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Balticon 48 Draws Nigh!

Woman playing fiddle made of fire and ice, Balticon 48 title banner.

Michelle and I are once again participating in the festivities at Balticon.  We’ll be around Friday-Monday, so if you’re attending, please feel free to say hello.  Our books will be for sale at the Broad Universe table, and we plan to spend a fair amount of time there between panels.  The GoH is Brandon Sanderson, and I’m really excited to see Melissa Scott, Maria V. Snyder, and Myke Cole, as well.  Not to mention all the lovely people I only ever seem to run into at cons.

If you’d like to see the dog and pony show in action, please drop in to our panels!  Our schedules are below:

 

Michelle

Kicking Yourself Into Gear (Panel) (Participant), Friday 20:00 – 20:50, Parlor 1026

Broad Universe Reading Rapid Fire Reading Saturday Afternoon (Panel) (Participant), Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Pimlico

Open Heart Surgery with a Chain-saw: Deep Edits (Panel) (Participant), Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Parlor 1026

How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase

 

Reesa

Kicking Yourself Into Gear (Panel) (Participant), Fri 20:00 – 20:50, Parlor 1026

Broad Universe Reading Rapid Fire Reading Saturday Afternoon (Panel) (Participant), Sat 16:00 – 16:50, Pimlico

How and Why Romance is 53% of the Market (Panel) (Moderator), Mon 08:00 – 08:50, Derby

How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase

 


Balticon and Magical Cupcakes

Balticon was *mumbledymumble* weekends ago, and I am a terribly inefficient blogger.  I got to moderate the “When Bad Guys Go Good” panel, featuring Maria V. Snyder, Patrick Scaffido, Pete Prellwitz, and the GoH, Jody Lynn Nye.  People came to our reading.  Even people who were not related tous/obligated by friendship to attend.  We participated in our first Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading, which was heavily-attended and an amazing way to connect with people.  We sat at the Broad Universe table and gave away vast amounts of free stuff.  I got to meet Heather Dale, who is charming and wonderful in person.

I forgot to take a single picture, all weekend.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the chance to hold a release party.  The Cupcakes and Con Men party took place on Sunday.  We went through 50 cupcakes, 50 free reads, 12 “Cuff the Con Man” prize bags, and a prodigious number of giggles.  Thank you to everyone who attended, and special thanks to our road crew, Alex, Debbie M., Debbie P. (Two Debs are better than one!), Kevin, and Tammy.  Our entourage came to join us from California, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, and made the entire con something I’ll remember forever.  Also thanks to Mary S., who pimped the party to a bunch of her lovely friends.  Thank you all!

More than a few people asked me for the recipes I used, especially the killer brown sugar icing on the spiced peach cupcakes.  Because I like to share, here they are.

I’m going to admit to something- anyone who snagged one of the Deep Space Chocolate cupcakes had a defective baked good.  I was flying around like a crazy person while making them, and I didn’t put the fresh raspberries in the cupcakes.  The whole reason I chose such a rich, dry crumb cake was that the raspberries tend to make a moister cake overly soggy.  My apologies to anyone who was desperately wishing for a glass of milk!

A Spot of Brown Sugar Frosting (used with Spiced Peach Cupcakes)

Deep Space Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Deep Space Dark Chocolate Frosting

Spiced Peach Cupcakes

Enjoy, bake in good health, and if we met you at Balticon, feel free to drop a comment.  We’d love to hear from you.

 

(You can also access these on the Recipes page, under Free Reads.)

 


Appearance – Balticon 46, May 25-28, 2012

Hey! Look at me, remembering to tell people things while there is still time to plan for them!

Michelle and I will be appearing at Balitcon 46, Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28, 2012) in Baltimore, MD.

We don’t have our full panel schedule yet, but we do know for sure that on Sunday evening, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., you can join us in Parlor 1041 for the Cupcakes and Con Men party, to celebrate the paperback release of The Slipstream Con. We’ll be plastering wanted posters and party details all over the various nooks and crannies of the hotel, but you can firmly state that you heard it here first. Please stop by for free cupcakes, party games, and frivolity of a Ylendrian bent. We will have paperback copies of The Slipstream Con for sale at the event, and would be thrilled (giddy, perhaps, given the amount of sugar we intend to have on offer!) to personalize a copy to send home with you.


Reesa Goes to Balticon 45

Last weekend (yes, I’m a terrible travel blogger.  Why do you ask?) Michelle and I trekked (and trekked, and trekked again) to the wilds of  Look, I got a participation prize! Maryland for Balticon 45.  It’s my third year attending, and my first as a panelist.  I got a ribbon!

Our first panel was Start Up Rituals of the Pros, where we shared a table with Myke Cole and James Knapp.  Rather august company for our first panel as pros, given that James had just won the 2011 Compton Crook Award, and Myke’s book, due out in 2012, looks pretty damn awesome.  We were down a couple of panelists, including a moderator, so Myke jumped in to moderate.  If any of you noticed that my hands were shaking so hard that I almost spilled my water, thanks for not pointing it out.  Myke kept us on a pretty clear track, talking about discipline in writing, how we get ourselves going on a project, and what our daily writing routines were like.  Four people, four almost entirely different styles of psyching ourselves up (or, in Myke’s case, psyching himself out) but I think in the end we all made the same point- if you want to write a book, the key is to actually WRITE it.  Thinking up ideas for writing is fun, talking about writing is fun, but at the end of the day, the only thing that puts words on the page is actually writing.  Fun panel.  (And a shout out to Heather, and the gentleman whose name I didn’t catch, who both came up to talk to use after.)

Our readings were scheduled for Saturday afternoon, back to back, and we got there with plenty of time to set up.  The person reading before us wasn’t done, and not wanting to be rude, we waited in the hallway to claim our room.  This was fortuitous, as while we were milling around, trying not to be freaked out by our first public reading, we ran into the lovely book blogger, Mary Spila!  We chatted with Mary until it was time to go in, and then Michelle took the floor.  She read excerpts from both of the Ylendrian Empire books, The Balance of Silence and The Slipstream Con.  Because we had back-to-back readings, I waited a few minutes and picked up where she’d left off, reading another short excerpt from Slipstream, and then a longer scene from my post-apocalyptic/solarpunk WIP, The Memory Keeper.  I tried to remember to read slowly, keep my voice clear, and infuse the words with the emotions I was portraying with them in the story, and I think it went well.  Again, special thanks to everyone who didn’t point out how badly my hands were shaking!  (And a world of gratitude to Mary, for showing up, and the other fine people who listened to us tell them stories for an hour.)  The reading was recorded, though I don’t know if it will ever be publicly available or not.  If it is, I’ll be sure to link it here, so my Mom can hear it. 😉

This is the point in the recap where I admit to making a terrible mistake.  It’s one I’ve made before, but I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that it’s not one I’ll make again.  We did not book a room for the weekend. You heard me right.  Somehow, I thought that driving an hour and a half (4 hours on Friday afternoon, actually.  Yay.) each way, for three days, would be a great idea.  I do it every year.  It’s just Baltimore!  It’s not that far away!

Yes, Reesa.  It IS that far away.

Next year, my right knee has informed me that we will be renting a room on-site.  I can learn from my mistakes.  Apparently it just takes me three years of 500+ mile weekends.

We ran into our fellow Starbucks denizen, Patrick, and talked with him a bit before we scurried off to some more panels and readings.

Sunday, we were scheduled for the Small Press Round Table.  I got to sit on a panel with Maria V. Snyder, even if she wasn’t sure why she was on it! (These are my victory arms \O/)  We were joined by a fellow Samhain author, D. Renee Bagby, as well.  Very cool to meet her.  It was an interesting panel that I think got a little bogged down in small press vs. New York publishing, and if my level of shaky-handed water consumption is anything to guess by, it got a bit tense for awhile.  I think small press publishing has a lot to offer the readers of the world, and goodness knows, it’s been great to me.  I wish the panel could have focused more on what small press publishing is doing, rather than how it’s different from working with a larger house, but I still think the information the panelists offered was helpful to someone looking into both options.

There was a ton of other stuff going on.  The Masquerade, the Art Show, catching up with friends, meeting new ones.  I’m forgetting a ton of it, but I had a blast.  I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.


Balticon 45 Schedule

Michelle and Reesa are appearing at Balticon 45, this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland.  Our schedules are below.

 

Michelle’s Schedule

5/28/11
1:30 PM

Duration: 00:30
Room: Pimlico                      
Michelle Moore – reading
Immediately followed by Reesa Herberth.  Time will be split between the authors.

5/28/11
7:00 PM

Duration: 00:50
Room: Parlor 1041
Which Comes First: Character or Setting?

Where do you start when you create fiction? A round table discussion.

5/29/11
5:00 PM

Duration: 00:50
Room: Belmont
Authors and Publishers
– Small Press Publishing Round Table

Back by popular demand! Small press publishers discuss how they work with authors and authors discuss how their experiences working with small press publishers have been.

 

Reesa’s Schedule

5/28/11 12:00 PM
Duration: 00:50
Room: Salon A                    
Start Up Rituals of the Pros

How do you get started on the writing day? Professional writes share their secrets for getting their fingers tapping on the keyboard (or moving the pencil) on writing days.

 

5/28/11 2:00 PM Duration: 00:30
Room: Pimlico   
Reesa Herberth – Reading
This reading immediately follows Michelle Moore, and the time will be shared.

 

5/28/11 7:00 PM
Duration: 00:50
Room: Parlor 1041                      
Which Comes First: Character or Setting?

Where do you start when you create fiction? A round table discussion.

 

5/29/11 5:00 PM
Duration: 00:50
Room: Belmont
Authors and Publishers
– Small Press Publishing Round Table

Back by popular demand! Small press publishers discuss how they work with authors and authors discuss how their experiences working with small press publishers have been.

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We’re both looking forward to meeting readers and fellow authors.  If you see us, feel free to say hello!