Mar. 20th, 2011 06:47 pm
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Thanks to everyone who came to the AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR launch party on Saturday and helped make it a success. We had lots of fun, though I talked myself hoarse by the end of the evening.

To call this year's convention disorganized is to be charitable, but despite the issues, the people who came to the con were determined to have a good time and indeed we did.

And now, alas, the workweek looms.
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As readers of AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR know, the UR-BAR moves from place to place at the whim of the gods. Luckily my godlike status as editor means that I have advance warning that the UR-BAR will be found at the Rye Town Hilton on Saturday night, in conjunction with Lunacon.

Those who are astronomically inclined will note that Saturday is not only the full moon, it is a supermoon, which seems entirely fitting for a Luna(r)con, and is no doubt responsible for the expected arrival of the UR-BAR.

If you're going to be at Lunacon, be sure to track down one of the UR-BAR authors or editors for your invitation to the party. Gilgamesh himself is selecting the brews that will be served and a good time will be had by all.
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Had a great time at Lunacon this weekend. Saw lots of folks, but somehow completely missed others that I knew were there, making it a typical con weekend. After leaving the con I drove to my next hotel, checked in, and started answering e-mails from the day job. About to head off for a fun-filled week of strategy presentations, software demonstrations and team-bonding exercises, sandwiched in between needing to keep up with e-mail and problem reports, since any potential backup will be sitting in the same meetings with me and thus there's no coverage.

So with the little time remaining, here's my Lunacon report: I came, I had a great time, and I'm looking forward to next year.
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The synopsis poll will run through Thursday, so click here to cast your vote if you haven't already. DEVLIN'S LUCK and THE FIRST BETRAYAL were nearly tied when I checked earlier.

And for this weekend, here's where I'll be at Lunacon. If you're going to be there, please say "Hi!"


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Title: The Secret Handshake
Description: Panelists reveal the long hidden conspiracies that propel some to the top of the best-seller lists, while other equally worthy authors linger on the slushpile, forever rejected because they lack the secret knowledge. There is no Track 51. Move along.
Participants: Patricia Bray, Paul Calhoun, Patrick Thomas.
Thanks to [ profile] slrose for alerting me to the time change.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Title: Evolution of the Hero
Description: How does the hero in a fantasy novel differ from his science fiction counterpart? How has she changed over the years? Where did that rascal, the anti-hero come from, and why the hell is he so popular? It's true that "raw" and "edgy" are in demand, but does that mean heroes should have lax moral codes? What does her evolution say about our society?
Participants: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Patricia Bray, Pauline Griffin, Darrell Schweitzer[M].

12:00 PM (Noon) - 12:30 PM
Reading by Patricia Bray
Description: Reading from THE FINAL SACRIFICE. Plus lizards.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Title: When Fandom and Livejournal Collide
Description: Livejournal had a pretty big year, but we don't necessarily mean that in a positive way. Permanent accounts went on sale for the first time since 2005. Brad left LJ for good in August, about four months prior to Six Apart's sale to the Russian company SUP. And, perhaps most memorably, fandom was outraged by the Great Strikethrough of 2007 in May, and then again by Strikethrough 2: Electric Boogaloo in August. Come discuss your reaction to the events of the past year.
Participants: Patricia Bray[M], Jennifer Heddle, Joshua Palmatier.


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Title: I've Written a Book. Now What?
Description: What happens when you sell your book to a publisher? An author, editor, art director, and a contracts professional give an overview of the entire process, start to finish. A must-see for anyone planning on publishing a novel.
Participants: Patricia Bray, Jeanne Cavelos, Sean P. Fodera, Irene Gallo[M].

As always, schedule subject to change, so check your programs when you arrive.
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Here's my schedule--as always it's subject to change. It's an interesting mix of topics. Note that I'll be celebrating Saint Patricia's Day at the con....

Friday, March 16th 7:00 PM
Title: Across Art Forms

Description: What aspects of art/film/theatre can be useful to the writer? (e.g. theatre improv to develop dialogue? film editing to understand pacing? exploring folk ballads for inspiration). Participants: Patricia Bray, Barbara Campbell[M], Jonathan Maberry, David Mack, Joshua Palmatier.

Saturday, March 17th 11:00 AM
Title: Jane Austen in SFF

Description: While Austen's work seems about as far from speculative fiction as you can get, multiple genre writers have used her characters, books - or Austen herself - in genre stories. Where does the crossover appeal come from? Participants: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Patricia Bray, Esther Friesner, Peter Heck, Andrew Wheeler[M].

Sunday, March 18th 11:00 AM
Title: Danger in Children's Fantasy

Description: What's an acceptable level of danger in a children's book? The later Oz books are disappointing to readers today because the characters never seem to be in any danger, but isn't there something disturbing about how matter-of-factly students in J. K. Rowling's universe are told they will be killed if they step into the wrong room? Participants: Patricia Bray, Sarah Beth Durst, Amy Goldschlager[M], Tamora Pierce.

And why yes, we're bringing our own dart board, why do you ask?

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