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Darlene Marshall's Draft Loncon3 Schedule

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Here's Darlene Marshall's draft schedule for Loncon3 and I'm pleased to see that my programme items don't start until Friday. I'm arriving in England from Ireland late Wednesday, so this gives me time to settle in and pick up my registration items without feeling pressured.

Teen Romance

Friday 15:00 - 16:30

Romance is in the air! Authors discuss the trend of weaving romantic entanglements into young adult literature. From true love to pining for that special someone, authors tackle the thorny subject of love, sex, and the supernatural--not to mention the fateful first kiss. What is it about a supernatural love interest that leaves mere mortals a distant second? Is there a discernible difference in how teen romance is handled between SF/F and its peer genres? And how far is too far when writing teen romance?

Mary Anne Mohanraj (M), Amie Kaufman, Mary Turzillo, Sarah Rees Brennan, Darlene Marshall

Sex in SF&F: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Saturday 11:00 - 12:00

Genre fiction's relationship to sex can best be described as 'It's Complicated'. While a sub-genre such as paranormal romance is sometimes belittled for its libido, other fields play it overly coy or, worse still, deal with sex almost entirely within the context of sexual(ised) violence; moreover, space given to non-heteronormative sexualities is small and may even been dissipating. What has occasioned such divergent approaches? How can portrayals of sex in general be used to communicate more complex and positive ideas and responses? Whatever happened to fumbling foreplay, the intimacy of commitment, and the post-coital chat?

Darlene Marshall (M), Tiffani Angus, Terry Jackman, Stephanie Osborn, Jennifer Stevenson

Coming of Age in Game of Thrones

Saturday 18:00 - 19:00

In a world were life and death hang in the balance for every character no matter how despised or loved, it is the children who pay the heaviest price. Their parents' plots and intrigues sit squarely upon the shoulders of the Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen children, snatching their childhoods away and forcing them to wield their own power to survive the game of thrones. But have the adults underestimated their children's value as players? Who will survive? Who will gain power? Will they have a chance to be children again? And who will be the biggest surprise? At what point do these children, despite their tender ages, take on the mantels of their parents and become adults themselves? Panelists will examine issues surrounding childhood and coming of age during a time of conflict where familial normalcy is gone and the rules of their world are in the process of being rewritten. *Spoiler Alert: Discussion will include all previously published books within the series.*

Darlene Marshall (M), Django Wexler, John Hornor Jacobs, Liz de Jager, David McDonald

When Genres Collide: Does SF&F have its own form?

Monday 10:00 - 11:00

Science fiction and fantasy often borrows structures and forms from other genres like noir, western, romance, etc. What are the structures and forms that are native to science fiction and fantasy? Are these storytelling conventions that can be exported to mainstream fiction? What is it about science fiction and fantasy that makes it so flexible for folding in other genres?

Peter Higgins, V. E. Schwab, Darlene Marshall, Michael Swanwick


Looks pretty good, more on this as it develops. See you in London!

Release Day for The Pirate's Secret Baby

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When it's Release Day for an author's book, it's almost like having a mini-birthday. People say nice things to you and buy you the best gift of all--a jump in your sales rankings.[g] So, here are the details:

The Pirate's Secret Baby by Darlene Marshall is now available at Amazon Kindle, All Romance eBooks and Amber Quill Press. It's in the queue for NOOK, and will be out in paper by the end of the month.

As always, reviews and rankings at Amazon and Goodreads are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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I was leafing through my notebook of recipes I've gathered over the years, and was startled to realize a recipe I copied 30 years ago was clear, legible and neatly penned.

That's a far cry from my handwriting in 2014.

I'm still a fan of handwriting. When I'm writing I take notes with a fountain pen (on Rhodia paper) because I retain the information more than if I type it. However, my handwriting has deteriorated to such a degree that I'm making a conscious effort to be neater while I'm taking notes. I suspect this is one of those healthy brain activities that'll keep my cognitive skills fresher as I zip through the 21st century. Can't say for certain, but it's worth a shot.

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Travel is wearing on you...and your luggage

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I replaced my Travelpro 22" rollerbag after Boskone. It was time, and I got another Travelpro 22" bag, but this one is two pounds lighter than my old bag. I love modern technology. I also got it in Sienna (red-brown) rather than black, making it easier to spot on the luggage carousel.

The old bag will be donated to the Children's Home Society Thrift Shop. Children in need get first pick of donated items, and I know from past experience with CHS that one of the biggest needs for children in foster care is luggage. Too often they have to carry all their worldly possessions in a black garbage bag from foster home to foster home. Imagine how that would make you feel. Having a nice rolling suitcase, even one that's pretty dinged up, is still an improvement over a garbage bag.

I'm looking forward to using my nice, shiny new bag for a weekend getaway in March, and then I'm going to do my best to only take the 22" and a tote to Loncon 3 this summer. Wish me luck!

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Darlene Marshall's Boskone 51 Schedule

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I'm only along to schlep Darlene Marshall's bags. She's got the nifty schedule and program items:

Bleeding Hearts

Friday 18:00 - 18:50

A Valentine's Day panel about romance in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. What are some of our great love stories for the ages? What stories turned out to be tragedies -- or worse? Panelists will discuss how love can turn a character's world upside-down.

Darlene Marshall (M), Steve Miller, Nancy Holder, Leigh Perry

Reading by Darlene Marshall

Saturday 14:00 - 14:25

Reduced William Shakespeare Star Wars Reading

Saturday 21:15 - 22:45

Join us for Boskone's special reading of Ian Doescher's Shakespearian _Star Wars_ mashup with droids, heroes, heroines, villains -- and rhyming couplets. Abridged and directed by Laurie Mann.

Laurie Mann (M), John Chu, Joan Slonczewski , Bruce Coville , Bob Kuhn, Mary Crowell, David G. Grubbs, Jane Yolen, Kate Baker, Darlene Marshall, David Palumbo

Humor in SF

Sunday 10:00 - 10:50

Comedy is hard. Trying to write humorously in science fiction, fantasy, or horror takes iron nerve but a light touch. You run risks ranging from committing self-parody to simply (horribly) falling flat. How can it be done skillfully (situations, characters, plot, etc.)? Who's writing funny right now?

Janice Gelb (M), Darlene Marshall, Ian Randal Strock, Jennifer Pelland, Bruce Coville

Wicked Good Villains!

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50

A look at the awesome antagonists who make their stories come alive. What makes a good bad guy or girl? From Maleficent to Sauron, magic-wielding villains have been a staple of the fantasy tradition. But what makes them tick? Why do we find them so compelling? And when do they cross over the wicked good line to join the best villains in fantasy literature?

Daniel P. Dern (M), Myke Cole, Darlene Marshall, Scott Lynch

Writers on Writing: Sex Versus Romance

Sunday 14:00 - 14:50

Authors share ideas and experiences about writing scenes that are erotic as compared to scenes that are romantic. Which is harder? Which is more fun to write? Does your protagonist's gender or preference make a difference? How do you accommodate audiences of different ages or sexual orientations? Is romance just sex in soft focus?

Darlene Marshall (M), Nancy Holder, Carrie Cuinn, Anna Davis

I've got my winter wardrobe ready to go, snow boots and all. See you in Boston!

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Thor

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Some thoughts on Thor, The Dark World:

1. When Tom Hiddleston's on screen, I can't take my eyes off of him. When he's not on screen, boredom ensues.

2. "Plot? We don' need no stinkin' plot!"

3. Anyone else think, "Hey! I didn't realize this was a Dr. Who Christmas episode!" when London was getting trashed?

That's about all I took away from the movie tonight. Your mileage may vary.

The Pirate's Secret Baby, coming in 2014

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Some of you may recall this book title started as a joke. I kept saying my WIP had the working title of The Hot Pirate's Secret Baby, since I was trying to maximize my tropes: pirates, secret babies, hotness. However, as I got close to finishing it, I began to call the book by what I thought would be its actual publication name: The Pirate's Governess.

The universal response from my publisher on down was, "Booooorrrrinnggg! Stick with the original title."

"But it's a joke!" I'd say.

No one paid attention. Finally, I came to the realization that sometimes you have to give the public what it wants. So expect to see The Pirate's Secret Baby (my pirates being hot speaks for itself) in March, 2014. I thought about pushing the deadline to get it published before Boskone 51, but I'd rather have the book done right than done fast.

More on this as it develops, but here's a short blurb: "Experienced governess wanted: Must exhibit patience and skill in dealing with children, puppies, and pirates. Apply Capt. R. St. Armand, The Prodigal Son."
Castaway Dreams

This was my first visit to San Antonio, since I'd had to miss LoneStarCon 2 in 1997, but it was worth the wait. While everyone was complaining about the 100F temperatures, my response was, "Ahhhh...dry heat!" When you live in North Florida, almost anyplace is a better place to be in August.

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My Worldcon Schedule--LoneStarCon3

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Here's my Worldcon schedule, which is a twofer this year. Darlene Marshall will be on the panels, and my fannish self will be working in the Green Room (look for me on the early morning shift) and will once again be the Voice of the Ghoddess at the Hugo Awards Ceremony. Whew!

I could use some fannish input for The Fake Hugo Awards. If you've got suggestions, throw them at me in the comments here. Thanks!

In addition to my program appearances, signed copies of Castaway Dreams will be available in the Dealers Room at Old Earth Books. Support your indie bookseller and get some great vacation reading. Castaway Dreams is a finalist for the Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Award, sponsored by the Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America. The winners will be announced in September. Also, Castaway Dreams and Sea Change are now available in Kobo editions. They've long been available from all the other major vendors in all formats.

The Future of the Small Press

Friday 13:00 - 14:00

Gary K. Wolfe (M), Kaja Foglio, Michael Underwood, Darlene Marshall, Neil Clarke

The Fake Hugo Awards

Friday 18:00 - 19:00

Sure, the Hugo Awards have a prize for everything from Best Novel to Best Semiprozine to Best Fan Artist. But what about an award for the Best SF Novel by an Author Who Insists They Don't Write SF? Or Best Rant About the Death of Science Fiction? Come out and see what else our panel can suggest.

Dave McCarty (M), Darlene Marshall, Guy H. Lillian III

Magic Realism:

Saturday 11:00 - 12:00

Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy. How can you use these terms to describe the varied work of Angélica Gorodischer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Laura Esquivel?

Darlene Marshall (M), Howard Waldrop , Rudy Ch. Garcia, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Stina Leicht

I Married a Werewolf: Paranormal Romance

Saturday 13:00 - 14:00

Vampires and werewolves (and sometimes even zombies, as the recent Warm Bodies showed) are more complex creatures than they used to be. Moreover, over the years, they have become the subject of romance. Why, and in what ways?

Darlene Marshall (M), Carrie Vaughn, Jean Johnson, Gail Carriger, Charlaine Harris

Writing Outside Genre

Monday 10:00 - 11:00

Many genre writers also write things on and over the edges of genre. Why do they do this? How is the experience of writing in different genres different?

Ellen Datlow (M), Lezli Robyn , John Maddox Roberts, Darlene Marshall

My Boskone 50 Schedule

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Here's my schedule for Boskone 50, February 15-17 in Boston. 

  • Reading: Darlene Marshall (Reading), Sat 11:30 - 12:00, Independence (Westin)
  • Going Graphic in the e-Book Age (Panel) (M), Sat 13:00 - 13:50, Burroughs (Westin)
  • Humor in the Stuff We Read (Panel), Sat 14:00 - 14:50, Carlton (Westin)
  • Silver Anniversary of the Liaden Universe (Other), Sat 17:00 - 18:20, Griffin (Westin)
  • The Spirit of the Place (B48) (Panel), Sun 11:00 - 11:50, Harbor I (Westin)

I'll also have books for sale at the Old Earth Books table in the Hucksters Room. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there

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