And…it’s break time. My brain needs to recoup just a wee bit before I hit the ELA Grammar goals and go to a credit card meeting. That means you get two posts today for the price of one.
Let’s go back to the beginning of the convention now. (Yes, I know that flashback could have been smoother). This is the post about readings I attended at the convention.
4 Writers, 4 Girls, 4 Worlds
This is the reading that I was part of. I read some of that Abigail Rath thing (it has a girl protagonist. That seemed the way to go.) Currently, Abigail Rath Versus the Blood Sucking Undead is about number 4 on the to-do list. Must go elsewhere for sparkles.
But I’m here to highlight other writers. Here we go.
Laurel Amberdine read the beginnings of a ya novel in which society experiences the fall out from magnetic flux constantly. One young woman can save the world and set society aright.
Derek Molata read an excerpt from the novel his agent is currently shopping. Alternative dimensions and emotional memory rebels set the stage for a surreal supernatural battle.
Holly McDowell read from a novel her agent is also shopping: In 1835, a gifted composer has inherited her grandfather’s genius, but she pretends her brother is the musical prodigy of the family.
Star Songs from Four Primates
Alan John DeNiro: In addition to being a great karaoke host, DeNiro read an excerpt from a supernatural humorous pirate piece.
Karen Joy Fowler shared her WIP about a primate and a child being raised together. Fascinating children’s POV in this, plus a recounting of the Banks children’s first encounter with Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins.
Hiromi Goto read a short piece about technology versus the heart.
Mary Doria Russell read riveting words from her most recently published novel Doc.
Taboo IV: The Return of the Curse of the Creature’s Ghost
Cassie Alexander read a sex scene from her upcoming werewolf novel.
Vylar Kaftan read a couple of short stories. The one that sticks with me best is the one about the prospectors.
Time and tiredness have driven the actual story that Ann Leckie read from my head, but I remember liking it, and by way of apology, I point you here and recommend you read Hesperia and Glory, about which many good things have been written.
Nebula winner Rachel Swirsky‘s poem about relationships was startling,and dramatically read.
Goblin Girls and Bedlam Boys
C.S.E. Cooney made everyone topsy-turvy with her acerbic fairy tale sensibility.
Patty had two girlfriends in search of a box that lead them to the Abyss.
Shira Lipkin read from her WIP Cicatrice.
Shveta Thakrar read an excerpt of her story that will be appearing in Steam Powered Two.
Not quite as reading heavy as last year, but still some pretty good stuff! Check these folks, and their work out. I certainly am please that I did.