WFC 2021 Montreal Wrap-up

This was a sweet return to in-person conventions. It was my first since the pandemic! The hybrid nature of it kept the numbers small, and Covid continues to present challenges that must be met for public safety, but it was so good to keep in touch with each other.

I made a presence in a few different corners of the halls, like the door-switching multitasker from The Phantom Tollbooth: dealer’s table, author’s alley table, mass autographing spot, open mic reading, book bag surprise drop.

I wrote one-line fantasy-style personal depictions for people at the dealer’s table, and at the mass autographing I made three-liner random abstractions from any book in hand (including Joe Haldeman’s journal). A sampling:

I also brought out some rare garb and wore it in interesting places with interesting people – hanging with Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio, sitting in the onstage couches at The Wiggle Room with Liz & Jacob for a birthplace-of-burlesque show (where I was called forth to be showcased), mermaiding the heated rooftop garden pool at Hotel Bonaventure, and at the awards banquet near Shirley Meier in rainbow tie-dye.

Thanks again to WFC for having me in! A beautiful first visit to Montreal & Quebec.

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Queen Celeste had donned the Old Armor. Two score nights ago, after her successor daughter was dead and her scion granddaughter missing, she’d begun adding the armor, one piece at a time, over the plain grey shift. She now wore all the heritage pieces, each made with some of the original metal worn by the entire Magus line – rulers of the Pan-Galactic Imperium.

The smoothly clacking kilt of plates shone from her lap beneath the desk before her. The granular deckle edge of document paper slid beneath her fingerpads as she waved them across the horizontal announcement of a founding charter. A new library in the capital, with an archaeological catalog including items previously unreleased or unorganized. It would be a public-entry portion of the Imperial Grounds. The perimeter would change in that spot, but the style transition would be graceful.

Against the rounded upper curve of her office wall, two timelines and three pictures were displayed. Swiping her hand in the air, she’d cycle and rearrange items while assessing proposals. The sun would be setting soon.

At the first hint of the sky turning, Celeste began to put away her work. She collapsed page images into the 3D model. She contacted the responsible executives and the construction company. She signed it in.

The age of stone. There was a philosopher who discussed generational ages long ago, in terms of the longevity of their works of intention, as analogized with building materials afforded to each. The age of paper spanned decades. The age of wood spanned centuries. The age of stone spanned millennia. Daughter, mother, grandmother. Fathers and grandfathers. Celeste was in her age of stone. She thought through the consequences of her actions beyond a thousand years, what the future looks like when there are generations to follow. Stone agers laid those careful and heavy foundations.

Who amidst the ages was thinking to this year? Around a thousand years ago, the Magus line was just beginning on Alisandre with Marialain, dragon speaker. Now the worlds were full of dragon speakers, but she was the first to speak so well to them that they decided to collaborate with humanity in creating interstellar civilization: that which Celeste’s own hands now steered.

Celeste, Magus the 24th of the Pan-Galactic Imperium, called in tea and a plate of madeleine cookies. It arrived while she was putting her work away, tidy, as though anyone might come in and use her desk. Thinking of the stones she has laid. Would they crumble, like the stone in her dream? Would light shine out of them?

She spilled her glass of cold herb infusion onto the cleared desk. That elixir tasted so good, she hated to waste it. Perhaps it was her age or her illness that made it taste so fine. In the next moment, her head had fallen to lay next to it, and she watched the liquid approach her lips, all by itself. Celeste hadn’t been told it would feel like this, but she might be dying. So much yet unknown.

The sound of her last breaths grew longer, and vision turned dim. She became the growing shadow, but against it was a light. This opposition was the greatest of hopes, and in a final glimpse it overtook everything.

Norwescon Schedule

Here is my schedule for Norwescon Seattle, April 18-21! I’m enthused to be included in programming all weekend long. Come find me, or I just might find you.

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Supporting Our Writing Community
Cascade 7 & 8
Thursday 2–3 p.m.
The writing world can feel small and vast all at once. As a community, we can help one another grow as authors, connect to others in the industry, and lift each other up during trying times. As a team, we are much stronger. Take part in this panelist/audience discussion to come up with new ways we can support our fellow authors, agents, and editors.
Jasmine Silvera (M), Chimedum Ohaegbu, Jon Lasser, Eva L. Elasigue

Check your Writer Privilege
Cascade 7 & 8
Thursday 4–5 p.m.
Writers have been wrong before, and they’ll be wrong again. A bad blog post, a great tweet—it’s part of the job to take risks. Even if you’re writing well, you’ll make mistakes. Join us as we discuss potential appropriation issues and how to handle these writing and professional snafus, both within yourself and your audience, and how to grow from the experience.
J. F. High (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Ren Cummins

Storing the Harvest
Cascade 10
Thursday 6–7 p.m.
How did people escape the endless cycle of feast or famine? We will review techniques to prepare and preserve meats and vegetables and see if any of these techniques are still appropriate today. Samples may be available for the brave.
Alan Andrist (M), Dr. Ricky, Ann Shilling, Eva L. Elasigue

Superhero Yoga
Grand 2
Friday 9:30–10 a.m.
Start off your super day! Gain strength and confidence from power poses, which sometimes correlate to traditional yoga or martial arts, straight from the panels or scenes. Breathe deeply. Relax and loosen those muscles like the hero you are. Go boldly into your Norwescon Friday energized for the day’s activities! Wear comfortable clothes. This is a low-impact physical activity.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

Science Builds!
Cascade 5 & 6
Friday 11–noon
Could science build the animals of fantasy? Could a dragon exist? Breath fire? Fly? Talk?
Jake McKinzie (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Charlotte Lewis Brown, Dr. Ricky

Superhero Yoga
Grand 2
Saturday 9:30–10 a.m.
Start off your super day! Gain strength and confidence from power poses, which sometimes correlate to traditional yoga or martial arts, straight from the panels or scenes. Breathe deeply. Relax and loosen those muscles like the hero you are. Go boldly into your Norwescon Friday energized for the day’s activities! Wear comfortable clothes. This is a low-impact physical activity.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

I Love Your Work, I Promise: Support Tips for Busy Geeks
Cascade 11
Saturday 11–noon
We’ve all been there. An artist we like is doing something cool, and we want to support them, but we don’t have the money, the time, or the spoons. How can we still show our support? Come find answers direct from our pros (who are fans too!). They’ll share tips on ways to show fannish gratitude, even when you’re strapped for resources.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Shubzilla, LEX the Lexicon Artist

Creativity Toolbox For Young Writers and Artists
Olympic 1
Saturday noon–1 p.m.
Come to Olympic 1 to join a variety of fun games and activities that will build a toolbox of skills for young creators of all kinds.
Kari Ann Ramadorai (M), Eva L. Elasigue

Anime, Anime, Anime!
Cascade 5 & 6
Saturday 9–10 p.m.
For all of you who wish you could be at Sakura Con as well as Norwescon, this panel is for you! We’ll be diving into the wonderful world of anime and covering the basics for those of you who are sticking your toes in for the first time, as well as exploring the latest and the greatest for those of you who have been swimming around for a while now.
Mimi Noyes (M), Gabriel de los Angeles, Eva L. Elasigue

Reading: Eva L. Elasigue
Cascade 3
Sunday 10:30–11 a.m.
Bones of Starlight 2: Abyss Surrounding, the newly-released second volume of Bones of Starlight, the fantasy space opera trilogy! When few can cross the growing divide, those who do become the fulcrum in the turn of events. Vedani, the Hirylien Remainder, Kao-Sidhe, and exile Dragons, together exert their concerted resentments upon the Pan-Galactic Imperium, which begins to waver with uncertainty. Chains of connection break and form as critical elements rearrange. Rated PG.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

Writer AND Publisher – What Were You Thinking?
Cascade 11
Sunday 11–noon
Science fiction writers who are also publishers talk about the different skills of a writer versus a publisher, and why they ended up doing both.
Tod McCoy (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Sienna Saint-Cyr

Creative Commons Global Summit 2019 Lisbon

I am deeply thrilled to announce that I am going to be a speaker at the 2019 Creative Commons Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal! Thanks to their scholarship program, I’ll be able to attend and contribute along with other pioneers in many disciplines relating to open creative rights. There’s a revolutionary variety of ideas and resources, developing with custom strategies made possible with the legal innovation of Creative Commons licenses.

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We’re going to work on developing my contribution to the program. This will begin on a foundation of my multi-platform CC-enabled release strategy as a fiction author, and extend to other projects I’m related to which are leveraging Creative Commons in their own niche, providing a network-local snapshot of how usage is developing within the current wave of rights holders and new manifestations of media. Let me know what you would like me to bring to the discussion! Your unique experiences related to CC (however seemingly minor), even ideas or simple feedback. I know a growing group of broadcast platform users, large-project participants, and alien-ouvre standard bearers. You can inform how we craft this information into presentation for a wider global community. Even follow the image link and join us in Portugal!

Thank you all, and I accept the pleasure of this work for discussions on creative opportunity development.

ACE AZ Recap

I’m grateful for a really amazing time in Glendale, AZ with the recent ACE Comic Con! To every last book that found a new home, I hope it’s a happy one. Whatever you thought, do send/post your official review. I love the responses I’ve gotten during the convention – like nothing they’ve ever read, in scope as well as otherwise, poetic yet succinct. I’m glad Bones of Starlight is finding people who want something that is exactly this!

I chose the following cosplay characters as clue-ins to pose with the latest book…

And these ‘characters’ (a way of referring to actual people, which the following are!) got their own copies, along with the others:

Thanks to the great crew, the cool venue, the amazing guests, and the wonderful audience. Sunrise on the saguaro & music in the heart of Phoenix! Star-studded weather with a rain dance.