StellarCon 36 panel schedule

I just received my schedule for StellarCon 36, and they have a spectacular line-up of panels and guests this year. It all begins on Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m. and rolls through Sunday, March 4. For those who are interested, I'll be on the following activities and panels:

Friday, March 2

5:00 PM I'll be signing books, come by and meet me if you have a moment.

Saturday, March 3

10:00 AM Religion in SFF Many beloved science fiction and fantasy series have religious undertones. Our panelists discuss the nature of faith in genre fiction, and what the popularity of these themes might say about fandom.

11:00 AM I'll be reading from Miserere and if time allows, from The Garden.

4:00 PM The Heroine's Journey Does the Heroine's Journey differ in some way from that of the Hero? An examination of the heroine's role in genre fiction.

7:00 PM Libraries of the Future With the growing popularity of e-books, what will happen to our libraries?

Sunday, March 4

10:00 AM Strong Female Characters Ever since Xena and Buffy brought the idea of the strong female character to the forefront of pop culture, the concept has shifted from novelty to cliche. Writers discuss the trick to doing it well without falling into any of the obvious traps.

the morning after the day before

Apologies for being absent last week, I try to post at least once a week, more if there is news, but last week left me awash in Christmas. It was fun, but I'm glad life is returning to a slower pace--well, as slow as it ever gets for me.

Cool things that happened last week:

  • A couple of us were discussing reviews on Twitter and I mentioned my bad review for Miserere, which cautioned that Miserere is not for the average reader. went over and read the review, then said that since he did not consider himself to be an average reader, he would give Miserere a go. My Merry Christmas tweet was this from @mundanename:

"MISERERE by , dark fantasy at it's best. Mythology sucked me in and the characterization held me. Perfect for your new ereader."

He calls himself @mundanename, I call him the spinmaster. If you consider yourself an above average reader, you might want to give Miserere a try.

  • The award for Best Christmas Gift goes to my husband for my new overnight luggage, which will be greatly needed this year. I am scheduled to be a guest at StellarCon March 2-4, 2012 and I will be a first-time panelist at ConCarolinas June 1-3, 2012. I am greatly looking forward to both events and I will post more detailed information as we get closer to the events.

That's it for me! What about you? Did you have a lovely holiday with cool news and/or gifts? Share them in the comments if you like.

Miserere available at Amazon & StellarCon begins

I know it shouldn't be such a big deal, but I was really excited to see Miserere show up for pre-order on Amazon yesterday (I'll keep you posted when it becomes available at B&N and other outlets). I think it really hit home, because I'm working on the edits and remembering why I love this story so much.

I'm so excited to be able to share Lucian's tale with you and I hope you enjoy it. I'll be talking more about Miserere in the coming months, but today I'm heading out to StellarCon. Tomorrow I will get to meet my delightful critique partner, Kelly Kennedy Bryson, for the first time face-to-face and we're going to hit every writing workshop we can.

As promised, I'll keep notes and have a re-cap of StellarCon and all its fun for you on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

edits have arrived

My edits for MISERERE arrived last week, so I'm going to be down until I've completed them and received Night Shade's blessing. I've been busy the last few days making notes and marking the hard copy. Now I've got to go in and execute the changes.

However, it's not going to all workworkwork for the next week. If you're in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem area of North Carolina on March 4-6, I will be at StellarCon to have fun and meet some of the great people I've corresponded with on Facebook and Twitter. They have a super program planned, jam-packed with workshops, gaming, and fun.

I'll be MIA for the next couple of weeks, but I will try and give you a brief report on StellarCon next Monday.

What's going to be keeping you busy for the month of March?