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Norwescon: Friday, March 21, "Writing, More Writing, and Half-Naked People"

I crawled out of bed after a sizable pile of sleep (8+ hours is rare for me), cleaned up, kilted and tie-dyed up and went downstairs for a nonfat decaf white mocha (great on the throat), a coffee cake, and some meandering until going to some readings.

10:00 am - 10:30 am = Jay Lake reading

Jay, somewhat alive because he too was sick, read a very fun alternate history steampunk and religion short featuring Thomas Edison. It was a classic adventure story with a heart and a meaning and I planned to ask him questions about it later.

10:30 am - 11:00 am = Renee Stern reading

Renee, one of the Fairwood writers who I met last year at Norwescon, read a historical fantasy that is going to be published in "Black Gate". Woohoo, Renee!

11:00 am - 11:30 am = Panel: "Dining Room Robotics" (stayed for about half)

While the description said the session was going to be about small kits for doing robotics, the two people were involved in larger robot projects so they didn't talk about kits much. But we did hear about the space elevator competition (cool) and the FIRST robotics competitions for middle and high school (cool).

I grabbed a quick lunch in the Volunteer Lounge of chowder (mmm, soup) and a Diet Coke, then scurried off to the lunchtime workshop with Ken Scholes.

Noon - 2:30 pm = Workshop led by Ken Scholes on "Writing Tips and Tricks"

Ken led a workshop/lecture which consisted of a wide-ranging set of topics taken from the audience which Ken then addressed in an order consistent with the creation of a story. We started with idea generation, went through good writer habits, revision, submitting stories, writing references, and whatever else we could come up with. For something that was essentially being run on the fly, Ken did a great job and I think that everyone went away from the session entertained and satisfied and energized (I know I did).

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm = Interacting with Professional Authors

I told Ken a while back that I owed him a Beer of Thanks for looking at my story "Hunters", so we headed on down to the bar to sit and eat and drink. The Beer of Thanks actually became an Iced Vanilla Latte of Thanks (at Ken's request) and we were joined by Harold Gross and John Pitts. John, that very day, had become a Professional Writer by making his first pro sale! There was much congratulations and celebration.

We had a good time hearing Ken and John tell stories and talk about writing. I told Ken some of the things I had already learned from reading his stuff, like "have interesting titles" and "always enter WOTF" and "shut the f--- up and write". We also talked a little bit about revision and approaches to revision.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm = Panel "Breaking In Through the Small Press"
Panelists: Bridget McKenna, Patrick Swenson, David Lee Summers, Jak Koke

This panel was more oriented towards novels and the small press, and what it would be like for the novelist to use the small press to publish a novel. I did ask about short fiction and the agreement was that there are a LOT of short fiction places in the small press so go check them out and keep on submitting!

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm = Panel: "Non-Western Mythologies and Inspiration from Other Places"
Panelists: Leah Cutter, Kevin Radthorne, Michael Ehart.

This was a pretty nifty panel with three writers who have used non-Western mythologies in their works. They each talked about what mythologies they used and why they used them and what they enjoyed about using the mythology. There was also discussion on other non-Western mythologies that don't get much "air time" and could or should because they're very rich and intriguing.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm = Dinner from Taco Bell, eat in the room and relax, write in the bar?

Dinner was a chicken burrito meal from Taco Bell. I called home and said hi. At some point I think there was some writing, because I have listed that I revised "Home is the Wind and the Sky" so this had to be when it occurred.

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm = Help set up the Fannish Fetish Fashion Show

Last year, I stood in line for 30 minutes to see the Fannish Fetish Fashion Show and realized that I could have been doing something useful like helping to set it up! So this year, that's what I did.

9:00 pm - midnight = Fannish Fetish Fashion Show

Just like last year, this show was a lot of fun. It has pretty much moved away from Fetish Fashion into being completely burlesque, but many of the burlesque acts had nerdy or geeky themes (Lois Lane, Alice in Wonderland, Indiana Jones, etc) so it was a real blast.

Midnight = no Match Game; some party; some Rocky Horror Picture Show

Alas, Sci-Fi Match Game ended before I could get to see it (bummer). I cruised down to the Radcon guest party and had a glass of toxic waste and talked to various folks including Mary Rosenblum. Eventually, I went and checked out Rocky Horror Picture Show with the live cast. I stayed through "would anyone like another slice" then decided I needed to crash as I was fading fast. Bedtime ended up being 1:30 in the morning, which was probably too late but I had fun during the evening.

Tags: norwescon, travel, writing

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