My 2015 Capclave Schedule

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Assuming I survive my trip to Manhattan (and I don’t mean Kansas) the day before for the New York Comic Con, on Friday, October 9th, I’ll head down to the greater D.C. area (Gaithersburg, MD, to be precise) to take part once again in Capclave

Alas, my schedule will only allow me to be there on Friday and Saturday, but it should be a great trip all the same. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me and what I’ll be doing as my part of the convention:

Friday, October 9th
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Your Day Job As Your Muse
SF writers who work for NASA have it easy. What about the rest of us? How does your day job influence what you write when you are off the clock? Do you base characters on coworkers? Turn daydreams of being the corporate hero into your creative works?

Saturday, October 10th
10:00 – 10:25 a.m. Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll probably read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, and if we reach critical mass, I’ll randomly give an Advanced Reader Copy of the book to some lucky attendee.

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Discovering New Authors
How do readers find new good authors? At a time when Amazon has zillions of self-published and small press authors, how can you tell who is good? What new writers in the last five years would you recommend?

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Linguistics In SF
What are some of the creative ways writers use language and linguistics in their fictions? How can language be used as a weapon or to unite different peoples? How can writers portray linguistic differences in a way that is not condescending?

And of course Reggie, my plush buffalito, will be with me — though you may not recognize him as I think he’ll be coming in disguise. So if you do spot Reggie, be sure to snap a selfie with him!

See you in Gaithersburg!

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