I will be appearing at ConDFW this weekend, 2/19/14-2/21/14

To my (tiny) fan base (and to my much larger group of friends):
I will be appearing at ConDFW this weekend (2/19/14-2/21/14). Come check it out!

My panels:

Friday 6p-7p: The Foot is Mightier than the Pen
– Me and Adrian Simmons show writers what real martial arts looks like.

Saturday 4p-5p: Star Wars vs. Star Trek
-I will be on the Star Wars side.

Sunday 11am-Noon: Mining for New Ideas
– Where to find new iedas for your writing.

Just back from AggieCon 42

I had a wonderful time — and 7 panels. 4 panels in a row on Friday. Man, I was exhausted.

Met a lot of great people: John Joseph Adams, Catherynne M. Valente, Michael Bey, Veronica Stark, Patrice Sarath, Tom Knowles, O. M. Grey, and Martha Wells.

And there were the usual suspects too: William Ledbetter, A. Lee Martinez, Stina Leicht, and many many more!

A real thrill was to see my old friend Katie Stauber, author of “Revolution World”, and her husband Chet — haven’t seen them in 8+ years!

All in all, a blast.

A bit of advice: If you ever meet a writer who’s work you have read…

Realize that the image you have constructed of them inside your head is mostly fictional, and that they are probably quite different than you expect.

What the heck am I talking about, you may ask:

The insightful John Scalzi talks about this “being fictional” problem at length on his Whatever blog here, and the equally insightful Elizabeth bear discusses being an fictional construct of her readers here.

I think eBear says it best:
“Essentially, I’m a fictional person to them. [the readers]

And they feel like they have ownership of that construct/fictional person, and sometimes they get very angry when I persist in being me and not the person they imagined. Which, I mean–okay, yeah. It happens to actors and musicians and sports figures a thousand-fold more, and politicians build their careers on capitalizing on this effect, but boy it takes some getting used to.”

This isn’t a new problem. It happens to celebrities of all types and levels (even lonely short story writers, especially if they write visceral horror/dark fantasy). It even happens to folks on WoW, and between coworkers at work.

As we watch people on TV/read stories by people/interact with people, we build a fictional construct of that person in our heads. We think we know them, know what they are thinking, know what they would do in a situation. Sometimes we even pass moral judgments on them.

I’m just saying… Be careful: the writer you meet is probably not the person you expect.

Going to ConDFW next Weekend

Well, I’m going to ConDFW this coming weekend, and I’m looking forward to it. I know it’s not as well-attended as FenCon, but I had a lot of fun there last year and hope to again this one.

No panels this year, so this one’s for the fun only 🙂