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Come and find me… October 20, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2016 plans, appearances, author chat, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Chessiecon, conventions, public displays of geekery, Reading, Writer on the Go!.
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At Chessiecon!

I’ll be one of the writers guests at Chessiecon from November 25th to the 27th (yes, Thanksgiving weekend). In addition to hanging out and seeing people I haven’t seen in FAR too long, I’ll be on these panels:


5:30PM — The Other Side of Over the Top: Writing Your Turkey Award Entry
Previous winners and judges give advice on how to make your bad writing the best kind of bad it can be. The deadline for entries is 9pm, so you still have time to write yours after the panel, or you can start planning for next year!

8:00 PM — Writing Outside the Lines
Writers live with a cast of thousands inside their heads, all vying to come out and play on the page. The dilemma comes when the writer must write a character outside their experience — be it race, gender identity or sexual orientation. How does a writer accurately portray a character with whom they can’t fully identify? Join us for a discussion of writing outside of your identity — how do you do it? What kind of research is required? Should it even be done?

9:15PM — Slash: The Card Game
Slash: Romance Without Boundaries is a game all about matching romantic partners from across the canons of pop culture, literature and history. Our panelists pick their favorite characters and pitch their love stories to a matchmaker in search of the ultimate One True Pairing.

10:30PM — Reading
Elizabeth will be reading “Layover”. Vampires exist, their ritualized society and strict laws allowing them to live peacefully alongside mortal men, feeding on the blood of those who chose to enter vampire service as bond-slaves. The ignorant believed that vampires were savages, that they would half-murder their bond-slaves with their brutality. Daniel, bond-slave to the vampire Itami Hiro, knows better. ADULT CONTENT


1:45PM — Turkey Awards Panel
Writers were asked to send in the best terrible paragraph they could write, as the beginning of the best terrible science fiction novel you (n)ever read. Finalist entries will be presented, and judged with humor and harshness. The panelists will decide who gets this year’s dubious prizes!

4:15PM — It’s Awesome, Well-Written, and Groundbreaking…But Do You Like It?
Sometimes the greatest thing since sliced bread isn’t your cup of tea. How do you handle it when everyone around you is singing the praises of something that just didn’t click for you? Is it OK to dislike something even if it’s changing the world? Can you appreciate it for what it tried to do even if it didn’t do it for you? Are there ways to still usefully participate in the conversation?

6:45PM — Group Book / Art / CD Signing
Authors, artists, and musicians gather in one room for signing/book-selling/chatting with fans.

10:30PM — Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About (Writing) Sex
We discuss the how-tos, the pitfalls, the throbbing purple prose to avoid.


1:45PM — Stupendous Bollocks
Our host asks obscure questions which exist not as much to be answered as to encourage panelists to tell us what they know (or what they can make up) about the subject. Points are awarded for interesting answers, regardless of their correctness or relevance to the original topic.

Larry Smith will have some of my books in the dealers room (which ones, I’m not entirely sure — House of Sable Locks and Counsel of the Wicked, definitely. Possibly both Tales from the Arena books, in the soon-to-be-retired self-published versions. Anything else depends on forces outside my control.)



The Night To-Do List September 25, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2011 plans, Princes of Air, promotions, queue, Reading, Ta-da, to-dos, upcoming work, writing.
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And you can read that as either The Night Kitchen or The Night Circus (which I am very eager to read, but has to wait until I finish The Magician King. And yes, Catherine Valente was right when she said the Quentin still needed to be smacked out of the book.  I do like Julia, though.)

Heart’s Master is humming along nicely. I did almost 7000 words last week (6,999), which is good because I fell over with the flu Friday afternoon, and didn’t write a blessed word yesterday.  I tried to take a day off on Wednesday, and still wrote over 800 words. Which just goes to show I don’t write because I want to, I write because I HAVE to.

In any case, I’m almost ready to start posting chapters to the ERWA Storytime board for critique. That will wait, I think, until mid-November, though. Princes of Air comes out in just over a month, and I will be doing promo (which will probably be starting either October 1st or the 15th. Watch this space!) The week after the book comes out, I am slated to do an Livejournal author chat on the Circlet Press LJ.  So progress on Heart’s Master may just slow to a crawl.

So, on to the To-dos.

To Revise:

  • Nomad”s Moon (?) — Wait for response from small press

To Write:

  • Heart’s Master (used to be Drum Mage)
  • Playing For Keeps (short story to launch Tales from the Arena)
  • The Willow Sword
  • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
  • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Not to be done until we sell Nomad’s Moon)

To Outline

  • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
  • Rainbow Wars (the teach-in idea. Definitely a  YA. And it needs a better title)
  • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Silk Skin (short story)
  • Infernal Machine (reprint, sent to Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica)

>Recap of the reading. August 8, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Reading, recap.

>Last night was the EroticBliss Party at Blissful Lotus, where I had the pleasure (and honor) of being the closing act. The evening went really well, and the place was packed! At one point, you couldn’t walk from the front of the store to the back without difficulty. Fantastic surreal art by Elizabeth Shupe (and she showed up dressed as a steampunk Lolita. VERY nice!), a grand reading by Liz Allen, and the amazing art of Perego, who did some literal perfomance art last night. First, he painted the model (literally, he painted ON the model). Then he painted a portrait of the painted model. He started with bare canvas, and ended with a complete painting. I am so completely in awe of artists who can do that. There was also a scary accurate tarot reader, a henna painter, and chocolate. (I was good. I didn’t eat much.)

By the time my reading came up, the crowd had thinned out, and I had the amazing sensation of having a completely quiet house while I read. Everyone giggled in the right places, and feedback was fantastic.

Now, what did I learn last night?

1 – Followup!
Because of a communications glitch, there were no CDs to be sold last night. The next time I do this, I MUST followup and make sure that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. I did pass out cards with this URL so that people can get to the link. (Oh, if you’re here from the card? The book that Succubus appears in is Like Clockwork. It’s over there, about halfway down the page —->)

2 – Heels.
I am never, EVER wearing heels again! I wore my sandals out to Blissful Lotus because I can’t drive in heels. I put my heels on when I got there. And almost immediately realized that I haven’t worn any kind of heel in over five years! the heels lasted about half an hour, then I took them off and spent the rest of the night barefoot. (not the worst idea. The floor was cool, and that helped keep ME cool! It was WARM in there last night!)

3 – Spoons.
I am SO out of spoons right now! I actually kicked the husband and son out of the house this afternoon so I could have some alone time (and now I feel a little guilty. There’s a heckuva storm out there!) I have to remember to plan for recovery days after an event like this.

On the whole, had a grand time. Thanks to Blissful Lotus for inviting me!

>EroticBliss pARTy – August 7th! July 11, 2010

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in appearances, Reading.
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For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Stacey Murphy, Co-Owner
Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique
1810 N. Orange Avenue | Orlando FL 32804
407-462-8298 (cell)
The EroticBliss pARTy is Coming!
Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique presents EroticBliss! A sensual celebration of Erotic Art, Artistic Nudes and Erotic Poetry.
Blissful Lotus will be a “buzz” on Saturday August 7th, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm as the EroticBliss pARTy gets underway featuring the provocative feminist art of Elizabeth Shupe, the captivating performance art of Perego, a reading of Steampunk erotic poetry by Elizabeth Schechter & the sharing of a coming of age love story by Liz Allen.   
We bring to you an evening that will inspire, seduce & tantalize your artist palette. This pARTy will also feature Love Tarot Readings, Corset Models that will tease and tempt the crowd and Perego will “WOW” the guests as he creates a sensual work of art LIVE.
Join Us on Saturday, August 7th
8:00pm – 11:00pm: Mix & Mingle ~ Schmooze with the Artists & Writers
8:30pm – 10:00pm: Love Tarot Readings in the Lotus Lounge
8:30pm: Reading of “Who Got Liz Gardner” by author Liz Allen
9:00pm: Live art performance by PEREGO
10:30pm: Erotic Poetry Reading of the SUCCUBUS by author ELIZABETH SCHECHTER
Other Important Details:
  • EroticBliss pARTy will be held at: Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique at 1810 N. Orange Ave (south of Princeton)
  • Door Fee: $5/pp
  • Audience: Adults 18+
  • Special Offer: All guests will receive 10% off their entire purchase @ Blissful Lotus
EroticBliss will feature this arousing line-up of both artistic and literary talent:
  • Elizabeth Shupe:  A featured Nude Nite Artists, Elizabeth’s art is filled with intense symbolism drawn from feminist, Tarot, Fairy Tale traditions and more.  In her words…”Art to me has more to do with spirit than with the finished object.   Art peers into the dusty drawer of the artist’s personal history. Art is the resurrection of an ancestor’s tea-stained imaginary world.   An untouchable past is opened, hopes for the future are explored and the joys and anxieties of the human experience are expressed; all in a personal symbolic language. That to me is art.” Elizabeth Shupe Website
  • Perego: The artist that brings you the Vagabond Art Party and the Art Army, how do you define his artistic style? Perego is all about Performance Art, and “his art” is Performance-Art-Theatre.  In only a way Perego can do, he combines light, sound and movement in a striking and provocative exploration of the material and spiritual worlds; incorporating action and the spontaneous energy of his environment.  Well tonight, we’re going to see his erotic and sensual side. Go To Perego’s Website
  • Elizabeth Schechter:  Well…Ms. Elizabeth is a pansexual pagan perv with a penchant for purple pornographic prose (and a great love of alliteration). She’s been writing since very early grade school, and finally seems to have gotten the hang of it. Her professional fiction debut, the Steampunk short story The Succubus, appeared in the Circlet Press anthology Like Clockwork.  As her day job, Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom, and is the mother of an active and rambunctious toddler who loves to keep Mommy from writing during the day. She lives in Central Florida, where she amuses herself at playgroups by describing herself as a pervy fetish writer when other moms ask what she does for a living. Surprisingly, she actually does get invited back to playgroups! Elizabeth Schechter Website.
  • Liz Allen:   Born and raised in the Sunshine State.  Her career path has spanned from physical to fiscal to literary starting in nutrition,  then riding the roller coaster we call the stock market as a financial advisor and ultimately penning her first book at age 49… Liz’ debut novel “Who Got Liz Gardner” was published in April 2009 as the result of an international contest and is now enjoying tremendous popularity in book clubs around the world. Her short story “Radiance” was published in the 2009 winter edition in Literary Magic Magazine and will be included in the anthology “Wisdom of Our Mothers”.  A second short story “A Dark Secluded Place” will be published Summer 2010. Liz Allen Website