Posts Tagged ‘orycon’

Highlights from OryCon

Categories: News |
Jay & Bronwyn

Jay Lake and daughter Bronwyn

A great time in Portland OR at OryCon. Some highlights:

  • Got to hear Nancy Kress hold forth on endings. She drew a double arch on the board. Made perfect sense! She’ll join us for Write on the River in May.
  • Spent time with my good friend Louise Marley. How many cons have we been to together? Many, many.
  • Got to see Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Sheila Finch, Jason Hough, Jay Lake, Bruce Taylor, Patricia Briggs, Shaun Ferrill, Patrick Swenson, Craig English, Mary Rosenblum, Brent and Kristi and Olivia (!) Weeks, Jim Fiscus and more.
  • Met new friends Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa.
  • Learned a bunch of good reasons for Not changing your writing name. Though it can still work, especially for “the New York model.”
  • Saw the Endeavor Award go to Laurie Frankel for “Goodbye for Now,” a terrific spec fic literaty novel.
  • Heard a great presentation by Tor editor Liz Gorinsky.
  • Signed with a dozen other writers at the NW Author Fest confab at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing.  Thanks to Peter Honigstock!  #SFWAauthors

Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa

My OryCon schedule

OryConExcited to be headed down to Portland on Friday for OryCon. Here’s my schedule. Hope you’ll drop by my reading at 11:30 on Saturday!

Also, if you’re in the Portland area, please drop by Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing big SF/F signing with many authors attending  OryCon! 4:30 to 6:00. I’ll be there until 5:30, and hope to see you! Click for directions: NW Author Fest


3:00 p.m. THE END OF ALL THINGS – How can you wrap up the end of a story so that it’s neat, but not too tidy, and is surprising but not out of the blue or contrived, natural but not predictable? (Lincoln room)

5:00 p.m. FANTASY TROPES AND CLICHES – The good, the bad, and the ugly. Which ones are overused, which ones are integral to the genre, and which ones are horrible but we love them anyway. (Jefferson/Adams room)

7:00 p.m. FANTASY AROUND THE WORLD  – Most fantasy revolves around European folklore – what about something different? (Hamilton room)


11:30 a.m. READING – I’ll read from my latest novel, a fantasy: A Thousand Perfect Things (Grant room)

2:00 p.m. SIGNING – I”ll be seated with Jason M. Hough, Steve Perry, others (Art Show)

4:00 p.m. THE MARKETING OF HISTORICAL FICTION – Does it only sell as romance and mainstream? How might historical fiction be made appealing to a broader audience? (Madison room)


12:00 p.m. A TOUCH OF FARMER, A PINCH OF LEGUIN – Panelists discuss their biggest influences and what books have changed the recent landscape in SF/F/H horror literature. (Jefferson/Adams room)

1:00 p.m. PSEUDONYMS, GENRE AND BRANDING – Can one writing name encompass, say, space opera, high fantasy, military sci-fi and erotic romance? When to fracture your writing identity, how and why. (Lincoln room)