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I'm terrible sleepsity right now, but I must post my ConFusion schedule (ConFusion: http://www.stilyagi.org/cons/confusion.html), where I anticipate meeting catrambo and buying jimhines some sort of beverage to say, "Thanks for being The Awesome Guy on the Internets Who Gives Me Hope for Humanity." And such things of that nature.

I will also be there with the usual suspects... the splash_the_cat, the daveamongus, the vidensadastra, the iuliamentis, of course (three of these come with the hotel room!), and hope to see the becoming-usual steve_buchheit, jeffreyab... and many more! (Is this a tappu year? I will find out shortly!)

My panels this year:

Smut and Nothing but Smut 10:00 PM Friday Dennison III
David Rozian, Kelley Armstrong, Anne Harris, Merrie Haskell, and Violette Malan
A discussion of sex scenes in genre fiction and whether they have any redeeming literary value or are they just inserted for prurient interest to sell the book.
I'm not afraid of this one. I have... Opinions.

The Short Story 12:00 PM Saturday Salon E
Cat Rambo, William Jones, Merrie Haskell, Jim Hines [M], and Steve Buchheit
The best of these are an art form unto themselves. Where can we find them? How has the electronic age affected them? Selling short stories -- aimed at telling people how to submit short stories, how to get started and keep it up.
Can do this one in my sleep at this point, which is fortunate, because I'm going to need sleep.

Paranormal Romance: Meet the New Boss 3:00 PM Saturday Salon H
Kelley Armstrong, Melody Barker, Merrie Haskell [M], Steven Harper Piziks
Meet the New Boss about love, vampires and werewolves is the new economic engine of the genre. Where did it come from? Who writes it? Who reads it?
I'm glad I'm moderating, because the sudden appearance of Kelley Armstrong has sort of awed me. Shockingly, I'm much less opinionated in front of persons with more experience and authority than me. However, if you have any advice--or better, questions--about Paranormal Romance, comment with them! I'll attempt to write a semi-decent panel report in return.

Gadgetering 12:00 PM Sunday Dennison I/II
Cory Doctorow, David Rozian, Merrie Haskell, Philip Edward Kaldon and Freon
Creating gadgets in SCIENCE fiction
I'm not sure why SCIENCE is all capitalized like that? But I'm not sure that this is a *hard* topic? Just writers saying, "Well, I do thus and such?" and "Boy howdy, I like Q." Am I underthinking this? Why am I the only woman? Am I doing gadgets wrong in my fiction? Am I undergadgety to be on this panel, or am I overgadgety for my gender? I'll let you know next week, I guess.

Anyway, I'll be around. Comment if you want to meet up. Pop me an email if you want my cell number. (mythos (at) merrie haskell (dot) com)


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
The Girl Prince had some great science and gadgets :-)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know I can no spell
OK- I have a question for the paranormal romance panel. It has always seemed to me that part of the appeal of romance stories is that they depict how profound love changes people and how they view the world. The implication of the surge of vampire/werewolf/fairie etc romances is that we have come to the point where we do not believe that loving another human can do this, only loving a being whose very existence is a challenge to our world view can catalize this change. What does this say about our views of other humans and ourselves? If no other human can transform us because humans are too dull for that, then neither can we ourselves be the transformation of others. That's rather sad and self-hating, isn't it?
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
Brilliant. I'm so using that.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
Though I might nice it up a tad. :)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
Haha!Yes, do. I would point out, too, to anyone who argues that the vampire/werewolf/etc is transformed by loving the human- that is more of a redemption story arc and although similar is not really the same. But you would totally pick up on that too if the discussion went that way.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
Wow, what a fantastic insight. Would you mind if I passed a link to this comment on to the folks at Romantic Times?
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
Sure. Run with it.

Ah, never have I been so embarrassed at my inability to spell "catalyze". ;P
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
But... but... I thought u like how far from human I am???
Jan. 24th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: Yes, I know I can no spell
Yes, yes I do.

Very cute icon,btw.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
I have an off-the-cuff observation based on the old "nice guys don't get the girl meme," and that it seems that the female romance with the male paranormal is another nail in the coffin for the "nice guy." Now, not only does he have to compete with the leather jackets, motorcycles, electric guitars, dive bars, and substance abuse problems... it's not even enough to be human. Gotta be some arcane creature or undead abomination intent on making the object of one's affection likewise arcane or undead.

(Not that I buy into "nice guys don't get the girl," but it's a damn strong meme and one that seems to be reinforced by paranormal romance.)
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Except that... romance, paranormal or otherwise, is about the girl getting the guy, not the guy getting the girl. Guys make up no more than 50% of the POVs in any given book, and usually much less than that, and it's always fairly clear that it's the women's POV that's driving things.

That aside... Arguably, there are plenty of nice guys (beta males, as it were) in romance. There are books with beta heroes, and books with alpha heroes, and that applies even to werewolves and vampires. I'm not sure I've ever read a romance in which the hero has a current substance abuse problem, either, nor am I sure that leather jackets are a signifier of jerkiness.

Jan. 22nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, some really cool folks there. Sounds like so much fun.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Leather jackets are so much an indicator of jerkiness. I immediately become more jerky in leather. Why do you think I don't wear them? Surely you don't think I'm cheap?

Anyways, I've never "gotten" a girl by being "nice." Polite maybe. They only ever complain afterwards.
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