|Aug. 6th, 2012 @ 04:46 pm GenCon awaits!|
With GenCon only a week away, I thought it would be time to post my schedule of events. As usual, I will have a table in Authors’ Avenue and will be there the entire time the dealer hall is open when I am not on a panel. Also as is customary, I drew the straw to have early morning panels. Actually, I request that because it maximizes my time in the dealer’s room, even if it makes the mornings a little rough.|
Here is my schedule:
• Thursday, 9 AM: Characters with Character
Creating multi-dimensional, dynamic characters can be the difference between a manuscript that sells and one that languishes on your hard drive. How do you create vivid, living, breathing characters that engage and intrigue your readers? Join our panelists as they share their methods for penning amazing, interesting characters.
• Thursday, 11 AM: Signing in Author's Avenue
Granted, I will be in Author's Avenue the entire weekend when I am not on a panel, but this is when I am officially at the main signing table.
• Friday, 9 AM: Mano-a-Mano
The duel to the death between the hero and his nemesis is a staple of fiction. How do you create intense, believable combat scenes that clip along without throwing your reader off balance? How much detail do you need and how long should the fight go on? How do you make a fight scene more than just a bunch of dramatic thrusts and parries? Our panelists discuss these very questions and many more!
• Friday, 10 AM: Keeping it Real: Medieval Combat - *Moderating*
How much does armor really weigh? How fast can a horse run? How far can a longbow shoot? And why is it important to know these things? Make your writing feel “real” even when you’re penning a fantasy story. Believable fiction has a measure of fact. Our panelists show you how to add a dose of realism.
• Friday, 6 PM: Read & Critique
Have your prose critiqued by professionals! Presenters will have three to five minutes to read their material. They will receive verbal critiques based on the “critique sandwich” method. Attendance is limited to those being critiqued, and pre-registration is required.
• Sunday, 8 AM: Great Opening Lines
‘Call me Ishmael.’ A great opening line hooks the reader and keeps him turning the pages. Our panelists discuss some of their favorite opening lines and give you tips on how you can craft opening sentences that will capture the attention of a reader (and hopefully an agent and editor too!)
And here are the books that I will be bringing with me and have available at my table, assuming all goes according to plan with shipping deliveries and the like.
• Bringer of War
• Boondocks Fantasy
• Human for a Day
• Human Tales
• Carnage & Consequences
• Time-Traveled Tales
Hope to see some of you there!