Appearance, Gaiman-style!

I have often dreamt of Neil Gaiman-level fame.

Well – I say often. Occasionally. However I can’t help but think that famous and accomplished people must be awfully well organized. Which I am, kind of – if you remove the ‘well’. Here’s a feeble attempt at putting down my first ever* ‘appearance’ blog entry.

On Saturday the 26th I will be at BristolCon. This is what I shall be doing:

17:00-17:45 Room 1.

Magic In Fantasy: How does magic work in fantasy? Do you need to design a system – how do you come up with rules for magic? How do you decide what constraints to put on your magic users, to stop your story being a story about godlike beings who can never be in real danger?
With Jonathan Wright (M), Anne Lyle, Storm Constantine, Snorri Kristjansson, Paul Cornell

18:00-18:45 Room 2.

Plausible Critters: We see a lot of creatures in SF and fantasy that are just horses or dogs in cheap disguises. Conversely, we see interesting alien life forms that are hopelessly implausible. When sticking wings on a rabbit and calling it a snoogle just won’t do, how can you create weird, wonderful and convincing critters? What are some examples of the best and worst critters in fiction?
With Max Edwards (M), Snorri Kristjansson, Stephanie Saulter, Jaine Fenn, Gareth L. Powell

18:50-19:55 Room 2

Reading: Snorri Kristjansson

..and then I intend to go have one or two ciders, because I am led to believe that otherwise one gets thrown out of Bristol.

But wait! There’s more!

From the 31st of October to the 3rd of November I will be cavorting, frolicking and hopefully even gambolling with other authors** at World Fantasy Con 2013 in Brighton. Apart from trying very hard not to make a fool of myself, this is what I shall be doing:

Noon – 13:00

Please Sir, I Want Some More: How to Write That Difficult Second Book (Hall 4) 
So your first book is done and delivered and you’re really excited. But even before your debut magnum opus has appeared, your publisher is already clamouring for a sequel or-even worse-a series. Now you’ve got a deadline, peer pressure and a blank screen staring you in the face. How do you get started on that follow-up book, and are there any secrets other than just getting down to work?
Mark Barnes, Laure Eve, Snorri Kristjansson, Alison Littlewood, Lou Morgan (mod.), Sarah Pinborough.

So, yeah. In short, I’ll be in front of audiences***, next to leading experts in the field****, (hopefully) looking like this on the outside and (probably) like this on the inside.

I promise nothing, but I intend to take my magical typing machine with me so there might be update-y blog posts. Until such time, tell no-one of this.



* I think so, at least. Can’t remember any occasion where I would have done so before. But then again, as I said – awful at organizing.
** SIR TERRY PRATCHETT WILL BE THERE. And Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie and SIR TERRY PRATCHETT.
*** Hopefully.
**** Definitely.
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  1. Sverrir
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Just to be clear… Sir Terry Pratchett will be there?

    Tell him I said hi! 🙂

  2. Sverrir
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Better not call him Sir TP though…

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