Next weekend (Nov.18-20) I’ll be reading, paneling, and drinking at Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland. Please stop by the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront if you’re around. We can raise a glass to freedom, if nothing else…
Thursday night 11/17 (pre-con)
Karaoke with friends. Contact me for details, if we be friends.
4pm – Reading from Kangaroo Too – Hawthorne (2)
You won’t believe where the superpowered secret agent is going next, in the forthcoming sequel to Waypoint Kangaroo! #clickbait
5pm – Panelist: “Social Media and the Modern Writer” – Meadowlark (3)
with Lizzy Shannon, Stephanie Weippert, Elton Elliott, Katie Lane
Websites, Facebook fan pages, email lists, contests, twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, ads, blogs and that annoying thing called a “platform”: what works, what doesn’t, and why you need to care (spoiler: you do).
11am – Moderator: “First Page Idol” – Douglas Fir (3)
with Annie Bellet, Doug Odell, David Levine
Submit the first page of your novel to our talented author panelists, and listen to them read aloud that first page(keeping the writer’s identity anonymous) and give thoughtful reactions. ADD(14 Nov 2016): E-mail your first page submission (please omit the author name) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2pm – Panelist: “How to Blurb Your Novel” – Meadowlark (3)
with Dale Ivan Smith, Tori Centanni, Lizzy Shannon
We all need them, we all hate them. Summing up our books may be harder than writing them in the first place! Learn techniques to write compelling book descriptions (aka “blurbs”), and hook readers.
3pm – Co-Host: “Sci Fi Ask Me Another! (Quiz Show)” – Columbia (L)
with Jeff Soesbe
Curtis Chen and Jeff Soesbe present a variety of games involving science fiction and fantasy trivia, puzzles, and wordplay. Audience participation is required, and rewarded! Can you make it to the final Elimination Game? Come have fun while competing for prizes!
7pm – Moderator: “The Star Trek Universe: My, How You’ve Grown!” – Columbia (L)
with Alma Alexander, Jennifer Willis, Phyllis Irene Radford
A wide ranging panel, with the changes (or consistencies) found in TOS, TNG, DS9, and all movies being fair game. Gene Roddenberry tried to create a future without racism or hatred, and a Federation that prioritized peace and non-interference. Yet disagreement, jealousy, envy, war, and a monetary system for keeping score of one’s successes are all excellent literary plot devices. With the benefit now of 20/20 hindsight, did the writers succeed? Is the Star Trek future one you’d want to live in?
11am – Panelist: “Feedback Workshop” – Douglas Fir (3)
with Susan Matthews, David Weber, Richard A. Lovett, David Levine
Bring your questions, manuscripts, critiques, etc. A hands-on workshop on how to apply the feedback you get from readers, editors, writer’s workshops, critique groups, etc.
1pm – Autograph Session – Autograph Area (LL1)
with Blythe Ayne, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Deborah Ross, David Dvorkin
Get your books (or whatever) signed by your favorite authors!
2pm – Panelist: “Hold on to Your Reader” – Douglas Fir (3)
with Caroline M. Yoachim, Maura van der Linden, Shawna Reppert
The wrong word choices can throw your reader right out of the story. Learn how to maintain suspension of disbelief.
4pm (offsite) – Powell’s Sci-Fi Authorfest 10 (Cedar Hills Crossing)
“A starfleet of science fiction and fantasy authors descends for one galactic booksigning event. Meet Brent Weeks, Timothy Zahn, Daniel H. Wilson, Annie Bellet, Tina Connolly, David Levine, Curtis Chen, Lili Saintcrow, Dave Barra, Wendy Wagner, Jennifer Brozek, Mike Moscoe/Shepherd, J. A. Pitts, Devon Monk, Steve Perry, Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Kevin James Breaux, and Deborah Ross.”
For complete details, visit: orycon38.sched.org
ALSO: I will not be running the ORCs (Open Read & Critique sessions) this time around, but I’ve passed the torch to three new facilitators! If you’re a writer looking for some fast feedback, see if any of these sessions will fit into your OryCon weekend:
- Friday 1pm with Jeremiah Reinmiller
- Friday 2pm with Stephanie Weippert
- Saturday 1pm with Stephanie Weippert
- Saturday 2pm with Mark Niemann-Ross
- Saturday 3pm with Jeremiah Reinmiller
- Sunday 1pm with Mark Niemann-Ross
Look for ORC rules and sign-up sheets outside the Willamette room (lobby level).