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State of the author & Worldcon schedule

Posted in writing.

July was a month of revi­sions, book review column and cover copy. But: revi­sions for Cast in Wisdom are done, and I am once again rereading all of the words for the unfin­ished books that I didn’t touch while revising (revi­sion being an entirely sepa­rate part of my brain than creating). There was a lot of cursing #pastme.

I am going to the Worldcon in Dublin this year, which is just over two weeks away. So I’m desper­ately trying to get as many words as possible before then.

Below is my current schedule — I think loca­tions are subject to change, but not times.

Kaffeeklatsch: Michelle Sagara

Format: Kaffeeklatsch

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 17:00 — 17:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Stroll with the stars: Friday

Format: Stroll

16 Aug 2019, Friday 09:00 — 09:50, Ground Floor Foyer (CCD)

Zen Cho, David D. Levine, Michelle Sagara, Kate Heart­field , BE Allatt, Paul Cornell

Writing past our literary blind spots

Format: Panel

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 — 10:50, Wicklow Room‑1 (CCD)

A writer’s subcon­scious, expe­ri­ences, and social influ­ences can conspire to cause trouble during the creation process. It’s possible to catch some issues such as life­less tropes, cultural faux pas, and stereo­types, but it’s impos­sible to catch them all. Our panel­lists share tips on how to see through our literary blind spots – as well as how to thought­fully point them out in the work of others during the editing and critique process.

R.W.W. Greene (M), Tanya DePass (I Need Diverse Games), Michelle Sagara, Shaoyan Hu, John R. Douglas

Getting published and staying published

Format: Panel

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 13:00 — 13:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)

You have a two-book deal with a main­stream publisher. Huzzah! But, after those two books, what happens next – not just imme­di­ately, but across years? Panel­lists share their expe­ri­ences and expec­ta­tions, offering advice and notes on what they wish they had known.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books), George Sandison (Titan Books), E. C. Ambrose (M), Michelle Sagara, Rachel Winter­bottom (Gollancz) 

Reading: Michelle Sagara

Format: Reading

19 Aug 2019, Monday 10:00 — 10:50, Liffey Room‑3 (Read­ings) (CCD)

Auto­graphs: Monday at 13:00

Format: Auto­graphing

19 Aug 2019, Monday 13:00 — 13:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Daniel Kelly, Ellen Kushner, Neil Williamson, Michelle Sagara, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley, Angus Watson


9 Responses to State of the author & Worldcon schedule

  1. Tchula says:

    Wow! I hope you have a wonderful time! My sis-in-law did a study-abroad in Dublin years ago and loved it! I have yet to visit Ireland, although I have been to the UK.

  2. Debbie H says:

    Can’t wait for Cast In Wisdom. Thanks, some­thing great to look forward to. Have fun in Dublin, really, really wish I could go. Its a long way from Florida.

  3. michelle says:

    @Tchula: I have writer friends who live in Dublin, and some who live in the UK who will be going to Dublin, so I am hopeful :).

    @Debbie: it’s a pretty long way from Toronto, as well — but I almost never travel. I’m starting to have the minor panic anxiety about packing — and as we’re not leaving until the 12th or 13th, this is ridicu­lous, but. Well. Writer-brain.

  4. Andrea D Smith says:

    I’m looking forward to Cast in Wisdom. Will we be seeing some cover art soon? For what­ever reason it makes the book “real” for me.
    I hope your travels go well. I like the idea of trav­eling but in reality travel always leaves me exhausted.

  5. Peter Moore says:

    Yea and Hooray! Looking forward to Cast In Wisdom also have a GREAT time in Ireland. Watch out for the pubs in Dublin, they can be magical and suck you in. I never lost decades in them, but time can be…er…elastic in them.

  6. DeDe says:

    So… one suit­case, then one over­stuffed suit­case — before turning into two suit­cases (with a carry-on?) ;-)

  7. Kerry aka Trouble says:

    So sad I will be missing Worldcon this year even though I have an attending member­ship. I haven’t finished cleaning out my old house to sell it yet, so still carrying two mort­gages (and their taxes — ouch!) and cannot afford the airfare and hotels until I sell that. I do have a pile of your books that need to be signed (every­thing since Spokane, I think). Oh, well, it is what it is. The pile will just be that much larger when we do finally meet up again.

  8. David says:

    I hope you have a good time in Dublin. I shall be attending at Dublin as well for my first conven­tion. Not sure if this correct place to ask but do you know the proce­dure for signing up to your kaffeeklatsch? Slightly worried I will miss out as my flight does not arrive until just after 9am on the Thursday morning and so poten­tially miss signing up.

  9. michelle says:

    @Kerry: and I will be happy to sign them when next we cross paths :)

    @David: The way it’s usually done is that sign up sheets are offered. Some conven­tions will offer them on the day of the Kaffeeklatsch, so I’m less certain about the timing — but Thursday is the first day of the conven­tion, so arriving in the morning should hope­fully be fine.

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