Con Schedule

Thanks for all your great suggestions for the Uglies Guide. Keep them coming, and I’ll be doing more posts about the Guide in the near future.

But in the meantime: On Thursday, Justine and I are headed to Confusion in Detroit. For any of you attending, here’s our schedule. Justine and I are on all the same panels—so I give you Justine’s interpretation from her blog:


1900 Den 1 Interview: Author GoHs by John Scalzi
Tee hee! Mr Scalzi will ask us questions and we will plead the fifth and get away with it because we know where he buried the bodies. I suspect zombies will be mentioned.

2000 Salon FGH Opening Ceremonies
We will say a few words but there won’t be an actual speech speech. Some of my words will be “quokka”, “zombie”, and “oscillate”, or maybe not. Depends.

2100 Salon FGH Dessert Reception
Where we eat dessert and natter with folks what want to natter.

2200 Den 1 Originality is Overrated
There’s this idea that writers work entirely alone and create their work out of whole cloth. That’s rubbish. If a work were wholly original no one would be able to read it. All writers are influenced by those who came before them. Most writers talk to other writers. Many are in writers’ groups and even those that aren’t frequently read and comment on each other’s work. Let’s talk about the influence and community that writers share. Even when they don’t know each other. Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld (M), Patrick Nielsen Hayden, John Scalzi, Patrick Rothfuss and Doselle Young.

I confess that I wrote this description on account of it’s something that drives me crazy and I’m looking forward to talking about it with such esteemed and smart companions. Especially Doselle. Everything is better if Doselle is involved.


1100 Den 1 Fantastic Sports
Organized sports are a vital part almost every culture on the globe. But sf and fantasy novels tend to overlook this key aspect of world-building. We examine what sports are and what they tell us about a culture, and dig up some good examples in sf and fantasy. Justine Larbalestier (M), Scott Westerfeld, Steve Ainsworth, Dave Klecha and Catherine Shaffer.

Mmmm . . . sport. If I weren’t moderator I would just spend the session teaching USians cricket.

1300 Salon G Juvenilia
Writers dust off the storage trunks, turn off the shame meter, and read from their 5th- through 12th-grade works of unalloyed proto-genius. A great way for young writers in the audience to feel much better about their own efforts. Justine Larbalestier (M), Scott Westerfeld, Merrie Haskell, K. Tempest Bradford and Marcy Italiano.

I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that Scalzi is not on this panel. Laughing at his early writing efforts was the whole reason I agreed to go to ConFusion!

1400 Den 1 SF Is Not Dead
More sf is written and consumed these days than every before, in the form of manga, video games, rpgs, and YA lit. Yet our beloved field constantly bemoans its own demise, while ignoring those 100,000 crazy kids down the road at Comicon. How do we connect these two worlds of sf? Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld (M), Anne Harris, Jim Frenkel and Peter Halasz.

Because me and Scott are sick to death of hearing the folks in the old sf people’s home whingeing about the death of sf. It ain’t dead! It’s doing just fine, thanks.

1500 Den 1 Golden Age of Young Adult Lit
Some argue that the YA books being published now are some of the best the field has ever seen. There are more of them, the quality is better, and the authors are being paid more. Is now the Golden Age of Young Adult Literature? And if so what does that mean for the next generation of readers? Justine Larbalestier (M), Scott Westerfeld, Steve Climer, Suzanne Church and Peter Halasz.

I think it is. I also think it’s just going to get better and better and better.

1700 All-Author Autographing Session
If you have books you want strange author types to scribble on here’s your chance.

2100 Concierge Literary Beer
The only thing we’re doing that you have to sign up for. It’ll be me and Scott sitting around with a smallish group of interested folks and answering their questions while we all drink beer (or water or whatever you wish to drink. I wish to drink Krug—I hope the ConCom is on top of that!).


1100 Salon H Gluten-Free Fantasy
Most medieval cultures didn’t have chainmail, swords, horses, or wheat. Yet the overwhelming majority of medieval cultures in fantasy do. What do we stand to gain by breaking the bonds of Europe on our collective imagination? And what’s so scary about bolas, sled-dogs, and rice? Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder, Jim Frenkel.

This panel is also something me and Scott came up with. It has a backstory. Way back in the dark ages we were on a panel together about fantasy where we panelists suggested that there were other settings for high fantasy other than mediaeval Europe. Scott went as far as to say that wheat is not essential to high fantasy.

The audience turned on him. “We LOVE wheat!” they proclaimed. “We hate fantasy that isn’t set in mediaevel Europe. We hate wanky literary fantasy. In fact, we hate you writers on the panel who are trying to take away our wheat!”

Scalzi was in the audience along with the wonderful Karen Meisner and they both say it was one of the most extraordinary things they have ever seen. Karen even sent Scott a Canadian license plate wth a beautiful picture of wheat on it. Scott still contends that we were caught in the wave of an Atkin’s diet backlash.

Here’s the con’s full schedule.

Hope to see some of you there! I mean if this wussy Aussie girl can brave the dead of winter in Detroit, so can you!

82 thoughts on “Con Schedule

  1. Awww. Too much homework.
    I’m a seasoned person in dealing with the cold- upstate New York is proof enough. I have fond memories of wearing capris in 30-degree weather after the temperature had snapped up from -20F. Anyone remember “The Blizzard Of ’93”? I’m too young, I can’t remember.

    I so wish that I could go. It sounds like sooo much fun. (Wow, that last bit sounded really ditzy…)
    Justine isn’t wussy!

  2. OMG 6
    why didnt u go to the librian convection!!! i went there on fri and my mom is there
    I FOUND EXTRAS THERE!!!! but not u
    WHY NOT U SCOTT-LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Detroit, in… MICHIGAN??? yaaaay! and the winter isn’t too bad here… like, 29 degrees farenheit… ehhh i guess that would be really really cold to u guys… 😉 lol
    fawesome schedual!!!

  4. i have a book report due tomorrow im like half way done
    oh and my teach is the scariest teacher ever u ask her a quiestion and her answer is basicly ur stupid (she doesnt say this but she means it)

  5. Well, since i dont live there it doesn’t apply to me! Hehe! I finally went to the library!!! I was strating to get these boredom waves. Well, i have to study. Fun. Please dont let me die of over joyousness.

  6. Seriously? You tell us about this now? Detroit is only 6 hours from my school! I could have driven up Friday morning (Neatly ditching my afternoon class on the basis that it is a Sci-Fi class, and I’d be learning plenty of that) and attended! However, I just made permenent unchangable plans YESTERDAY. We need to work on our commmunication Scott-la.

  7. What the! That was the weirdest, most confusing paragraph i have ever read Serafina. I guess i can summarize my mood:

    Today is ‘Bad Hair Monday’. This si the worst days of all the year when you get to walk around looking like a total fool. My hair is a frizz attack. Like, majorly wicked. Mm, one more thing. My life is unexplainablely fun!

  8. hehe…

    wish i cood go. but sadly, i live in washington. *sigh*. even if it was in like…olimpia, i probably woodnt be able to go. the parentals dont get my book obsession. my mom got mad at me just cause i went to Scott-las signing for EXTRAS! and it was only like an hour away!

    -Lizzy-wa OUT! 🙁

  9. im like sooooooooooo upset that you never come to DC or VA like i wanna cry im so sad

    i know you know they exist!
    check out the HQ and the wiki!
    and the top post is about the wiki, which also lives here
    both midnightersriffic and fawesome!
    check em out, everybody.
    (as long as you’ve read all three midnighters books)
    *sing-song* they’re fawesome….
    come on, i bought three new copies Midnighters just because the covers were pretty! even though i had the old ones! and forced all my friends to read Midnighters!
    [though i am greatly distressed, Blue Noon was in my backpack and Rexithan seems to have somehow gotten some wierd white marks on him. god, i hope it isn’t rubbing off!]

  11. Well, while you people write. you have to rember that i got out of school like 1 and a half ago. so like ya, i have stuff like hw to do.

    ok this is really stupid, but i dont no how to spell remeber. Wow, that was even stupider when i typed it. I need to be put in the pity pound!

    I. Need. To. Be. Normal.
    U no, i wonder y i am like, single. And then i look at what i do and go “That right, im weird!”

    Does anyone get annoyed when i say ‘like’?

  12. I freggin realized that i freggin hate when freggin people freggin overuse freggin words in one freggin sentence.

    I have to admit that I say “like” somtimes. — But like I don’t use it uncontrollably — 🙂

  13. xD Yeah, I say ‘like’ way to much in a sentence, and it annoys my dad like whoa. I also say ‘um’ and ”uh too much 🙂

    i iz a gud riter 😀

  14. [see above]
    it’s just Steampunk Day, btw. and every day is Steampunk Day! except for Not Steampunk Day, which is most days.
    horray for Lotti-wa! happy Steampunk Day!

    no! don’t be normal, bran-la! normal sucks!
    if a guy doesn’t like total wierdness, then he wouldn’t be a good boyfriend either. i be wierdo and single, but uummm, my class is full of idiots.

    i loves this song.

    hey, i have homework too! i just don’t do it. ;D
    because writing is more fun.
    no, actually i don’t have any homework tonight. because i’ve got like eight tests tommorrow. should study.
    but story!

    oooh, i must confess that, when speaking, i do say like, like, a lot. especially when i’m trying not to. it is one of the things that makes me hate myself.

  15. hehe. HAPPY STEAMPUNK DAY!!!

    hhhmmm…i use like when i am describing sompthing that has happened. i’ll be like “”and then she was like OMG” and then i was like “shut up!” and then she was like…crying”. hehe. thats a normal conversation with the parentals…

    -Lizzy-wa OUT! 😀

  16. i ALWAYS say ‘like’, and it gets on my friends nerves.
    They don’t understand that i can’t NOT say it.
    Which, totally sucks btw.
    I want to stop, but i can’t.

  17. tee hee, havent heard that in a while. i like sci fi. mmm… wish i could b in detroit but tear tear id never be allowed there. mmmmmmmmmmm…… sports my favorite. cricket. hummm, i should try to figure that sport out., i much prefur hogh injury sports though. bruises r like trophys and i get hit a lot. once i got hit by a pitcher that pitched so hard she left a groove on my leg that u could see where the stiches on the ball were. that hurt. i had to limp around the bases. hehe. i am also an avid volleyball player, the sport where the coach actually tells u to aim for thier heads. i gots a mean spike. i miss volleyball season. *sigh* basketball is tuns ov fun 2. i played a whole quarter w/ a bloody lip once. nobody came near me though, so that was good, always open. i sprained my pinky and it got all purple and swollen then i accidentally sat on the girl who sprained it. good times b-ball. i used 2 b a cheerleader, but that didnt work out, girls r 2 preppy. cricket sounds like fun. i think ill try it. o yea wen i was talkin bout the pitcher i was talkin bout softball btw

  18. hey, well i just found THIS little tidbit on the internet: remember that tv series that was called Extras (though for very different reasons than the book)??? it won a golden globe for best musical/comedy tv show!

    yeah, found that and figured i’d share it

    WHY CAN’T NY HAVE MORE “CON”S?!?!?!?!?!?!

  19. Dont Preppy people say like, like, a lot? Idk. Me school no have preppy people.

    Ok, if you asked you bestest guy friend, “Am i annoying?” And you knew you were sometimes (total me), would you want him to tell the truth or lie? I asked my guy friend that and hes like “Yeah, you are. But i have learned to deal with it. But your not as annoying as Kari.” No offence but Kari has some issues. I think the hair die is leaking in her brain, btw. But i was like, “am i really that annoying?” and hes like “You need advice?” and then he starts saying stuff that makes him all romantic and then he cracks a joke and its ruined but what ev. It made me kinda self-concious though, lik how many people acculy think im annoying!

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