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    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Nebula Weekend Photos

    Posted the photos of my adventures in Nebula Land on my Flickr account. This is the direct link. For the first time anywhere, anywhen, I took more video than photos. So far, the only video posted is the Neil Gaiman interview at Buzzy Mag, but there are lots more on the way, including interviews with Jo Walton, Delia Sherman, Ellen Kushner and Walter Jon Williams. Now back to prepping for Fifteen Panels of Balticon. Hope to see you there!

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    My Schedule for Balticon 2012

    This year’s Balticon will nothing if not exciting. I’m scheduled for fifteen (fifteen!) panels. Gulp.

    Friday 4:00 pm (Salon B)
    Symbology of Animals in Folk and Fairy Tales (Readers Track)
    Are certain animals used to symbolize certain character types. How? Why? In a modern fairy tale, what animals would you use and in what way? (M): Trisha J. Wooldridge, (S): Jean Marie Ward, Ray Ridenour, D.H. Aire, Phil Giunta

    Friday 5:00 pm (Salon D)
    Worst. Panel. Ever. (Fan Track)
    Panelists trade stories about their worst ever panel experiences. (M): Jean Marie Ward, (S): Wayne Arthur Hall, Perrianne Lurie, Stephanie M. Burke

    Friday, 10:00 pm (Parlor 1041) T
    he Role of Anthologies, Roundtable Discussion (Readers Track)
    As both a source of fiction and a means of promotion, what do anthologies have to offer? Fan and author panelists discuss. (M) Danielle Ackley-McPhail, (S): Michael A. Ventrella, Joshua Bilmes, C.J .Henderson, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Bernie Mojzes, Pete Prellwitz, Jean Marie Ward

    Saturday, 12:00 noon (Parlor 1041)
    Magical Systems in Fantasy Literature (Readers Track)
    A Roundtable Discussion. Panelists look at what are some of the things we expect to see in magical systems and give examples of works that are missing those factors, but work just fine for the reader anyway. (M): Gail Z. Martin, (S): Hildy Silverman, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Myke Cole, Jody Lynn Nye (Guest of Honor, David Wood, Barba¬Friend Ish, Elektra Hammond, Bill Fawcett, Jean Marie Ward

    Saturday, 1:00 pm (Salon B) The Effects of War on SF & F (Readers Track)
    How has our war torn era shaped fantasy and SF? (M): Myke Cole, (S): Charles Edward Gannon, Bill Fawcett, Jon Sprunk, Jean Marie Ward

    Saturday, 2:00 pm, (Maryland Foyer)
    Autographing: Jaclyn Dolamore, Christine Norris and Jean Marie Ward

    Saturday, 7:00 pm (Parlor 1041) Modern Fae Book Launch (Readers Track)
    Come join editor Joshua Palmatier and contributing author Jean Marie Ward as they celebrate the release of the anthology The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity from DAW Books, containing tales of the fae and how they have adapted to fit into modern society. From leprechauns on Wall Street to Selkies at Sea World, see how the fae have learned to live with the infestation that is humanity. Drinks and snacks available, along with books for purchase and Autographing at the event. (M) Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate, Jean Marie Ward

    Saturday, 12:00 midnight to Sunday 1:00 AM (Pimlico) The Wild Hunt and the Payment To Hell (Readers Track)
    Fairies Are NOT Nice! Panelists discuss the ugly side of the beautiful Fae. (M): James Daniel Ross, (S): Elaine Corvidae, Jagi Lamplighter, Stephanie M. Burke, Jean Marie Ward

    Sunday, 1:00 pm, (1 hr, 20 mins) (Salon B)
    Broad Universe Reading (Readers Track)
    Rapid Fire readings from some amazing women/authors. (M): Jean Marie Ward, (S): Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Emilie, P. Bush, Elaine Corvidae, Roxanne Bland, Jody Lynn Nye (Guest of Honor)

    Sunday, 7:00 pm (Belmont Room)
    History as a Source of Fantasy (Readers Track)
    Panelists discuss the use of history to develop fantasy and which sources are good ones. (M): Jagi Lamplighter, (S) Walter H. Hunt, Bill Fawcett, Pete Prellwitz, Jean Marie Ward

    Sunday, 8:00 pm (Parlor 3041)
    Which Comes First: Main Character or Supporting Cast? (Readers Track) Do you start with a main character and build the rest around them? Or do you start with a cast of characters and wait for the most compelling to ""become" the main character? What do you do when you start with a main character in mind and another character steals the show? (M): David Wood, (S): Jean Marie Ward, Barbara Friend Ish, James Maxey, Elaine Corvidae, David Sherman, Pete Prellwitz

    Sunday, 9:00 pm (Parlor 3041)
    'Fessing Up to the Adult Themes in YA Literature (Teen Track)
    Young adult literature is growing up, tackling such hard issues as good and evil, abuse, abandonment, grief and loss. And then there's sex. Is there a line that shouldn't be crossed or is no subject taboo for today's teens? A roundtable of teens and YA authors discuss these topics and takes questions and comments from the audience. (M): Jean Marie Ward, (S): Sarah Taylor, Janine K. Spendlove, Michael Andrew D'Ambrosio, Daniel Hack, Sarah Sexton, Christine Norris

    Sunday, 10:00 pm (Parlor 3041)
    Films, Books and TV Shows That Everyone Likes, But I Don't (Film, TV, Film-making Track)
    Panelists bash the things we hold dear. (M): Joshua Bilmes, (S) Daniel M. Kimmel, Ian Randal Strock, Trish Wilson (Elizabeth Black), Jean Marie Ward

    Monday, 11:00 am, (Salon C)
    Old Fandoms and Favorite Cancelled Shows (Fan Track)
    Star Trek, Farscape, Lexx, Firefly: What keeps their fans hanging on? What are some other series that still have strong fan follow¬ings? (M): Billy Flynn, (S): Zan Rosin, Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani, Hildy Silverman, Jean Marie Ward, Lisa Adler-Golden

    Monday, 12:00 noon (Salon D)
    The Discreet Charm of the Historical Fantasy (Readers Track)
    What prompts otherwise sane writers to spend years research¬ing the Imperial Japan, the Silk Road, or the Ripper's London? How do they know when they've gotten it right? (M): Christine Norris, (S): Diane Weinstein, Patrick Scaffido, Bill Fawcett, D.H. Aire, Jean Marie Ward

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Neil Gaiman Interview

    If you ever needed proof that I'm a total fan girl, here it is: my Nebula Awards Banquet interview with Neil Gaiman.  Enjoy!

    Sunday, May 13, 2012

    "Burning Down the House" for Fun and Promo

    I missed the posting deadline for Six Sentence Sunday for the second week in a row. Bad blogger, that's me. By way of apology, I thought I'd offer a slightly longer excerpt from "Burning Down the House" from Hellfire Lounge 3: Jinn Rummy which will be launched at Balticon, May 25-28. I promise to share the date, time and details as soon as I learn them. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy what happens after our poor protagonist Eddie Woodhouse sits in that big comfy chair:

    “Do you have the bottle?” he asked.

    A flash from the dance floor lit her eyes like an evil smile. She placed an empty absinthe bottle on the table.

    “May your next transfer run as smoothly as the one from your bank.” The blare of the music muted the scrape of her scimitar nails along the glass. “Are you sure you wouldn’t rather do this someplace more private?”

    “No.” The jinni inside him lashed his face. He couldn’t hide the bulge of their shared skin or his flinch of pain.

    The woman added teeth to her smile. “Your funeral. I trust you’ll be more careful where you stick your straw in the future.”

    Her exit line raised a different kind of welt, but he didn’t care as long as she left. Nobody paid any attention to a fat man in a club full of beautiful people. More importantly, the security cams and warding spells focused on the tables would keep her from trying anything more than what he paid for. He’d never been a contender in the magical department, but he never thought he’d sink so low that he’d owe his life to the sorcerous paranoia of Ducky “Duc d’Or”.

    Eddie’s teeth chattered against the glass as he closed his lips around the neck of the bottle and chanted the first of the thirty-one goetic evocations from The Secret Key of Solomon under his breath. The words didn’t always make sense, but he suspected the real spell lay in his mind’s desperate prayer: “Take this damned thing outta me and I’ll never do magic. I’ll never so much as make a wish. Never. Ever.”

    The words burned his throat. Never. The jinni swelled inside his lungs until he thought his ribs would explode. Ever.


    What happens next? Well, you'll just have to read the story--or come to the launch--to find out.

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    We've got reviews! And award nods!

    While I've been groveling--er, adjusting to The New Management, things have been popping on the news front. Hellebore and Rue has been named as a Goldie Award Finalist in Speculative Fiction, along with a collaboration between our editor Joselle Vanderhooft and Hellebore and Rue contributor and publisher Steve Berman. Which makes it a great time to plug Joselle's freelance editorial services and fellow Hellebore editor Catherine Lundoff's fiction and editorial projects. Speaking of Hellebore and Rue and Catherine, they're both up for Lesbian Fiction Reader's Choice Awards. Vote early and often.

    Meanwhile, the world has been showing review love for The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity. The first is from Night Owl Sci-Fi, which mentions my story "Fixed" along side Elizabeth Bear's, Anton Strout's and April Steenburgh's. (You should see my grin.) The second is from Janicu's Book Blog on Live Journal, which gives you a little taste of every story in the collection. Obviously it's time to update my review links. :-