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    Monday, May 30, 2011

    My first video interview from behind the camera

    Be afraid. I'm back to asking nosy questions again, and this time I'm armed with a video camera.  And you thought the Rapture was scary.
    My first video interview from behind the camera is now live at  Carole Nelson Douglas has been writing top flight science fiction and fantasy--to say nothing of her tales of Las Vegas's only cat PI--for thirty years.  In her Buzzy interview, the focus is on her Delilah Street Paranormal Mysteries.  But don't worry.  There are lots of entertaining feline detours along the way.  (Duz said it was vital to mention this point, and who am I to argue with the Feline Overlord?)
    More interviews with wonderful writers are in the pipeline--folks like Connie Willis, Joe Haldeman and Michael Swanwick--along with a few surprises.  Meanwhile, my next job is finishing a short story and posting my Balticon photos.  Between the Nebula Awards Weekend and Balticon, it's been a fun couple of weeks.  But now it's back to work.

    Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Nebula Weekend Photos

    I know, two posts in a single week. Try not to die of shock. ;-)

    I posted
    my photos of Nebula Weekend on Flickr. I wanted to get them done before heading to Balticon. They're smaller than usual. Next time I won't resize in Corel Paint, but I have the full-size originals if anyone is interested. Besides they're big enough to see the smiles.

    When I get back from Balticon, I'll be working pedal to the metal on a fiction deadline as well as on a spate of video interviews for Buzzy Multimedia. Yes, me, making movies. Mwahahaha!

    I turned in the first, an interview with
    Carole Nelson Douglas (the Delilah Street paranormal mystery series, among many, many others) on Tuesday. It should air in a few days. Next up will be the interviews I recorded at the Nebulas: Connie Willis (this year's winner for best novel--I think Connie owns more Nebulas thany anyone), John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, Mary Robinette Kowal and Chris Claremont.

    Who knows who'll find themselves in my lens in Balticon? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    But don't forget to attend my

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    My Schedule for Balticon 45

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

    No, not the big Red/Green holiday. I mean con season! For me it’s kicking off in a big way with Balticon 45 at the Marriott in Hunt Valley, Maryland, this weekend, May 27-30. So far, my schedule includes six panels and events:

    Friday, May 27
    7 p.m. , Salon B – Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
    Join us for a selection of sweet and savory readings by seven exciting women authors.
    Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, D. Renee Bagby, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Gail Z. Martin, Roberta Rogow, Jean Marie Ward (moderator), Phoebe Wray.

    10 p.m., Parlor 1041 – Anime: Why Do We Love It?
    Anime fans in self-analysis. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
    Panelists: D. Renee Bagby, Ruth Lampi, Grig “Punkie” Larson, Jean Marie Ward (moderator).

    Saturday, May 27
    1 p.m., Salon B – Whose Program Is It Anyway?
    Panelists—and audience members—behaving badly at cons. What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you or somebody you know at a con? Those are the best stories EVAH!
    Panelists: Hildy Silverman, Jennifer Stone, Michael Swanwick, Jean Marie Ward, Leona Wisoker (moderator)

    7 p.m., Belmont – Clark Ashton Who? Great Forgotten Science Fiction Authors
    So much great literature, so little time. Panelists discuss their favorites among yesterday’s greats and their candidates for that great File 13 in the sky.
    Panelists: Marc “Grailwolf” Bailey, Carl Cipra (moderator), Michael Swanwick, Jean Marie Ward, Diane Weinstein.

    Sunday, May 28
    4 p.m., Salon D – Best SF TV Shows
    The audience is invited to help the panel decide which science fiction television shows (a) are really science fiction and (b) the best.
    Panelists: Marc “Grailwolf” Bailey, T.J. Perkins, Hildy Silverman (moderator), Suzanne Rosin, Jean Marie Ward.

    5 p.m., Salon B – Science Fiction Title Chain
    It’s a game! The audience provides the words for a science fiction story or novel’s title. The panelists arrange them in a more or less coherent order, and each panelist comes up with a descriptive synopsis. The audience votes on the synopsis they like best.
    Panelists: Lisa Adler-Golden (moderator)Nancy Brauer, Brian Koscienski, Grig “Punkie” Larson, Jean Marie Ward.

    And if I’m lucky, I may be added to two more:

    History as a Source of Fantasy, 4 p.m. Saturday, Belmont Room.

    Ghosts, 5 p.m., Saturday, Salon C.

    See you in Hunt Valley!