Book 2 Next Week, MidAmericon II & Word Extract 4

2 – BOOK 2: THE ENFOLDING ABYSS BEGINS NEXT WEEK –

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My final schedule for WorldCon 74:

Autographing: Elizabeth Bear, Eva Elasigue, Max Gladstone, Don Sakers

Wednesday 16:00 – 17:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)

Elizabeth Bear, Eva L. Elasigue, Max Gladstone, Don Sakers

Creative Commons Rights for Creators and Fans

Wednesday 17:00 – 18:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

What can the experts tell us about Creative Commons Rights, and what does it mean to fans and authors? Let’s look at ways people use the license and find out how our creative community feels about publishing their work. Does information want to be free?

Eva L. Elasigue, Marguerite Kenner, William Frank (M)

“Have at You!” — Writing a Great Fight Scene

Thursday 11:00 – 12:00, 2210 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Fight scenes are a hard beast to write. Who’s hitting who and why? How do you describe what is happening? What’s that guy doing on the floor? How is the protagonist going to react, given her history? And wow, was that just a scratch, or did it take that other person’s leg off?! In this session panelists explore the different ways to experience a good fight scene in science fiction and fantasy, as writers, readers and martial artists.

Eva L. Elasigue (M), Dr. Claire McCague, Kathryn Sullivan, Ms. Jeffe Kennedy, Steven Gould

Between Fire and Ice: Life on a Meridional World

Thursday 21:00 – 22:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Most of the nearby stars are red dwarfs, where planets in the habitable zone are likely to be tide-locked with one face to a star and the other away. What would life be like balanced between fire and ice, with little or no diurnal cycle? How would plants adapt? Would penguins and polar bears (somewhat used to this kind of thing already) make good colonists? If a world is completely dark, or light, what do we do with that? Science is catching up on meridional worlds which writers have written about for decades, from Harlan’s World: Medea, to Pitch Black and S.H.I.E.L.D.

Dr. Charles Gannon, Eva L. Elasigue, Joe Haldeman, Christine Taylor-Butler (M), Larry Niven

“Go for the Eyes, Boo!” Character Design in Videogames

Friday 12:00 – 13:00, 3501D (Kansas City Convention Center)

From the humble plumber to the treasure seeking adventurer, getting characters right in videogaming is a crucial element of worldbuilding in games. Our panel discuss classic videogame characters, as well as identifying some of the failures. Why do we love our WoW characters? Is Navi really that annoying? The panel name some old friends and make suggestions for creating great avatars and characters.

Andrea G. Stewart (M), Vivian Trask, Eva L. Elasigue, Elizabeth McCarty

Freelancing in the Publishing Industry

Friday 15:00 – 16:00, 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)

The publishing industry makes frequent use of freelance talent, from editors to proofreaders. What freelancing roles are there? What do they do? How does one break into freelancing behind the scenes?

Betsy Mitchell (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Arnie Fenner, Erin Wilcox, Richard Shealy

Stroll with the Stars: Farm to Table

Saturday 08:30 – 09:30, Marriott Lobby (Marriott) (Kansas City Marriott Downtown)

Before the city temperatures rise and the humidity takes over join us for a stroll of the The City Market where you can buy fresh fruit, vegatables and baked goods at KC Tradition. We will be a group of fans, authors, artists and editors having a very leisurely walk and good conversation. The route is a mile and suitable for all abilities and as the pace will be pleasant it is expected to take a little less than an hour.

Jeff Orth (M), Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, Julia Rios, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cat Rambo, Tex Thompson, Esther Friesner, Eva L. Elasigue, Carol Wolf, Perrianne Lurie, Dr. Geoffrey A. Landis, Dr. Mary A. Turzillo Ph.D., Jennie Goloboy

Stroll with the Stars: The Hugo Hangover

Sunday 08:30 – 09:30, Marriott Lobby (Marriott) (Kansas City Marriott Downtown)

As we recuperate from the pageantry of the Hugo Awards join authors, artists, editors, fans and scientists as we look for the perfect hangover cure. We will be walking for a leisurely mile and the route is fully accessible and expected to take a little less than an hour. We hope you will join us for great conversation.

Jeff Orth (M), Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, Joe Haldeman, Gay Haldeman, Cat Rambo, Tex Thompson, David Brin, Eva L. Elasigue, Carol Wolf, Perrianne Lurie, Michelle (Sagara) West, Mr Alan Stewart

Two Suns in the Sky

Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center)

With the discovery of so many exoplanets by Kepler photometry, research into double stars has gained increasing importance.  Many multiple star systems have planets, and some of them are even in the habitable zone. New discoveries about binary systems are still being made. Come and learn the latest about multiple star systems, their planets, what we’ve learnt about them and what they’ve taught us about the rest of the universe.

Courtney Schafer, Eva L. Elasigue, Joe Haldeman

WORD EXTRACT 4

hallways
advantage

illuminated
living
where

curiosity
boosted
ahead
grip
beast
dark
climbed

communicating
knuckles
starting
minus
draw
together
three
front
correctly
yes
hot
kut

skill
qualities
easy
point

soft
familiar
towards
away
air
hope
shook
seem
well
expect
page
wait
feet

calling
plugged
altering

further
base
stairs
station
scrub
rainbow
allowed
young
forging
daring
display
interacted
completely
match
think
face
weapon

Save

New Draft City, Word Extract 3, Galway Arms Chicago 8/10

Working on the second book, I wasn’t sure if the process of writing Bones of Starlight would change itself.  I’m now going about the business of an author as well as the work of a writer – places to be, people to see, minds to ignite. Would the words come out differently, by a different machine than the one I’d designed?

Strangely, no.

The first draft is a sketch full of personal slang and suggestions.  It goes to the typewriter, which turns it into sentences and paragraphs.  Then I translate the typed draft into something totally comprehensible, I hope, with all the information the reader requires.  I sort of thought some other element might introduce itself, or multiple elements would condense, or a different pace would define a different process.  I don’t expect consistency to arise naturally, but the way the story emerges does not want to change.  That’s, strangely, comforting.  Only then does it sound right, only then do you get the full story.

I’ve got new draft in hand.  You’ve already seen raw draft of what I called the prologue, and what I think is the first chapter (though it was incomplete).  I’d like to start releasing it to you, as I’ve done before.  I’m tempted to change the process, to make it better.  It’s really hard to do that without feeling like I’m just keeping it from you longer.  I’m going to give it a shot, and if it doesn’t work, you’ll continue to get what you’ve gotten so far, if that’s good enough.

WORD EXTRACT 1.1

mystery
strangers
gambit
signs
door

watchfulness
rudimentary
efforts

peripherals
color
terrain

CHICAGO!

Come experience a joint reading with myself and Richard Chwedyk at the Galway Arms Irish pub, Wednesday August 10 at 8pm.

I’m on my way.