And then there's my story... ;-)
And then there's my story... ;-)
If you want to put it all together, check out Kelly Harmon's blog about her first day at Balticon. And if you can't get enough of meme, check out Gail Z. Martin's coverage of the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading. Better yet, check out the video for the other wonderful writers, like Gail and Kelly, whose stories I highly recommend.
Friday, 6 p.m.
Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy - Panelists will help you see the humor you may have missed in the work of Charles Stross and others. They will also look at the history of humor in the genres from Feghoots to the present. Panelists: Tom Doyle, Grig Larson, James Daniel Ross and Jean Marie Ward.
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Television Science Fiction and Fantasy – Admit it, you love it. But it makes you feel so guilty in the morning. Panelists: Dale Arnold, Brenda Clough, Thomas Horman, Elaine Stiles and Jean Marie Ward.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading – Six of Balticon’s featured women writers bring you into their worlds with six-minute readings from their newest fiction. (I plan to read my latest, “Lord Bai’s Discovery of Bacon”. The editor who asked for it will be in the audience. Be afraid. Be very afraid.) Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Roxanne Bland, Kelly A. Harmon, Gail Z. Martin, Jean Marie Ward and Trisha J. Woolridge.
Sunday, 4 p.m.
Reading as Exploration - Tell us about books you have explored recently or those you remember from the past. Panelists: David Glenn Anderson, Robert R. Chase, Darrell Schweitzer, Jean Marie Ward and Martin Morse Wooster.
So, anyone interested in beta-reading a 1300-word funny story about a dragon, an old guy and a pig? It's about as far as you can get from "Setseg's Choice". And Anne, in case you're interested, the only female is the pig, but she's not romantic. Honest.
Hugs and smiles,
Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Stephen H. Segal
Jean Marie Ward
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Can you tell I'm grinning from ear to ear? :D
Cheers and happy dances,
If you follow the link, the next voice you'll hear on Gail Z. Martin's Ghost in the Machine podcast may be mine. Gail is the multi-talented author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer, and speaking as a recovering PR person, she did an amazing job, especially considering I was having one of those days where my brain wasn't talking to my mouth. LOL Sometimes I think writers have more of those than anybody else. Enjoy!
Just checking in to say I've staggered onto the beach at Dreamwidth. My user name is JeanMarieWard. Yeah, no great shock. I don't plan to do anything with the page until I come up for air on the current writing project, and post the pictures from the WRW Retreat and Ravencon. But at least the sign's on the door.
Cheers and smiles,
5 p.m.: Twice-Told Tales
Some of the most popular adult and young adult fantasy in today’s market are retellings of classic fairy tales and myths. What’s the allure? How do writers find something new to say about the stories we all know?
Panelists: Marcia Collette, Edmund Schubert (moderator), Jean Marie Ward, John C. Wright
7 p.m.: Writing 411: (Not Necessarily) The Usual Suspects (90-minute literary workshop)
Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Jack Bauer, Reno—chances are the thing you like best and remember longest about your favorite stories are the characters. This session will discuss the importance of characters in the creation of plot.
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Marie Ward, Allen Wold (moderator), John C. Wright
10 p.m.: Urban Fantasy 101
Werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters—these used to be classic “horror” elements. What defines Urban Fantasy and how does it differ from classic horror?
Panelists: Danny Birt, Marcia Colette, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Hildy Silverman, Jean Marie Ward (moderator)
3 p.m.: Dead Authors Society
Four authors channel the spirits of their favorite dead authors for the duration. Talk to William Morris, David Gemmel, Louie L’Amour and Mary Shelley live…sort of.Panelists: Lyn Gardner, Laurel Anne Hill, Peter Prellwitz, Tony Ruggiero (moderator), Jean Marie Ward
6 p.m.: Books on TV
Several new series are popping up on TV based on popular novels--TrueBlood and Legend of the Seeker, for example. How closely do these TV shows follow their inspiration and will book fans follow them to television?
Panelists: James Fulbright, Jean Marie Ward
10 p.m.: Love at First Bite
What is it about vampires? From TrueBlood to Twilight, vampires seem to be taking over. What makes them fun to read and watch? Oh… and do they deserve “human rights” or are they “monsters”?
Panelists: Paul Bibeau, Marcia Collette, Tony Ruggiero (moderator), Jean Marie Ward
Noon: Does Blood Smell?
A panel about some of the more “icky” aspects of writing and research.
Panelists: Laurel Anne Hill, Gail Martin, Tony Ruggiero (moderator), Maggie Stiefvater, Jean Marie Ward
Nobody would believe you. Editors would eviscerate you for even suggesting the idea. And it's all true.
The Department of Homeland Security has decided on the perfect place for its headquarters: St. Elizabeth's Hospital, the District of Columbia's historic looney bin, originally known as the Government Hospital for the Insane.
Speaking as someone who was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and who has witnessed the crap commited in the name of "national security" since, it just doesn't get more perfect than that.
My trip to Calgary last fall for the World Fantasy Con coincided with a photo shoot for a Lifetime Nora Roberts movie. The question was, which one? None of the titles listed on her web site took place in Baltimore (which is where a production assistant said the movie was set), much less Calgary. Turns out the movie was High Noon. The book takes place in Savannah, but hey, this is Hollywood--or at least its Canadian equivalent.
It's incredibly cool to see streets I walked, bars I drank in and places I visited on my TV. The scene before the 10:20 p.m. commercial break was set in the storefront shown in the picture (which was dressed as photo studio). But the biggest giggle so far has been the hero's bar. It's called Swifty's in the script, but behind the bar you can see the real name emblazoned on the mirror: James Joyce. Ah, the memories... Right, cymreiges ?
I didn't realize 2009 was going to be about good-byes, and I certainly didn't think one of those farewells would be to 33-year-old Andy Hallett, who played Lorne on the TV show Angel. Sorry as I was to see a nice guy die so young, I didn't plan on any memorials either. Since late last week I've been wrestling with my latest Short Story of Doom and managing the parade of repair people it takes to replace a thirty-year-old furnace. Besides, I didn't know Andy any better than any of the other journalists who interviewed him in his first blush of syndicated fame. Anything I could've said would've been said better a lot sooner than I could.
Then I reread his Crescent Blues interview. I'd forgotten what a butterfly he was--a not-so-little boy (he stood over a foot taller than me) let loose in the great candy shop of life. Almost eight years later, the wonder and the joy still shine through. In the words of "Lady Marmalade", his favorite song, Andy never had to go back home, doing 9 to 5, living a gray flannel life. Which is only right, butterflies hate gray.
So long, Andy. I hope your next turn boasts satin sheets, sweet magnolia wine and lots of more, more, more.
After 19 years, four administrations and three moves, the Waldenbooks at Landmark Mall is closing its doors at 9 p.m. tonight. A lot of my personal history--good and bad--goes with them.
This was the store where I hid nearly every day in the weeks following Teri's death. That wonderful new book smell always reminds me that the world is endlessly new and full of possibilities. It was something I desperately needed then.
The Landmark Waldenbooks hosted the first book signing for With Nine You Get Vanyr. The staff was thrilled when they heard one of my stories was to share book space with one by Bob Asprin. They ooh-ed and ah-ed when I showed them the flats of the proposals circulated at last year's Frankfurt Book Fair, and they looked forward to the publication of Fantasy Art Templates, the book resulting from one of those proposals. I'd hoped to hold Fantasy Art Templates' "friends and family" signing there too. But that's not going to happen.
I trust everyone will land on their feet. Several members of the staff told me the bookstore wasn't their main job. It just kept them in books and let them hang with crazy auth--er, interesting writers. They'll all miss it, though.
My world will certainly be poorer for the loss. I think the mall will be too. The Waldenbooks was my anchor store. I didn't go to Landmark for Macy's or Lord & Taylor. I went for the bookstore. Every other purchase followed from that. I may be a little unusual in that respect, but I don't think I'm unique.
My name is listed on the DragonCon Guests Page, and they've given me a biography of my very own. So it's official, I will be adding my own special brand of madness to DragonCon, September 4-7. Not only that, they've added a new track featuring everybody's favorite new genre, Steampunk. Okay, now you have Lois McMasters Bujold, Charlaine Harris and ME--plus that brand new Steampunk track--on the schedule. Why haven't you bought your membership yet? ;-)
I'll be leaving WardSmith.com up on the web--and on my LJ sidebar--as a tribute to qnotku. But all the new stuff--including free reads, banners and videos (when I get good enough to make them)--will be posted at the new place. Enjoy!