Oh, hi. And Capclave this Weekend!

Guess who got locked out of her website? Oops. Had to fix it though, especially as I gear up to add my Omega City section (cover reveal next week!)

Also, this weekend I will be at Capclave in Maryland, along with YA SFF luminaries like Holly Black, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jon Skovron, Genevieve Valentine, and more. Here is my schedule:

Friday 3:30 pm: “Holy Shuftik!” he cried. (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Panelists: Paolo BacigalupiTom Doyle (M), Diana PeterfreundLawrence M. SchoenLawrence Watt-Evans
How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader? What’s the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story?
Friday 7:00 pm: Dressed for Success (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: L. Jagi LamplighterDiana Peterfreund (M), Alan SmaleGenevieve ValentineLawrence Watt-Evans
How detailed should your clothing descriptions be in your story? How well thought out does fashion need to be in your secondary world? Does the clothing have anything to do with the character? Does it describe them or allow them to certain things. Do the readers care or notice?
Friday 9:00 pm: Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhailPaolo BacigalupiHolly BlackAnnette KlauseL. Jagi LamplighterJames MaxeyDiana PeterfreundJon SkovronJanine SpendloveMichael A. Ventrella
Last year’s meet and greet YA authors in a casual setting was such an awesome party that we decided to do it again this year!Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.
Friday 10:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhailPaolo BacigalupiL. Jagi LamplighterJames MaxeyDiana PeterfreundJanine SpendloveMichael A. Ventrella
The meet and greet continues, although some people will have to come and go for other programming.Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.
Saturday 3:00 pm: Interview with Guest of Honor Holly Black (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Holly BlackDiana Peterfreund (M)
Saturday 4:00 pm: E.T. Phone Earth. First Contact and Alien Communication (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Charles E. Gannon (M), Carolyn Ives GilmanDiana PeterfreundChristopher Weuve
What happens when humans meet aliens? How might we communicate with them? What barriers stand in the way? How have different SF stories, TV shows, and movies addressed this situation?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Why So Many YA Dystopias? (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Paolo BacigalupiRobert GreenbergerDiana PeterfreundJon Skovron (M)
From The Giver to the Hunger Games why are so many YA novels presenting a bleak future to our young people? And why do young adults like these books so much?
Sunday 2:00 pm: Young, Adult or Both? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Paolo BacigalupiHolly Black (M), Annette KlauseWill McIntoshDiana PeterfreundJon Skovron
How does a YA differ from a children’s book or an adult book? How is the pacing, characterization, and language different or the same? Are there things you can do in one and not the other? Are these distinctions needed? And what about series like Harry Potter in which the children grow up?
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