This week I'm going to be at Legendary ConFusion in Dearborn, Michigan. Should be a very good time with a plethora of authors including Peter V. Brett, Myke Cole, Sam Sykes, Cherie Priest, Kameron Hurley, Brad Beaulieu, and many, many more.
If you want to come see me get all sweaty and nervous at the front of a room full of people, here are my panels:
Does my world need an economy?
Rae Carson, Cherie Priest, Ron Collins, Brian McClellan, Ferrett Steinmetz
7pm Saturday - Southfield
Worldbuilding can be fun, daunting, and everything in between. One of the aspects that can have a drastic impact on the course of the story is the fantasy economy. As a discipline, economics is often seen as boring in the extreme, but in practice it informs such fantasy staples as warfare, diplomatic relations, crime - organized or desperate, and nearly any other conflict one could choose to name. The fantasy economy is fundamental, and here is how to do it right.
Don’t write what you know
Brian McClellan, Elizabeth Shack, Stina Leicht, Tobias Buckell, Catherine Shaffer, Mike Carey
11am Sunday - Erie
Brigid Collins, Brian McClellan, Kameron Hurley, C.C. Finlay, Howard Andrew Jones
1pm Sunday - Erie
Legends generally take time. History has a weight that helps to propel the present and inform a culture. In building an epic backstory in fantasy or science fiction, how does one do that? Flat out stating “there is a legend of this thing with a badger” only serves to make an audience look for the badger, so how does one craftily insert these details without a reader taking conscious notice? Who does this well, and what can we learn from some others who have done it less well?
Gaming and Writing
Carrie Harris, Saladin Ahmed, Howard Andrew Jones, Brian McClellan
2pm Sunday - Rotunda