beth_bernobich: red mushroom (red sun)
...and the new job is wonderful.

I have a lot of work to do to wrangle our projects into order, but the interns and my junior developer are willing, and my manager backs me up with time, money, and support. Plus the occasional trip to the UConn Dairy Bar.

Meanwhile, I am looking forward to Readercon.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Painter Flower)
Agent loves the summaries for sequels to Current Novel. Speaking of which, Current Novel goes out on submission this week. *cue author flailing*

The YA fantasy story has been completely reworked. I need to let that sit a couple weeks before I make the next editing pass.

And hey, Readercon is next week. Here is my schedule, and I hope to see you there!

Friday, 8PM, Kaffeeklatsch

Saturday, 11AM, Dog, Cat, Snake: Predicting Pets with Literary Taste. Panelists will discuss their literary preferences and see whether others can guess their pets.

Sunday, 10AM, Reading. I'll be reading an excerpt from Not!Sherlock
beth_bernobich: Crab (Crab)
Friday, 7PM: Romance Recs for Spec Fic Fans. Saira Ali, Beth Bernobich, Rose Fox, Victoria Janssen (leader), Natalie Luhrs, Cecilia Tan.

Saturday, 10AM: Reading (an excerpt from The Time Roads)

Sunday, 10AM: Kaffeeklatsch
beth_bernobich: obsessing (obsessing)
...here's what's going on.

Copyedits for THE TIME ROADS should show up later this month, or early next month.

Meanwhile, I have two short chapters written for my current novel project, and I'm delving into the third. Once I have three or four chapters end-to-end, I'll write a real synopsis, make a thorough editing pass, and send off the package to my agent.

Oh, and next weekend I will be attending Boskone. I'm not on panels but you can probably find me wandering around hallways, or in the bookdealer area.

readercon!

Jul. 14th, 2013 09:00 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (cat on a wire)
No Sunday essay today. I'm at Readercon this weekend, meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and talking about books.

In the meantime, here is the cover art for my novella, "Thief of War," forthcoming in September on Tor.com:

beth_bernobich: red mushroom (blank)
...and probably not ever again. See here for why not.

ETA: Oh happy day. Given this splendid response from the Readercon concom, I have changed my mind and will be going next year.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (snobbish pig)
Survive and Thrive in the New World of Publishing, Sat 10:00 - 11:00

Traditional publishing is under siege from all sides as online publishing proliferates, cheap and easy self publishing is available, and readership in general declines. Can the rise of e-books, audiobooks, print-on-demand save the industry? What must you do to be successful today?

(Alan F. Beck, Beth Bernobich, Joshua Bilmes (M), Jeffrey A. Carver, Neil Clarke)

The Writing of Short Fiction, Sat 11:00 - 12:00

Let's take a close-up view of what to do when you create a horror, science fiction, or fantasy story in one of the shorter lengths. How do you decide that this idea will work best short? How many characters can you fit? What's got to go in? What must you leave out? What short form masters should you steal blind?

(Beth Bernobich, F. Brett Cox, Craig Shaw Gardner, Alexander Jablokov (M), James Patrick Kelly)

Reading, Sat 13:30 - 14:00
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Default)
Friday, 10PM: Meet The Prose

Sunday, 10:30AM: Reading
(I'll be reading from my forthcoming YA novel, Fox & Phoenix)

I had originally planned to arrive at the convention around 8PM on Friday night, but I'm thinking I can take a few hours off on Friday, leave directly from work, and get to the con between 6PM and 7PM. Just in time for dinner, but not so early I collapse in my room and accidentally nap the night away.

See y'all there!
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (book love)
Not right now—I'm still very sick—but starting mid-March, I have a very busy (for me) schedule)...


Okay, only four things, but with all the traveling, it feels like a lot.

I am now taking bets on whether the galley proofs for Fox and Phoenix arrive in the middle of all this. *g*

boskone...

Feb. 21st, 2011 01:01 pm
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (celestial map)
I know that truly clever con reports talk about panels and deep, earth-shaking insights.

I'm clever, but not like that. When I go to conventions, I go to meet people and hear their stories, and so this latest convention for me was extra wonderful, because I met two people, a high school student and a young woman in her twenties, who were attending their very first SF convention ever.

And both of them were amazed, excited, dazzled, grinning like loons, and did I mention excited? Their faces were absolutely aglow, because not only did they love the panels, they both felt as though they had come home. I was so happy for them.

In other con news, I met up with lots of old friends, made several new ones, visited Malt-Con for the first time, gave a reading, had enormous fun on both my panels, instigated mischief, invented the term Stooge-Punk, avoided being moderator (twice!), signed a bunch of books, jumped up and down a lot, and generally had a really great time. I even got enough sleep, though not enough food.

I am home now, unpacking and petting the kittens. Tomorrow is for writing.
beth_bernobich: Beak Bird (Beak Bird)
And off to my editor. Tomorrow is Boskone. Just in time!
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (mad scribe)
Saturday 1pm: Reading

(Most likely I will be reading from my forthcoming YA novel, Fox and Phoenix.)

Saturday 2pm: How Is YA Different?
Ellen Asher
Beth Bernobich
Esther Friesner
Jordan Hamessley

How is YA F&SF different from the adult market?

Sunday 12noon: Cads, Bounders, Seducers, and Other Ladykillers
Beth Bernobich
Katherine Crighton
Darlene Marshall
Joshua B. Palmatier

Good guys are boring! (But is there any other kind in SF? Richard Seaton would wipe out a solar system rather than deliberately hurt a lady's heart.) Cads start out looking like Mr. Right, but end up doing you wrong. From Dominic Flandry to Jason Stackhouse or Ivan Vorpatril, these rakes are often written to charm the reader as well as the heroine. Are they just a holdover from cheap pulp fiction? Could they exist in any future society with gender equality? If they're still fun to read about, why?

misc.update

Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:00 pm
beth_bernobich: alice (alice)
No con report from me. Sorry. I had many patches of wonderful—chewy conversations, funny conversations, hugs, some splendid Writer Moments, and other Neat Stuff, not to mention free books—and yet, I came away feeling somewhat off balance. (Am processing this. I do know it was purely me, not the con or the lovely people there.)

So...moving on.

I arrived home late Monday afternoon, a bit too frazzled to do more than pet the kittens. Today went to all kinds of catch-up chores. Tomorrow, I really need to go head down into ALLEGIANCE. And oh man, this one is being a true bear to write. [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman explained that this is normal for the last book in a trilogy. The story is a river that has spread out over two books, and now I'm trying to force the current back into a single channel. I'm making progress, but it's slow.

And in other news, the release date for Fox and Phoenix has changed. The original tentative date was July 2011. The new release date will be sometime in the autumn, exact month not yet known. At some point, I hope to get revision notes and jacket copy.

Anyway, lots of stuff. I won't predict how much I'll be online. Emails nagging me to write faster are welcome. :)
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Painter Flower)
I'm arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Monday morning. In between, I will be:

  • Participating in a group signing at the OSU Bookstore. (11am-1pm) Details here.

  • Getting interviewed by Locus Magazine (later that afternoon)

  • Reading from my new novel, Passion Play (Sunday 10am)

  • Attending panels

  • And generally hanging out with friends


Hope to see you there!
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (sepia woman)
So I survived Book Day (yay!) and though, yes, I *am* obsessing over sales (did you know that B&N lets you see which stores stock your book?), I am also making decent progress on ALLEGIANCE.

I am also looking forward to World Fantasy very, very much. Perhaps too much.

At first I thought I should go because it's a great opportunity to do some promo (one reading, one interview, and one off-site book-signing). And of course I've always wanted to check out WFC. But the biggest reason of all is that I need to get away from the daily routine, to talk face-to-face with old friends and to meet new people, especially those who don't go to Boskone and Readercon.

Because, dear readers, I am more than a bit burnt out.

The writing continues, and indeed, I like the results, but I think the well is dipping dangerously close to empty. I need a break, and a break where my brain gets stuffed with new sights and new ideas.

Hope to see you there!
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (book love)
It was awesome. Though I did attend a few readings, I spent most of my time hanging out with friends, old and new. I met a splendid service dog who was (with his owner's permission) getting treats and belly rubs from everyone. I learned one naughty elephant joke from Charlie Stross. I bought several books (Ellen Klages, Kage Baker, Walter Hunt), and signed several copies of my collection, which was on sale in the dealer room. Reading and kaffeeklatsch went *very* well. I even managed to get enough sleep on Saturday night, though I missed the Kirk Poland contest and all the parties.

My one panel was The Closet Door Dilated, with Steve Berman (moderator), Charlie Stross, Shariann Lewitt, and Cecilia Tan. Lots of good discussion about gender roles, gender self-identification, and sex in SF. Lots of energy on the panel and in the audience. Shariann Lewitt gets the prize for a perfection mime demonstration on what it's like to write a novel, compressed into a minute, which ended up with her strangling herself and falling to the floor.

But my favorite exchange was at the beginning, when Steve was giving the usual PSA announcements.

Steve Berman: ...those of you with cell phones, remember to set the ringer to vibrate.

Cecilia Tan: (without a pause) And remember to set your vibrators to ring.

Readercon!

Jul. 9th, 2010 09:19 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (sepia woman)
I am in the last stages of prepping for Readercon. My goal is to arrive around 4PM between four and five, um, earlier than I did last year. Especially since I owe the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] mroctober a steak dinner.

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] mroctober, he tells me that Small Beer Press will have copies of my collection for sale. Yay!

Okay, enough chat. Time to pet my panel notes, print the kittens, and get going. Or something like that.
beth_bernobich: alice (alice)
Reading: Friday 8:30PM (Vermont)

Kaffeeklatsch: Saturday 1:00PM (Vinyard)

The Closet Door Dilated: Saturday 6:00PM (Salon F)
S. Berman, Bernobich, Lewitt, Stross, Tan

Why are we no longer imagining new sexual identities, practices, and characteristics? If we've in fact moved past that to portraying the actual experience of LGBT individuals as minority members, in a realistic cultural context, why aren't there more such fictions?

(Updated: My reading was moved to Friday night.)
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (arrow)
Saturday 11am: Reading

Saturday 2pm: Writer Scams
    Beth Bernobich
    Elaine Isaak
    James D. Macdonald (M)

Sunday 1pm: Believable Relationships
    Beth Bernobich
    Lois McMaster Bujold
    Geary Gravel
    Darlene Marshall (M)
    Jo Walton

Sunday 2pm: Are Good and Evil Gone from Epic Fantasy?
    Beth Bernobich
    David Anthony Durham (M)
    Greer Gilman
    Patrick Nielsen Hayden
    Michael Swanwick
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (siamese)
Train to Grand Central. Lovely walk down 5th Ave to the Flatiron Building. There were tourists agog at the sights. Lord & Taylor alight with decorations. An enormous pumpkin (next to a pastry shop) that read HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM.

I'm a bit early for my meeting with Claire. But look! Madison Square Park! And the air was cool and refreshing, the sky a dusky violet. I relaxed on a park bench, watched people stroll past, and a battalion of well-fed squirrels leaping and tumbling through the trees.

Off to meet my editor and agent. A tour of Tor. Dinner at Les Halles. Onward to the SFWA A&E.

V. elegant this year. Enticing appetizers served by waiters who circulated the crowds.

Talked with old friends, met some new folks, and so on until 10:40.

A dash to the train station. Well, a mile and some dash. It was drizzling by this hour, and so various doormen good-naturedly asked me where my umbrella was, and wished me a good evening.

Made the 11:22 train with a minute to spare. (Have I mentioned how much I love trains?)

Arrival in New Haven at 1:15. The train station is in a rather, um, interesting part of town. And the parking garage had been full when I arrived in the afternoon, so I had to park off-site. There were no shuttles, nor any security people. Yay!

However, there was a honking big police station on the next block, and the parking lot was a short trek past that. So with keys held in hand (they make an excellent weapon, btw), I stalked, not scurried, to my car.

Home by 2:00 am.

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