Only a brief note this web log, I’m afraid. MBW, the HA, and I were in Washington State this weekend, visiting a couple places we’ve not been to before. A late arrival home, added to necessary chores, squeezed out the time required to scribble my usual nonsense.
Despite my turtlelike preferences, I do appear in public from time-to-time, in the hopes of shilling my wares. This year, it seems, I’ll be poking my head out at three conventions.
It ought to be clear by this point that I will not have a book out in January. We can all agree on that, right? So, how do matters stand on the writing front? Let me tell you.
Orycon approaches. Time to mingle, share from my meager store of knowledge, and roam from room party to room party.
I received my schedule the other day. If you are in Portland during the convention, pick up a membership and come say hello.
|Fri Nov 9 4:00:pm||Fri Nov 9 5:00:pm||Story Pacing: Hurry Up, and Wait|
|Pettygrove||Speed the story up, raise the stakes, increase the tension — But not too much. Readers, like runners, want to keep moving fast but can’t go at a breakneck pace all the time. What are the techniques, large and small, to make you story roller-coaster a fun, exciting ride?|
|David D. Levine Diana Pharaoh Francis Ken Lizzi Richard A. Lovett Wendy N. Wagner|
|Fri Nov 9 5:00:pm||Fri Nov 9 6:00:pm||Autograph Session: Friday 5pm|
|Dealers: Autographs||Authors and artists sign things|
|Alma Alexander Ken Lizzi|
|Sat Nov 10 5:00:pm||Sat Nov 10 6:00:pm||Building an Extended Series|
|Pettygrove||Some readers want to immerse themselves into a series, rather than just a single book. They want to binge. And once your trilogy is done, then what? How to expand your literary universe instead of walking away from your book or short series forever.|
|Joseph Brassey Ken Lizzi Mike Shepherd Moscoe Seanan McGuire Steve Perry|
|Sun Nov 11 10:00:am||Sun Nov 11 10:30:am||Ken Lizzi Reading|
|152 Readings||Ken Lizzi reads from his works.|
|Sun Nov 11 2:00:pm||Sun Nov 11 3:00:pm||Consequences of Violence|
|Overton||Random groups wandering the countryside and slaying evil-doers are less likely to be seen as heroes than as murder hoboes. Our panel will discuss the mechanisms that real societies (and realistic fiction) use to limit violent actors.|
|Crystal Connor Ken Lizzi Rory Miller S. B. Sebrick|
How is the writing coming along? Well, notional interlocutor, I’ll tell you.
Denver, I hardly knew thee. That’s because I spent most of the last four plus days in the Hyatt Regency. The hotel hosted Westercon 71, yet another convention foolish enough to invite me to sit on panels and pontificate. That required I stay inside most of the time, preventing my touring the city.
Allow me to wish all you dads out there a Happy Father’s Day. And — what’s that? You wish to offer reciprocal celebratory felicitations for my having fulfilled my biological function? Well, thank you kindly. From MBW and the HA I received a card and charmingly framed photos of me with the HA. Both ladies are feeling a bit under the weather, but despite that temporary deficiency, I consider them peerless.
So, now that that’s dispensed with: News. Read on at your peril.
Here follows a miscellany of personal doings and writing updates. Please control your excitement.
My goal for the year was, I believe, to have two books out this year. That — spoiler warning — will not happen. See, there is a novel — “Boss” — complete, ready to go, and under contract. But the publisher wants a series, and wants to release the books on a tighter schedule than “whenever Ken gets around to writing them.” So I’m busily working on two sequels with the goal of releasing them all next year. That may prevent me from diving into the second draft of the “Chale Thorson” novel for the foreseeable future. Thus, 2018 may not see much published from yours truly, but 2019 will be chock-a-block.