Sunday, April 12, 2015

Next convention

Looking forward to my first Ravencon in Richmond, Virginia, in two weeks, April 24-26. Here is my schedule:


6 pm (Reading) Boardroom

7 pm (Opening Ceremony) Rooms E & F

10 pm (Panel) How and Why of Short Stories / Bon Air
The How and Why of Short Stories
Our panelists discuss why they write short stories, how they develop ideas and characters, tips on writing short stories, potential problems to avoid and what markets to target.
Warren Lapine
Lou Antonelli
Bud Sparhawk
Kristin Mehigan


10 am (Panel) Writing Dialogue / Anna
Panelists discuss writing convincing, interesting dialogue. What about accents, physical quirks, and differing vocabulary from character to character? How can you use physical beats and dialog tags to pace a conversation?
Lou Antonelli
Lawrence M. Schoen
Noah McBrayer Jones
Kate Paulk
Karen McCullough (M)

11 am (Panel) Tips for Aspiring Writers / Room F
If you’re a new writer or someone who’s thinking about taking the plunge into the world of fiction, getting started can be a bit intimidating. Now’s your chance to learn some tricks of the trade from our panel of published authors. They’ll share tips and answer your questions about getting your writing career off the ground.
Ellie Collins
Lou Antonelli
Paula S. Jordan (M)
CM Adams

1 pm (Signing) Dealer’s Room

9 pm (Panel) Plotting and Pacing a Short Story / Anna
Tony Ruggiero
Lou Antonelli
Kristin Mehigan


2 pm (Panel) Alternate History in Science Fiction & Fantasy / Room E
What if the South won the Civil War? What if the Chinese discovered the New World? Alternative History has become a sub-genre of its own. But how does an author keep it plausible?
Steve White
Lou Antonelli
Christopher Nuttall
Danielle Ackley-McPhail

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"It’s possible that you haven’t run into the stories of Lou Antonelli. Since 2003, he’s been publishing delightful short tales of alternate history all over the nooks and crannies of the SF world. Thanks to Fantastic Books, we now have 28 of these little gems in one place. "Many of Antonelli’s stories have an unexpected twist ending. And many of them are what he calls “secret history” stories, which aren’t exactly alternate history—they’re set in our familiar history, but there’s always some element that contemporary observers missed. " -

- Don Sakers, The Reference Library, Analog July-Aug. 2014

A better path develops for a distraught man in “Double Exposure” by Lou Antonelli (debut 6/11 and reviewed by Frank D). Jake is about to end it all. He has been trying to keep his high maintenance wife happy for decades and has needed to embezzle to satisfy her spending habits. Now, on the verge of indictment and abandoned by his spouse, he buys a gun. Before he pulls the trigger, he spies a Kodak one-day photo hut. Curious, he pulls up to the window. They are holding pictures of him and his last girlfriend from 30 years before. The package is a lot thicker than it should be. Double Exposure” is listed as an Alternative History story but I would classify it as a Magical Realism tale. It is set as a second chance tale, a look into a life that should have been. The author is inspired by his memories of the old photo huts (I remember them) and of their disappearance. A cool idea (photos of another life), one that I could imagine would make for a great anthology.

- Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots

“Great White Ship”: A traveler stuck waiting for a flight strikes up a conversation with an old airline employee. The Old Timer tells him a story of a Great White Airship that arrives from a most unusual destination. The story of a craft from an alternate reality and how it got there is only the precursor to the final act. This is one of my favorite stories from this site. I have a great passion for lighter-than-air craft and their potential as a future means of transport, which opens the story. The author uses this speculation to launch into an engaging tale. As fascinating as the main story line is, the alternate history premise that accompanies it is just as worthwhile. This story was well written and very well thought out. It is well worth the read. Recommended.

- James Hanzelka, Diabolical Plots

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