For those of you who don't know Bristolcon is a small but perfectly formed SFF convention that is always warm, smoothly run, and is so civilised it has free tea and coffee and water available for everyone all day! It's on Saturday the 28th October, and if you're in the area, it's well worth a look.
Here's what I'm doing :
9.30 (The Brickout* room)
My First Con. New to conventions? Theo Graham and I are on hand to answer questions, give advice and generally help you get the most out of your day.
11.00 (Room 1)
Guest of honour interview – Jen Williams. Come join me in celebrating the awesomeness that is Jen. This is going to be an interactive session where the audience will get the chance to show how much they know about the GoH. Swearing likely.
12.00 (Room 2)
She Infodumped Me
Tabletop roleplayers complain about games which have pages and pages of lore and history, aka: several centuries of stuff happened, which you and the other characters weren’t involved with. How do authors and game designers balance creating a complex realistic world with the need to avoid information overload in the reader?
Juliet E McKenna (M), Jacey Bedford, Peter Newman, Ellen Crosháin, Dyrk Ashton
Getting Unstuck Workshop
Getting Unstuck: A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.
(There are signups online and at the desk on the day)
The full programme is here.
*I'm not sure what a brickout room is for, but it sounds interesting.
Blimey, it’s the Sci-Fi weekender this week. It’s my first time there and I’m really hoping that I’ll get a chance to meet Brian Blessed. If you’re going too, read on for details of what I’m doing and a chance to win books!
Friday 18th March.
11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)
12.00pm Q&A with Reading (Starbucks/Author zone)
1.30pm Dystopia – As good as it used to be? (Starbucks/Author Zone)
4.30 Writing the Inhuman: Demons/Monsters/Mages (Starbucks/Author Zone)
Saturday 19th March
11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)
12.30pm When Does Horror Become Fantasy? (Main Void)
1.30pm Psychological Versus Visceral (Starbucks/Author Zone)
3.15pm Publishing Today – Getting You Work Out there. (Starbucks/Author Zone)
5.30pm Just a Minute*. (Main Void)
If you’re going to the Sci-Fi Weekender and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or Landfall all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!**
*I've not done this before so quite nervous. And I'm sure nothing bad will come of the fact that I'm competing against Emma…
**Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of any of my panels/items.
I’m going to FantasyCon 2015. Hopefully you are too! Here’s where to find me:
Friday 23rd October
6.00 Protag / Antag: Character Creation (Conference Theatre)
A brave halfling, a bow-wielding rebel leader, a plucky teenage wizard…what makes them inherently interesting? Our panel shares their insights into creating and developing characters.
- does the character shape the story or the story shape the character?
- building back-story: detail versus enigma
- older/wiser? Developing the character over-time
- the arch-nemesis: the ingredients for creating a great villain
- the role of the sidekick, companion and ‘hench-person’
Caroline Hooton (m), Ruth Booth, John Connolly, KT Davies, Peter Newman, James Oswald
Saturday 24th October
12.00 Workshop: Getting Unstuck led by Peter Newman (Suite 2)
A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it. Maximum: 12 attendees. There will be a sign-up sheet from the start of the day. Places will be allocated on a first-come basis
6.00pm Tea & Jeopardy (Conference Theatre)
Live edition of the Hugo Award-winning podcast, presented by Emma Newman, assisted by Latimer the Butler. Featuring special guest Brandon Sanderson
Sunday 25th October
11.40 Reading: Emma and I will be sharing this slot. 🙂
If you’re going to Fantasycon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*
*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of my panel.
I’ve wanted to go to Bristolcon for a while now but have been cruelly denied by work for the last two years. So it was a real delight to be able to go to the 2013’s event.
There was a full programme and I was impressed with how tightly organised the whole thing was. All the panels seemed to run to time and the staff were both efficient and approachable throughout. I’m gradually starting to understand how much time, love and effort goes into these things so a big thank you to everyone who helped make it work.
Some quick highlights:
-Listening to readings by Philip Reeve*, Mary Robinette Kowal** and Ian Whates***
-Fanboying at Philip and Mary
-Getting to meet Gareth (and Becky) Powell in a non-digital format
-Chatting quite a lot about roleplaying with David Roger and hearing about the legendary ‘day of meat’. (Apologies to our third musketeer, I didn’t log your name but did appreciate your love of Zelazny!)
-Listening to Mark Buckingham spectacularly fail to list all of his current projects in 30 seconds (he has a lot on!)
-The spontaneous cheer when Emma was announced as one of next year’s guests of honour
All in all it was a lovely event and I will definitely be going back.
*Who is a thoroughly lovely chap. I’d happily take him home for tea.
**Who is just as cool on panels as she is on podcasts. I’d happily have her over for tea too.
***Who remains one of the nicest men in the world. What the hell, I’d have him over for tea as well!
This weekend I went to Edge Lit 2 in Derby*. It was my first convention. I must admit I was quite excited about going and a little nervous. I’d heard good things but you never know if you’re going to fit in or not with new groups.
First off there were loads of lovely people. Everyone was friendly and it was nice to be in a crowd where it was people who hadn’t played D&D that were in the minority.
There were lots of panels to watch, workshops to attend, a dealers room, a quiz and the most edgy raffle I’ve ever seen.
It was great meeting twitter folk in the flesh and getting to chat with writers whose books I’d read and enjoyed** as well as discover new ones*** who I’ll be adding to the reading list.
And of course I got to see Em do her thing (being awesome). Which was lovely.
A good time seemed to be had by all and now I’m even more excited about going to Nine Worlds in August. Hurrah!
*I also went and saw Pacific Rim but it’s way too soon for another rant.
**Anne Lyle! Adam Christopher! Jennifer Williams!
***Mike Carey! Adrian Tchaikovsky! Lou Morgan! Gav Thorpe!