If you’re in dozy Portland this weekend and want to swing by the annual SF brouhaha, it’s Orycon all the way, baby! Like a little crime and noir in your SF&F? Join us Friday 4pm. Ever wondered why younger readers like dark themes in fiction? [SPOILER: for the same reasons older ones do.] Friday 5pm.
Saturday 10-11am, hear why everybody loathes a Mary Sue, and at 1pm come ponder whether intense descriptions of blood and torture are necessary in scare lit. Saturday 5pm I’ll be talking Dark Fairy Tales with some pretty lovely co-panelists, so that should be fun.
Sunday 11am we get totes SF-y with a Spaceships, Colonists, & Castaways panel you can go to STRAIGHT AFTER MY READING AT 10:30. I’ve promised to read a tale of superpowers, overdue bills, and drunk karaoke, AKA my story “A Week in the Superlife” from the forthcoming Tesseracts 19: Superhero Universe.
Yeehaw! Scheduled panel appearances for Portland’s own OryCon happening November 8 – 10, 2013! Please come join me for any of the fine events listed below, especially the reading on Sunday morning! When I’ll be all by my lonesome! Except you’ll be there! For those planning to make it to the costuming panel on Saturday, I’ll bring a grab bag of freebie goodies gleaned from my own personal collection of shredded lace, vintage costuming details, antique ribbon, and embroidered linen for you to take off my hands and make into your own lovely outfits and craft projects. Antique lace ruffle cuffs for all!
Camille Alexa at ORYCON 2013:
Getting Your First Professional Sale [Morrison, Fri Nov 8 2:00pm-3:00pm]
An author can struggle for months or years before achieving their first success, but even after writing their opus, they can be tripped up by a process which is both entirely new to them and yet critical to their success. This panel describes what an author may experience as they revel in their first success.
Space Colonies the Ultimate Gated Communities [Alaska, Fri Nov 8 3:00pm-4:00pm] At $200,000 a condo, one could raise about $40 billion to make a 200,000 person O’Neill space colony. The technology might be possible soon. Any takers?
Budget Costuming [Sellwood, Sat Nov 9 10:00am-11:00am] Costuming on the cheap. Cheap sources; cheap materials that don’t look it; techniques that make inexpensive materials look fabulous.
The Marketing of Historical Fiction [Madison, Sat Nov 9 4:00pm-5:00pm] Does it only sell as romance and mainstream? How might historical fiction be made appealing to a broader audience?
Camille Alexa Reading [Grant room, Sun Nov 10 10:00am-10:30am] Camille Alexa reads from her own works
Short Stories, Novelettes and Novellas, and The Markets Who Love Them [Madison, Sun Nov 10 12:00pm-1:00pm] Yes! There are markets out there for shorter fiction!
As always, all and sundry are heartily encouraged to come say hello at any time. If you miss me on panel and really, really can’t come to my Sunday reading, look for me in the hotel bar.
I’ll be appearing at Orycon this year in bright and beautiful Portland on November 11-13, 2011. Fantastic theme for 2011: The Lighter Side of Horror.
COME FIND ME at the bar, the parties, or on one of these fine panels:
Fri Nov 11, 4:00pm-5:00pm Playing with BlocksHaving trouble thinking up new story ideas? What to do when your muse skips town.
Aimee C. Amodio, Ray Vukcevich, Ken Scholes, Camille Alexa
Sat Nov 12, 10:00am-11:00am How to Find an AgentHow to get an agent that works for you, if you really need one, and some of the things to avoid when looking for one.
Camille Alexa, Jess Hartley
Sat Nov 12, 12:00pm-1:00pm Fantasy Magazine ReadingWriters published in Fantasy Magazine get together and read from their work.
Wendy Wagner, Camille Alexa
Sat Nov 12, 4:00pm-5:00pm Feedback workshopBring your questions, manuscripts, critiques, etc. A hands-on workshop on how to apply the feedback you get from readers, editors, writer's workshops, critique groups, etc.
Ann Wilkes, Camille Alexa, Ray Vukcevich, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Richard A. Lovett
Sun Nov 13, 12:00pm-1:00:pm Spaceships, Colonists, and CastawaysHow Small Communities Function in isolated conditions with minimal resources.
David D. Levine, Camille Alexa, G. David Nordley