klwilliams: (Karen passport photo)
I'll be at FOGcon this weekend. This is a small, regional convention, with interesting panels and interesting people. It's one of my favorite cons, and takes place in March in a very barcon-friendly hotel.

My panels are:

Saturday, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Pitches, Presentations and Proposals: making your point without resorting to kidnapping your boss

I'm moderating, with panelists Marie Metivier-DeMasters, Alfred Nash, Loren Rhoads

Having to get a complicated point across in a brief "elevator pitch" -- or even in an actual presentation -- can be very intimidating, whether you have five minutes or fifty. The legal system and basic moral sense mean you can't really kidnap your audience for appropriate brainwashing: let's talk about tips for pitches, presentations and proposals that won't end in your humiliating arrest -- and that might get other people excited about your idea. Whether for work or passion, being effective often depends on communicating your idea compellingly. Learn the common -- and a few uncommon! -- mistakes, and how to avoid them.

Saturday, 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Reading by Chaz Brenchley, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner, and Karen Brenchley


Or as I call it, the Brenchley-Ellen-Ellen-Brenchley show, in which I will be very outclassed. But I'll read the beginning of my Friar Tuck story.

If you're there, look for me in the downstairs lounge area in front of the bar.
klwilliams: (Karen passport photo)
I very much enjoy FogCon. We've been to all of them so far, and the guests, attendees, hotel staff, and everyone else involved are friendly and intelligent and fun. The hotel is designed so that when you come inside, right across from the hotel registration is the bar/restaurant area, open and inviting. I like just hanging out in that area, because even if you're not part of the convention you'll still get to meet the guests. Everyone stops by eventually.

Chaz and I were scheduled to do a reading together, but I have a job now(!) so I won't be there on Friday. I'm listed on the schedule as Karen Brenchley. Still, you can see me on Saturday and Sunday here:

Misfit Toys in Space (Guy W. Thomas (moderator), Lynn Alden Kendall, Karen Brenchley)
Sat 10:30 - 11:45
A discussion of the depiction of people with disabilities in S & SF. Are they just symbols of evil or innocence? How realistic are PwD's presented? How about in Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and other works? What happens when your self-identity is seen as something that can and should be "cured".

The Setting is Another Character (Marie Brennan (moderator), Anna Leah Blumstein, Megan E. O'Keefe, Terry Weyna, Karen Williams)
Sat 1:30 - 2:45
Some stories have such a strong sense of place that the setting comes to life, sometimes becoming as important as any other character. What makes a setting more than scenery? How do settings play a role in our favorite stories?

The SF/F of Suburbia (Karen Brenchley (moderator), Mary Anne Mohanraj, Steven Schwartz)
Sun 10:30 - 11:45
There's a lot of fiction set in the City -- urban fantasy, cyberpunk, you name it. And quite a lot is set out on the Frontier -- whether that frontier have rayguns or be the deep dark forest. But many of us live (or have lived) in the suburbs -- that's our experience of the world. And who is writing the SF/F of that environment? "Edward Scissorhands", J.G. Ballard, and who else? What makes a suburban fairy tale? Or Suburb-punk?
klwilliams: (Karen passport photo)
BayCon is a local convention held the last weekend in May (Memorial Day) in Santa Clara, California, though it used to be held, for years, in San Jose. It's a good local science fiction convention, though Fanime and Steampunk Alchemy are both held the same weekend, so the attendance is skewed toward the older, less costume-oriented fan.

The guests are David Weber and Ursula Vernon, among others. My schedule is:

1. Surveillance and the End of Privacy on Sunday at 11:30 AM in Bayshore
[I am moderating.]
(with David Friedman, Dario Ciriello, Griffin Barber)


Between government surveillance of citizens and ubiquitous cameras, is privacy a lost cause? What can you do to preserve your privacy?


2. Comics are weird! on Monday at 10:00 AM in San Tomas
(with Jason Malcolm Stewart, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Randy Smith (M), Tory Parker)


A discussion of comics including the abuses comic writers have been accused of since their inception.


3. Comic Book Villains 2.0 on Monday at 11:30 AM in Napa III
[I am moderating.]
(with Jason Malcolm Stewart, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Tory Parker)


It used to be that a super villain attempted world domination through global destruction. Now they run for elected office. How have comic book villains changed since the Golden Age? Is this a reflection of society or simply maturation of the media?
klwilliams: (Karen passport photo)
A repost, but FogCon will be fun.

I'll be going to FOGcon the weekend of March 7-9. I love this convention. It's a fairly new one, and I've gone every year since it started four years ago. The panels are interesting, the attendees are intelligent and friendly, the hotel is great (the bar/dining area is up front, so it's easy to meet up with friends old and new), and the guests are awesome. This year's guests will be Seanan McGuire and Tim Powers, so, yeah.

I'll be giving a reading and will be on three panels, one of which I'll be moderating. Given who else will be on the panels, I know they'll be interesting. :-)

Friday, 9:30 PM - 10:45 PM
"When Is Your Heroine Finally Going to Be Raped?"
M: Allison Moon. Seanan McGuire, Sasha Pixlee, Karen Williams

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
"Reading: Brenchley, Klages, Williams"
Reading by Chaz Brenchley, Ellen Klages, and Karen Williams
OMG I'm going to be reading with Ellen Klages! And Chaz! And I'm not worthy! I mean, this should be interesting, as I'll be reading a bit from my gay Arabian Nights story.

Saturday, 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
"Just because she's a manic pixie in black leather, doesn't stop her being The Angel in the House"
M: Karen Williams. Heina Dadabhoy, Daniel Marcus, Seanan McGuire, Mary Anne Mohanraj
Yes, I'm the moderator for this one, which should be wild.

Sunday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
"Secret Identities"
M: Guy W. Thomas. Lauren K. Moody, Fred Curtis Moulton, Sasha Pixlee, Karen Williams

The entire lineup of panels looks great. Chaz will be on the "Honored Guest Panel -- Tim Powers" with, well, Tim Powers and some others. Come on down and join the con. You'll have a great time.
klwilliams: (Karen passport photo)
I'll be going to FOGcon the weekend of March 7-9. I love this convention. It's a fairly new one, and I've gone every year since it started four years ago. The panels are interesting, the attendees are intelligent and friendly, the hotel is great (the bar/dining area is up front, so it's easy to meet up with friends old and new), and the guests are awesome. This year's guests will be Seanan McGuire and Tim Powers, so, yeah.

I'll be giving a reading and will be on three panels, one of which I'll be moderating. Given who else will be on the panels, I know they'll be interesting. :-)

Friday, 9:30 PM - 10:45 PM
"When Is Your Heroine Finally Going to Be Raped?"
M: Allison Moon. Seanan McGuire, Sasha Pixlee, Karen Williams

Saturday, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
"Reading: Brenchley, Klages, Williams"
Reading by Chaz Brenchley, Ellen Klages, and Karen Williams
OMG I'm going to be reading with Ellen Klages! And Chaz! And I'm not worthy! I mean, this should be interesting, as I'll be reading a bit from my gay Arabian Nights story.

Saturday, 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
"Just because she's a manic pixie in black leather, doesn't stop her being The Angel in the House"
M: Karen Williams. Heina Dadabhoy, Daniel Marcus, Seanan McGuire, Mary Anne Mohanraj
Yes, I'm the moderator for this one, which should be wild.

Sunday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
"Secret Identities"
M: Guy W. Thomas. Lauren K. Moody, Fred Curtis Moulton, Sasha Pixlee, Karen Williams

The entire lineup of panels looks great. Chaz will be on the "Honored Guest Panel -- Tim Powers" with, well, Tim Powers and some others. Come on down and join the con. You'll have a great time.

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