Category: Appearances

Writing the other involves creating characters who differ from us (ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, age, personal philosophy, etc). When writers don’t take the time to research and think this through, it can come off artificial and supports stereotypes rather than contributing to the work’s diversity. In written works, skin color is overvalued as a difference, […]

Panelists at a convention discussing writing routines.

I’ll be attending Diversicon, a cozy speculative fiction convention July 26-28. This year’s theme is “The Next Step.” This year’s guest of honor is Nisi Shawl, a Tiptree-award-winning author who excels at teaching speculative fiction writers about how we can reflect real world diversity in our work. The special guest this year is Ben Huset, […]

I’ll be attending my first 4th Street Fantasy Convention this coming weekend. It’s always sounded like a potentially interesting time, but it’s out of my limited driving range. Fortunately, fellow author Dana Baird has offered to let me ride with her. This is an intimate conversational convention focusing on creating fantasy art and fiction, and […]

Jawas with a hippy Klingon celebrating the 400th anniversary of Woodstock.

MarsCon is one of my favorite conventions because it has a bit of everything, making it a full geek experience, without the overwhelming crowds like ConVergence, DragonCon, and ComicCon. The programming is diverse, and I can actually get to the things I want to attend (unless there’s two things I want to see at the […]