Here's where I'll be and what I'll be doing/talking about during Ad Astra this year:
Right to Review - 7 pm Ellsemere East - Beverly Bambury (m), Adam Shaftoe, K.W. Ramsey
Readers have more outlets than ever before to voice their opinions
about books and respond to texts on book sellers’ sites such as Amazon
or social networking sites like GoodReads. Yet, like so many other
things on the Internet, this is open to exploitation and the dilution of
dialogue. What kinds of responsibilities do site owners, authors and
readers have in negotiating these new critical environments?
Yay! Panel with Bev and Adam!
Serenity: 10 years Later - 8 pm Franklin - Serenity 10 years Later David Clink (m), Fiona Patton, K.W. Ramsey
It’s been a decade since Serenity flew into the sunset. How do the
series and movie hold up? Is there hope we’ll see the browncoats again
on the larger or small screen? Come and celebrate 10 years of Firefly
Gassing about Firefly for an hour is guaranteed to be fun.
Swordplay! The Panel - 11 am Artic - K.W Ramsey and ?
Join our experts and discuss the myths and the truths about Eastern and Western Sword Play and sword-arts.
At this point I'm not sure who else will be up there with me. Chalk this one down as tentative at this point. If anything changes I'll make an announcement.
Books as Comfort Food - 1 pm - Ed Greenwood (m), adrienne everitt, Sandra Kasturi, Fiona Patton, K.W. Ramsey
Some books in our libraries just naturally soothe us. There are books
we go to again and again to seek comfort and ease anxiety. Sometimes
suffering a trauma will send you to a certain book- Let’s explore this
phenomena and talk about what is really going on when we hide in a book.
Looks as if this one doesn't have a room assigned to it yet. No worries. It'll get figured out.
Writing High Fantasy - 10 am Ellsemere East - Marie Bilodeau (m), Catherine Fitzsimmons, K.W. Ramsey, Gregory A. Wilson
What makes an epic fantasy epic? What are the elements of high
fantaty? With fantasy TV going mainstream is now that right time for you
to focus on writing a fantasy novel? What are some should haves when
writing fantasy? How about must avoid?
Okay, so this is this years "WTF how the heck did I end up on this one" panel. Last year it was a panel on book trailers. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have fun and contribute either way. Also I GET TO BE ON A PANEL WITH MARIE! Excuse me while I let out a manly squee.
Beyond Winterfell - 3 pm Beaufort East - David Clink (m), Chris Charabaruk, Sandra Kasturi, K.W. Ramsey
Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones discussion panel. Would you
serve on the wall, forsaking everything? Which house do you thing
deserves the iron throne. How do you feel about HBO’s treatment of the
series? Did you even know about the books before? Join other fans in
exploring the world of George RR Martin
Another topic that's going to be fun gassing about. Fair warning though, since this is near the end of the con I may have gone completely silly.
And that's my schedule, as it is. Keep in mind Ad Astra is still a few weeks away and anything can change at this point.