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Archive for January, 2018

ConFusion 2018 Schedule

If you’re going to be in or near Detroit on the 19th-21st, here’s where you can find me!

Saturday at noon – reading from Impostor Syndrome

Saturday at 4pm – Panel: Examining Whiteness in Speculative Fiction.  Every character’s race is a decision you make.  There is no “default.”  I’m very excited to get a chance to talk with smart people about the outdated concept of whiteness as a cultural “blank slate” and why literature and media are not only more realistic but much more entertaining if we recognize characters’ whiteness as a meaningful authorial choice that brings along its own baggage.

Saturday 5pm – Come get your books signed!  Will also give away signed ARCs of Impostor Syndrome to the first few people who ask.

Sunday 11am – Panel: Heroes and Mental Health.  Now you know why I’ve been asking for more reading recommendations.  I don’t want to be That Gal who only talks about her own work, amirite?  We’re going to discuss the balancing act between portraying mental illness authentically and alienating readers who don’t live with or understand it themselves.

Sunday at noon – Panel: Good and Bad Days in Narrative Arcs.  This one is about disability and how it’s not a monolith or a static state, exploring ways you can incorporate that variability into your fiction without turning disability into a cheap plot device that only “acts up” when it’s convenient.  This is advanced-level stuff, guys, and I can’t wait to hear what the other panelists have to say.

I will also be available for partying, schmoozing, and general hanging out.  Look for me in the bar!