So, this past weekend I taught the worldbuilding class with Amanda Downum, and I felt it went rather swimmingly. And the students seemed pleased with it as well, so all went well. It’s the sort of thing I enjoy doing, and I hope to get more opportunities in the future.
But this weekend I’ll be at FenCon, and you’re there (or thinking of coming), then come say hello. I’ve got a schedule for my appearances:
Steampunk, Has it Run Out of Steam as a Literary Genre
Friday 3:00 PM Chinaberry
Are you still reading steampunk? Is there still an audience of readers? Many steampunk folks enjoy the costumes and cons and parties but are they reading steampunk?
My Name Is Inigo Montoya…
Saturday 10:00 AM Trinity VI
Guilt and vengeance have always been a motivation in fiction – from Shakespeare all the way to Harry Potter. Tragic death may start a hero’s journey, but what is the basis for this? Is it merely a tried-and-true trope of the writer’s toolbox, or can it actually lead to enlightenment for the character instead of more death and tragedy?
Saturday 12:30 PM Dealer’s Room
One, Two, Three, Four Can I have a Little More?
Saturday 2:00 PM Trinity VII
Your favorite series ended at 3 books and you want more. Your favorite movie stopped at 4 but you need more. Authors have obliged and now your series is up to 18 books. Your movie has now had 3 remakes with 3 movies each. How many books should a series go before it jumps the shark? How long should you wait for the next one?
20 Years of Harry Potter
Sunday 10:00 AM Red Oak
Harry Potter is 20, well the books are. How timeless are the books? Are you reading them to your children/grandchildren? Where is the Harry Potter Franchise headed? Are you looking forward to Prequel movies and more books around the cauldron!
Reading with Marshall Maresca
Sunday 12:00 PM Pecan