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Wiscon Schedule

A while back michaeldthomas suggested people volunteer for the understaffed panels, so I did. And I was put on some. They're spiffy!

Roll to See If I Advance the Plot
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM
From Philip K. Dick's rumored use of the I Ching in The Man in the High Castle to Italo Calvino's use of Tarot cards in The Castle of Crossed Destinies, authors have used a number of games of chance or other random mechanisms to come up with stories. More recently, sillier methods have come up on the Internet, like the iTunes Plot Generator or the Evil Overlord Devises A Plot. Panelists will speculate on some of the advantages and flaws of each method, and then create several stories using these techniques.
Panelists M: Margaret Ronald, F. J. Bergmann, Laurel Amberdine



Your Electric Critics
Sun 1:00 - 2:15PM
Writers groups and slush piles are two of the basics for new authors. Traditionally, writers met with a group of other local aspiring authors and critiqued each others work. Then they would send off their newly polished babies to a publisher, where they would be smothered in the slush pile. With the web, there are some interesting new wrinkles in this formula. Online critique groups like Critters make it easy to find other writers, and sites like Baen's Bar and Authonomy promise to make the slush pile a visible, living thing. How useful are they? Can you really get published using them? And what the best ways to make them work for you?
Panelists M: Jack McDevitt, Laurel Amberdine, Carol F. Emshwiller, Gary Kloster



Is Print Finally Dead?
Mon 10:00 - 11:15AM
Realms of Fantasy goes the way of the dinosaur the month before WisCon 33. Is the print medium dying? Has the internet’s move from a handful of people perusing crappy websites for crappy stories and reviews, to the majority of people perusing mediocre websites for mediocre stories and reviews, sunk the ship of short story genre publishing and potentially destroyed book publishing as well?
Panelists M: James Frenkel, Laurel Amberdine, Pan Morigan, Jef a. Smith

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newroticgirl
May. 13th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Heh... I'm writing a Tarot-aided story right now! I had a vague idea of setting and characters, but wasn't sure about what was going to happen. :D
amberdine
May. 13th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Cool.

I don't think I actually volunteered for that panel, but I love to use random generators for story material. It's so much easier to think about how to make something (or even better, a bunch of weird somethings!) work, rather than face a blank page.

Speaking of which, shouldn't you be writing? *AHEM*
newroticgirl
May. 14th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I did 1740 words in 2 hours or so... and now I'm dressed for boatdinner. :D
amberdine
May. 14th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Woo, good work!

Have lots of fun. :) :) :)

I will be staying inside awaiting ginormous thunderstorms. Eep.
dustthouart
May. 13th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Is Amberdine your real surname? That's so pretty!
amberdine
May. 14th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I fear sometimes my whole name sounds too girly. I do suspiciously better with anonymous submissions... :-/
dragonoflife
May. 13th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hadn't heard about RoF going down, but I haven't been bothering to keep track 'cuz short story publishing seems SO prohibitive...
amberdine
May. 14th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh, you needn't have paid attention, actually... RoF has been bought by a different publisher and is being resurrected. Still a print magazine.

I hear you on the prohibitive. Lately I only submit to places that take electronic subs. If I am just going to be rejected, I'd rather not have to pay for it!

dragonoflife
May. 14th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
I'll stick to novels myself. (Should have something for you soon...)
quiet_recluse
May. 14th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
ROF is being resurrected? I had no idea! You just made my day!
burger_eater
May. 14th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Boy, the panel description of that last one is really even-handed, isn't it?
amberdine
May. 14th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
No kidding!

And it's a weird take on the topic. Like, "We're all doooooooooooooomed! Please discuss."
burger_eater
May. 14th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I recommend bringing a couple pictures of a Big Box Barnes & Noble to show the audience how dead print is.
txtriffidranch
May. 14th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Huh. Good topics, particularly on "Is Print Finally Dead?" (The bright side to the revision on that description is how Realms of Fantasy is coming back via Warren Lapine, but Warren has a very nonEuclidean understanding of print venues that should work out well for everyone.) I almost wish I could get out there...or at least have someone to put Greasing the Pan postcards on the freebie table.
amberdine
May. 14th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
!!!!

If I wasn't so distracted lately, I'd have commented at your entry! Of course I'd love to put the post cards out for you. Let me email you my mailing address.

I do like Warren. I hope the new RoF does well. Though I wish they'd at least switch to esubs. ;) (I know Shawna won't, though.)

We're already having fun debating about the Death of Print in email... well, at least I and the moderator are. I'm trying to hold back and let the others get involved too.
michaeldthomas
May. 14th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Those look like fun panels. I'm sure you'll be great,

So, are you nervous about being on a panel with Jack McDevitt and Carol Emshwiller? ;)
amberdine
May. 14th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
A little nervous, yes!

Funny thing, though, for that particular subject, both Jack and Carol (ha! see how we're all friendly, and first-name-like already?) have said they don't have any experience with online critique groups, so it's up to Gary and me.
michaeldthomas
May. 14th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
That's funny.

Jack and Carol are both awesome. It should be an enjoyable panel.
asakiyume
May. 14th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
What fascinating panels! I'd love to be a fly on the wall, and I'd especially love to hear what *you* have to say.
amberdine
May. 16th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
There will be convention reports!

I'm interested in discovering what I have to a say as well. o.o
quiet_recluse
May. 14th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun.
amberdine
May. 16th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Yes, it should be fun.

I'd been a little apprehensive about Wiscon, but now I'm thinking it'll be good for me.
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