As always, I'm on the road again! This time I'm off to a kinder, gentler Boskone (for some reason, they've decided not to have a blizzard this year--go figure).
My official schedule is below. But unofficially, as always, I'll be hanging about and hard to avoid. So if you're there and you see me, say hi. I'd be glad to talk to you. I'm not proud.
(I can hear Marianne rolling her eyes at that last statement.)
Here's the schedule:
Lurking in the Id, or How to Write a Really Scary Monster
18 Feb 2022, Friday 20:00 - 20:50, Marina II (Westin)
Clowns, zombies, vengeful ghosts. These things haunt our dreams and our collective psyche. But what does it take to write a truly scary monster? Crafting something terrifying requires more than imagining sharp teeth and sharper claws. We must dig deep to unearth that which keeps us up at night. How can we tap into this when writing and creating new monsters?
Tabitha Lord (Association of RI Authors), Sarah Langan, Michael Swanwick , Mike Allen (Mythic Delirium Books) (M)
Kaffeeklatsch: Michael Swanwick Format: Kaffeeklatsch19 Feb 2022, Saturday 11:00 - 11:50, Galleria - Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)
What’s At Stake?
19 Feb 2022, Saturday 16:00 - 16:50, Marina I (Westin)
Does the SF/F/H field suffer from stakes inflation? Are too many protagonists called upon to save the galaxy — instead of simply solving a smaller (and perhaps more believable) problem? Can you spoil the whole story by upping the stakes too high? Let’s talk about some satisfying genre tales with more modest ambitions.
Scott Edelman, Jeffrey A. Carver, Michael Swanwick, Walter Jon Williams (Word Domination) (M), Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books)
Confidence, Self-Doubt, and the Writer Format: Panel
20 Feb 2022, Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Marina II (Westin)
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity,” murmured Yeats, bucking himself up to write more about magic or mermaids or the Fae. (Yes, Yeats was One of Us.) Our panel (who never suffer a moment's qualm themselves) will discuss being the best writer you can be, lulling yourself into confidence, and slaying the daily dragons of doubt.
Kenneth Schneyer (Johnson & Wales University) (M), E C Ambrose (Rocinante Books), Suzanne Palmer, Michael Swanwick, Adam Stemple
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