The Vampires of New England Series--Inanna Arthen



Rewriting The Rules


July 7, 2017

My Schedule for Readercon 28

I’m going back to Readercon, after a long hiatus–during which they changed their venue and are now down in Quincy!

Thursday, July 13
8:30 p.m. (Salon B) Author Reading. I got a reading time! I’m still deciding what to read, but it will be something new, probably a short story.

Friday, July 14
11:00 a.m. (Salon 6/7/8) Writing Characters with Flawed Beliefs. Throughout history, many people held unquestioned beliefs we now consider ridiculous or even offensive. What should we do with historical characters who believe things that are now taboo or simply wrong, and how do we handle a protagonist who holds beliefs modern readers may find unbelievable or offensive? In addition, how do we integrate our own assumptions and beliefs into fiction while knowing that readers decades or centuries from now will find them flawed or risible? with Michael Dirda, Tom Greene, Jim Kelly, and Tracy Townsend (leader).

10:30 p.m. Meet the Pros(e) Party. Where all the writers mingle with sheets of stickers printed with a quote from their work, and everybody collects the stickers. I decided nothing could beat the opening sentence of “The Fishman and His Wife” (just released in the anthology  Twice Upon an Apocalypse!), and hopefully it will fit on the stickers. To see what it is, you’ll have to come to the party or buy the book. :-)

Saturday, July 15
1:00 p.m.  (Salon C) A Technology Not Traveled. Alternate history and historical fantasy often engage with technologies that once seemed like the way of the future: airships, clockwork, mechanical computing. There’s a certain dreamy wonder around many modern depictions of early industrial inventions. Why are we fascinated with what became technological dead ends? There are many magical fantasies where wizards can’t use computers; is this a different expression of the same anxieties about modern gadgets? Is there really a possible timeline where clockwork became ascendant while electronics never took off, or is it all just an excuse for some gorgeous cosplay? with John Chu, Chris Gerwel, Jeff Hecht, Sioban Krzywicki (leader).

3:00 p.m. (Salon 5) It’s Shirley Been 100 Years. December 2016 was the 100th anniversary of Shirley Jackson’s birth. She’s best known for her story “The Lottery” (1948) and her novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle are almost as widely known. What is Jackson’s legacy in modern horror and fantastical fiction? Which authors, particularly those who share her focus on domesticity, most clearly show her influence? with Elizabeth Hand (leader), Jack Haringa, Faye Ringel, Paul Tremblay. 

Of these, I’m the most pleased to be on the Shirley Jackson panel. I’ve been a Shirley Jackson fan since I was in junior high school. Believe it or not, it was a while before I read the story that made her notorious, “The Lottery,” and I didn’t think it was that interesting. The first work of Shirley Jackson’s I read was her novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, followed by The Haunting of Hill House. But if I had to name one single piece of Ms. Jackson’s writing as my favorite, it wouldn’t be fiction at all, but the essay she wrote for her daughter, “Notes for a Young Writer,” which contains the best writing advice ever. Shirley Jackson is one of two writers I like to credit with “teaching me how to write.” (The other one is Peter Straub, who attends every Readercon. I’ve never spoken to him. I’m too intimidated by him. :-( )

I’ll be commuting to the convention and won’t be there on Sunday. I procrastinated on getting a room in the con hotel before the block filled up, but there are alternatives. I decided even a budget hotel was more of an extravagance than I could justify at the moment (and Readercon isn’t a party convention). But I hope I can see lots of friends while I’m there!

December 15, 2013

My schedule at Arisia 2014

This is my schedule for Arisia 2014 (Jan 17-20). I’m very pleased with it! I have to say that the Harry Potter discussion in Fast Track (that’s the kids’ program, if you’re not familiar with Arisia) sounds like the most fun. Hope to see you there!

Friday

5:30pm
Magickal Traditions: a Review
“Like with any religious or spiritual path, there is a wide diversity in the practices and beliefs of modern Pagans, Neo-Pagans, Heathens and practitioners of other Magickal traditions. Panelists will discuss their respective paths, their practices and beliefs.”
with Alexandra Thorn (M), Isaac Everett, Sean Kane and Nisi Shawl.

8:30pm
No Excuses for Poor Research
“Modern research tools and what every author should know. If you’re already researching, *what* should you research? How do we find good research, that doesn’t propagate misconceptions or stereotypes?”
with Victoria Janssen (M), Elaine Isaak, Walter H. Hunt and Sarah Smith

Saturday

1:00pm
Fast Track: Open Discussion, The One and Only Harry Potter
“Sectumsempra! Just kidding. Since we can’t read your thoughts, come discuss Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the rest. What house would YOU be in? Or would you be in a different school altogether? Are Muggles being treated unfairly? What do you think the future would hold for the world of Harry Potter?”
with James Hinsey (M)

4:00pm
Reading (shared time with Deb Eskie, Daniel Jose Older and Morgan Crooks)

7:00pm
Vampires! Vampires! Vampires!
“For decades, people have been predicting that the “fad” of vampire literature was coming to an end any day now. And yet, series after series of vampire books by authors such as Rice, Elrod, Huff, Harris, Hamilton, Banks, and Meyer continue to be best sellers and spin off numerous successful TV series and films. Is it time for people to accept that vampires are as important to the SF/F genre as astronauts and wizards? Where is vampire literature going next?”
with Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (M), Tanya Huff (GOH), Leigh Perry and Gail Z. Martin

Sunday

11:30am
Fortune Telling Methods
“A discussion of favorite fortune telling methods, their uses, and how they’re portrayed in popular culture. Covering tarot cards to hydromancy and everything in-between.”
with Sheila M. Oranch (M), Kourtney Heintz, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein and Catherine Kane

October 6, 2010

My schedule at Albacon this weekend

This coming weekend, October 7-10, is Albacon, in Albany, New York. If you’re a writer, aspiring writer or avid reader, this is the place to be on Columbus Day weekend! There’s a reception on Thursday evening, and the convention opens with an all-day Writers’ Workshop on Friday. Here’s what I’ll be doing at Albacon, with descriptions and other participants. All of this is subject to last-minute changes, of course–it’s a convention!

Friday

6:00pm
Squire, 60 mins
Out of the Word Processor and Into the Bookstore
(Moderator)
You’ve sold your manuscript and signed the contract. What happens to your book now? Learn all the steps of a book’s journey from author’s submission to readers’ hands, as hardcover, paperback and ebook editions. It’s a long road with more twists and turns than you might think, especially in the digital age.
with Ron Miller (Artist Guest of Honor), Ian Randal Strock

Saturday

12:00pm
Squire, 60 mins
Vampires: Sparkling or Bloody?
Vampires: rotting corpses who feed on human vitality or dreamy sparkly beautiful mopey demi-gods? Discuss.
with Susan Hanniford Crowley, Elizabeth Darvill, Jackie Kessler (Moderator), KT Pinto, Morven Westfield
(I almost recused myself from this one. I get so exasperated by all the misinformation that gets repeated over and over and over about vampire folklore and fiction, I tend to make an obnoxious ass of myself on vampire panels. I was really hoping I would be assigned to moderate so all I’d have to do is ask questions and smile. With friends and BLUM’s newest author on this panel with me, I better be nice! :-( Maybe I’ll just put my foot in my mouth before I talk.)

1:00pm
Albany, 60 mins.
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
(Emcee)
Readers: C. Margery Kempe, K.A. Laity, Roberta Rogow, Morven Westfield
A “rapid fire reading” is the reading equivalent of the tapas bar–delight your ear’s palate with a varied sampling of short excerpts by members of Broad Universe, the only organization dedicated to supporting and promoting women writers of SF/F/H.

4:00pm
Albany, 60 mins
Solo Reading
I may read from more than one work, and I may read an excerpt from my work-in-progress, All the Shadows of the Rainbow and invite comments from my listeners. I’m still putting it all together, though!

7:00pm
Squire, 60 mins
Connecting with Readers Workshop
What does it take to reach readers? How do you cultivate a relationship with your fans?
with Stella Price (Moderator)

8:30pm
Con Suite, 2 hours
By Light Unseen Media Meet and Greet
By Light Unseen Media takes over the Con Suite to celebrate a great year in 2010 so far, and our newest release, Blood Justice, by David Burton. We’ll have some good food, a little music, books, conversation, and BLUM authors Inanna Arthen and KT Pinto (if we can coax her away from the Masquerade!). Drop in and say hello!

11:00pm
Town, until whenever
Steamy Romance Reading
The stories don’t have to be scorching, but it helps! This is a 18+ event. Attendees will have the chance to win some swag thanks to Authors After Dark.
with Kimi Alexandre, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Bianca D’Arc, Elizabeth Darvill, Kayleigh Jamison, C. Margery Kempe, Jo Lynne Valerie, Kit Marlowe, Stella Price, Morven Westfield
(It sure does get hot in Albany on Saturday night! We’ve all got some juicy pieces to read, so bring a cold drink along!)

Sunday

11:00am
Town, 60 mins
Small Press: The Good, the Bad and the Surprising
(Moderator)
As the dinosaurs of publishing lumber along wondering about this ebook thing, are the nimble mammals of the small press your best bet?
with Bianca D’Arc, CJ Henderson, David Hartwell, Peter Prellwitz, Michael A. Ventrella
(I am totally unbiased and objective about this topic. No, really. Switzerland’R'Us. And if you believe that…:-) )

All information about registering, hotel rooms (rooms are still available), and the complete program are on the Albacon website. Hope to see you there!

(cross-posted from http://vyrdolak1998.livejournal.com/)

August 20, 2009

My schedule at 4Pi-Con this weekend

This weekend I will be appearing at 4Pi-Con in the beautiful and probably steaming hot and thunderstorm-ridden Pioneer Valley. The convention will be at the Crowne Plaza Enfield-Springfield, right over the Massachusetts line in Enfield, Connecticut. Vitals:

1 Bright Meadow Blvd.
Enfield, CT 06082
Tel: 860.741.2211

Map It!

Below is my somewhat scary schedule (subject to last minute changes):

FRIDAY
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reading (from Mortal Touch)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free Speech and the Internet
with Hugh Casey(M), Drew Van Zandt, Eric Weimer, David Larochelle
1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Vampires Rise Again
with Dusti Lewars, Jennifer Williams(M), KT Pinto, Richard Alan Scott
SATURDAY
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Not All Vampires Sparkle (Moderating)
with panelists Morven Westfield, Richard Alan Scott, Julia Burton, Jennifer Williams
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Research for Writers (Moderating)
with panelists Terri Osborne, KT Pinto, K.A. Laity, Steve Kanaras
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wiccan/Pagan/Heathen Panel
with Schneider(M), Sara Harvey, Vikki Rose, Tiffany M.
12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Psycho-Sexual Nature of Dracula (Moderating)
with panelists Jennifer Williams, Vikki Rose, Mary Spila, Richard Alan Scott
SUNDAY
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fanfic Panel
with Jennifer Williams(M), Julia Burton, Yvonne Carts-Powell

Copies of Mortal Touch and both editions of Gideon Redoak will be available from Aradia in the Dealers Room. As always, I will sign any copies of Mortal Touch that you buy, and all purchasers of By Light Unseen Media books are entitled to a free 3-card, 5-minute Tarot reading, redeemable before the end of the convention. Hope to see you there!

July 17, 2009

My schedule at Anticipation in Montréal

This is my schedule for Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, August 6-10 in Montréal.

  • Friday 10:00 a.m., Room P-521A: Group Reading (90 min.)
    Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
    readers: Camille Alexa, Elissa Malcohn, Inanna Arthen, Kathryn Sullivan, Phoebe Wray, Sylvia Kelso, Trish Wooldridge
  • Friday 7:00 p.m., Room P-511BE: Panel (Moderating) (60 min.)
    What’s the Score?
    Description: If music be the food of SF movies, play on. From Bernard Herrmann to John Williams to Danny Elfman, who are the great composers of SF movies and why should we care? (We’ll have music clips to illustrate!)
    with Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Chris Becker, Nir Yaniv
  • Friday 9:00 p.m., Room P-513B: Panel (60 min.)
    Vampire Rules–and How to Recognize Them Without a Mirror
    Description: Are there vampire rules that writers MUST follow? Some experts and enthusiasts discuss vampires, including eastern vs western vampires.
    with Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Karen Dales, Victoria Janssen (mod.)
  • Saturday 9:00 p.m., Room P-518A: Panel (60 min.)
    Love Bites
    Description: More than just your normal love-bite: how did paranormal romance enter the mainstream?
    with Alaya Dawn Johnson, Ellen Denham, Margaret Ronald (mod.), Pierce Watters of Planet Stories
  • Sunday 12:30 p.m., Room P-511CF: Panel (Moderating) (90 min.)
    Harry Potter: The Movie
    Description: How did “The Half Blood Prince” stack up to the book? To the other movies? Does knowing how the book series ends change our anticipation for the last two films (“Deathly Hallows” will be two movies)? Are there actually fans of the movie series who haven’t read the books?
    with Adrienne Martini, Mike Willmoth, Shira Daemon, Toni Lay, Kathy Sands
  • Sunday 10:00 p.m., Delta Suite 2802: PARTY! (indefinite length)
    By Light Unseen Media/Broad Universe/A Novel Friend/Gideon Redoak Launch Party
    Co-hosted by Inanna Arthen, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Christy Tohara and Broad Universe. We’ll start when the Hugo Awards are done, which may be earlier or later than 10:00.

I’ll post changes or updates to this schedule when and if they come in. I asked for a reading time and did not get assigned one. I asked again, and so far have not had a response, but I’m still hoping. If you’re going to Anticipation, let me know so we can get together up there! It will be a big convention and you can’t have too many friends in a crowd.

June 3, 2009

Inanna Arthen talks about Vampire Fiction on June 4th

On Thursday, June 4th, at 5:00 p.m., I’ll be presenting a talk and slide show at The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Before Twilight: How Vampires Got to Be So Hot

Think you know vampires? You’re in for some surprises!
Come hear how it all got started, from eighteenth century folklore to torrid vampire romance. From fangs and coffins to stakes and sparkles, you’ll learn where everything you associate with vampires originates. You can ask questions, hear an excerpt from the vampire novel Mortal Touch, and have an opportunity to get a complimentary Tarot reading!

The Rabbit Hole
805 Main St
Fitchburg, MA
978-345-0040
MAP IT!

March 26, 2009

ConBust this weekend

Filed under: author appearance,book signing,ConBust,reading — admin @ 12:08 am

My schedule at ConBust this weekend:

Saturday 3:00 p.m.: “Lady and the Vamp–how women writers shape the vampire genre”
When women started writing vampire stories, they influenced the entire field to shift in lasting ways. Few people would argue that vampires in general are more popular with female readers than males. What are some of the themes that women writers emphasize in vampire fiction, and why do these appeal so strongly to female readers?

Saturday 5:00 p.m.: “Money, Market, Sequels–what makes a book look good to a publisher, and why”
One of the biggest problems for writers is the “perception gap” between them and the editors and publishers who buy or reject their work. What are publishers really looking for when they evaluate a manuscript, and why do their decisions often seem incomprehensible to authors? Should writers adjust their work to meet the expectations of the market, or should they write what they want and hope to find the “right publisher?” Is writing for commercial appeal selling out–or successful selling?

Sunday 9:00 a.m.: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
I’ll be joined by sister Broads Phoebe Wray, Trisha Wooldridge, Morven Westfield and Lynn Flewelling, as we each do a short reading from our work.

ConBust is held on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, MA. The parking is free and they accept registration at the door for any day of the convention or the whole weekend.

August 20, 2008

I’m appearing at 3Pi-Con this weekend

Filed under: author appearance,Mortal Touch,Pi-Con,reading — admin @ 5:58 pm

I’ll be doing panels, a reading and generally hanging out at 3Pi-Con in West Springfield, MA this weekend, August 22-24.

On Friday night, I’ll be reading from Mortal Touch at 8:00 p.m.

On Saturday, I will be in a panel on “How to Get Published” at 1:00 p.m., a workshop/panel on “Tarot and Writing” at 2:00 p.m., and “Could Literary Vampires Exist in the Modern World?” at 11:00 p.m. (and that’s not the latest event on the schedule for Saturday!) At 5:00 p.m. I’ll be participating in the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, along with my sister Broads Morven Westfield, Phoebe Wray, Elaine Isaak, Trisha Wooldridge and Michelle Murrain.

Otherwise, I’ll be going to events, hanging out, and helping with the Broad Universe table. I’m offering my usual Convention Special of a free, five-minute, three-card Tarot reading for every copy of Mortal Touch that you buy. 3Pi-Con has at-the-door admission, so if you’re in the area, check it out!

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