Those Bad-Ass Faeries Are Back…And They've Brought Friends! Join Us for the Legendary Triple Launch:
Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory
Where: The Garden Room
When: Sunday, May 30th, 7pm to 9pm
Readings, Fun, Prizes, and way too many editors and contributors to name. See the Sidhe na Daire/Dark Quest Table in the front corner of the dealer's room for more details.
Networking for Writers
Friday 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Just being a good writer isn't enough these days- you have to get out there and sell your work. This panel will explain the necessity of good networking for aspiring writers. Lots of practical tips for taking the fear out of networking and making contacts successfully.
Ef Deal, Pamela Scoville, Hildy Silverman [M], Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella
Reading: Hildy Silverman
Saturday 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
To E- or Not to E-
Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
A lively (and hopefully friendly!) discussion between print and epublishers as they discuss the merits and flaws of both kinds of publishing as well as the effect e-publishing can have on the industry, both now and in the future.
Neil Clarke, Jean Elizabeth Krevor, Edmund Meskys, Lawrence M. Schoen, Hildy Silverman [M]
Lost and Adrift
Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The final season of Lost. Who will live? Who will die? Who will go home? Who will be stuck forever? Open speculation and spoilers about as our panelists discuss their pet theories and personal beliefs about what's really going on. Listen close as they debate the most important question of all: will we ever know the truth?
Kathleen O'Shea David [M], Ty Drago, Stella Price, Hildy Silverman, Alex Wittenberg
Frightening the Reader
Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Horror is the struggle of the ordinary over the extraordinary. So where'd all the blood come from? What are the current trends in horror fiction and what keeps us up at night?
Carole Bugge [M], Gary Frank, Neal Levin, Hildy Silverman
What Would Cthulhu Do?
Sunday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
From tongue-in-cheek advice columns to anthologies and board games, Cthulhu is back and better than ever! Can the new Lovecraft hold a candle to the blasphemous and cyclopean horror of the originals?
Eben Brooks, Neal Levin [M], Hildy Silverman, Nathan Lilly, Patrick Thomas
Sunday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Why it is beneficial for short fiction writers to focus on getting into anthologies. What are differences between breaking into anthologies versus getting published in magazines? Is one better for your career? How do you get on the call lists for anthologies?
Gary Frank, Marvin Kaye, Jeff Lyman, Darrell Schweitzer [M], Hildy Silverman
The Future of Genre Fiction Magazines
Sunday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Genre magazines have been a vital lifeline for science fiction and fantasy authors to get their work to the public. But in a changing world increasingly filed with technology, what does the future hold? Which magazines are likely to survive the economic downturn, and why? Are there still enough readers out there to keep these magazines publishing?
Neil Clark, Edmund Meskys, Hildy Silverman [M]
I've been selling short stories like crazy over the past several months, which is all good. Just got the name of the next anthology from Esther Friesner, which includes my story, "Sappy Meals" -- Fangs for the Mammaries. No, I'm not kidding. That's really it. I'll list the various other anthos as they come out/are about to come out.
Lest you think all is wine and roses in my writing career, I received two rejections that have me down: one for my book, which I submitted to Pyr's unagented manuscript open session and one from Dragon*Con. Poop and double-poop.
Space and Time is open for submissions again. So far, I like what's been passed up to me, although one reminded me a little too closely of a recent big Hollywood SF hit (go on, guess which one). We're opening more often in 2010, for shorter bursts, which should help us speed up our acceptance/rejection notices and keep the whole process more manageable for my editorial staff.
Issue 110 is shipping out Monday of next week, so if you're waiting for your copy, it should show up within the next week or so (depending on how far away from the Central US you live. It's a really good one, if I do say so myself (and I do).
I had the coolest encounters the week before last. The first was when I went to Peter Straub's reading at KGB in NYC. There were lots of notable personages from my weird and wacky publishing world, including Doug Cohen (Realms of Fantasy), JJ Adams (LightSpeed), Richard Bowes(multi-award winning author), Ellen Datlow (multi-award winning editor) and many others of equal coolness. The readings, one by Daryl Gregory and then by Peter, were really enjoyable and afterward, a bunch of us went out for easily some of the best Chinese food I've ever had. Thanks goes to Gordon Linzner for helping us pick out some really yummy dishes, including lotus root in garlic sauce (incredible!).
Later that same week, I went to PSFS to have dinner with Jeffrey Ford and introduce his talk. What a cool dude! He's a great speaker -- fun, funny, and fascinating. If you've never had the pleasure of hearing him and get the opportunity, take it! You'll learn a lot and have a great time.
Then, of course, a thousand feet of snow landed on NJ and I was stuck in the house with a restless pre-teen and my poor father, who was wishing he'd never left Florida, for most of this week. I shoveled a foot of snow off the driveway singlehandedly, as the hubby was off making history in Washington, D.C. Ah, well, at least I got a good workout in!
The week ahead: need to revise one story for an editor, complete and submit another, get Dad to the airport and home to FL, visit Mom at the home, and about a zillion other daily activities. For tonight, though, I'm going upstairs and watching a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rerun. Adieu!
THE GSHW PRESENTS:
It Came From the Slush Pile!
A Q&A session with best-selling anthology editor,
John Joseph Adams
At the EAST BRUNSWICK LIBRARY,
2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (tel: 732.390.6950), Saturday, February 13th – starts at noon.
John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Wastelands, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), By Blood We Live, Federations, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Barnes & Noble.com named him “the reigning king of the anthology world,” and his books have been named in numerous best of the year lists. He is also the fiction editor of the forthcoming science fiction magazine Lightspeed, and co-host of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.
The GSHW (Garden State Horror Writers), is a MULTI-GENRE writing group.
We conduct monthly meetings at East Brunswick Library.
Non-members welcome. Lunch at a local diner with our Guest of Honor is open to all attendees
However, because my travel plans were delayed (I thought I was going this weekend, but noooooooo), I am going to make an appearance at the Collingswood Book Festival. I'm going to be there promotion Space and Time as well as signing copies of Dark Teritories with the Garden State Horror Writers. DarkQuest Publishing, Jonathan Maberry and others will be sitting by us, in case you're in the area and want to stop by.
So I went to DragonCon a couple of weeks ago, in Atlanta, GA. The hubby and I were both guests, he on the Skeptics track, me on Literary. This was my first foray to the largest media con on the East Coast and it was just as overwhelming as I expected. Some thoughts:
A Green Room par excellence. I mean, really impressive. Plentiful REAL food all day long, not just noshes, but actual meals. Plus, every night there is a private themed party for guests with plenty of drinkies. Played beer pong with a famous artist, the top editor of a major publishing imprint, and a multi-award winning author, among others. Surreal and totally awesome.
The volunteer staff were all very nice and polite, even when absolutely overwhelmed with managing mile-long lines waiting to get into the top panels.
Costumes, costumes, costumes! Unbelievable, incredible, mind-blowing cosplay. The talent on display was simply stunning and that's not even including the formal masquerade. The parade through Atlanta is truly something to behold.
Stars. Easily the best celebrity petting zoo (aka autograph room) I've ever visited. Picture Christine Rose of Heroes sitting across from James Marsters of Buffy/Angel/Torchwood sitting around the corner from my man Malcolm McDowell across the room from Barry "Rocky Horror" Bostwick who was around the corner from Mary McDonnell of Battlestar Galactica. For reals. Of course, the autographs don't get signed for free -- I believe William Shatner expected folks to pony up a couple hundy -- but hey, it was free to walk around and look at them and say, "Hey, isn't that the guy/gal from X? Cool."
Crowds. This is not the con for claustrophobics. Supposedly they cap attendance at 55K, but unofficial word was that Saturday hit more like 70K. There were many panels and events that we couldn't get into because of the sheer numbers, which was frustrating and aggravating.
Rocky Horror hosted by Barry Bostwick = Hildy's idea of the ultimate night. Unfortunately, the concert beforehand was allowed to run ridonkulously long, so after waiting for over an hour and a half, we gave up and went to bed. RH was supposed to start at 1:30 am (and WTF, Con, RH is a MIDNIGHT show!). From what we heard the next day (or rather later the same day) the crowd was finally let in around 3am. That ain't right, people.
Sprawl. The con is spread across three hotels, so you need a jetpack to get between events and panels that are scheduled closely by time but not by location. And schedule an extra half hour waiting for elevators, especially on Saturday. The hotels are all towering affairs, so unless you're in Olympic condition and ready to scale a thousand flights of stairs, you're gonna be waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more.
So, yeah. Interesting experience. Not sure if I want to repeat it next year, but considering the hubby's panels were big successes, I suspect I'll be there again, if only to cower in my room.
My daughter wants me to let the world know that Peter Facinelli of Twilight and Nurse Jackie fame called her up on stage during his panel and bit her wrist to make her an official member of the Cullen vampire family. Visit YouTube and type in "Peter Facinelli panel DragonCon" to see it for yourself (we didn't post the video; someone in the audience did). This made her A Very Happy Pre-teen.
My next schedule con is CapClave, but with all the stuff going on with Mom, I may have to cancel that appearance. Going to do my utmost to make it to Philcon, though. By the way, thanks for all the kind well-wishes on my previous post. Your support is very much appreciated.
Well, I've been woefully bad about keeping this LJ up-to-date. Since I moved my Space and Time "official" editor blog posts to the S&T site, I've kind of let this fall by the wayside. Plus, you know, life has been almost constantly The Suck of late, so there's that bit of distraction.
Why The Suck, you may ask? If you're not in the mood for my kvetching (and Dog knows why you would be), feel free to click to someone else's post now. Bye!
For the curious, here's what's going on and why I may not be my usual, somewhat cheery self:
My mother has Alzheimer's Disease. It has advanced very quickly and she has become impossible for my father to care for at home anymore, even with the help of a nurse. So I find myself in the horrendous position of having to track down a nursing home that is equipped to handle patients in the advanced stage of the disease. Sometime in the next week or so, I will have to fly down to Florida and help my father move her up to NJ. It will be awful, I know, because my mother's father suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, as well, so this is the second go-round for my family. Eventually, I suppose, it will be my turn, although I would prefer a bullet through my brainpan before I get to the point Mom is at now. Then again, she used to say the same thing, and yet no one has obliged her, including me. Does that make me a bad daughter? I often think so.
While this is going on, my husband's father is dying of lung cancer. The only shocker here is that it took so long, considering he has been smoking heavily for about 60 years. No, that's not an exaggeration. 60. Years. So though it is sad that it finally caught up with him and his time is now very short (a couple months, according to doctors), he made it a whoooooooole lot longer than any of us thought he would.
Just to top everything else off, our finances are dreck. I just lost what was supposed to be a very long-term contract assignment, because the client decided to "retool" their offering. Damn it. So now I'm hunting down work again -- any work. How and if this personal downturn affects my ability to keep Space and Time going much longer remains to be seen.
So, you see, there is Much Suck. Don't you wish you'd steered off to someone else's post when you had the chance?