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!

January 9, 2015

My Schedule for Arisia 2015

Below is my schedule for Arisia (Jan 16-19, 2015). I have a very good schedule, all the times are perfect and it’s nicely distributed through the weekend–kudos to Programming! I’ll be day-tripping into the convention. I haven’t been to the Weston Waterfront since they did some renovations; looks like there are some different function rooms than I remember. I also hope to be selling some books at the Broad Universe table in the Dealer’s Room. Hope to see you there!

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Fri 7:00 p.m. — Faneuil
Psi, SF and Storytelling
“Since the days of John W. Campbell at Astounding, psi has been a staple in SF, though public discussion of the subject, by those with these experiences in real life, has been limited. Why do so many real life psi people find irresistible even problematic SFnal narratives? As children or adults, how do we identify with these depictions of people “like us,” for better or worse? What do we gain? What do we lose? And what from these flawed but enticing narratives do we embrace, reject, or reclaim?”
With Catherine Kane and Dash (M)

Sat 2:30 p.m. — Marina 1
How to Disagree Better
“Someone is wrong on the Internet! Discussion of new and sometimes challenging ideas is one of the hallmarks of fandom and any free society. We can do a better job of arguing and disagreeing with each other. How do we do this? What tools do we have for sorting out those arguments and finding where the areas of agreement might be hiding? This is not a plea for everyone to agree, this is about how to disagree honestly and respectfully, in ways that allow us to remain a community.”
With Bob Kuhn (M), A. Joseph Ross, Joy Marchand, and Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein

Sun 11:30 a.m. — Hale
Tales from the Slush Pile
“Our esteemed panelists describe the worst of the worst that have crossed their editorial desk. Panelists will also discuss ways aspiring authors can avoid being cast into the slush pile.”
With Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (M), Cecilia Tan, Joy Marchand, Hildy Silverman and Joy Crelin

Sun 7:00 p.m. — Hale
Self-Publishing 101: Fiction, Non-Fiction and RPGs
“Do you have an unpublished manuscript sitting in your drawer? Are your gamer friends encouraging you to kickstart your cool RPG? Are you a tradipub author who just got back the rights to your backlist? Would your non-fiction client manual look awesome as a book instead of photocopied papers? This panel of indie authors, small presses, and RPG gamers will tell you what resources are out there, scams to avoid, and what to expect. Come over to the Dark Side of indie publishing. We have candy…”
With Anna Erishkegal (M), Don Chase, Brian Liberge and Susan Hanniford Crowley

Mon 11:30 a.m. — Marina 4
The Hobbit: An Unexpectedly Long Journey
“We’re now finally done with Peter Jackson’s adaptation. Was splitting one reasonably short book into three films a good choice, or is the extended story just fanservice for people nostalgic for a favorite childhood read? Are viewers starting to get jaded by the on-screen spectacle of Middle Earth, or is the world-building still fresh? Will we get a ninety-film adaptation of The Silmarillion?”
With Susan Hanniford Crowley (M), Eric M. Van, Anna Erishkegal and Bob Chipman

Mon 2:30 p.m. — Bullfinch
Reading. With Greer Gilman and Walter H. Hunt.

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 9, 2012

My schedule at Albacon 2012

UPDATED

As of Thursday, October 11, this is my “final” programming schedule for Albacon 2012, which will take place October 18-21 in Albany, New York. I say “final” in quotations because all convention schedules are subject to change! Note that my individual reading time has been moved from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, and I will be participating in the Writers’ Workshop on Friday (I hadn’t gotten those sessions in the previous schedule).

Friday, October 19

1:30 p.m. Vampires, Dragons and Werewolves, Too
A discussion of paranormal tropes and how to write them. With Bianca D’Arc, Susan Hannaford Crowley and Jan Dumas.
3:30 p.m. Small Press v.s. Large Press
The pros and cons of each publishing option. With Elektra Hammond, Susan Hannaford Crowley and JoLynne Valerie.
4:45 p.m. Gathering of the Missing Pages
Honestly? I’m baffled. All Workshop participants will be involved in whatever it is!
12:00 a.m. Midnight Reading
A group reading; I’m not sure if it’s intended to have a theme! With Kate Laity, Bianca D’Arc, Susan Hannaford Crowley, Jan Dumas and Debi Chowdhury.

Saturday, October 20

1:00 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.
Tolkien Panel
“A discussion on the author, his influence and influences, and why he has remained popular for all these years.” Moderated by The Wombat, who organizes the local Conference on Middle-Earth, with Toni Lay, Ken Altabef and Paul Park. (My creds: I read The Hobbit in the 1960s and joined The Mythopoeic Society in 1973, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings about 20 times.)
4:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
The Reinvention of Vampires in Popular Literature
“An overlook of the changes, from bloodsucking villains to sparkly hunks.” I’m moderating this one, so we won’t be rehashing the same old arguments! With Phoebe Wray, Paul Park, Debi Chowdhury and Bethlynne Prellwitz, who hopefully will all still be speaking to me afterwards.
4:00 p.m. -
7:00 p.m.
SF/Fantasy Film Scores
A repeat of my presentation on SFF film score music–its history, styles, and what makes it distinctive. I’ll have lots of music clips as examples! New this year, a look at Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception
11:00 p.m. -
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Midnight Erotic Reading
“For adults only.” With Bianca D’Arc, Susan Hannaford Crowley, Kate Laity, Debi Chowdhury, Joel T. Keener, and Rebecca Hart. Come hear a steamy scene from my forthcoming third novel, All the Shadows of the Rainbow!

Sunday, October 21

10:00 a.m. -
11:00 p.m.
Individual Reading
I haven’t had a reading time of my own at a convention since Albacon 2010 (when no one came). I have a whole new book to read from and possibly some other stuff! There WILL be chocolate.
12:00 p.m. -
1:00 p.m.
Devilish Details
“So, you’re an expert on milking Piebald Yaks, and want to use this in your book. When do interesting touches become infodump overload.” With D.L. Carter (mod), S.C. Butler, Joshua Palmatier and Melissa Mead.

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