Recaps: Great American Diner, Norwescon

GREAT AMERICAN DINER

This swanky West Seattle diner has an open mic hosted by musician and friend Alan Sobel, and this happened to be along my way to Norwescon. I took a spot on the mic for a short book reading, making this the first time I’ve played to a diner (though Cafe Racer for Two-Hour Transport is close). To hardly any interruption and for a sale, it was a fine stop.

NORWESCON 42

Excellent discussions and fabulous times. It is so satisfying being a creative intellectual playtime wonderland host & participant. Many topics enjoyably covered, and plenty of new interest in Bones of Starlight! Welcome. Picture details in captions.

 

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

OryCon Panels Announced, Mythical Creatures

Newly confirmed announcement! OryCon 39, Portland OR November 17-19, is going to be a NINE PANEL EXTRAVAGANZA… triple Eva every day. I’m really looking forward to every single one of these discussions & activities, most especially with OryConians! Come hang out, homies! Behold:

FRIDAY
Comics Created Our Modern Mythologies
Wenatchee – 166 Parlor
Fri Nov 17 4:00pm-5:00pm
How comics conquered our art, stories and media.
Lee Moyer, Curtis Chen, Benjamin Hsu, Eva Elasigue

The Quest for the Ultimate Superhero
Wenatchee – 166 Parlor
Fri Nov 17 6:00pm-7:00pm
What makes a super hero a superhero? What would make a superhero the ultimate example of his or her kind? Power, talent, heart, courage, or self-sacrifice? And could an ultimate super hero connect to the average human, as Superman seems to or, like Doctor Manhattan, end up estranged from the rest of us?
Rob McMonigal, Eva Elasigue, Tom Whitmore, Marshall Maresca, Barry Deutsch

Rx for Fitness
Lion Kings Den – 266
Fri Nov 17 8:00pm-9:00pm
What you learned back in the day in health and P.E. is probably wrong. Discuss and learn about the latest developments in fitness, strength training, nutrition, and one of the only treatments for chronic illness available. Are fitness and nutrition the medicines of the future?
Matt Bellet, Jennifer Willis, Sean Robinson, Eva Elasigue

SATURDAY
Make your own book in one hour
Spokane Suite – 256
Sat Nov 18 3:00am-4:00am (HMMMMMM)
Create a real, physical book in one hour. All ages welcome.
Jamie (SunnyJim) Morgan, Eva Elasigue

I Want to Get My Science On
Pettygrove
Sat Nov 18 9:00am-10:00am
Where does the lay person keep up with the latest developments?
Manny Frishberg, Sean Robinson, Eva Elasigue, Howard Davidson, Jessica Hebert

Backyard Astronomy
Pettygrove
Sat Nov 18 8:00pm-9:00pm
It’s a dark night with lots of stars. Actually, some are galaxies, and some are planets, and nebulae–what can you see from your backyard, and what are good resources to learn about what you’re seeing? Bonus–what might be visible from other worlds with different solar system conditions?
Roy Torley, Gerald Nordley, Eva Elasigue, b War

SUNDAY
Overturning the Cart
White Stag
Sun Nov 19 10:00am-11:00am
Revolution and rebellion in fantasy fiction.
K. M. Alexander, Eva Elasigue, ElizaBeth Gilligan, Alma Alexander

Superheroes in Times of Crisis
Wenatchee – 166 Parlor
Sun Nov 19 12:00pm-1:00pm
Do superhero comics reflect times of crisis?
Marshall Maresca, Curtis Chen, b War, Eva Elasigue

Trades versus Weeklies Economics
Wenatchee – 166 Parlor
Sun Nov 19 1:00pm-2:00pm
Comic collections or issues? Why have one when we already have the other?
Rob McMonigal, Eva Elasigue, Jeff Soesbe, Curtis Chen

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posting from a Praxis Arts creative jam session

Also, I will be working live on my (unrelated) mixed media art series, Passengers, as posted on serial/surreal, at the Seattle event Mythical Creatures: Forest of Dreams on October 28, featuring Kalya Scintilla, Desert Dwellers, Whitebear, Sixis, Drumspyder, and more! I’ll have a few books to sell there, some chapter art prints, and who knows what else.