Archive for September, 2011

Weekend Events


I’ve got two events this coming weekend. It is strongly advised that you attend both of them. Even if you live at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Even if you live on the International Space Station. Even if you live inside the Hexagonal Crystal Mall at the center of the Earth. In all these cases, attendance is advised.

On Friday I’ll be at the Oceanside Barnes and Noble, from 6pm – 8pm, in support of the Casita Center for Science, Technology, and Math elementary school. A portion of all proceeds during the signing (and by all I mean not just my books) goes to the school. Details here.

On Sunday I’ll be at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Specifically, I’ll be on the Teen & Young Adult stage at 10am for the “In-Be-Tween” panel, with fellow authors, Gitty Daneshvori, Greg Taylor, Helen Stringer, and Mark Jeffreys. After the panel, I’ll be at the Mysterious Galaxy booth if you want to say hello and/or get a book signed. More information about the festival here.

I understand it’s going to be a miserably hot day at the center of the Earth, so I’d encourage you to escape to either or both of these events.



My Conjecture Schedule

So I’m on several panels at Conjecture (a San Diego science fiction convention) next week. Please come to Conjecture. Please come to all my programming items. Especially my reading. And my autographing. Please cancel any other plans and do this. Please. Thank you.
Panel 1:  Fri 9/9  3:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: Organic vs. Outlining
Lise Breakey
Robert Mitchell Evans
Walt Fisher
Sharon Mock
Greg van Eekhout
Precis:    Some authors write an outline, describing the exact path
their characters and plots will follow. Others start
writing and let their stories flow from their fingertips.
What are the pros and cons of each style, and how do you
determine which one is right for you?

Panel 2:  Fri 9/9  5:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: Care and Feeding of Writers’ Groups
Lise Breakey
John W. Oliver
J.M. Perkins
Janet Tait(M)
Greg van Eekhout
Ann Wilkes
Precis:    When you can’t find the right writers’ group for you, you
may have to start one. How do you find and screen members,
schedule meetings, get copies of the stories to everybody,
and organize the critiquing? There are lots of tools
available online to help you.

Panel 3:  Sat 9/10 12 Noon, 60 minutes.
Title: How to Edit Yourself
Lisanne Norman
John W. Oliver
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Greg van Eekhout (Moderator)
Precis:    You don’t always have access to a critique group, a beta
reader, or an editor. How can you polish your own
manuscript without that kind of help? What tools will let
you look with fresh eyes at text that you already know by
heart, so you can find the flaws?

Panel 4:  Sat 9/10  2:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: Reading: Greg van Eekhout
Participants: Greg van Eekhout
Precis: I read stuff, I guess?

Panel 5:  Sat 9/10  4:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: Autographing: Greg van Eekhout
Participants: Greg van Eekhout
Precis: I sit around, looking awkward and lonely unless people come up to get something signed.