Posts Tagged ‘writing convention’

I Feel Naked

March 15, 2012

So…here’s the blog without 5MinuteFiction.

Granted, I’ve done lots of redecorating (pardon the mess) that has nothing to do with 5MinuteFiction moving to Nicole’s site. But still, it feels a bit…empty without it. I do miss it. But I’ve got SO much else going on that I’m glad someone else is taking care of it.

So what’s going on? Oh, well: (Warning, many ALL CAPS coming.)

BOOK LAUNCH!

April 18, 2012 is the official web launch day for FIGHTING GRAVITY. But in reality it’ll be ready before that. Specifically for the LAUNCH PARTY at Ad Astra. This is a con I’ve never attended but has hosted launch parties for Dragon Moon Press books for the last three years. J.M. Frey’s was last year.

Speaking of Jess, I get to meet her and my editor Gabrielle Harbowy. Let’s not neglect to mention that the LAUNCH PARTY isn’t just for my FIGHTING GRAVITY, but it’s for Marie Bilodeau’s DESTINY’S FALL.

While I’ll be flying back from Ad Astra, (hopefully not hung-over), the official FIGHTING GRAVITY blog tour will commence. It’s being organized by the lovely people at Goddess Fish Promotions who are a heck of a lot more organized than I am. So YAY! for them. I think it’s going to be fun. Check out where I’m stopping and all that I’m blathering about.

So, yeah. That’s what’s going on.

What the heck’s everyone else been up to?

South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Weekend Wrap-Up

October 25, 2010

Great, great, great weekend. I attended my first writer’s convention this past weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC. I came away from it with both less and more than I expected, but the more was really, really more. (What an odd sentence. Why is describing a great writer’s conference making me totally inarticulate?)

The editor from Tor, Eric Raab, was hands-down the best part of the conference for me. His sessions were the most informative. He knew his stuff and his stuff was all the things I wanted to know.

In the session on avoiding holes in your imaginary worlds, he talked about writing a bio for every character, and I mean every single named person, who enters your story at any point. Also for each town, city, country, world. Even though little if any of that information may enter your story, it will enrich your understanding of each person and how their individual story affects their actions, their interactions with others, and the story as a whole.

And I’m sitting there thinking ‘why didn’t I think of that,’ as bios of characters I’d barely given a thought started blossoming in my head.

That’s some good stuff right there. I’m really excited about starting the bios. Oh, and he recommended doing this after the first draft and before the second. Which makes a lot of sense to me.

Anyway, I’m still processing all that I took away from the weekend in the way of industry knowledge, writing advice, and just general hey-maybe-I-can-do-this-after-all-ness. (Yeah, that’s definitely not a word.)

Have you been to a writer’s convention? What was your experience?