Capclave is just around the corner (if you can handle the metaphor of laying out the calendar like a road map) and I’ve just received the first in what will likely be a series of schedules. Still, it’s looking quite interesting, and I’m very fond of this convention because the programming is always fine and the people who attend are just a delight.
Friday, October 12th:
4:00 – 4:55 (Rockville/Potomac) Comic Relief
How much comic relief can you put in a book before it gets shifted into the humor category? Does humor hurt or enhance a serious novel? Does it throw you out of the story if you expect Song of Ice and Fire and get a line right out of Xanth? What are examples of writers who get it right/wrong?
Doug Fratz, Larry Hodges, James Maxey (M)
5:00 – 5:25 (Readings Room) Reading
I’m not certain what I’ll be reading yet, but it’s pretty likely that I’ll be giving away a plush buffalito to someone who shows up. So, you know, show up!
Saturday, October 13tht
9:00 – 9:55 (Salons A & B) As you will (M)
Anything goes? A panel without preconception or plan. Panelists talk about anything and everything.
Inge Heyer, Bud Sparhawk, Ian Randal Strock
5:00 – 5:55 (Rockville/Potomac) FTL what the hell (M)
Space the final frontier, how do you get characters there? Does the feasability of the described propulsion make or break a story?
John Ashmead, John G. Hemry, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Bud Sparhawk
7:30 – 8:25 (Salons A & B) Mass Signing
This is the mass signing held before the presentation of the WSFA Small Press Award.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric Choi, Brenda Clough, David Louis Edelman, Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Morgan Keyes, Dave Klecha, Jonah Knight, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans
8:30 – 10:25 (Salons A & B) Small Press Awards
My Amazing Conroy story, “Yesterday’s Taste,” has been nominated. Competition is very stiff, and I’ve been practicing my “it’s an honor just to have been nominated” speech. Pretty easy, because it’s true.
It’s not clear yet when it will happen, but somewhere in the midst of this convention weekend there should be a small launch party for Cucurbital 3, the latest anthology from Paper Golem. I’m even expecting some of the authors to be there, so you’ll be able to get your copies signed!
And that’s the current state of my schedule. Changes will be posted as they occur.