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)
BayCon this year will be held this Memorial Day weekend, May 27 - 30, at the San Mateo Marriott. The guest of honor is David Gerrold. I hope to see many of you there.

My schedule is:

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Writing Collaborations: Are Two (or more) Heads Better Than One?
Saturday 10:00 - 11:30, Connect 1 (San Mateo Marriott)
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (M), Chaz Brenchley, Mark Gelineau, Joe King, Karen Brenchley, Sandra Saidak

Our pros discuss the ins and outs of writing as part of a team.

Note that Chaz and I are both on this one, possibly because we've published stories together. Note that he hates collaboration, yet he keeps agreeing to it and sometimes even suggesting it.

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Women In Science and Engineering
Saturday 11:30 - 13:00, Engage (San Mateo Marriott)
Karen Brenchley (M), Eva Carrender, Amy Phillips, Heidi Stauffer, Dr. Ellen Coatney

Women in STEM fields discuss the challenges and opportunities in their career paths.

I'm moderating this one, and I'm looking forward to it. Everyone on the panel works in a different type of science or engineering role.

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Fight Choreography
Cody Parcell (M), Jeremy Tavan, Karen Brenchley
Sunday 10:00 - 11:30, The Courtyard (San Mateo Marriott)

Exploring real world body mechanics, physics, and martial arts as they apply to creating fight scenes that are both accurate and visually appealing.

I can't actually do much aikido anymore, but I do know a lot about body mechanics and martial arts. I hope we spend some time talking about written fight scenes as opposed to just stage combat, but it should be an interesting panel.
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)
I realize I'm falling short in providing a new photo of a cat, but instead I have something a little meatier (and no, I don't mean a photo of Barry). BayCon is held every year on Memorial Day weekend (the last weekend of May), and I'll be on the following panels. Come see me (and the other cool people on the panels). I'll be moderating the Self-Promotion and Publicity panel, and I'm interested in seeing what the panelists will say in answer to my questions.

Fairy Tales and Mythology on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Winchester
(with Juliette Wade, Jenna M. Pitman (M), Irene Radford, Margaret McGaffey Fisk, Beth Barany)

What are we teaching our children about the fairy tales and mythology in today's media, or even as bedtime stories? Are we staying true, or drifting?


Self-Promotion and Publicity for Writers on Saturday at 4:00 PM in Lafayette
(with Lex Parisi, Tony N. Todaro, Bob Brown, Beth Barany, Karen Williams(M))

So you've figured out this whole writing thing and your work is finally out there. Wouldn't it be great if people actually bought it? Just because the publisher bought your book doesn't mean they're going to publicize it. Learn the whys and hows of self-promotion from the experts.


Evolution of Female Characters on Sunday at 4:00 PM in Lafayette
(with Jenna M. Pitman (M), Karen Sandler, Ingrid Paulson, Lynn Ward)

From damsels in distress to sword-wielding, gun-toting, and military masterminds, have women found their place, or are they 'feminized' men? Do the women truly reflect changing attitudes about the roles of women?
klwilliams: (Karen passport photo)
I'm going to be at FOGcon, aka Friends Of Genre convention, from March 8-10 at the Walnut Creek (California) Marriott. This year's theme is Law, Order, & Crime, and the panels I'm on relate to science fiction/fantasy and, well, crime. My day job involves all aspects of managing, searching, and reviewing the large document sets collected when big companies sue each other (think Oracle v Google, Apple v Samsung, just about any time there's a big headline about a product problem), and between that and living with a cop I'm interested in how all of these kinds of things will look in the future. I'll post my schedule once it's finalized.

One of the honored guests is Terry Bisson, who is brilliant and witty and very funny. He and I founded the SF in SF reading series (though I'm just an occasional audience member these days), and there will be a special SF in SF reading in SF (duh) on Saturday, and some of the FOGcon attendees will be reading, so come to that, too.

One of the other honored guests is Susan R. Matthews, who writes a series of novels set in the Jurisdiction. One of her main characters is a doctor who is forced to torture political prisoners, and is horrified to discover he likes it. These are very, very good. (Teresa loved these, and turned me on to them.) I'm on a panel with Susan R. Matthews, and I hope I don't come across too much like a drooling fangirl.

This is the third FOGcon, and I've been to the first two as well. It's a lot of fun and worth going to.

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