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Today at SFSE! September 26, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Blessed, mind blown, SFSE, wow, writer.
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Today I have spoken to a packed room on the ins and outs of writing sex, sat in an empty room that was supposed to be a reading/signing, gave an intimate talk on fanfiction, and been interviewed for YouTube.

I gave a copy of House of Sable Locks to Jacqueline Carey, an author who I admire greatly, and told her it was all her fault (for my career, and for the career of Moira Katson, who also started out writing on The Night Court.)

Now I’m sitting at my table, decompressing and watching the tables of two friends who are on a panel. I’m thinking about going and getting some tea, and I just said hi to Orson Scott Card and his wife as they went past my table.

Tomorrow, I have a panel on writing cross-genre, and we’ll see what else happens. But I am truly having an awesome convention!

Convention Schedule! September 21, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, appearances, SFSE, writer, writing, writing-mom.
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I’ve gotten my schedule for Speculative Fiction: Southeast 2015 (this weekend! Come see me and a bunch of other cool people!)

When I’m not on a panel, I’ll be at my table on Author Alley.  Friday, I’ll be on Author Alley from 4PM until my first panel at 6PM.  Saturday, Author Alley opens at 10AM for VIPs, and 11AM for everyone else. I’ll be there on and off until 4:30. Sunday, Author Alley opens the same times as Saturday, and I’ll be there most of the day.

Panels:

Friday, 6:00 to 7:00 PM: Once Upon a Time.
With plot, character, and setting prompts from the audience, these panelists collaborate in the best camp game ever: turn-taking storytelling!

Friday, 7:00 PM (Tentative) Guest Reader with Phantasmagoria
Since Friday will be a regular schedule for me until we leave for the convention, this will largely depend on if there is enough coffee in the world.

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Saturday, 12:15 to 1:15 PM: I Want to Verb Your Noun
With the increased popularity of erotic romance and erotica, more and more authors are trying their hand at added sex to their stories . In this panel, we’ll discuss the differences between romance, erotic romance, erotica and pornography, and talk about how to incorporate sexual scenarios into a story.

Saturday, 1:30 to 2:20 PM: Reading/Signing
What I read will depend highly on what the ages of the attendees are — I’ll have selections from Counsel of the Wicked and The Rape of Persephone.

Saturday, 4:30 to 5:30 PM: Fifty Shades of Fanfiction
As long as there has been storytelling, there’s been fanfiction. From the archives of Fanfiction.net to the pages of Archive of Our Own, from the countless sequels to Pride and Prejudice to the estate-authorized adventures of Sherlock Holmes, fanfiction has been written for anything that has a fanbase. Even Virgil’s Aeneid is nothing more than one man looking at the Iliad and the Odyssey and asking, “Hey, what happened next?”
In this lecture we’ll discuss ins and outs of creating fanfiction. We’ll touch on the ethics of fanfic, the essential legalities, and the dreaded Rule 34.

Saturday, 5:30 to 6:30 PM: Signing Party

Saturday, 8:00 PM to 10:00PM: VIP Party

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Sunday, 12:45 t0 1:45 PM: Neither Fish Nor Fowl:Writing Across Genres 
Hey, you’ve got your romance in my science-fiction! No, you’ve got your science-fiction in my romance! What is a writer to do when the hard science-fiction story demands a love scene? Or the romance suddenly involves werewolves, elves, vampires, aliens or Bigfoot?
You combine genres, that’s what. In this panel, we’ll discuss the hallmarks of the romance genre, and see how it fits into, and plays well with, science-fiction and fantasy.