Monday, November 3, 2014

Tightening the Screws and Off to OryCon

So, we're now at T-minus three months for the release of Thorn of Dentonhill.  Which is fantastic and exciting, but it also means things are heating up.  I'm finishing my final check on the galley proofs, and then I'll be turning my focus onto A Murder of Mages, which comes out later in the year.  I got to see some preliminary cover art for that, and I'm quite pleased.

Which is all to say, right now is a crunch time, with a lot of things to do this week.  Especially since this week I'm heading up to Portland for OryconI'm excited, this is my first time going to the Pacific Northwest.  So if you're going to that, I'll see you there.  My schedule for the con is below-- a good batch of panels, if you ask me.

And, in the meantime, I'll be off in the word mines.  See you down there.

Sat Nov 8 10:00:am
Sat Nov 8 11:00:am
What I Wish I Would Have Known: Pitfalls for New Writers

All the things writers should know going in, from craft to scams, and what our panelists wish they'd known.
Erica L. Satifka, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Dean Wells, (*)John Hedtke, Mike Moscoe

Sat Nov 8 12:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 1:00:pm
Defining Magical Systems

Magical systems are not to be trifled with as far as a reader's concerned. Discuss how to give your characters powers--but not too much power--and how to keep internal consistency.
Devon Monk, Kier Salmon, Judith R. Conly, Alma Alexander, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Sat Nov 8 2:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 3:00:pm
F&SF From Book to Movie

Recent adaptations and what's on the horizon.
(*)Rob Wynne, Scott Alan Woodard, Anthony Pryor, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Sat Nov 8 3:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 4:00:pm
Decline and Fall

At what point does society stop being civilized?
Clayton Callahan, Judith R. Conly, (*)Manny Frishberg, Kristin Landon, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Sun Nov 9 11:00:am
Sun Nov 9 12:00:pm
Effective Readings

You may be a good writer, but reading aloud is a separate skill. Learn to make your words on the page sound great.
(*)Frog Jones, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Todd McCaffrey, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Sun Nov 9 12:00:pm
Sun Nov 9 1:00:pm
Creating New Ecosystems

Ecosystems have rules, even in fantasy. Come discuss ways to create worlds that are coherent, deep and logical.
Marshall Ryan Maresca, (*)Petrea Mitchell, Jennifer Linnaea, Karen Azinger


Robert L. Slater said...

Cool, Marshall!
Wish I was going to Orycon. Alma Alexander is one of my fellow Bellinghamsters. And Mike Moscoe and Todd McCaffery. Have a blast. Come back to Worldcon in Spokane for some good weather.

Marshall Ryan Maresca said...

Thanks! Going to WorldCon 2015 is something I very much hope to be able to justify.

Madison said...

Nice! I'll be there too! Hope to attend your 'pitfalls for new writers' panel at the very least.

Robert L. Slater said...

I hope to see you there, Marshall. Lucky for me I can drive there.