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 5, 2017

My Schedule for Arisia 2017

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I’ll be very busy at Arisia this year–not only am I a Program Participant, I’m also on staff. I’m the Workshops Track Manager for Programming. So, I’ll also be helping out in Program Nexus at some point yet to be determined. If there is an Arisia watch party for the Patriots game on Sunday night, I’ll be there! And I have a reading time this year. It’s going to be a very busy weekend. Hope to see you there!

Fri 8:30 p.m. Marina 3
On Shaming, Bullying and Public Humiliation
SF/F fans are no stranger to bullying — many of us who were picked on for being different at a young age found refuge and escape in the other worldliness of fantastical books, movies, and newer media. The internet age of un-moderated twitter, 4chan, and Gawker has made bullying and harassment easier. The behavior surrounding GamerGate has practically normalized it. What can this teach us about forms of public humiliation and bullying, and what we can do to push back against it?
with Andy Hicks (M), Heather Urbanski, Mark Oshiro, TheoNerd

Sat 5:30 p.m. Burroughs
Shame on Slut-Shaming
Slut-shaming is the act of treating woman as inferior or shameful for engaging in sexual behaviors that deviate from the norm, failing to uphold gender expectations, dressing in provocative ways, acquiring access to birth control, or even for being sexually assaulted. What are the psychological and sociological causes of slut-shaming? What can be done to change people’s attitudes?
with Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert (M), Henry M. White, Melissa Perreira-Andrews, Abby Hafer

Sat 10:00 p.m. Alcott
Pitch Mania! A Competition for your Story
Bring your the first page of your story to our Arisia pitchapalooza to read aloud until one of the judges says ‘stop!’ Learn what people who read stories for a living think of your story, get some feedback, and learn from the mistakes and triumphs of your fellow writers. The winner will be determined by the panel of judges from all of the first pages that are read all of the way through.
with Dianna Sanchez (M), Ian Randal Strock, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Hildy Silverman

Sun 7:00 p.m. Marina 3
Supporting Non-Binary Community
How can we support those we care about who are non-binary? Panel of non-binary folks and their allies will discuss proper use of pronouns, the dreaded “real name” argument, and how to be supportive of our friends and loved ones in a (fairly) binary world in concrete ways.
with Ben “Books” Schwartz (M), Brian Liberge, Andy Rosequist, Sharone Horowit-Hendler

Sun 8:30 p.m. Hale
Reading
with A.J. Odasso and Bob Chipman

Mon 2:30 p.m. Hale
The Future of Work
What will jobs and careers look like in five years? Ten? Fifty? Is the “gig economy” the new norm, or a passing trend that children born this year will later study as a failed economic model? Will manual labor make a come back as it’s hard to outsource plumbing installation to China or India? Has the time for Universal Basic Income arrived?
with William C. Walker III (M), Ellie Younger, T.X. Watson, Meredith Schwartz

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

December 28, 2012

My schedule for Arisia ’13

This is my tentative (i.e. subject to change, although I hope it won’t) schedule for Arisia, which will take place over Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 18-21 2013, at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA.

 

Friday, January 18

8:30 p.m. Vampires: Fear of the Other, Fear of the Body
“Scholars of vampire literature have alleged that early traditions of the vampire in Europe reflect fears of Jews, both religiously and racially. Yet over time, the vampire has morphed. Rather than representing fear of societal dilution, the vampire represents destruction of the individual body, and concepts of the “blood disease” as like unto AIDS began to enter the zeitgeist. Rather than express fear of the other, more modern vampire literature embraces the other.” With Mark L. Amidon, Susan Hanniford Crowley (m), Genevieve Iseult Eldredge and Gail Z. Martin.

Saturday, January 19

11:30 a.m. Paganism 101
[moderator] “What does it mean to be pagan? What resources are available for pagans in their communities? Our panelists discuss how they came to their tradition, how paganism impacts their daily life, and what challenges and rewards they experience as a modern pagan.” with D. Cameron Calkins, Ken Gale, Sean Kane and Virginia Richards-Taylor.
1:00 p.m. Hoodoo, Voodoo & the Bullshit That Authors Do
“A discussion of the depiction of Santeria, Hoodoo, Voodoo, and other such practices. They are often co-opted and commodified by outsiders who don’t respect them or the practitioners. Adding someone else’s beliefs to your story to “spice” things up is a risky practice, especially when you don’t have any connection to the community. We will also discuss oral traditions and why relying on books written by anthropologists instead of actual practitioners is a terrible idea.” With Andrea Hairston (m), Mikki Kendall and Daniel José Older.

Sunday, January 20

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Fantasy Outside the City Limits
“There’s epic (or secondary-world) fantasy, and then there’s urban fantasy, right? Well, what about contemporary fantasy outside the city? There’s a growing strain of excellent rural fantasy, but has fantasy touched suburbs or small towns? Come discuss the best contemporary fantasy outside the city limits!” With Vikki Ciaffone (m), Gail Z. Martin, Sabrina Vourvoulias and Trisha Wooldridge.
2:30 p.m. Magickal Traditions: A Review
“Like most mainstream religious faiths, there is a wide variety in the practices and beliefs of modern pagans, neo-pagans, and heathens. In this panel, some of them will talk about what they do and believe.” With Jessie Belisle, Catherine Kane, Sean Kane and Virginia Richards-Taylor (m).
4:00 p.m. Beyond the Fringe
“The final season of “Fringe” has ended. Is this the great unsung SF series of the past few years? What do we make of the show and its odd take on Boston? Are we satisfied with its conclusion or did they blow it? And is Walter the character on TV you’d most like to have a strawberry milkshake with?” With Thomas Boutilier, PJ Letersky, Melina M.Gunnett (m) and Susan Soares.

Monday, January 21

10:00 a.m. Bullying in Fandom
“The fannish community claims to be anti-bullying, but online forums and message boards often teem with racist, sexist, and homophobic banter. Other groups, such as Furries, also face harassment. Minorities often encounter offensive comments and even threats of physical violence when criticizing an aspect of geek culture (such as depictions of people like them in a popular work). Why is bullying so prevalent in the community? How can we make fandom a more welcoming and respectful place for all?” With Melissa Kaplan, Lindsay Moore, KT Pinto (m) and Elayna Jade Smolowitz.
11:30 a.m. The Undead and the People That Love Them
[moderator] “The undead are everywhere these days. Books, movies and TV are full of shows about them. Where is all this coming from? Why do we love our undead monsters so much?” With Susan Hanniford Crowley, James D. Macdonald, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert and Elayna Jade Smolowitz.
1:00 p.m. READING
I’m sharing a 75-minute time slot with KT Pinto and Michelle D’Entremont. I’ll be reading from my forthcoming novel All the Shadows of the Rainbow.
2:30 p.m. The Ephemeral City
“Festivals like Burning Man, Pennsic, and Rainbow Gatherings are huge annual events that bring together thousands of people for a short period, creating entire cities with their own economy and politics. What is the draw of a temporary society? What do these gatherings bring to the participants? How do they challenge “mundane” society? What are they really like, and what stays with you?” With Terry Franklin, Toni Lay and Meredith Schwartz (m).

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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