I'm heading for Capclave this weekend. It should be a great con, with John Scalzi and Nick Mamatas as guests of honor.
Comic relief (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Doug Fratz, Larry
Hodges, James Maxey (M), Lawrence M. Schoen
How much comic relief can you put
in a book before it gets shifted into the humor category? Does humor hurt or
enhance a serious novel? Does it throw you out of the story if you expect Song
of Ice and Fire and get a line right out of Xanth? What are examples of writers
who get it right/wrong?
Character abuse (Ends at: 11:55
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Dave Klecha, James Maxey, Allen
Do your characters have human rights? You put them through hell,
don’t they deserve a little love? Authors relate how they treat their characters
and discuss what is the line between interesting development and
Doublespeak (Ends at: 10:55 am)
James Maxey, James Morrow (M)
The proliferation of information beyond the
control of any one authority is a good thing that can topple dictators and hold
powerful corporations accountable. But, falsehoods can be spread just as easily
as truth, and seemingly neutral, objective data can and is manipulated by people
with political agendas. How are we to navigate the growing maze of truthiness
that surrounds any subject?
Publish or Perish? (Ends at:
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke (M), Katie Hartlove,
James Maxey, Sean Wallace
How is publishing changing in the Internet Age?
What has caused the explosion of the small presses? Are publishers still adding
value in selecting, editing, and proofing books or are authors better off
self-publishing? Aside from Baen, are publishers doing anything to establish an
identity and attract a consistent base of readers?
Multiple Personalities (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner (M),
James Maxey, Alan Smale, Allen Wold
Introverts extroverts and creating a
persona for public consumption. Many authors need to be in the public, even if
they would prefer to be reclusive. How do you overcome your fears and hangups.
Additionally, how much of your controversial beliefs should you share. Are
ideals worth the loss of sales?
Then, a reading at 5, and the mass
signing Saturday night. Nothing on Sunday.
By the way, consider this to
be a pretty damn good schedule. I don't have anything scheduled during peak meal
times, and am completely free Sunday. A big part of the fun of cons is hanging
out with friends, so this schedule gives me plenty of free time.
If I could
tweak anything, I would have preferred to moderate the Doublespeak panel. Not
because I don't think James Morrow will do an great job, but because I think
he's probably the more interesting guest between the two of us and I'd rather be
asking him questions than having him ask me questions. I'm stunned only two of
us volunteered for this panel. I really thought it was a very interesting topic. So interesting, in fact, I'm going to go do a blog post about it at jamesmaxey.blogspot.com right now.
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I'm James Maxey, author of fantasy and science fiction. My novels include the science fantasy Bitterwood Saga (4 books) the Dragon Apocalypse Saga (4 books), numerous superhero novels including Nobody Gets the Girl and the Lawless series, the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard, and my short story collections, There is No Wheel and Jagged Gate. This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to get monthly updates on new releases, as well as preview chapters and free short stories, join my newsletter!