

Come talk about what you like and/or don’t like about the physicist sitcom Big Bang Theory.

With: Tony Artym, mod.; Eric M. Heideman, Kelly McCullough, Lyda Morehouse, Brian K. Perry

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SATURDAY 3pm
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading

With Catherine Lundoff, Lyda Morehouse

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If you come to MarsCON over the weekend, you will see me in the hallways or at least on these panels. I *thought* I had another one about hearting femme fatales, but that panel might have been moved/removed or I missed it in my recent search and I'll be there too.

In other news, I got some great shots of our snow fort before Mason collapsed it. Although I have to say that much of it had to be rebuilt. Seems that it's getting too warm for snow and our main wall collapsed in the heat over the weekend. Mason and I rebuilt a lot of it yesterday, and then he had a great time destroying it with a crochet mallet. Destructo-boy!

I will have the internet speed and technology to upload some of the pictures tomorrow. So, if you're interested, check back.

In Tate news, I don't know how official this is (so don't spread it around too much), but it seems that the Garnet Lacey books have been bought in-house to be reprinted by Berkley Sensation as mass-market paperbacks starting (tentatively) in December of 2011. Hooray! I have to say that I'm a huge fan of mass-market size, so I'm glad these books will get a chance to try out the smaller format. My editor isn't sure, but they *may* get a new cover make-over as well.

That could be very cool.

I've NEVER had a book go from one size to another before, BTW. I know a lot of authors have hardbacks that then become paper, but not me. Until now, I've always stayed whatever I was original printed in.

Speaking of that, hold on to your copies of APOCALYPSE ARRAY. I just went through my inventory for taxes and there are exactly 5 left in the universe. After those go to Uncles, there will be no new copies in existance anywhere on earth. (Presumably, you'll still find them used on Amazon and through other used bookstore venues, but... no more fresh, unbroken spines!!)

I also got edits for my short story "Jawbone of an Ass" which is going to be printed in an anthology of Biblical Horror stories called SHE NAILED A STAKE THROUGH HIS HEAD by Dybbuk Press at some point in the near furutre. I'll keep you posted when that's available. It's one of my better short stories, if I do say so myself. I'm not really very good at shorter works, but this one came out very atmosphere, IMHO. Plus, while it doesn't take place in the AngeLINK universe, it is about God and religion, so it's got a signature flavor to it, as it were.

I'm also working on some proposals for Tate... my editor is passing down the pike the humorous chick-litty ones I wrote (including the "solid cow mutilation mystery," as Shawn called it). I guess Berkley Trade isn't doing as well with the funny stuff. They're going darker in their urban fantasy, which makes sense. I see a lot of that out there these days. Elizabeth and I were talking about that, in fact, when last I was at Uncles (which, btw, is still a great place to pick up your new copies of all my books.)

Anyway, I'm trying my hand at some darker ideas (though those funny ones aren't dead yet.) Wish me luck.

When Mason goes back to school next week, I'll be working on the young adult sequel of Tate's which is due in July.

Oh! And I forgot to tell you a funny story. When Mason and I were walking home after dropping mama off at GoodWill (we joked we're trading her in for a newer one), we got to the far corner of our block. I saw a pigeon on the ground that looked injured. I tried to pick it up. It was so disoriented that it actually smacked into my thigh. But it was well enough to get back in the air again, so I shrugged, and was turning to Mason to explain the rule "if you can't catch them, you have to leave 'em in the wild" when ZIP! Out of the clear, blue sky swoops a Cooper's hawk who slams into the pigeon and takes her down!! Munch, munch, gooble, munch, that pigeon became lunch! Mason and I stood there a moment with our mouths open, and then I said, "Well, that's nature in action, I guess."

"Yep," said Mason and we went off to play in the slushy ice puddles.

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