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My Worldcon Schedule

I'll be heading to Montreal for the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation. My schedule is as follows:

When: Thu 14:00
Location:  P-518A
Title:  One Genre or Many?
Session ID:  557
All Participants:  Farah Mendlesohn, Michelle M. Sagara, Pat Rothfuss,
Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Klages
Moderator:  Gary K. Wolfe
Description:  Lots of people assert that SF and fantasy are really
part of one overarching field called the fantastic; but in this case,
why are critics of both developing different languages to describe

When: Fri 11:00
Location:  P-516AB
Title:  Second Time Around
Session ID:  759
All Participants:  Alexander Jablokov, Michelle M. Sagara, Nick
DiChario, Robert Silverberg
Moderator:  Robert Silverberg
Description:  Some writers go on hiatus for years; others find the
vagaries of publishing take them out厃et the urge to write lures them
back. Is it a matter of unfinished business, or is writing an

When: Fri 12:00
Location:  P-510C
Title:  Manga for Kids
Session ID:  291
All Participants:  Madeline Ashby, Michelle M. Sagara, Jus de Pomme
Moderator:  Madeline Ashby
Description:  We'll discuss Japanese comic books most kids 12 & under
will enjoy.

When: Sun 10:00
Location:  Other
Title:  Michelle Sagara Signing
Session ID:  1476
All Participants:  Michelle M. Sagara
Description:  Michelle Sagara Signing
Duration:  0:30 hrs:min

When: Mon 12:30
Location:  P-512AE
Title:  Author Reading
Session ID:  247
All Participants:  Kari Sperring, Michelle M. Sagara, Pat Rothfuss
Description:  Patrick Rothfuss; Kari Sperring;  Michelle Sagara.
Duration:  1:00 hrs:min
Language:  English
Track: Reading

I hope to see some of you there!


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Jul. 28th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I hope to see some of you there!

And not others?

Jul. 28th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
Some of us may be ninjas or invisible or something. Why do you think I have that as an option in my poll?
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
And not others?

It is the night to laugh instead of writing (which, oddly enough, is making me pull out all my hair).

I think you have to duck faster, on the other hand.

I have a really light schedule this year, and I'm actually looking forward to attending panels instead of sitting on them :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
*ducks faster*

Writing and I are having a bit of love tonight, mostly because I got to write a paragraph in 4/4 time. And then I will write one in 6/8, and this makes me happy because I am a dork.
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
As a not 12&under can I still say 'yay' for the manga panel? Sounds like fun!
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I was a little bit confused by that one, but I do actually have some suggestions. Although my mother thinks that my idea of under twelve and the normative one might not be the same thing...
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)

Am seeing my favorite authors post WorldCon schedules and wishing I could attend. At some point, I will.

Is there a particular reason you're on the hiatus panel?
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Is there a particular reason you're on the hiatus panel?

Ummm. I never actually ask for particular panels; I kind of just generally volunteer for categories or classes of panels. The only thing I can think of is that someone recognized the Sagara name, but didn't realize that I've been writing all along under the West name. It can be a bit confusing.

Jul. 28th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Ah, I see.

I'd be interested to hear what the manga panel is like. Manga generally isn't for kids...
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I'd be interested to hear what the manga panel is like. Manga generally isn't for kids...

Most of the most popular manga -- things like Fruits Basket, for instance -- were written specifically for kids, or at least for kids in the 10-12 range. Kenshin. Hikaru. Most of the stuff I have in my house. The North American market has a narrower definition of what "for kids" means than the Japanese.

There are definitely manga that are written for the older reading set, and a whole ton of porn -- but there's boy-porn and girl-porn as well.
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Hmm. I guess you're right that most popular titles in the States come out of Shonen Jump or the equivalent shojo mags, but definitely a lot of that manga--particularly SJ titles--are too graphic for the same American age bracket.

Ah, Hikaru. Apparenly it inspired a generation of middle-school kids to go out and play the game.

I almost exclusively read seinen (well, okay, I like my SJ titles too *g*), so I guess my perspective is a bit warped. And I'd never think of FB as a kids' manga, since all the people I know who read it are in high school or college.
Jul. 28th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
I'd say that Hikaru no Go is a great manga for the 10-12 set as well.

As for smaller kids, VIz is putting out the original Pokemon manga (with name changes; Ash is Red, for example), which Jamie likes me to read to him. There's also a new manga called Dinosaur Hour (also from Viz), which has little short episodes with dinosaurs talking to each other. One has three allosauruses standing on each other's shoulders so that they're as tall as the brachiosaurus they're stalking. It turns out badly for them. :) It makes Jamie laugh, and Liam doesn't mind sitting and listening too.
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am TOTALLY going to the panel on genre.

Did they not give you a kaffeeklatch, by the way? I'm in charge of them...
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Did they not give you a kaffeeklatch, by the way? I'm in charge of them...

No, they didn't -- I think this is possibly the first year since 1992 that they haven't, but I know it's a Worldcon, and I know there are hundreds of authors who all want panels/readings/kaffeeklatches.
Jul. 28th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I should also add that I kaffeeklatches are one of the things I always volunteer for -- but I imagine hundreds of people also volunteer to do them.
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Jul. 28th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should take mine... I'm not sure anyone will show up for mine. I don't always ask for it so I don't know what possessed me this time but I didn't realize they knock some authors out (especially ones who've published more than me...yikes!)

1. Never judge the importance of an author by the number of their publications. I loved your books, I think they were fabulous, and I cannot wait to read the new one when it comes out.

2. It's a Worldcon, it has hundreds and hundreds of authors, and everyone wants to Do Stuff. I don't think of it as 'knocking' me out so much as juggling a schedule; they schedule people they think attendees will want to see more of for as much as they possibly can, and they're going to have internal priorities that just aren't clear to those of us who aren't working for free to put this all together.

3. Not being sure if anyone will show up for a kaffeeklatch is a time honored tradition, and I am always afraid of this very thing *wry g*. It is normal :).

4. I am having a very list-loving day ...

Edited at 2009-07-28 09:49 pm (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
You have ZERO program items on Saturday?

And the author reading, what's that about? A round-robin thing? Or reading each other's work?
Jul. 28th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
You have ZERO program items on Saturday?

Yes -- this is the entire list I was sent *wry g*. On the other hand, it makes my scheduling anything else at the convention a lot simpler...
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