I’m starting to get a sense for my summer schedule. Here is what I’m going to be doing – I think. Some of this may change.
May 26-30, I will be at Wiscon. I will be leading a writing workshop, participating in a reading, and speaking on three panels (one of which I will be moderating).
June 23-24, I will be teaching at the Odyssey Writing Workshop.
July 14-17, I will be at Readercon.
In between those days, I need to schedule two things: a trip to New York to see Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a trip to San Francisco to see Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor Museum. I’ll be letting New York and San Francisco friends know when I’m there. Come join me if you’d like! (There may also be trips to Virginia and North Carolina, for business rather than art. But I’m not sure about those yet.)
I do already have my Wiscon schedule, so for those of you who are going, this is where you can find me:
On Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., I will be leading one of the writing workshops. Then, my convention schedule is as follows:
Sunday 10:00–11:15 a.m. Love and Hate and the End of the World. Reading with Kat Beyer, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Marguerite Reed, M. Rickert. Stories of love, hate, and maybe the end of the world by five women who have been there. Perhaps spaceships. Maybe ghosts. Probably not unicorns. Almost certainly demons.
Sunday 1:00–2:15 p.m. The Rise of the Anthology. Panel with Sharyn November (moderator), Alan John DeNiro, Eric M. Heideman, Catherine Lundoff. Every time you turn around, there’s a new anthology out about faeries/steampunk/vampires/insert hot trendy topic here. Anthologies offer some great writing, but like so much else, sometimes the quality can be a little off. Are we living in the era of the anthology? How do anthologies get it right? How do they fail miserably? What does the “dream” anthology look like? Does it already exist? How do we feel about authors becoming editors of anthologies about their fictional universe?
Sunday 2:30–3:45 p.m. Fiction Writing in the Age of Fast Information. Panel with Fred Schepartz (moderator), Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea D. Hairston, Naomi Kritzer, Ann Leckie. You’re sitting at your computer writing your novel or short story. A question comes to mind. In days of yore, you would head to the library to get your answer. Now, you just Google it. A treasure trove of information is right there at your fingertips, but does it ever become a barrier to good writing and storytelling? Will writers skip the process of exhaustive research before they write a single word in favor of a process done on a need to know basis? Is that a problem? And with so much readily available information, are writers in danger of loading their work with trivia that adds little to the actual story?
Sunday 4:00–5:15 p.m. Where Is the Indigenous American Fantasy? Panel with Valerie Estelle Frankel, L J Geoffrion, Andrea D. Hairston, Georgie L. Schnobrich, Katherine Mankiller (and me as moderator). Why is American fantasy so Eurocentric? If you believe our fantasists, American cities are populated with imported Romanian vampires, Russian werewolves, Celtic faeries, Nordic gods, Germanic witches, and the (very) occasional African god or Arabic djinn, but scarcely a homegrown magical being to be found. In fact, indigenous magical beings abound in the Americas and their stories of magic, wonder and horror are widely told by spoken and written word. North American mythology is rich with magical beings. Do these stories get adequate air time? Is it easier to imagine an Old World teeming with supernatural beings than to visualize a North America enchanted with indigenous mythical beings? Is it difficult to believe that we live in a naturally magical place? And if we did, what would it look like?
Yes, my reading and all of my panels are on Sunday. I have no idea why. It’s going to be a long day, though!
In addition to traveling, I’m going to be working on two important projects. The first will of course be my dissertation. The last chapter I need to revise is due May 15th, and after that I’ll be putting the manuscript together, into what will hopefully be its final form. Then, I’m planning to defend in the fall, as early in the semester as I can. The second project will be a novel.
There are other things I’d like to do this summer, other projects I’d like to try. And here I need your help. I’ve been thinking of making some of my stories available as an ebook. And maybe some of my poems as well. I’ve also been thinking of making some YouTube videos, probably of me reading. Also some podcasts. But what I’d like to know is, what do you think? What should I do? Assuming I have the time, what projects would you like me to tackle? I’d really like to know.
I think podcasts of you reading your work would be wonderful. You are a great reader, and for those people who can’t see you at cons, this would be a wonderful treat.
Heck, maybe you should try podcasting your blog. I’d listen to it!
Jeff, I’m thinking of posting and podcasting some of the most popular posts. So that may be one of the summer projects!
Good evening, Lovely Theodora. I think e-books in multiple electronic formats (don’t be bound to only Kindle; explore multiple platforms at http://www.Smashwords.com) would be easy and make your work accessible to many more people, on many more platforms: smartphones, iPod Touches, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Kobo, Sony etc.
YouTube video with mythic stage-dressing; yes. How about a ballet of one of your short stories or poems?
Podcasts, yes. You interview and moderate well; maybe some interesting interviews, one on one with Theodora? Those also might be fun for YouTube, and easy to do with Skype or G-mail vid-chat.
Multiple platforms and formats for your growing (and eclectic) audience.
My two cents worth!
You should definitely do youtube! (I personally enjoy following youtube people very much, music ones more so than others though . . .) Maybe something with your other self, Thea? Kind of like Charlie’s duet with himself: http://youtu.be/pVo-S9ns2_A but instead of a song maybe a poetry slam with Thea or an eccentric conversation with Thea?
Poetry podcasts please! I loved your reading of one of your blog posts.
Also–and I’m sorry if this is the wrong place to be asking this–I’ll be at Wiscon with my copy of In the Forest of Forgetting. When is the best time to ask you to sign it? Thanks in advance!
I can definitely do podcasts, and I think ebooks are definitely in my future. Probably of the short stories, plus of my short story collection as a whole. I just need a couple of months to come up with a master plan. YouTube, I’ll have to think about. I do have an idea, but it might be difficult to execute . . . Maybe I’ll float it here and see what people think about how I should do it. I’ll be thinking about all this in about a month, probably.
Sofia, just find me and ask me any time! I’ll be happy to sign it. 🙂
I’d definitely be interested in podcasts (and/or YouTube videos) of readings, since you’re so good at it, and I’m interested in ebooks too (though it’d be great to also get a hard copy version of any new collection at some point, whether via small press or self-pub).
Good luck with finishing off the dissertation, and, of course, with the novel too. Is it too early to say that I’m really, really looking forward to reading said novel?
Yay! Will do!
If I may weigh in–since you have begun illustrating your Shadowlands Saga with photos, these posts may lend themselves more readily to YouTube versions (perhaps something to consider when you revise them). Also, have you considered a graphic novel version of the Shadowlands Saga? You alluded to this when you wrote Writer Girl, but I think it is a format that may appeal to a YA audience. (I recognize, of course, that writing a graphic novel is different from writing a novel, and then there is finding an artist–and all the joys and pains of collaboration! But something to consider.)
Dora, if you decide to do something video-wise for Youtube, I have a friend in Boston who’s an accomplished video professional and loves to do fun, creative stuff. Drop me a FB message if (or when) you’re interested. He’s been known to do fun projects for free if he finds them interesting.