May 312012
 

Bacycon 2012 ran from the 25th through the 28th of May.  It was the first time I'd been, although it was the site of Mum's Hugo win for Weyr Search over 40 years ago.

I got to be on a marvelous panel with Brandon Sanderson about The Writer's Toolkit.

Of course, we had an Anne McCaffrey memorial Saturday evening.  We laughed and cried — we laughed more than we cried.  Sunday we had a panel on Anne McCaffrey's universes to talk over those people loved and to ask about what was to come (I gave hints).

The uproarious Dani and Eytan Kollin were toastmasters and propelled the height of toastmasterdom to new levels.  I mean, really! The toast catapults will live on in many bewildered memories.  Later, Dani and Eytan asked me if I would join them in the toastmaster interview and I gladly obliged.  They are really cool guys! (They'll be at Worldcon, look them up.)

The nice people of the Sword and Laser podcast interviewed me.  We talked pretty much about everything which was a lot of fun. You can listen to it here.

Next year's Baycon (2013) will have Lois McMaster Bujold as Guest of Honor (woo-hoo!) which makes going next year practically mandatory.

At Baycon, I also had the pleasure of meeting up once more with the amazing John Del Arroz who asked me why I wasn't promoting my City of Angels more (here ya go, John!).

 Posted by at 17:27
May 222012
 

Here’s an early draft of the cover by Scott Purdy:

When the Villain Comes Home Cover

I’m really looking forward to this book because I have a lot of love for my story, Robin Redbreast, and I understand that the rest of the contributors and stories are just as great.

 Posted by at 18:07
May 152012
 

Jody Lynn Nye will once again be offering a two-day science fiction and fantasy writers workshop at DragonCon, over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA.

Among the subjects to be covered during the two-day course (Thursday 8/30/12 and Friday 8/31/12) are story structure, character development, world-building, narrative hook, research, description, collaboration, nonfiction, format, the business of writing, marketing and promotion.

Guest lecturers will speak during the course on topics involving their expertise. Signed up to instruct this year are Todd McCaffrey (co-author, Dragonriders of Pern), David Gerrold (“The Trouble with Tribbles,” The Martian Child), and Toni Weisskopf (Publisher, Baen books).

The students are encouraged to ask questions after the experts’ presentations. The aim of this workshop is to help aspiring writers to learn to practice their craft at a professional level.

Students of every level are welcome, from beginners to those writers who are starting to sell their work.

For more information and to sign up, please visit the description on the DragonCon website, http://www.dragoncon.org/workshops.php#WritersNye.

 Posted by at 14:52