Wow. In less than two weeks, I'll be back in Ireland! Wandering the desolate beauty of the Burren. Discovering the Ring of Kerry for the very first time. Returning to Tara. Drinking Guinness in a Dublin pub.
Oh, yeah, and there's this Worldcon thing.
The Dublin Worldcon committee have given me my marching orders, and I have to say that it's a pretty nice schedule. It's spread out over three days, gives me a reasonable amount of free time, and includes a reading, a kaffeeklatsch, and an autographing session. Also, the panel topics are pretty interesting.
So kudos to the scheduling people. I really do appreciate their hard work.
Here's my schedule:
Friday, August 16
14:30 - 15:20, Stratocaster BC (Point Square Dublin)
Every author has that perfect story that just refuses to be written. From wilful characters to wandering narratives and gaping plot holes, our panellists share the stories that would have even defied the Greek muses themselves. What made these stories so hard to write? What traps did they hold? And whatever happened to those old untold tales? Will they ever see the light of day or will they remain locked away in a hidden drawer?
Jacey Bedford (M), Karen Haber, Nina Allan, Jay Caselberg, Michael Swanwick
Saturday, August 17
Reading: Michael Swanwick
12:00 - 12:50, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)
Autographs: Michael Swanwick
15:00 - 15:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
Kaffeeklatsch: Michael Swanwick
17:00 - 17:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
Sunday, August 18
The author as a fellow traveler on the hero's journey
10:30 - 11:20, Odeon 4 (Point Square Dublin)
Many authors, unsurprisingly, form a strong emotional bond with their characters, experiencing the joys and frustrations of the story along with them. How does this affect the writing process itself? What about the impact on the writer's critical engagement with their own work? How much does an author's engagement depend on their personality, their approach, or the type of story being written?
Dr Kristina Perez (Macmillan ) (M), Michael Swanwick, Karen Simpson Nikakis (SOV Consulting LLC -SOV Media), Naomi Kritzer, Daryl Gregory